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Corporate Finance/M&A

Profile: Corporate and M&A have always been the bedrock of our practice at William Fry.

Our team has excellent credentials, a wealth of experience and an impressive depth of expertise. We consistently have a central role in the most sophisticated and complex corporate transactions and advisory work in Ireland, as well as in large cross-border deals with an Irish aspect.

Our clients include leading Irish and international companies and institutions, public and private, as well as state and public sector bodies. We are also proud to have acted for many of Ireland's most successful entrepreneurs.

Our Corporate team is centrally involved in the Firm's sectoral groups, including our financial institutions, healthcare, private equity and technology groups, and is supported by our other Departments to ensure effective and efficient delivery of solutions focussed advice.
Awards: We are consistently ranked in the top tier of Irish advisers for Corporate and M&A work by leading directories including Chambers Global and Legal 500. Most recently we have been:

- The only Irish Law firm to be ranked in the top three for Irish M&A activity for the last five years;
- Advised on over 60% of all reported Venture Capital deals in Ireland (IVCA VenturePulse Report 2016), more than any other Irish Law firm;
- We are consistently ranked in the top three of Irish advisers for Corporate/M&A work by leading M&A league table houses and directories including mergermarket, Thomas Reuters, Chambers Global and Legal 500;
- Awarded European Corporate Deal of the Year at The Lawyer European Awards 2016 for our role as lead advisor to International Consolidated Airlines Group SA (IAG) on its acquisition of Aer Lingus Group plc (Aer Lingus) for €1.46bn, and
- Advised on the M&A Deal of the Year Capital Markets (Finance Dublin Magazine's Deal of Year 2016).
Deals: William Fry's Corporate Department, led by Shane O'Donnell, has played an integral role in the most sophisticated and complex domestic and cross border corporate transactions. An on-going stream of non-core asset disposals in the Financial Services sector was a key feature in the M&A market, with William Fry advising on the most significant including:

- Linde AG (LING.DE) on its proposed merger with US industrial group Praxair Inc (PX.N) in a deal that will create the world's largest supplier of industrial gas. The new company formed from the planned $70bn merger will likely be based in the Republic of Ireland. The proposed merger is the largest M&A deal in Europe in 2017.
- Innocoll Holdings plc, the NASDAQ-listed specialty pharmaceutical company, on the recommended offer by Gurnet Point Capital to acquire it by scheme of arrangement under Ireland's Companies Act 2014
- The institutional investors in Neuravi, an Irish medical device company focused on stroke treatment, on its sale to Codman Neuro (part of the Johnson & Johnson group), reported as the largest exit of a venture-backed European medtech company since 2009
- King Digital Entertainment on its $5.9bn acquisition by Activision Blizzard, one of the largest deals in the history of the interactive entertainment industry
- International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) in relating to its €1.4bn takeover offer for Aer Lingus. This is the biggest ever aviation transaction relating to an Irish airline and the largest involving a European carrier in the last decade
- The Irish Government in relation to its restructuring and proposed IPO of AIB



Hanly, Elaine

Firm: William Fry
Position: Partner, Banking & Financial Services
Address: 2 Grand Canal Square, Dublin, 2
Phone: +353 1 639 5000; Direct:+353 1 639 5161
Fax: +353 1 639 5333
Personal URL:


Morrissey, Dan

Firm: William Fry
Position: Head of Investment Funds Department
Address: 2 Grand Canal Square, Dublin, 2
Phone: +353 1 639 5221
Fax: +353 1 639 5333
Personal URL: