In May 2019, European law firm Fieldfisher merged with top 20 Irish firm, McDowell Purcell.
McDowell Purcell is a corporate firm led by Managing Partner JP McDowell. It has 16 partners and 50 lawyers and was established over 120 years ago. The firm has a leading regulatory practice and also specialises in corporate and commercial, renewable energy, banking & finance, data protection, litigation and dispute resolution, employment, commercial property, insolvency & restructuring, and environmental & planning.
Michael Chissick, Managing Partner at Fieldfisher, said: "We are delighted to welcome McDowell Purcell into the Fieldfisher family. Ireland was the last piece in our international growth strategy and we are now in all the key commercial centres across Europe.
"Ireland is also one of the most successful economies in the EU. It is primarily an export-driven economy dominated by services including technology media & telecoms (TMT) and financial services - both of which are key sectors for Fieldfisher. Its corporate tax rate is the second lowest in the EU which, together with a young workforce, good infrastructure and English speaking population, makes it an excellent investment for us. And of course with Brexit on the horizon, it will helps us to continue to deliver services to our EU clients.
"Our US clients, and tech companies in particular, regard Ireland as a business friendly EU jurisdiction. A large percentage of our client base have Irish operations and have used Ireland as their EU HQ when expanding across the EU markets.”
“The addition of McDowell Purcell brings the number of Fieldfisher offices to 25. The Fieldfisher worldwide network includes offices in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Beijing, Belfast, Birmingham, Bologna, Brussels, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Guangzhou, Hamburg, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Manchester, Munich, Milan, Paris, Rome, Shanghai, Turin, Venice and Silicon Valley, USA”.