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Rafferty, Colm

Firm: Maples Group
Position: Partner and co-head of Corporate
Address: 75 St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2 D02 PR 50
Phone: +353 87 230 9506
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Colm is co-head of Maples and Calder's Corporate team in the Maples Group's Dublin office. Colm has extensive experience in company law and corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, venture capital, cross-border mergers and private equity investments. He has been involved in many of Ireland's most significant equity financings and transactions involving Irish private technology companies. Colm also has extensive experience advising institutional financial investors and private equity investors investing in and acquiring Irish assets. His practice includes Irish inward investment projects and other cross border transactions. Colm is a sought after advisor to many of Ireland's most successful venture-backed technology companies, having represented such companies as AMCS, Movidius and Web Reservations.


Colm has been ranked as a leading corporate lawyer and recommended by a number of directories, including Chambers Global, The Legal 500 and IFLR 1000.

"Excellent and provides high-quality, right on the button advice." (The Legal 500 EMEA 2021)

"Acted on the other side of a transaction to me, but he was results focused, dedicated and high quality" (The Legal 500 EMEA 2021)

"Very good understanding of the Irish tech scene.‚€Ě (Chambers Global 2020)

"Very sharp, engaged and hands-on in transactions." (Chambers Global 2019)

‚€úSuperb ‚€‘ commercial, personable, capable, and tough.‚€Ě (IFLR 1000 2018)


University College Dublin, Ireland


Colm is on the Steering Group for Scale Ireland. Scale Ireland is an independent non-profit providing the bridge between the start-up ecosystem and government.

It's mission is to secure a more supportive policy environment that empowers Ireland‚€ôs innovation-driven enterprise to succeed and scale. Supporting Ireland‚€ôs innovative companies to scale is essential to safeguarding our collective economic future. The Steering group is made up of a diverse group of respected leaders from across Ireland‚€ôs start-up ecosystem.

Colm was a founder and director of the Fintech and Payments Association of Ireland (FPAI).