|The Yearbook & Directory of Ireland's international financial services industry
||Tuesday, 7th April 2020
||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.
||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. We:
- have been top three for total deal volume in Irish M&A activity since 2010 (Mergermarket)
- advised on more venture capital deals than any other Irish firm (IVCA VenturePulse Report, 2018)
- 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
||William Fry's Corporate Department, led by Stephen Keogh, 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:
- Castlehaven Group on the sale of the entire interest in the Castlehaven Group via target Castlehaven Investments Holdings DAC and Castlehaven Property Finance DAC to funds connected with Avenue Capital.
- Payzone on its sale to Allied Irish Banks Plc and First Data Corporation in a joint venture.
- 3P Air Freighters on the sale of a 49% stake in ASL Aviation, a Dublin-based global aviation services company, to Star Capital, a European fund manager. The multi-jurisdictional nature of the target company coupled with the sale of shares in an Irish company under a Belgian law share purchase agreement mad this transaction particularly complex.
- Uniphar plc on its €150m IPO and admission to the Euronext Growth and AIM markets of Euronext Dublin and the London Stock Exchange.
- 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 was one of the largest M&A deals in Europe in recent years.