Corporate/M&A - Northern Ireland
Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
What the team is known for Advises on market-leading M&A deals, venture capital, funds and private equity. Provides expertise to strong clients in food and drink, technology and construction.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Breadth of services: "A high level of knowledge and expertise; it has a lot of specialists."
Responsiveness: "Promptly assembles a team in the timescale needed."
Market standing: "Its purely Northern Ireland-based business model is its strength."
What's new? Gaelic Athletic Association was secured as a new client.
Work highlights Advising the Gaelic Athletic Association on all aspects of its £74 million project to construct a new stadium on the site of Casement Park.
Advised PathXL on the equity investment by Par Equity and Invest Northern Ireland.
Head of the department John-George Willis advises on M&A transactions and MBOs, with a focus on the energy, ICT and agribusiness sectors. He is the lead partner on the redevelopment of Casement Park and market commentators note that he has an excellent reputation: "He always brings a lot of gravitas to a transaction."
As well as being the managing partner of the firm and chairman of the CBI in Northern Ireland, Ian Coulter also advises on M&A and venture capital transactions. Clients recommend him as someone who is "dynamic, proactive and very calm under pressure."
James Donnelly advises on sales and acquisitions, MBOs and venture capital. He led on an equity investment in PathXL and is "creative in his solutions and diligent in protecting his clients."
John Turley advises on a wide range of corporate matters and is a "very affable lawyer," according to clients. He founded and now heads the sports law and management team at the firm.
Commentators say that John McGuckian "communicates well and understands the commercial side of things."
Significant clients Invest Northern Ireland, Diageo, Lagan Construction Group, United Dairies/Dale Farm, Belfast Harbour Commissioners.
Since publication, John Turley has joined Millar McCall Wylie