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Corporate/M&A — Northern Ireland


A&L Goodbody - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 1

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Belfast

What the team is known for Leading corporate practice with an international profile and the capacity to act on major deals. Combines expert knowledge of M&A and transaction management with specialisms in energy, agrifood and technology. Also advises on substantial private equity investments.

Strengths Clients are impressed with the team's "real depth across disciplines," which "enables them to deal with multiple large transactions simultaneously within the firm."

Other sources say the firm fosters a "good service culture," adding that the lawyers "deliver the commercial results that the client requires."

Work highlights Advised Carlyle Cardinal Ireland on its investment in e-learning company Learning Pool.

Acted for P&L Electrics on the MBO of the company, advising selling shareholders and the company on transaction structure.

Significant clients Business Growth Fund, The "Old Bushmills" Distillery Company, LacPatrick Dairies, Brookfield Renewable Ireland, Invest Northern Ireland.

Notable practitioners

"Top-quality corporate lawyer" Peter Stafford excels at advising on corporate transactions, with considerable experience on cross-border matters. "He is knowledgeable, commercial and approachable," according to clients, one of whom comments that "he brings a lot of gravitas on a deal."

Mark Thompson is praised by clients for his "experience and clout in the market," as well as for being "user-friendly and client-oriented." He advises on acquisitions across both the public and private sectors. Market sources also praise his "clear and succinct advice."

Head of department Alastair Keith works on complex investment transactions and multi-jurisdictional business sales, and is described as "a realist who tries to find solutions and offers a sensible, pragmatic and deal-making approach." Other sources appreciate that he is "approachable and quick to respond."

David Rowan assists on a wide spectrum of corporate transactions for clients in the private sector, including MBOs and strategic investments as well as M&A. Industry commentators variously describe him as "very impressive," "personable" and "easy to deal with".

About the Team (content provided by A&L Goodbody)

A&L Goodbody has the leading Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) & Corporate practice in Northern Ireland, having advised on the most significant recent transactions in the region. Our leading market position is endorsed by the work we do and by leading international publications and commentators. The group has been ranked No.1 M&A Law Firm in Northern Ireland by Experian Corpfin for four consecutive years (2012 – 2015) and was named Northern Irish Corporate Law Firm of the Year by Legal 500 for 2015.

We provide legal advice to leading global and domestic companies, banks, private equity and venture capital providers from all industry sectors, in relation to their corporate activity in Northern Ireland.

A&L Goodbody is uniquely positioned in Northern Ireland, offering a combination of local market-leading expertise and knowledge with the strength and depth of resources of a law firm which is internationally recognised for providing the highest quality legal advice.

  • Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Private equity and venture capital

  • Strategic investments

  • MBO's and MBI's

  • Shareholder agreements, joint ventures and partnerships

  • Restructurings and reorganisations

  • Corporate governance and compliance

  • Equity Capital Markets


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Carson McDowell - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Prominent Northern Ireland firm which advises on matters from acquisitions and disposals to corporate governance. Noted for its specialist knowledge of the manufacturing and construction sectors, and strength in complementary disciplines such as competition, environmental and planning law. Well equipped to oversee deals spanning multiple jurisdictions.

Strengths One impressed client lists the team's strengths as "client service," "good value for money" and an "excellent knowledge of commercial work."

Others praise the firm for its "strong support, appropriate advice and responsiveness."

Work highlights Acted for the shareholders of Chain Reaction Cycles in its merger with private equity-owned rival Wiggle.

Acted for Fane Valley Co-operative Society on the sale of the Fane Valley Dairies Business to Lakeland Dairies Co-operative Society.

Significant clients VINCI Energies, Celesio, NTR, Newscorp, SHS Group.

Notable practitioners

Richard Gray is a seasoned corporate finance lawyer who acts on behalf of clients from a range of sectors, including online retail and manufacturing. He is "very committed to the job and getting the right outcome," says a client, who also calls him "a great person to bounce ideas off" and a "trusted adviser."

Co-head of department Neasa Quigley handles corporate transactions in the energy sector, recently acting on significant acquisitions and equity investments on behalf of local and UK-wide clients in the industry. Market sources note that "besides having very strong knowledge in acquisition deals, she has proved to be very available, flexible and pertinent in her work."

Managing partner Michael Johnston is known for his years of experience handling a variety of corporate transactions, including equity investments, demergers and business sales. Clients say: "He makes himself available at all times and he can be relied on to deal with matters professionally and competently."

One client praises Gerard Armstrong for "thinking of things I don't and putting in extra miles to serve the best interests of the client." He advises companies from the agrifood and construction industries on a range of transactional matters.

About the Team (content provided by Carson McDowell)

Carson McDowell has the largest corporate/M&A team in Northern Ireland. The firm acts for the majority of Northern Ireland’s Top 100 companies, as well as for many international clients looking to do business here. We are also the trusted local partner for leading international law firms requiring Northern Irish advice. We pride ourselves on the long term relationships of trust formed with our clients. As a result of these relationships we also follow our clients to the export markets in which they operate.

Our advice covers a full spectrum of corporate and transactional matters, including acquisitions and disposals, corporate finance, joint ventures, group reorganisations and corporate governance.

Our 6 partner team has a depth and range of experience that marks it out from others in the market. We also have available a range of complimentary specialisms not found in other firms, such as competition, health and safety and environmental.

We have particularly strong experience in energy, technology, food/agri, manufacturing, financial services and  construction/infrastructure sectors and have been at the forefront of the most significant transactions in these sectors in recent times.

Carson McDowell was the Legal 500 Law Firm of the year in 2014 and 2017.

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Tughans - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Belfast

What the team is known for Impressive corporate team with a healthy reputation in M&A and private equity work. Trusted to advise on the highest-value deals, especially those involving the food and drink, technology and construction sectors. Able to draw on cross-departmental expertise from the property, IT and IP teams when required on transactions.

Strengths Clients highlight the firm's "commerciality, reasonable value for money and transparent billing" as notable strengths, summarising this as "an excellent team."

Others observe that "they clearly have some depth in quality."

Work highlights Acted for LondonMetric on the sale of its subsidiary Metric Property Newry to Northern Ireland-based MJM Group.

Advised the shareholders of Delta Print & Packaging on the £80 million sale of its trading interests in Northern Ireland and Poland to Huhtamaki.

Significant clients Pentech Ventures, Kernel Capital, Monaghan Mushrooms Group, Randox Laboratories, Invest Northern Ireland.

Notable practitioners

John-George Willis is a market leader when it comes to corporate work in Northern Ireland, and is known by clients to be "very knowledgeable and commercial." He advises on substantial acquisitions and is particularly regarded for his expertise in the energy and construction sectors.

Ciara Lagan is "known by new businesses as the go-to person on the corporate side," according to an impressed client, who also describes her as "an extension to my business." She acts on sales, acquisitions and private equity investments across a wide range of sectors, both domestically and across jurisdictions.

John McGuckian is noted for his focus on private equity-related work, with clients appreciating that "he talks like a businessman rather than a lawyer and he has great insight." He frequently advises on share purchases and investments and is capable of leading complex cross-border transactions.

James Donnelly's practice includes handling MBOs, private equity investments and other commercial transactions on behalf of clients from a variety of sectors. Market commentators variously describe him as "logical and considered," "well informed and pragmatic," and "a good technician."

About the Team (content provided by Tughans)

Our Corporate department is a multi-disciplined team providing experience and advice to companies of every size and at every stage of their development. From incorporation through to expansion and sale, we can assist with mergers and acquisitions, governance, restructuring, joint ventures, contracts and private equity.

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Arthur Cox - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Belfast

What the team is known for Established corporate practice with the ability to take on high-profile and cross-border transactional work. Regularly advises on sale and purchase agreements, strategic acquisitions and opening investment funds. Acts on behalf of an impressive portfolio of clients, many in the agrifood sector.

Strengths One impressed client says that "the work, effort and time they gave us really blew us away," adding that "they're phenomenal."

Others call the lawyers "unsurpassed both for their availability and speed of response."

Work highlights Acted for Clarins Group on its cross-jurisdictional acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Nevinar Cosmetics.

Advised insurance broker software company Applied Systems on its acquisition of Relay Software.

Significant clients Oaktree Capital, Home Retail Group, Clarkson Shipping Group, Musgrave, Arcapita.

Notable practitioners

"Outstanding partner" Lynsey Mallon's greatest attribute is "her ability to listen to and help clients come to their own conclusion with her support," according to sources. She specialises in corporate M&A within her broader commercial practice, working on behalf of both local and international corporate clients. Interviewees commend her for "finding ways to satisfy the other side without compromising the client's position in difficult negotiations."

Alan Taylor is praised for his "highly effective style" and for "looking at situations objectively." He advises major corporate entities on high-value, complex transactions across a range of industries and sectors.

Paul McBride joined from Pinsent Masons in November 2017. He assists clients from the healthcare industry with acquisitions, as well as handling tech-based transactions and outsourcing for a range of corporate entities. Market sources view him as an "extremely strong and capable adviser" with "massive credibility in the market."

About the Team (content provided by Arthur Cox)

The Arthur Cox Company and Commercial Group is one of the largest practices in Northern Ireland and is a leader in its field. Our general Corporate and Commercial experience is unsurpassed and our Corporate Group is a dynamic player in local business and corporate law.

Arthur Cox in Belfast is widely recognized for the quality of its Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Finance advice. Mirroring the structure of Arthur Cox as a whole, our Belfast Company/Commercial practice is the largest within the local office and, combined with the strength and depth of our other specialist departments, the Corporate Group advises on highly complex commercial transactions and contracts. 

We have been, and continue to be, involved in the majority of the large M&A transactions in Northern Ireland.

EXPERTISE
Our unique depth of experience and resources mean we can advise in relation to all aspects of company law. We can handle both large-scale, complex and lengthy transactions and day to day commercial matters.

We have built a strong reputation in Northern Ireland covering all areas of company and commercial law, advising clients in both the public and private sectors. Our work involves a wide range of corporate transactions and agreements, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, investment, agency, distribution, shareholder, reorganization and other commercial agreements.

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Mills Selig - Corporate/M&A Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Belfast

What the team is known for Strong in M&A transactions, especially involving the energy and technology sectors, in addition to private equity and restructuring work. Clients benefit from an integrated service across various disciplines within the firm. Strikes a balance between working for local companies and acting on multi-jurisdictional deals.

Strengths Sources note that the lawyers are "absolutely fantastic" in terms of "making it very easy for the sales process to proceed."

Work highlights Assisted the shareholders of SDC Trailers with the sale of its entire issued share capital to CIMC Vehicles.

Acted for Novosco on its acquisition of Network Defence's entire issued share capital.

Significant clients Hughes Insurance, BI Electrical Services, Devenish Nutrition, First Derivatives, Whiterock Capital.

Notable practitioners

Chris Guy wins praise from clients for providing an "excellent, hassle-free experience," with one commenting that "he totally understood the process and what I wanted to achieve." He is recognised for his knowledge of a variety of corporate transactions, including MBOs, private equity-related matters and acquisitions.

Kathryn Walls possesses a broad scope of expertise encompassing IT and IP matters in addition to corporate M&A. One impressed client says she is "the best solicitor I have ever dealt with," commenting further that she "dealt with every issue before you had thought of it yourself."

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Cleaver Fulton Rankin - Corporate/M&A Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Belfast

What the team is known for Provides expertise in transactions involving a number of sectors including charity, energy and technology. Involved in a series of significant local deals on behalf of key clients, such as equity investments, acquisitions and business disposals.

Strengths Clients appreciate that "the lawyers are accessible," describing this as an "efficient firm with quick work turnaround times."

Work highlights Advised Northern Pharmacies on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Sweeney's Pharmacies.

Advised the ultimate shareholder of Source Pensions in relation to a multimillion-pound investment into the company by Harwood Capital Management.

Significant clients Arkios Cordovan, IVA Watch, Northern Pharmacies, Source Pensions, Start Planet NI.

Notable practitioners

"Strong practitioner" Hilary Griffith joined Cleaver Fulton Rankin from Pinsent Masons in January 2017. She frequently appears assisting with acquisitions in the energy, agrifood and healthcare sectors.

About the Team (content provided by Cleaver Fulton Rankin)

The Cleaver Fulton Rankin corporate and commercial team is one of the most widely recognised in the market and is a leader in its field. The team is best known for its technical excellence combined with its approachable and ‘easy to deal with’ nature. We advise on a full range of complex corporate and commercial matters including M&A, private equity investment, joint ventures and shareholder agreements, corporate governance, restructuring and a wide variety of commercial agreements including R & D collaboration, agency, distribution, supplier contracts and reseller agreements. 

The team has nearly doubled in size over the last two years and is led by Director Hilary Griffith who has almost 20 years’ experience in all aspects of corporate and commercial law and has been described as a “genuine business leader in Belfast”. The team supported by experts across a full range of specialisms provides advice to local and international clients, private equity providers, public bodies and international law firms.

The team is fully integrated into the local business community: For example, Director Hilary Griffith sits as a member on the council for Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce; Head of Charity, Sarah Burrows  is Chairperson of the North and West Belfast Branch of the National Autistic Society and a Director and Charity Trustee of Parenting NI. Senior Solicitor Kathryn Laverty is a committee member of the Company Commercial Lawyers Group of NI. 

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Millar McCall Wylie - Corporate/M&A Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Belfast

What the team is known for Established corporate practice which advises on matters from M&A and joint venture arrangements to commercial contracts and refinancing transactions. Noted for its strong connections to the local SME market. Demonstrates experience across a range of deals involving the healthcare and dental sector.

Strengths Sources praise the team's "pragmatic approach," adding that "they don't find difficulties, they find solutions."

Others comment on the firm's "mix of extremely intelligent, clued-in staff who can deal with almost all legal disputes and issues."

Work highlights Advised Learning Pool and its shareholders in relation to investment in the company by Carlyle Cardinal.

Acted for the shareholders of Trucorp regarding the sale by way of MBO of the company's entire issued share capital.

Significant clients Cirdan Imaging, Causeway Sensors, Conveyortek, WhiteRock Capital, Keystone Group.

Notable practitioners

Damian McParland advises companies on issues surrounding investment, acquisitions and other matters related to corporate finance. "He's excellent on the technical side of things," says one client, whilst another calls him "one of the most commercial people in the region."

Scott Kennedy joined the firm from Cleaver Fulton Rankin in August 2017. He is a technology expert as well as a seasoned commercial lawyer who assists companies with equity financing in addition to undertaking the typical range of corporate M&A work. Clients appreciate him for "working tirelessly on transactions to get them to a successful conclusion," with one describing him as "a pragmatic, good communicator who makes sure everybody's on the same page."

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Pinsent Masons - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Belfast

What the team is known for Sophisticated corporate practice with access to a UK-wide network of sector specialists. Distinguished by its knowledge of the private equity markets as well as high-level M&A, and acts for clients in energy and healthcare in particular. Also regularly features on transactions in the manufacturing and tech sectors.

Work highlights Advised Oasis Healthcare on the acquisition of two dental practices and three dental laboratories.

Acted for Viridian Group as Northern Ireland counsel on I Squared Capital's acquisition of the company.

Significant clients TCI Renewables, Lakeland Dairies, Portman Healthcare, Phillips International, NTR Wind Management.

Notable practitioners

Richard Murphy is a key contact.

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DWF LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Compact team with experience across all areas of corporate law. Clients benefit from the group's complementary strengths in banking and insolvency work.

Notable practitioners

Banking expert Kenneth Rutherford undertakes a range of corporate assignments, including M&A and joint venture agreements.

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Elliott Duffy Garrett - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Belfast

What the team is known for Acts for clients based locally and across the UK on all manner of commercial matters, including M&A transactions, joint venture arrangements and shareholder agreements. Works for companies across a diverse range of sectors, such as construction, agrifood and manufacturing.

Notable practitioners

"Experienced corporate lawyer and very solid guy" Kevin McVeigh undertakes a variety of corporate matters including MBOs, investments and business sales on behalf of a range of local businesses. Clients praise his "strong commercial awareness and all-round excellent knowledge on various aspects of law."

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Johnsons Solicitors - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Belfast

What the team is known for Provides clients with a wide range of commercial legal services including transactional work and corporate governance. Also handles restructures, refinancing and shareholder agreements. Particularly experienced in the retail, healthcare and automotive sectors.

Strengths "Johnsons offers an excellent commercial service which is provided at competitive and realistic rates," say sources.

Others note that "the quality of their service and the comfort provided in engaging with them is exemplary."

Significant clients Isaac Agnew Group, Argento Contemporary Jewellery, Douglas & Grahame.

Notable practitioners

"Skilled and able commercial lawyer" Rhys Jones acts on share purchases and restructures on behalf of a number of local businesses. One impressed source comments: "Day or night he'll take a call and he'll come back promptly with an answer," whilst others agree that he is "attentive, knowledgeable and very accommodating."

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Carson McDowell

From the Chambers UK guide

Richard Gray is a seasoned corporate finance lawyer who acts on behalf of clients from a range of sectors, including online retail and manufacturing. He is "very committed to the job and getting the right outcome," says a client, who also calls him "a great person to bounce ideas off" and a "trusted adviser."

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Band 1

Arthur Cox

From the Chambers UK guide

Paul McBride joined from Pinsent Masons in November 2017. He assists clients from the healthcare industry with acquisitions, as well as handling tech-based transactions and outsourcing for a range of corporate entities. Market sources view him as an "extremely strong and capable adviser" with "massive credibility in the market."

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Band 1

Carson McDowell

From the Chambers UK guide

Co-head of department Neasa Quigley handles corporate transactions in the energy sector, recently acting on significant acquisitions and equity investments on behalf of local and UK-wide clients in the industry. Market sources note that "besides having very strong knowledge in acquisition deals, she has proved to be very available, flexible and pertinent in her work."

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Band 1

A&L Goodbody

From the Chambers UK guide

"Top-quality corporate lawyer" Peter Stafford excels at advising on corporate transactions, with considerable experience on cross-border matters. "He is knowledgeable, commercial and approachable," according to clients, one of whom comments that "he brings a lot of gravitas on a deal."

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Band 1

A&L Goodbody

From the Chambers UK guide

Mark Thompson is praised by clients for his "experience and clout in the market," as well as for being "user-friendly and client-oriented." He advises on acquisitions across both the public and private sectors. Market sources also praise his "clear and succinct advice."

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Band 1

John-George Willis

Tughans

From the Chambers UK guide

John-George Willis is a market leader when it comes to corporate work in Northern Ireland, and is known by clients to be "very knowledgeable and commercial." He advises on substantial acquisitions and is particularly regarded for his expertise in the energy and construction sectors.

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Band 2

Mills Selig

From the Chambers UK guide

Chris Guy wins praise from clients for providing an "excellent, hassle-free experience," with one commenting that "he totally understood the process and what I wanted to achieve." He is recognised for his knowledge of a variety of corporate transactions, including MBOs, private equity-related matters and acquisitions.

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Band 2

Carson McDowell

From the Chambers UK guide

Managing partner Michael Johnston is known for his years of experience handling a variety of corporate transactions, including equity investments, demergers and business sales. Clients say: "He makes himself available at all times and he can be relied on to deal with matters professionally and competently."

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Band 2

A&L Goodbody

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of department Alastair Keith works on complex investment transactions and multi-jurisdictional business sales, and is described as "a realist who tries to find solutions and offers a sensible, pragmatic and deal-making approach." Other sources appreciate that he is "approachable and quick to respond."

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Band 2

Tughans

From the Chambers UK guide

Ciara Lagan is "known by new businesses as the go-to person on the corporate side," according to an impressed client, who also describes her as "an extension to my business." She acts on sales, acquisitions and private equity investments across a wide range of sectors, both domestically and across jurisdictions.

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Band 2

Arthur Cox

From the Chambers UK guide

"Outstanding partner" Lynsey Mallon's greatest attribute is "her ability to listen to and help clients come to their own conclusion with her support," according to sources. She specialises in corporate M&A within her broader commercial practice, working on behalf of both local and international corporate clients. Interviewees commend her for "finding ways to satisfy the other side without compromising the client's position in difficult negotiations."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Millar McCall Wylie

From the Chambers UK guide

Damian McParland advises companies on issues surrounding investment, acquisitions and other matters related to corporate finance. "He's excellent on the technical side of things," says one client, whilst another calls him "one of the most commercial people in the region."

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Band 2

Elliott Duffy Garrett

From the Chambers UK guide

"Experienced corporate lawyer and very solid guy" Kevin McVeigh undertakes a variety of corporate matters including MBOs, investments and business sales on behalf of a range of local businesses. Clients praise his "strong commercial awareness and all-round excellent knowledge on various aspects of law."

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Band 2

Arthur Cox

From the Chambers UK guide

Alan Taylor is praised for his "highly effective style" and for "looking at situations objectively." He advises major corporate entities on high-value, complex transactions across a range of industries and sectors.

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Band 3

Carson McDowell

From the Chambers UK guide

One client praises Gerard Armstrong for "thinking of things I don't and putting in extra miles to serve the best interests of the client." He advises companies from the agrifood and construction industries on a range of transactional matters.

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Band 3

Tughans

From the Chambers UK guide

James Donnelly's practice includes handling MBOs, private equity investments and other commercial transactions on behalf of clients from a variety of sectors. Market commentators variously describe him as "logical and considered," "well informed and pragmatic," and "a good technician."

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Band 3

Davidson McDonnell

From the Chambers UK guide

Vicky Dummigan of Davidson McDonnell is "effortlessly intelligent" and "thinks quickly on her feet," according to one interviewee, who adds that "you really feel like you're getting the best for your team" when working with her. She operates a largely transactional corporate practice consisting of joint venture work and equity structuring in addition to M&A matters.

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Band 3

Edwards & Co

From the Chambers UK guide

Jennifer Ebbage of Edwards & Co advises shareholders and companies on mergers, business sales and MBOs, with particular experience working with charities. Sources view her as "very clear and supportive in her advice."

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Band 3

Caldwell & Robinson

From the Chambers UK guide

Philip Gilliland of Caldwell & Robinson assists with shareholder agreements and complex transactional structures, as well as providing corporate advice on a range of share sales and investments. Clients commend his "very proactive and business-oriented approach," and are impressed with "his understanding of situations and the speed with which he deals with inquiries."

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Band 3

Cleaver Fulton Rankin

From the Chambers UK guide

"Strong practitioner" Hilary Griffith joined Cleaver Fulton Rankin from Pinsent Masons in January 2017. She frequently appears assisting with acquisitions in the energy, agrifood and healthcare sectors.

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Band 3

Millar McCall Wylie

From the Chambers UK guide

Scott Kennedy joined the firm from Cleaver Fulton Rankin in August 2017. He is a technology expert as well as a seasoned commercial lawyer who assists companies with equity financing in addition to undertaking the typical range of corporate M&A work. Clients appreciate him for "working tirelessly on transactions to get them to a successful conclusion," with one describing him as "a pragmatic, good communicator who makes sure everybody's on the same page."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Tughans

From the Chambers UK guide

John McGuckian is noted for his focus on private equity-related work, with clients appreciating that "he talks like a businessman rather than a lawyer and he has great insight." He frequently advises on share purchases and investments and is capable of leading complex cross-border transactions.

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Band 3

Kenneth Rutherford

DWF LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Banking expert Kenneth Rutherford undertakes a range of corporate assignments, including M&A and joint venture agreements.

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Band 3

Mills Selig

From the Chambers UK guide

Kathryn Walls possesses a broad scope of expertise encompassing IT and IP matters in addition to corporate M&A. One impressed client says she is "the best solicitor I have ever dealt with," commenting further that she "dealt with every issue before you had thought of it yourself."

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Up and Coming

Johnsons Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

"Skilled and able commercial lawyer" Rhys Jones acts on share purchases and restructures on behalf of a number of local businesses. One impressed source comments: "Day or night he'll take a call and he'll come back promptly with an answer," whilst others agree that he is "attentive, knowledgeable and very accommodating."

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Up and Coming

Macaulay Wray

From the Chambers UK guide

John Turley joined Macaulay Wray from Millar McCall Wylie in December 2016. Market sources call him "a strong performer," who is "very helpful" and "good to work with." He has a broad corporate practice, taking on a range of corporate, transactional and advisory work.

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Associates to watch

A&L Goodbody

From the Chambers UK guide

David Rowan assists on a wide spectrum of corporate transactions for clients in the private sector, including MBOs and strategic investments as well as M&A. Industry commentators variously describe him as "very impressive," "personable" and "easy to deal with".

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