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ByrneWallace places 3rd amongst Ireland's M&A Legal Advisers

Thursday, 19 November 2020

For the fourth consecutive year, ByrneWallace has retained its position amongst Ireland’s top 10 leading legal advisers on mergers and acquisitions (M&A) according to the latest league tables published by Experian MarketIQ. 

The report, which tracked M&A transactions with values over €500,000 across Ireland and the UK from 1 January to 30 September 2020, credited ByrneWallace with having advised on 12 deals totalling €512 million, placing the firm third in the rankings of legal advisers on Irish deals by deal value, one of only four Irish headquartered firms in the top 10 in those rankings.  

Commenting on the rankings, ByrneWallace Head of the Corporate Neil Keenan said, “2020 has been an exceptionally busy year for the ByrneWallace Corporate Team. Despite the initial slowdown in the market at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, transactional activity in our practice has remained very strong. 

“The firm advised on a number of landmark deals spanning many industry sectors. Activity in life sciences, technology, healthcare and energy was especially strong, areas where our Corporate Team have particular specialist expertise.” 

Transactions which ByrneWallace advised on included the high profile sales of Precision Biotics and Inflazome; the much publicised sale of Interactive Services to U.S. based LRN Corporation; the sale of food company M&M Walshe Holdings (owner of Callan Bacon) to Eight Fifty Food Group; the sale of Ireland’s largest building on behalf of a South African Fund; and the sale of a corporate and real estate loan portfolio to Ready Capital (NYSE:RC).

ByrneWallace also advised on a number of significant fundraisings during the year by companies such as OneProjects, Avectas, Neuromod and Priothera in the life sciences sector, and GridBeyond and Mainstream Renewable Power in the energy sector.

“As we look ahead, there will no doubt be consolidation within many sectors as businesses seek to repair and re-restructure particularly those most hard hit by the pandemic. This should create opportunities for Irish and international private equity investors and drive further growth in M&A activity to the end of 2020 and well into 2021.” 

For more information on M&A transactions which we advised on, visit Recent Work.

For full details on the report, visit Experian MarketIQ UK and Republic of Ireland M&A Review 2020.  

For advice or further information on our Corporate and M&A services, click here or contact a member of the ByrneWallace Corporate Team.

Head of Corporate Neil Keenan with Managing Partner Feargal Brennan (left). Photo taken pre-Covid-19 social distancing restrictions.