Cian McCourt

Cian McCourt | Corporate M&A Lawyer | Arthur Cox


Cian is a partner in the Corporate Department. Cian specialises in mergers and acquisitions, advising on public and private transactions as well as corporate finance and equity capital markets transactions.

He has experience advising on domestic and cross border transactions in a number of industries including the pharma/healthcare, financial services and technology sectors as well as advising on corporate migrations, holding company structures, schemes of arrangement and cross border mergers.

Cian was previously a partner in another Irish law firm and was based in London and New York for a number of years. He has advised international clients and boards of directors on investing in Ireland and Irish based acquisitions including advising on some of the largest and most high profile public transactions in Irish corporate history. Cian is a member of the firm’s Management Committee.


Recent transactions include acting for:

  • Greencore Group plc on its proposed sale of Greencore US for $1,075 million and related special dividend of c. £500m.
  • Medtronic plc on its acquisition of Irish medtech firm Crospon Limited.
  • Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c. on its investment in Irish fintech firm TransferMate Limited.
  • Praxair, Inc. on its $70bn merger of equals with Linde A.G. under a new Irish holding company to be known as Linde plc.
  • Bank of Ireland on its reorganisation and establishment of its new holding company, Bank of Ireland Group plc.
  • Greencore Group plc on its $747.5m acquisition of Peacock Foods and related £440m rights issue.
  • Medtronic on its $49bn acquisition of Covidien plc and related re-domiciliation to Ireland.
  • Towers Watson on a merger of equals with Willis plc implemented by reverse takeover.
  • Representing a US private equity firm on its acquisition of an Irish aviation business.
  • Bord Gáis Éireann on the acquisition of the SWS renewable energy portfolio.
  • Elan Corporation, plc in successfully defending an unsolicited offer and subsequent sale to Perrigo Company by way of a corporate inversion.

B.A. (Mod) Business and Economics, Trinity College Dublin, 1996.


Admitted as a Solicitor in Ireland 2001


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