Cian McCourt

Cian McCourt | Corporate M&A Lawyer | Arthur Cox
  • Cian McCourt
  • +353 1 920 1446
  • Arthur Cox, Ten Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2, D02 T380, Ireland


Cian is head of the Corporate and M&A Department in Arthur Cox. 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:

  • Allergan plc on its pending $63 billion merger with Abbvie.
  • Mediahuis NV on its €145.6 million recommended offer for Independent News & Media plc.
  • Aryzta A.G. on its €800 million underwritten rights issue and the resulting admission of shares on the SIX Swiss Exchange and Euronext Dublin.
  • Praxair, Inc. on its $70 billion merger of equals with Linde A.G. and the admission of Linde plc to the NYSE and the main market in Frankfurt.
  • Greencore Group plc on its sale of Greencore US for $1,075 million and related £509 million share repurchase/tender offer.
  • 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.
  • Bank of Ireland on its reorganisation and establishment of its new holding company, Bank of Ireland Group plc.
  • Greencore Group plc on its $747.5 million acquisition of Peacock Foods and related £440 million rights issue.
  • Medtronic Inc. on its $49 billion 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.

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


Admitted as a Solicitor in Ireland 2001


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