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:

  • Praxair, Inc. on its proposed $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 proposed reorganisation pursuant to which a new company, Bank of Ireland Group plc, will become the group’s new holding company.
  • Greencore Group plc on its proposed $747.5m acquisition of Peacock Foods and related £440m rights issue.
  • A US corporation on its $49bn acquisition of an Irish public company and related re-domiciliation to Ireland.
  • A leading global insurer on a merger of equals with an Irish public company implemented by reverse takeover.
  • Representing a US private equity firm on its acquisition of an Irish aviation business.
  • A leading Irish utility on the acquisition of a significant renewable energy portfolio in Ireland.
  • A leading Irish public company in successfully defending an unsolicited offer and subsequent sale to a US corporation by way of a corporate inversion.
  • A leading Irish public company on a significant third party investment effected by way of a “cashbox” placing.

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


Admitted as a Solicitor in Ireland 2001


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