Colin Kavanagh

  • Colin Kavanagh
  • +353 1 920 1196
  • Arthur Cox, Ten Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2, D02 T380, Ireland


Colin is a Partner in the Corporate Group and head of the firm’s Life Sciences Group and Media and Entertainment Group. Colin provides corporate, commercial, regulatory and intellectual property advice across a range of industries but in particular the life sciences, food, beverage, agri-business, media, sports, entertainment and technology sectors.

Colin advises those and other industries on mergers, acquisitions and investments, cross-border tax and intellectual property re-organisations, post-acquisition integrations and corporate treasury activities.

Colin advises on the drafting and negotiation of commercial contracts and arrangements and related disputes across a range of sectors, with a particular focus on IP based industries.

Colin also advises on the regulation of the life sciences and media industries in Ireland. Colin is an affiliate member of the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association (IPHA), the Irish Medical Devices Association (IMDA) and the council of Ibec’s Audio Visual Federation.


Significant recent experience includes advising:

Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions

  • a US pharmaceutical company on the disposal of a manufacturing plant to a Korean CMO
  • a Canadian business process outsourcing provider on an investment in an Irish business
  • the shareholders of an Irish medical device business on a sale to a US multinational
  • a global top 5 medical device business on an investment in an Irish business
  • a global top 30 medical device company on the acquisition of an Irish business
  • an Irish agricultural co-op on the disposal of businesses in Europe
  • an Irish telecoms provider on the establishment of a broadcasting platform and the acquisition of a sports broadcaster
  • a global media company on the acquisition of an Irish television station
  • advising on the disposal of a number of radio broadcasters to a global media company
  • a number of multinational pharmaceutical and medtech companies on the Irish aspects of global mergers
  • a number of multinational pharmaceutical, medical device and technology companies on tax and intellectual property based corporate re-organisations


  • pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing sites on the procurement of raw materials, equipment and services and distribution and logistics arrangements
  • oil and gas engineering service providers on the provision of services, domestically and overseas
  • providers of satellite broadcasting services on their contractual arrangements
  • both buyers and sellers of utilities and fuel businesses on their post transaction arrangements relating to the supply of products, services and co-operation
  • one of Ireland’s largest agri-business companies on its supply and contract manufacturing arrangements, both in Ireland and overseas
  • companies across a wide range of industries on their business and contractual terms and on disputes arising in relation to them


  • pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers on post HPRA audit compliance issues
  • pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers on pricing and reimbursement
  • CRO’s and third level institutions on clinical trial contractual arrangements and regulation
  • wholesalers and brokers of medicinal products on compliance with the Falsified Medicines Directive
  • food supplement manufacturers and distributors on labelling and regulation
  • a range of public service and independent commercial television and radio broadcasters on regulatory issues arising on both business and programming acquisitions; on the interpretation of broadcasting legislation; and on their dealings with broadcasting regulators, both in Ireland and overseas
  • both advertisers and advertising agencies across a range of industries on regulatory and commercial issues arising out of the production of television, radio, print and on-line advertising, sponsorship of events, celebrity endorsements and event management


  • LL.M (Commercial Law), 1999, University College, Dublin
  • BCL, 1995, University College, Dublin
  • Admitted as a solicitor, 1999
  • The Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association, affiliate
  • The Irish Medical Devices Association
  • IBEC’s Audio Visual Federation Council
  • The Irish Film & Television Academy
  • International Association of Entertainment Lawyers
  • Law Society of Ireland