John is head of the Commercial Department in Arthur Cox – the Commercial Department includes a broad range of non-contentious corporate disciplines including tax, employment, pensions, construction, projects, company compliance, competition, technology and intellectual property. John was formerly head of the Technology and Innovation practice group and specialises in representing a broad range of technology companies from domestic Irish technology companies through to multinational household names with operations in Ireland (or engaging in technology transactions through Ireland). He gained his primary experience dealing with technology companies from North America establishing in Ireland when he was in charge of the Arthur Cox New York Office for over three years from 1996 to 1999 and he is also responsible for the operation of the Silicon Valley Office. He pioneered the development of the Irish “TopCo” structure for US VC backed projects locating in Ireland. In addition to practising law John is also a keen sportsman and represented Ireland in the Discus at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.