Maura McLaughlin

Maura McLaughlin | Corporate Lawyer | Arthur Cox | Dublin, Ireland


Maura advises international and domestic listed, public and private companies, as well as public sector bodies, on all aspects of company law and a wide range of commercial matters, as well as compliance and governance issues. She has extensive experience of advising on public and private mergers and acquisitions, with particular emphasis on takeovers, schemes of arrangement and mergers. Maura has employed this experience to achieve clients’ strategic objectives, notably in the design and implementation of structures permitting the inversion or migration of companies to Ireland on the establishment of operations here. Equity capital markets work is another area of focus: Maura regularly advises on Irish securities laws, and has acted for companies, investors and underwriters on listings and fundraisings. Prior to joining the firm, Maura worked for Linklaters’ London office.


Maura’s experience includes advising:

  • Ingersoll Rand on the $15 billion combination of its industrial business with Gardner Denver, the first Reverse Morris Trust involving an Irish Company
  • Eaton Corporation on the spin-off of its lighting business
  • Cubic Telecom on its €23.5 funding from the European Investment Bank
  • Paddy Power Betfair on its change of name to Flutter Entertainment
  • the Irish Government on the establishment of Home Building Finance Ireland, a limited company owned by the Minister for Finance and intended to facilitate the financing of house-building in Ireland
  • Strongbridge Biopharma on the disposal of certain assets to Novo Nordisk for €145 million, and a 10% strategic investment in Strongbridge by Novo Nordisk
  • International Paper on its $9 billion offer for Smurfit Kappa
  • Hanover Investors on its £35 million takeover offer for Escher Group plc
  • Future Finance on its €40 million Series C investment round
  • Cubic Telecom on its €40 million Series C investment round
  • Tyco on its $20 billion combination with Johnson Controls
  • Paddy Power on its €8 billion merger with Betfair
  • Strongbridge Biopharma on its incorporation in Ireland and IPO on NASDAQ
  • Emirates National Oil Corporation on its acquisition of Dragon Oil
  • the Minister for Finance on the capital restructuring, IPO and sale of shares in Permanent TSB
  • Paddy Power on its c. €400 million return of capital to shareholders
  • CRH on €1.6 billion “cashbox” placing to raise funds for the acquisition of certain assets from Holcim and LaFarge
  • Actavis plc on the US$66 billion acquisition of Allergan
  • Ingersoll-Rand plc on the demerger of its commercial and residential security businesses to Allegion plc
  • an Irish listed company on a Europe-wide outsourcing of its IT requirements
  • Green REIT plc on its initial public offering, and a €460 million subsequent placing of shares
  • Warner-Chilcott on its US$8.5 billion acquisition by Actavis by way of a scheme of arrangement
  • the National Treasury Management Agency on the exchange of Irish Government bonds for €30.6 billion worth of promissory notes issued by the Minister for Finance to the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (In Special Liquidation)
  • the Irish Government on the disposal of €1 billion of convertible capital notes in Bank of Ireland, and the redemption and securitisation of its redeemable preference stock
  • Magnetic Solutions Limited on its acquisition by Tokyo Electron Limited
  • Cooper Industries on its US$11.8 billion acquisition by Eaton Corporation by way of scheme of arrangement
  • on cross-border mergers involving English, German, Belgian, Spanish and Italian companies
  • Paddy Power on the acquisition of CT Networks (“Cayetano”)
  • the Irish Government on the sale of the majority of its stake in Bank of Ireland
  • the Irish Government on the demutualisation of EBS Building Society, the merger of EBS Building Society and Allied Irish Banks, the €5.2 billion recapitalisation of Bank of Ireland and the €14.8 billion recapitalisation of Allied Irish Banks in 2011
  • Paddy Power on its expansion into Australia through the acquisition of Sportsbet
  • the Irish Government on the recapitalisations of EBS Building Society, Irish Nationwide Building Society, the €3.4 billion placing and rights issue by Bank of Ireland, and the €3.9 billion recapitalisation of Allied Irish Banks, in 2010
  • Emirates National Oil Corporation on its bid for Dragon Oil plc, which was effected as a scheme of arrangement
  • the Irish Government on the €3.5 billion recapitalisation of Bank of Ireland, and the €3.5 billion recapitalisation of Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c., as well as the nationalisation and recapitalisation of Anglo Irish Bank, in 2009
  • CRH plc on its €1.2 billion rights issue
  • the Irish Government on the nationalisation and subsequent recapitalisation of Anglo Irish Bank
  • Sparkassen und Giroverband Hessen – Thüringen on its acquisition of Naspa Dublin
  • Progress Software Corporation on its acquisition of IONA Technologies plc
  • Landesbank Baden – Würtemberg on the first cross-border merger pursuant to Directive 2005/56/EC to be completed in Ireland
  • JSC Severstal on its successful takeover offer for Celtic Resources Holdings plc
  • Hypo Real Estate Holding AG on its acquisition of Depfa Bank plc by way of a scheme of arrangement
  • TVC Holdings plc on a placing and its admission to IEX and AIM
  • Aer Lingus in defending hostile takeover bids from Ryanair in 2006, 2008 and 2012
  • Aer Lingus on its initial public offering and admission to the official lists of the Irish and London Stock Exchanges


In addition to full-time practice, Maura is co-head of the firm’s Corporate and M&A team, and a member of the Trainee Steering Group, which is responsible for the recruitment and development of the firm’s trainees and interns. Maura participates in the firm’s pro bono activities, as well as mentoring associates as part of the firm’s diversity and inclusion initiatives. Maura speaks regularly at external conferences and seminars on areas relevant to her practice, including speaking on “The Future Role of Digital Tokens in Financial Services” at the Blockchain for Finance EU Conference in Dublin, and on “Ethics and Capital Markets” at the Capital Markets in the 21st Century conference in London.

  • BA (Hons) (Cantab), 1997, Trinity College, Cambridge University
  • Certificate in Professional Legal Studies, 1999, Queen's University of Belfast
  • Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland, 2003
  • Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales (non-practising), 2000
  • Admitted as a solicitor in Northern Ireland (non-practising),1999
  • International Bar Association
  • Author of the Ireland chapter of “Regulation of Public M&A in Europe” (October 2015)