Michael Coyle


Michael is a partner in the firm’s Corporate Department.

He focuses on public advisory work for international corporate clients, public and private merger and acquisition transactions, private equity transactions and working with his core domestic clients on all of their commercial and corporate requirements.

His transactional experience includes acting on international mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, spin-offs, joint ventures and complex private equity platform structures.

His public company advisory work specialises in providing Irish and European corporate governance, securities law and takeover defence advices in the context of the international stock exchange listing requirements of his clients.


Recent experience includes:

Public Advisory

Michael acts for a number of the firm’s largest stock exchange listed international corporate clients, providing corporate governance, securities law and takeover defence advices.

Public Company M&A

  • Epiris funds on their proposed take private acquisition of IFG Group plc
  • Praxair, Inc. on its $80 billion merger of equals with Linde A.G. under a new Irish holding company to be known as Linde plc
  • Medtronic plc on the sale of its $6.1 billion Patient Care, Deep Vein Thrombosis and Nutritional Insufficiency business to Cardinal Health
  • Fyffes plc’s €751 million takeover by Sumitomo Corporation
  • Actavis plc on structuring an $8.4 billion simultaneous ordinary and convertible share offering as part of funding its $66 billion acquisition of Allergan
  • Davy as sponsor of the €330 million IPO of Malin Corporation plc on the Irish Stock Exchange
  • Ingersoll-Rand plc on the demerger of its $2 billion commercial and residential security businesses to Allegion plc
  • Mallinckrodt plc on its $2.4 billion spin-off from Covidien plc

Private Company M&A

  • Brewin Dolphin on its proposed acquisition of Investec Ireland’s wealth management business
  • Accenture on its acquisition of Enterprise System Partners
  • Accenture on its acquisition of Rothco
  • Lundin Mining Corporation on its disposal of Galmoy Mines
  • ViaSat, Inc. on its acquisition of Arconics
  • Accenture on its acquisition of Silicon & Software Systems
  • Patrick McKillen on his defence of the takeover bid for the Claridges Hotel Group and subsequent acquisition of the group
  • Roadstone on the acquisition of Irish business assets from Cemex
  • CHS Inc. on its acquisition of Sinav Ltd
  • CRH on its sale of Premier Periclase

Private Equity

  • HG Capital on its minority investment in Thesaurus Software/BrightPay
  • Delaney & Frances on its investments in Examinetics and Biomass Heating Solutions
  • Each of Activate Capital (KKR / ISIF joint-venture), Albacore Capital, Avenue Capital and Bespoke Capital on its establishment of a private equity investment platform
  • Cision on its separate acquisitions of Prime and PR Newswire
  • Compliance Solutions on its separate acquisitions of Money Mate and Advise Technologies
  • Lincolnshire on its acquisition of National Pen
  • Advising commercial banks and private equity investors on devising a synthetic equity ownership interest in Irish borrowers as part of debt restructuring initiatives