Pádraig (52) is a senior Corporate Partner and served as Managing Partner of Arthur Cox for eight years until November 2011. He focusses on strategic corporate, M&A and governance issues. He has particular expertise in advising on regulated sectors and Irish State-related matters.
During his tenure as Managing Partner, Pádraig was named European Managing Partner of the Year and Arthur Cox was recognised as European Law Firm of the Year, Best Managed European Law Firm and Best European Corporate Citizen. He later received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Managing Partners’ Forum.
In January 2018 the Government appointed Pádraig as Chairman of the Effectiveness and Renewal Group for the Department of Justice and Equality, which issued its first report on 28 June 2018.
Pádraig was appointed as Chairman of the National Lottery in March 2018. Pádraig served as Chairman of daa plc, the Irish State airports company, for six years to January 2018. He also formerly served as non-executive director of Paddy Power Betfair plc until March 2018 and previously sat on the board of TVC plc.
Pádraig was featured as ‘Dealmaker in the Spotlight’ by the American Lawyer for his work for the Irish State on the financial aid programme provided to Ireland by the Troika of the IMF, EU Commission and ECB during Ireland’s banking crisis.
He also served as a member of the European Commission’s Insolvency Law Expert Group (ILEG), the advisory body to the European Commission on the development of an EU cross-border regulatory crisis management regime and resolution for the banking sector.
Pádraig is qualified in New York, where he practiced for six years, as well as in Ireland.