Corporate and M&A Northern Ireland

The Practice

The Arthur Cox Company and Commercial Group in Belfast comprises four partners and seven associates and is a leader in its field.

Alan Taylor and the team have very significant experience in relation to dealing with all manner of contractual matters. We regularly advise public and private sector clients on a range of commercial agreements, including joint venture, R&D projects, partnering and collaboration agreements.

Arthur Cox in Belfast is widely recognised for the quality of its Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Finance advice. Our general corporate and commercial experience is unsurpassed and our Corporate Group is a dynamic player in local business and corporate law.  Mirroring the structure of Arthur Cox as a whole, our Belfast Company/Commercial practice is the largest within the local office and, combined with the strength and depth of our other specialist departments, the Corporate Group advises on highly complex commercial transactions.  We have been, and continue to be, involved in most large M&A transactions in Northern Ireland.

Arthur Cox offers both company secretarial support and also (through the use of Annsgate Limited) acts as company secretary for a number of Northern Ireland incorporated subsidiaries of large Irish, UK and American corporations. We are able to ensure that not only all filings are made on time, but that reminders are provided in advance.  We also provide guidance notes and regular updates on company secretarial practice in Northern Ireland, including the changes that have been introduced and are due to be introduced by the Companies Act 2006. The Company Secretarial Services Department at Arthur Cox is dedicated to helping companies, and their directors, secretaries and managers comply with their statutory obligations by providing them with technical and practical support and assistance.  This includes advice and client-tailored seminars on directors’ duties and responsibilities. A full spectrum of company secretarial services will be available to you, including annual secretarial services, management of changes in officers and constitution, corporate restructuring, corporate governance advice and transaction support.


We have a unique depth of experience and resources to advise in relation to all aspects of company law. We can handle both large-scale, complex and lengthy transactions and day to day matters. We have built a strong reputation in Northern Ireland covering all areas of company and commercial law, advising clients in both the public and private sectors. Our work involves a wide range of corporate transactions and agreements, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, investment, agency, distribution and other commercial agreements.

We have extensive experience of advising on a range of corporate law issues, such as legal due diligence, reorganisation of share capital, issues of and subscription for shares, changes to the company’s articles of association, shareholder and board approvals and the drafting and negotiation of shareholder/subscription/investment agreements.

The Arthur Cox Corporate and Commercial practice is widely recognised as the strongest in Ireland. The firm has acted in almost every Irish transaction to date valued at over €1 billion. No other firm even comes close to matching this record.

In addition to our corporate transactional work, we have extensive experience in advising and generally assisting in a practical and commercial way on all contractual and commercial issues across a broad spectrum of industry sectors, both for our domestic and international clients, from large public companies to smaller private companies and organisations. We are highly experienced in drafting a wide range of commercial agreements and arrangements and draw upon specialist advice within the firm where necessary.