International / FDI

The Practice

Arthur Cox represents a very large proportion of overseas investment in Ireland. The firm acts for many North American, European and other international clients and represents over 350 overseas companies with Irish operations.

The depth of the firm’s experience results in efficient and cost effective service of the highest quality. Our policy is to use our experience to work with clients to identify current and future corporate needs in Ireland and circumvent obstacles before they arise.

Our Inward Investment Group is highly qualified, responsive and service oriented. A number of its lawyers have been educated and have practised in the United States and the United Kingdom. Another was formerly in-house counsel to IDA Ireland (the principal Irish development agency). We therefore have both an understanding of foreign law concepts and issues and unparalleled experience in dealing with development structures and grant agreements and this has proven to be of unique value to our overseas clients.

The group draws on the expertise of the other relevant practice groups within the firm including TaxCorporateFinanceEmploymentIntellectual PropertyEnvironment and PlanningConstructionFinancial Regulatory and Asset Management and Investment Funds.


We advise on the full range of issues governing all aspects of inward investment work:

  • Tax planning and advice on appropriate tax and corporate structures
  • Company incorporation
  • Negotiation of the development agency grant agreement
  • Advice on general corporate matters and corporate governance
  • Company secretarial
  • Advice on intellectual property development, licensing and protection
  • Advice on employment law and employee benefits
  • Property matters
  • Environmental and planning law advice
  • Advice on commercial contracts and terms and conditions of trade


The firm’s track record in the area of inward investment is unrivalled.

Our Inward Investment Group has built its reputation on providing a specialised, business focused legal service which maximises the interests of our overseas clients.

The firm represents a large number of international clients, from well-known multinational corporations to emerging and growth companies. Our international clients come from all sectors – from heavy manufacturers to pharmaceuticals/ biotechnology companies, high technology businesses and tax driven financial services operations. In particular, we have advised many of the leading names in the pharmaceutical/ biosciences, technology and financial services areas with respect to the establishment of a diverse range of Irish operations.