Stephen Hegarty

Stephen Hegarty | Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions | Arthur Cox


Stephen has considerable experience in acting for large public companies in stock exchange work and securities. He also advises with respect to share schemes and mergers and acquisitions.

Prior to joining Arthur Cox, Stephen spent a number of years working in the Commercial Department of an international firm in London, where his practice was mainly focussed on corporate finance.


Stephen regularly advises boards of public companies on corporate governance, shareholder activism and regulatory compliance. Some of Stephen’s public company transactional experience includes the following:

  • Applegreen plc’s acquisition of a majority interest in Welcome Break Holdings Ltd
  • Total Produce plc’s 45% acquisition of Dole Foods
  • Fyfffes plc’s €751 million takeover by Sumitomo Corporation
  • Total Produce plc’s €108 million capital reduction
  • Aer Lingus Group plc’s €1.4 billion takeover by IAG
  • NTR plc’s €219 million return of capital and demerger of its wind business
  • Fyffes plc’s US$1 billion aborted merger with Chiquita Brands International plc
  • Glanbia plc’s sale of its Dairy Ingredients Ireland business to a joint venture with its majority shareholder, Glanbia Co-operative Society Limited
  • NTR plc’ €100 million return of capital
  • Aer Lingus Group plc’s €500 million capital reduction
  • Greencore Group plc’s attempted merger with Northern Foods plc
  • The Irish Government’s €3.5 billion recapitalisation of Bank of Ireland, and the €3.5 billion recapitalisation of Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c.,
  • Total Produce plc’s demerger from Fyffes plc and admission to AIM and ESM
  • Balmoral International Land plc’s demerger from Fyffes plc and admission to AIM and ESM
  • The management in the contested offers for Irish Continental Group plc
  • IWP plc’s take private by SVP Funds
  • First Active plc’s takeover by Ulster Bank Limited
  • Lundin Mining Corporation’s takeover of Arcon Mining International plc
  • Grafton Group plc’s takeover of Heiton Group plc
  • Aer Lingus Group plc and the takeover bids from Ryanair in 2006, 2008 and 2012
  • Madison Dearborn’s €3.4 billion takeover of Jefferson Smurfit
  • British Telecommunications plc’s US$2.5 billion takeover of Esat Telecom Group plc
  • Unilever plc’s takeover of Lyons Holdings plc
  • eircom plc’s takeover by the Valentia Consortium
  • Demerger of eircell from eircom plc and its acquisition by Vodafone
  • IPO of Aer Lingus Group plc
  • IPO of Power Lesiure plc
  • IPO of First Active plc
  • IPO of eircom plc
  • Green Property plc’s takeover of Trafford Park Estates plc
  • IWP plc’s takeover of Jeyes Group plc
  • Merger of Avonmore Foods plc and Waterford Foods plc
  • QMC, LL M, 1989, London University
  • BA (Mod), 1985, Trinity College, Dublin
  • Admitted as a solicitor, 1988 Ireland and 1989 UK