Colin is a partner in the Corporate and M&A Group. He is head of the firm’s Life Sciences Group, Media, Entertainment and Sports Group, and Communications Group.

Colin provides corporate, commercial, regulatory and intellectual property advice across a range of industries but in particular the life sciences, food, beverage, agri-business, media, telecoms, sports, entertainment and technology sectors. Colin advises those and other industries on mergers, acquisitions and investments, cross-border tax and intellectual property re-organisations, post-acquisition integrations and corporate treasury activities. Colin advises on the drafting and negotiation of commercial contracts and arrangements a across a range of sectors, with a particular focus on IP based industries. Colin also advises on the regulation of the life sciences and media industries in Ireland.

Relevant Experience

  • Advising a US pharmaceutical company on the disposal of a manufacturing plant to a Korean CMO
  • Advising Spanish multinational on the acquisition of a Communications infrastructure business in Ireland
  • Advising a Canadian business process outsourcing provider on an investment in an Irish business
  • Advising the shareholders of an Irish medical device business on a sale to a US multinational
  • Advising a US biotech company on the acquisition of an Irish biotech business
  • Advising a range of business on supply, sourcing, outsourcing and contract manufacturing arrangements
  • Advising pharmaceutical, medtech and biotech businesses on product clinical trials, reimbursement, promotional and transactional regulatory issues
  • Advising an Irish telecoms provider on the establishment of a broadcasting platform and the acquisition of a sports broadcaster
  • Advising a global media company on the acquisition of an Irish television station
  • Advising on the disposal of a number of radio broadcasters to a global media company


“It is always a pleasure to work with the genial Colin Kavanagh.”

The Legal 500: Europe, Middle East and Africa, 2020

Colin Kavanagh is “a very straight shooter”

Chambers Europe: Europe’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2019

Colin Kavanagh is “practical, collegiate, proactive and solution-focused.”

Chambers Europe: Europe’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2018

Transaction Star

IP Stars 2022 (Ireland)

Education & Qualifications

  • LL M (Commercial Law), 1999, University College, Dublin
  • BCL, 1995, University College, Dublin
  • Admitted as a solicitor, 1999
  • Member of the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association, affiliate
  • Member of Medtech Ireland
  • Member of IBEC’s Audio Visual Federation Council
  • Member of The Irish Film & Television Academy
  • Member of Law Society of Ireland