John is a corporate partner and is Head of International at the firm. He specialises in corporate law and has a broad corporate and commercial practice including advising upon domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions and other complex corporate transactions.

John also deals with corporate reorganisations and migrations, loan portfolio acquisitions and sales and has significant experience in corporate governance matters for both regulated and unregulated entities. He also deals extensively with overseas clients and counsel on the establishment of business operations in Ireland and in respect of ongoing legal requirements and issues. He has particular experience and expertise in transactions and advisory work in the technology, energy and financial services sectors. John has, during the course of his career, headed up both our London and New York offices, headed up one of the firm’s M&A teams and has served on, and currently participates in, the firm’s Management Committee. He is a member of the Firm’s Policy Committee.

Relevant Experience

  • Acting for KBC Bank on multiple significant corporate and loan portfolio transactions
  • Acting for the shareholders of 8West in the sale of a 50% interest to Washington Dental Service
  • Acting for the shareholders of the Glennon Group in its sale to the Ardonagh Group
  • Acting for Brewin Dolphin on its proposed acquisition of Investec Ireland’s wealth management business
  • Acting for Epiris funds on its take private acquisition of IFG Group plc
  • Acting for Astorg and Bridgepoint in relation to the acquisition of the Fenergo Group
  • Acting for Exponent Private Equity in relation to the acquisition of a majority investment in Xeinadin
  • Acting for Wells Fargo Bank in relation to the establishment of a licensed bank in Ireland and various ongoing corporate transactional and regulatory matters
  • Acting for Bain Capital on the acquisition of multiple loan portfolios
  • Acting for Blackstone on the acquisition and sale of multiple loan portfolio, corporate and real estate assets
  • Acting for a number of other leading US private equity houses with respect to the acquisition and sale of certain Irish loan portfolio and other assets