Maura has been a partner since 2007. Prior to joining Arthur Cox, she worked for Linklaters’ London office.
Maura advises international and domestic companies, as well as public sector bodies, on all aspects of corporate law and governance, as well as a wide range of commercial matters. Her clients include Ireland’s largest companies, with a focus on the financial services, industrials, entertainment and technology sectors.
Maura has extensive experience of advising on public and private M&A, with cross-border transactions being an area of focus. Maura regularly advises on both recommended and hostile takeovers, including schemes of arrangement and mergers.
Maura works with companies at every stage of their growth cycle, from initial funding, to private equity investment and through to their IPO or other liquidity event. Maura’s ECM track record is unique in Dublin, and her international experience is invaluable in advising companies and investors seeking to establish and invest in Ireland (FDI).
Maura recently authored the Ireland chapter of the 2020 edition of the Baker McKenzie Cross Border Listings Guide. You can view the full guide here.
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- Public M&A: Advising Flutter Entertainment on its all-share acquisition of The Stars Group; International Paper on its cash offer for Smurfit Kappa; Hanover Investors on its takeover of Escher Group; Paddy Power on its acquisition of Betfair using a scheme of arrangement; Emirates National Oil Corporation on its offer for Dragon Oil; Actavis on its acquisition of Allergan; Cooper Industries on its acquisition by Eaton Corporation; Hypo Real Estate on its acquisition of DEPFA Bank; Progress Software on its acquisition of IONA Technologies; JSC Severstal on its acquisition of Celtic Resources
- Private M&A: Advising Strongbridge Biopharma on an asset disposal to Novo Nordisk; Magnetic Solutions on its acquisition by Tokyo Electron; Paddy Power on the acquisition of Sportsbet; Paddy Power on its acquisition of CT Networks (Cayetano); advising US and European private equity funds on the acquisition of Irish assets
- Equity Capital Markets: Advising on the IPOs of Permanent TSB Group, Strongbridge Biopharma, Allegion, Green REIT, Aer Lingus and TVC Holdings; advising Flutter Entertainment on its £812 million share placing; advising Strongbridge Biopharma on a 10% strategic investment by Novo Nordisk; CRH on its placing of shares to fund the acquisition of strategic assets from Holcim and LaFarge; Green REIT on a placing and open offer; CRH on a rights issue; advising on listing consideration shares, share buybacks, share consolidations/splits and reductions of capital
- Demergers/Spins: Advising Ingersoll Rand on a Reverse Morris Trust transaction to spin off its industrial business to Gardner Denver; Eaton Corporation on the demergers of its lighting business; Ingersoll Rand on its spin-off of Allegion
- Cross-Border Transactions: Most of the transactions listed here have a cross-border dimension, but Maura has particular experience of using cross-border mergers, societas europea and other transaction structures to allow banks, insurance companies, market infrastructure providers and other regulated entities to restructure their operations in multiple jurisdictions – most recently in response to Brexit; advising Sparkassen und Giroverband Hessen-Thuringia on its acquisition of Naspa Dublin; Landesbank Baden-Wurtemberg on the first cross-border merger to be completed in Ireland
- Investments/Corporate Finance: Advising Cubic Telecom on recent funding by Act Venture Capital, the European Investment Bank and the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund; Future Finance on its €40 million Series C investment round; advising Magnetic Solutions on investments from Enterprise Ireland and a range of venture capital investors
- Public Sector: Advising the Irish Government on the establishment of Home Building Finance Ireland, the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland, and the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund; advising the National Pensions Reserve Fund on its investments in Irish banks, and on the transfer of its assets to the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund; advising the Irish Government on the restructuring and recapitalisation of the Irish banking sector from 2008 – 2015
“Maura McLaughlin provides pragmatic and commercially savvy advice and is an excellent sounding board for issues. She is clear and confident and poised. She also knows when to step in and when to leave things to her excellent associate.”
The Legal 500: Europe, Middle East & Africa, 2022
Maura McLaughlin’s “ability to get to the root of a complex issue very quickly, translate it into layman’s terms and give strategic advice that can be trusted.”
Chambers Europe: Europe’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2022
Maura McLaughlin has “really deep subject matter expertise, with a hands on, can do approach that makes client engagement a pleasure.”
The Legal 500: Europe, Middle East & Africa, 2022
“Maura McLaughlin really knows her stuff and gives clear, pragmatic advice every time.”
The Legal 500, Europe, Middle East & Africa, 2021
Education & Qualifications
- BA (Hons) (Cantab), 1997, Trinity College, Cambridge University
- Certificate in Professional Legal Studies, 1999, Queen’s University of Belfast
- Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland, 2003
- Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales (non-practising), 2000
- Admitted as a solicitor in Northern Ireland (non-practising),1999
- Member of the International Bar Association