Ireland

IRISH UPDATE: Key Issues for Irish Listed Companies when Considering Shareholder Activism

The volatility in global markets caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic uncertainty has put activist shareholders and defending against opportunistic bids at the top of the agenda for listed companies. We have set out below 14 key considerations relating to shareholder activism that Irish-incorporated listed companies should be focused on in the current … Continued

Editor's Note: Brian O’Gorman is a Partner in Arthur Cox's Corporate and M&A group. He has advised on many of the largest and most high profile Irish M&A transactions over the past 20 years. Kate Hogan is an Associate at Arthur Cox.

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IRISH UPDATE – Recent Trends in Corporate Migrations

Over the past decade a global trend of optimising holding company structures has developed amongst publicly traded multinational corporations. The strategic relocation of a holding company is, more often than not, conducted in tandem with a merger or other significant M&A transaction. Ireland, alongside other jurisdictions such as the United Kingdom and Switzerland, has emerged … Continued

Editor’s Note:  Brian O’Gorman specialises in corporate finance with a particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, public takeovers, equity capital markets and private equity.  Suzanne Kearney is a professional support lawyer at Arthur Cox.

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IRISH UPDATE – New legal regime for Irish companies due in 2015

 Highlights:  New legislation, the Companies Bill 2012 due to become law in early 2015 will consolidate Irish company law into one comprehensive piece of legislation. The new company law regime will offer practical benefits and greater flexibility for Irish companies ranging from allowing companies to be incorporated more efficiently to radical reforms such as the … Continued

Editor’s Note:  Brian O’Gorman specialises in corporate finance with a particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, public takeovers, equity capital markets and private equity.  Suzanne Kearney, professional support lawyer at Arthur Cox, contributed to this article.

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IRISH UPDATE – Trends and Prospects in Irish M&A Activity

Highlights:  M&A activity in Ireland has been affected by global and national economic difficulties experienced over the past three years, but Ireland’s M&A activity has recovered from the historic lows experienced in 2009.  This recovery looks set to gather pace in 2012. Much of Ireland’s M&A activity during 2011 was driven by the restructuring of … Continued

Editor’s note:  This paper was contributed by Brian O’Gorman, managing partner of Arthur Cox and a member of the XBMA Legal Roundtable (Ireland). This article was co-authored by Maura McLaughlin and Caroline Connolly of Arthur Cox.  Brian, Maura and Caroline each specialise in corporate law, with a particular emphasis on corporate finance, takeovers and mergers & acquisitions.

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