Justin is a partner in the Corporate Department, specialising in corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions and private equity transactions. He has extensive experience in corporate and commercial law with particular emphasis on all aspects of offers for, or the acquisition or disposal of interests in public companies and the regulation of such transactions, public offers of equity and debt securities by Irish and foreign issuers, private enterprise acquisitions and disposals, private equity investments and investment and acquisition transactions involving management groups. Justin has advised bidders, shareholders, financial advisers and other parties involved in many of the public-to-private transactions which have taken place in Ireland involving quoted companies over the last five years in addition to many high profile and complex transactions involving the acquisition of or investments in enterprises. He also regularly advises in relation to the resolution of disputes between shareholders and demergers/separations of interests in complex and sensitive investment and shareholder matters.
Justin is the author of the Irish Takeover Legislation, which sets out the regulations and process involved in takeovers for public companies in Ireland 2007, new edition 2009. International directories have consistently ranked Justin as one of Ireland's leading corporate lawyers over the last several years – such recommendations are included in the current editions of PLC Which Lawyer and the Chambers Global Guide to the World’s leading lawyers.
Chambers Global – The World’s Leading Lawyers, Chambers and Partners 2013.
Justin is recommended as a Leader in his Field in the ‘Capital Markets’ and ‘Corporate and M&A’ fields. Sources identify Justin McKenna as "a great lawyer; commercially minded, reliable, and helpful."
Chambers Global – The World’s Leading Lawyers, Chambers and Partners 2012.
Justin is recommended as a Leader in his Field in the ‘Capital Markets’ and ‘Corporate and M&A’ fields. Justin McKenna is recommended for his takeover expertise: he is an adviser to the Irish Takeover Panel and represented Dragon Oil in a USD1.3 billion proposed takeover bid. On the Capital Markets side, he is key member of the department. He covers acquisitions and disposals by public companies, and public offers of equity and debt securities by both Irish and foreign issuers.
Chambers Europe – Europe’s Leading Business Lawyers, 2013.
Justin is recommended as a Leader in his Field in the ‘Capital Markets’ and ‘Corporate and Merger & Acquisitions’ fields. Sources identify Justin McKenna as "a great lawyer; commercially minded, reliable and helpful." He led on the Terra Energy takeover of Sterling Green Group. Justin McKenna covers corporate finance, M&A and private equity mandates. He is advising Bord Gáis Éireann on the structural issues arising out of the implementation of the EU's Third Package on Energy Liberalisation.
Chambers Europe – Europe’s Leading Business Lawyers, 2012.
Justin is recommended as a Leader in his Field in the ‘Capital Markets’ and ‘Corporate and Merger & Acquisitions’ fields. 'Justin McKenna is another key member of the [Capital Markets] department. He covers acquisitions and disposals in public companies, public offers of equity, and debt securities of both Irish and foreign issuers.' Within the Corporate team, 'Justin McKenna is recommended for his takeover expertise.'
Legal 500, 2012.
Justin is recommended in the field of 'Corporate and Commercial', where 'one client describes Justin McKenna as being "consistently one of the best lawyers in Dublin".'
Legal 500, 2011.
Justin is recommended in the field of 'Corporate and Commercial'.
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