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Privatisation And State Transactions

The Irish Government has commissioned a report for December 2010 about its continuing investment as shareholder in a wide range of industries.  Any consequent privatisation programme will generate economic activity of a variety which our team are very familiar with and experienced in. 

We have worked on a number of significant State related transactions in Ireland.  Our experience includes advising on full privatisation processes, divestments, hive-downs, spin outs, investments, joint ventures, acquisitions and demergers in the public-private context.  

Recent Work

  • Advising Quinn Insurance in its acquisition of BUPA, with a particular focus on the health insurance regulatory position in Ireland, including a detailed analysis of risk allocation and community rating in Ireland and other jurisdictions.
  • Advising Quinn Insurance Limited in the constitutional action challenging the introduction of the Health Insurance (Amendment) Act 2007, including parallel judicial review proceedings brought by the same company challenging the decision of the Health Insurance Authority to levy risk equalisation payments.
  • Advising FLS Aerospace in acquiring TEAM Aer Lingus from the then State-owned flag carrier, Aer Lingus, including advising on the hive-down arrangements and subsequent demerger and sale to FLS Aerospace together with ancillary arrangements.
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David O’Donnell

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