David O’Donnell


David is a partner and Head of our Corporate team, practicing in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, securities law, joint ventures, private equity and venture capital, corporate establishments and corporate finance.

David advises a broad range of clients including global corporates doing business in and through Ireland and some of Ireland’s leading corporates and entrepreneurs.  David advises clients on the structuring of acquisitions and divestments both in Ireland and on a cross border basis.

David also advises general partners and limited partners on the structuring of venture capital funds and the investment by those funds in investee companies. He also has extensive experience in advising global corporates and international private equity firms on merger and acquisition transactions and intra-group restructurings.

In conjunction with his tax and regulation colleagues, David advises companies on the establishment of operations in Europe.

David has also represented many of Ireland’s entrepreneurs through the cycle from start-up to IPO or trade sale.


  • Corporate law
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Venture capital 
  • Private Equity
  • Joint Ventures
  • Shareholder Agreements
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Establishments
  • Partnerships
  • Securities Law
  • Intragroup Restructurings

Representative Matters

  • Represented Boparan Holdings Limited (2 Sisters Food Group) on the Irish law aspects on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Green Isle Food Limited, including Goodfellas Pizza, to Nomad Foods Europe Limited.
  • Represented RCI Banque Ireland on its investment in iCabbi.
  • Represented the shareholders of Blueface Limited in its merger with Star2Star Communications.


Chambers & Partners, 2021

Clients describe David as "a good, measured and easy to work with operator".

Legal 500, 2021

David is celebrated as an elite ‘Hall of Fame’ practitioner.

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Areas of Expertise

Corporate Law Corporate Advisory Mergers & Acquisitions Sports Law Life Sciences Brexit

Professional Memberships

Law Society of Ireland

Advisory Committee of Business Angels Partnership

Chairman of the Closely Held and Growing Enterprises Committees, International Bar Association ( 2005-2007)

President of Trinity Business Alumni - 2011


University of Dublin, Trinity College, LLB