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

  • Advising Virgin Media, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Global, on its acquisition of UTV Ireland from ITV plc.
  • Advising McKesson Corporation on its acquisition of the pharmaceutical distribution business of Irish FTSE 250 company, UDG Healthcare plc.
  • Represented Brookfield Renewables Ireland in relation to the purchase of the renewable assets of Bord Gáis.


Legal 500, 2018

"Leading individual" and Hall of Fame member, David O’Donnell is “absolutely excellent"

Chambers Global, 2018

David has "superb commercial perspective as a corporate lawyer and ability to navigate tough situations with tight deadlines."

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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