Justin McKenna


Justin is a partner in our Corporate team, specialising in corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions and private equity transactions. He has extensive experience in corporate transactions 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 securities by Irish and foreign issuers, private equity transactions 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 recent 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.

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.


  • Corporate
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Securities Law
  • Public to private transactions
  • Private Equity/ Management Buy-outs

Representative Matters

  • Advising Goldman Sachs International in connection with the €718m offer by way of recommended scheme of arrangement by Causeway Consortium Limited for Applegreen plc.
  • Advising Nomura International plc in connection with the €318m offer by way of recommended scheme of arrangement by Outsourcing Inc. for CPL Resources plc.

  • Advised the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment on corporate/company law aspects of the National Broadband Project.


Chambers & Partners, 2020

Justin is "efficient, straightforward and always extremely easy to deal with". 

Legal 500, 2020

Justin is an "exceptional partner, always at the end of a phone and always very thorough in his detailed advice"


The European Lawyer Reference - Mergers & Acquisitions - First edition, 2012

Getting the Deal Through - Securities Finance - Irish Chapter - 2012

Mergers & Acquisitions - The European Lawyer Reference Series 2012

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Areas of Expertise

Inward Investment Company Law Food, Agriculture & Beverage Aviation, International Asset Finance International Business Recent Deals Private Equity and Venture Capital Mergers & Acquisitions Doing Business In Ireland Corporate Law Equity Capital Markets

Professional Memberships

Law Society of Ireland


University College Dublin (BCL)

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (C Dip. AF)