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 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 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.

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, second 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.


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

Representative Matters

  • Acted for the shareholders in SteriPack Limited on the sale of its medical device packaging operations and related value-added services to Bemis Company, Inc.
  • Acted for the shareholders in OSG Outsource Services Group Limited which was acquired by Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc.
  • Acted for Activision Blizzard, Inc. in its $5.9bn recommended offer by way of scheme of arrangement for King Digital Entertainment plc.


Chambers and Partners, 2017

Equity Capital Markets: “Long-standing reputation in the area" 

Corporate/M&A: “Calm under pressure" 

Legal 500, 2017

Recognised by clients as "superb"


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/Beverage & Agriculture Law Aviation, Leasing & Asset Finance Law 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)