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.
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- Securities Law
- Public to private transactions
- Private Equity/ Management Buy-outs
- 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.
- Advised Dragon Oil plc in relation to the recommended Stg£3.7bn cash offer by Emirates National Oil Company.
- Advised Deutsche Bank A.G. in relation to the recommended €1.4bn offer by IAG for Aer Lingus.
- Advised Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) and Goodbody Stockbrokers as Joint Global Coordinators in connection with the €400m placing and IPO of Cairn Homes plc.
- Advised Ormonde Mining plc in relation to the hostile approach from Almonty and $90m debt and equity investment by Oaktree in its Tungsten mine at Barruecapardo, Spain.
- Advised Irish Residential Properties REIT Plc on its €200 million placing and admission of its share capital to the Main Market of the Irish Stock Exchange.
- Advised Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners in its acquisition of the renewables business of Bord Gáis Éireann.
- Advised Mediaforce in its acquisition of 14 regional newspapers.
- Acted for the providers of finance arranged by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated and J.P. Morgan Securities for the $7.3bn offer by Royalty Pharma for Elan Corporation plc
- Acted for the shareholders of Vordel Limited in its sale to Axway AG
- Acted for Celesio AG in the disposal of Cahill May Roberts Limited to Uniphar plc;
- Advised Samsung on Irish law aspects of the $1.375bn (consideration comprising cash and Seagate shares) sale of its hard drive division to Seagate
- Advised Terra Resources in its reverse takeover of Sterling Green Group plc, AIM and ESM listing and placing
- Advised Fastnet Oil & Gas plc on its acquisition of Pathfinder Hydrocarbon Resources Limited (Morocco)
- Advised Clondalkin Group limited on the acquisition of Catalent Ireland
- Advised Orogen Gold Limited on its reverse merger with Medavinci plc
- Advised on Berkshire Partners LLP, Advent International Corporation and Bain Capital Partners LLC in their joint $1.2bn bid by recommended scheme of arrangement for Skillsoft plc
- Advised Dragon Oil plc on the recommended Stg£2.4bn offer by Emirates National Oil Company by means of a scheme of arrangement
- Advised the Irish Takeover Panel on the challenge by way of judicial review by Ryanair plc to its decisions restricting communication by Ryanair in connection with its hostile bid for Aer Lingus plc
- Represented the Shareholders of Sligo Champion in its sale to Independent News and Media plc
- Represented the Shareholders of Tuam Herald in its sale to the Midland Newspaper Group
- Advised Gaslink, the new Irish independent system operator for the Irish gas transmission network, on the unbundling of the operation of the Irish gas transmission network out of the state-owned vertically integrated incumbent, Bord Gais Éireann
- Advised Valero Corporation on the acquisition of the Irish downstream assets of Chevron
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"
Chambers and Partners, 2016
"Extremely strong all-round lawyer"
Chambers and Partners, 2015
Capital Markets: "He is a consummate operator; he is fantastic with clients and a real problem solver – he knows what people need and delivers on it."
Corporate/M&A: "Practical, commercial but also diplomatic"
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