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.

Justin is a member of the board of directors of the Irish Takeover Panel as the nominee of the Law Society of Ireland. 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

  • Advised Davy Stockbrokers as Placing Agent and Euronext Growth Advisor in relation to the IPO of Corre Energy B.V., the only IPO to take place on Euronext Dublin in 2021.

  • Acted for Swedish-listed company Addlife AB in its acquisition of Primacy Healthcare 21 Limited.

  • Acted for Bauer Media Group in Ireland’s most significant media transaction in many years, the acquisition of Communicorp Group from Denis O’Brien.


Chambers & Partners, 2021

Justin "was excellent at managing all parties during the transactions."

Legal 500, 2021

‘Leading Individual’ Justin McKenna is “is pragmatic, effective and personable. He gets the deal done.


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)