Martin Kelleher


Martin is a partner in our Corporate team and Head of Life Sciences. He has extensive international experience in corporate law, particularly in the ICT, Life Sciences and Financial Services sectors. Martin has acted in some of the most high-profile M&A transactions in Ireland in recent years.

Martin’s corporate practice focuses on advising Irish and international businesses on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity transactions, reorganisations and fundraisings.

Martin also has significant experience in the commercialisation of IP and represents technology companies, State bodies and third level universities in this specialist area.

Martin has an MBA from Cranfield University, School of Management and was a recipient of the J.P. O'Reilly Scholarship from the Law Society of Ireland.


  • Corporate
  • Venture Capital
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Life Sciences
  • IP Licensing

Awards & Recognition

Life Sciences Star              
LMG Life Sciences Europe 2014

Best Lawyers
Ireland - Biotechnology Law and Venture Capital Law

Client Choice
Award for Healthcare & Life Sciences in Ireland

Representative Matters

  • Represented the shareholders in Embo Medical Limited, an Irish privately held venture-capital backed medtech company, on the sale to a US multinational. 
  • Represented Genable Technologies Limited, an Irish privately held venture-capital backed biopharmaceutical company, on the sale of the company to Spark Therapeutics Inc., a NASDAQ listed leading US gene therapy company. 
  • Represented Kneat Solutions Limited on a reverse merger into Fortune Bay Corp. a Canadian public company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. 


Chambers Europe - Europe's Leading Business Lawyers, Chambers and Partners, 2017

"Remarkably efficient. He understands the commercial decisions and risk points."

Chambers Global - The World's Leading Lawyers, Chambers and Partners, 2016

"A fantastic lead adviser who offers real solutions."

Speaking Engagements & Teaching

  • Martin is a frequent guest speaker at events and lectures on corporate law. 
  • Panellist at the 2016 4th Annual IBA World Life Sciences Conference, San Francisco. 


Author, Irish chapter of Licences and Insolvency: A Practical Global Guide to the Effects of Insolvency on IP Licence Agreements, published by Global Law and Business

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Areas of Expertise

Corporate Law Mergers & Acquisitions Private Equity and Venture Capital Recent Deals Start-Up Law Company Law Life Sciences

Professional Memberships

Law Society of Ireland

MBA Association of Ireland


National University of Ireland, Cork (BCL)

Cranfield University, School of Management, (MBA)

King’s College London (Postgrad Dip in EU Competition Law)

Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (CDipAF)