Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions

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Specialist advice and representation on mergers & acquisitions and all types of corporate law.

We have an expert team of solicitors dedicated to providing legal services in corporate governance, finance and mergers & acquisitions.

Our solicitors are specialists in their field and advise clients from start-up companies to subsidiaries of international organisations to large private and public indigenous companies.


Our corporate team advises regularly on all aspects of company law including:

  • Company formation
  • Company maintenance
  • Company restorations
  • Director and shareholder meetings
  • Related party transactions
  • Corporate capacity
  • Capital maintenance
  • Directors’ duties and responsibilities
  • Directors’ indemnity insurance
  • Public disclosure and compliance issues
  • The role of the auditor

We also advise on best corporate governance practice including:
• Codes of business conduct and ethics in the private sector
• The interaction between shareholders, the company and its board of directors
• Shareholders’ rights
• Directors’ personal liability issues
• Articles of Association
• Shareholders’ agreements
• Transactions concerning directors, including director contracts, remuneration and compliance

We have drafted and negotiated shareholder agreements in a number of different sectors. We also have extensive experience in company reconstructions and other corporate reorganisations including applications for related stamp duty reliefs and all ancillary company law advices.

Our team advises companies on:
• Private equity
• Venture capital
• Syndicated investments
• BES investments
• Government funding in the form of equity and grant agreements

We have been engaged extensively in acquisitions, disposals of businesses and companies, management buyouts and joint ventures on behalf of our clients. We have a multi-disciplinary team, which deal with all aspects of our clients’ transactions in an extensive range of sectors.
Our clients range from start upstart-up companies to subsidiaries of international organisations to large private and public indigenous companies.

Contact one of our Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions team

Shane Costelloe

Associate Solicitor

T: +353 61 445529
E: [email protected]

Ed Kelly


T: +35361 445553
E: [email protected]

George Kennedy


T: +353 61 445516
E: [email protected]

Neil O’Gorman

Senior Associate Solicitor

T: +353 61 445547
E: [email protected]

Lorraine Power


T: +353 1 676 8928
E: [email protected]

Stephen Walker


T: +353 1 6344974
E: [email protected]


Please contact us and one of our experienced solicitors will be in touch shortly.

Clients like that Stephen Walker is “very commercial and practical and knows when to have a fight.” Walker represented Panda Waste Management in negotiations with Greenstar concerning a share purchase agreement.’  
Corporate/M&A – Chambers Global 2017
Clients praise his ‘strong corporate knowledge’ and describe him as 'very pragmatic'. Stephen Walker has a strong focus on clients from the solar energy sector, whom he advises on mergers, corporate finance and structuring.
Corporate/M&A – Chambers Global 2019
Up and Coming: George Kennedy assists domestic and international businesses and private equity funds with investments, acquisitions and divestitures. He also has experience in MBOs. Clients say he “possesses excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and has huge expertise and knowledge in corporate law.”
Corporate/M&A – Chambers Global 2020
‘Excellent client service and a professional and experienced team.‘ ‘George Kennedy and associates Shane Costelloe and Neil O’Gorman are professional, flexible and show a passion for the ultimate success of their client’s business.‘ ‘Managing partner Harry Fehily has an innate talent for client service.’
Corporate, Commercial and M&A – Legal 500 EMEA 2020
Based across the firm's offices in Dublin, Limerick and Cork, the 'strong' team at Holmes O'Malley Sexton is especially active in M&A transactions, although it also advises on corporate investments, group restructurings, joint ventures and corporate governance. The team counts major domestic companies among its clients, particularly in the engineering and construction, healthcare, aviation, and food and agribusiness sectors. Dublin-based practice head George Kennedy is praised for his 'energy and enthusiasm' and 'always-on service'. In addition to corporate transactions, he regularly advises on risk awareness and mitigation.
Corporate, Commercial and M&A – Legal 500 EMEA 2020
"HOMS Solicitors introduced us to our strategic investor and executed on the transaction on time and on budget. First class."
PJ Flanagan, CEO of H&MV Engineering
“HOMS Solicitors are very strong, both on legal technicalities and the practicalities of closing agreements with different international parties”
Matthias Sierig, Deloitte, in connection with acquisition of BUCAS
George Kennedy - Recognised Practitioner
Corporate/M&A, Chambers Global 2019
George Kennedy – Next Generation Lawyer
Commercial, Corporate and M&A, Legal 500 EMEA 2018
Holmes O'Malley Sexton’s team is led by the ‘outstanding’ George Kennedy, who is based in Dublin; Kennedy advised the shareholders on the sale of Barringtons Hospital to Bons Secours Group. In Limerick, senior associate Shane Costelloe impresses with his ‘work rate and attention to detail’.
Commercial, Corporate and M&A, Legal 500 EMEA 2018
Winner of Best Employer: Talent Development and Workplace Wellness Award 2017
Limerick Chamber Regional Business Awards
Next Generation Lawyer: George Kennedy
Commercial, Corporate and M&A, Legal 500 EMEA 2017
Holmes O’Malley Sexton shows the ability to ‘simplify rather than complicate legal issues’. Recent work includes a number of multimillion-euro M&A deals, as well as advising NVMdurance on a series A funding round. The ‘very solution-driven’ George Kennedy heads the practice from Dublin, with some colleagues being based in Limerick.
Commercial, Corporate and M&A, Legal 500 EMEA 2017

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