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  • A&L Goodbody advises Pilgrim’s on proposed $952m acquisition of Kerry’s division

A&L Goodbody is advising US-headquartered multinational Pilgrim’s Pride on its proposed $952 million (roughly €800m) acquisition of Kerry’s meats and meals business in Ireland and the UK.

The ALG team was led by corporate and M&A partners Ronan Lyons and Richard Marron and included a broad team of ALG specialists from across the firm.

The Dublin team members were corporate and M&A lawyers Andrea Hannon, Kate O’Malley and Conor O’Brien, tax lawyers Paul Fahy and Stephen Egan; employment lawyers Michael Doyle, Duncan Inverarity, Kevin Slattery, Joe Mahon and Ciarán Ahern; pensions lawyers David Main and Elaine Marum; commercial property lawyers Ger O’Toole and Jason O’Donnell; environmental and planning lawyers Alan Roberts and Chris Stynes; food regulation lawyers Cliona Christle, Éanna Ní Néill and Maria Quigley; anti-trust lawyers Alan McCarthy and Emma Birmingham; and commercial and technology lawyers Andrew Sheridan and Sam Morrow.

The Belfast team members were corporate and M&A lawyers Alastair Keith and Jacob Gray; employment lawyers Shirley Blair and Elliot English; commercial property lawyers Tracey Schofield and Niamh Laverty; environmental and planning lawyers Micaela Diver and Deirdre St. John; and food regulation and anti-trust lawyers Stephen Abram and Stephen Geoghan.

  • Matheson advises Kastus on Series A equity fundraising

Matheson has advised Irish multinational tech company Kastus on its successful Series A equity fundraising.

The investment was led by Alpha Ascent Ventures with continued participation from Atlantic Bridge, Carragh Holdings and Enterprise Ireland.

The Matheson team was led by corporate partner Patrick Spicer, corporate senior associate Rob Barrett and corporate solicitor Joanna Crowley.

John Browne, founder and CEO of Kastus, said: “We are grateful to the team at Matheson for their hard work, knowledge and commitment to drive success for Kastus. Rob and Paddy controlled what was a very detailed and smooth process, enjoyed by the company and our investors.”

Mr Barrett said: “We are delighted to have advised Kastus on this important milestone in its global expansion. This investment is a great example of how international and domestic investors are keen to invest in successful home grown Irish businesses, such as Kastus, looking to increase their international footprint.”

  • William Fry advised August Equity on investment into Integrity360

William Fry has advised August Equity LLP on its significant investment into Dublin-based security specialist Integrity360.

Integrity360, which operates in Ireland and the UK, provides a comprehensive suite of professional, support and managed cyber security services that identify and assess, protect and prevent, detect and analyse and respond and recover cyber risks and threats.

William Fry acted as Irish counsel and Travers Smith acted as UK counsel on the cross-border transaction.

The William Fry team was led by corporate M&A and private equity partners Ivor Banim and Andrew McIntyre, assisted by Lucy McCurry and Ciaran O’Brien; tax partner Declan Lavelle; technology partner Leo Moore, assisted by Michelle Clancy, Nicole Fitzpatrick and Raymond Sherry; and employment and benefits partner Jeff Greene, assisted by Ciara McLoughlin and Ben Conway.

  • Eugene F Collins advises Murdock Builders Merchants on Brooks Group acquisition

Eugene F Collins has advised Murdock Builders Merchants on its proposed acquisition of Brooks Timber & Building Supplies Ltd Group from Premier Forest Groups.

Deborah Kelly, partner and head of corporate, led the EFC team advising on the transaction, which will return Brooks to Irish ownership after a 40-year interval.

She was supported by corporate associate Lorna Osborne, head of property and construction Kathi Ó Riain, property and construction associate Frances Colclough, head of banking Libby Garvey and banking associate Erc Walsh.

The acquisition is subject to the approval of the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC).

  •  Beauchamps advises Stoneweg on acquisition of former HP campus

Beauchamps LLP has advised Swiss-based property investor Stoneweg SA on its acquisition of the former Hewlett Packard (HP) campus in Leixlip, Co Kildare.

The Beauchamps team was led by partner and head of real estate Aidan Marsh, with support from associate Sian Browne.

The law firm’s engagement with Stoneweg spanned all aspects of the acquisition and included, in particular, advising on banking and finance, led by partner Niall O’Brien, and energy and construction, led by Stuart Conaty.

The firm worked with Bradley Tax Consulting (led by Marie Bradley) and Davy on the transaction.

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