Paul Fahy is a Partner in the Tax Department of A&L Goodbody. He qualified into the Firm's tax department in 2002. Between 2003 and 2008, Paul worked in the tax department of Slaughter and May in London and re-joined the tax department of A&L Goodbody in 2008.
Paul specialises in corporate tax and has extensive experience of advising domestic and international clients on the tax aspects of public and private mergers & acquisitions, group restructurings, inward investment projects, securitisations, derivatives and structured products.
Paul also co-heads A&L Goodbody’s Silicon Valley representative office and works extensively with the Firm’s US West Coast based clients.
Many of the transactions that Paul advises on are not in the public domain. However examples of recent transactions that Paul has advised on include:
- Medtronic, Inc on its $42.9bn acquisition of Covidien plc.
- Endo International plc on its acquisition of Auxilium Pharmaceuticals in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $2.6bn.
- Endo Health Solutions Inc on its $1.6bn acquisition of Paladin Labs and related corporate inversion into Ireland.
- Jose Cuervo on the acquisition of the Old Bushmills Distillery.
- élan on its formal sale process and Perrigo Company's recommended $8.6bn takeover offer (Global M&A Deal of the Year 2014 - American Lawyer).
- élan in relation to the restructuring of its Tysabri collaboration with Biogen Idec.
- élan in relation to the spin-off and related IPO of its early stage R&D business into a new Irish incorporated and NASDAQ listed entity (Prothena Corporation plc).
- Icon plc in relation to the conversion of its ADR NASDAQ listing to a direct share listing.
- Eaton Corporation on its $13bn offer for Cooper Industries plc effected by a Court approved scheme of arrangement.
- Permanent TSB on the sale of Irish Life to the Irish Minister for Finance.
- Quinn Group in relation to the management buy-out of Quinn Healthcare and the sale of Quinn Life Direct.
- Premier Foods on the sale of its Irish brands and its manufacturing Co-Packaging arrangements with Boyne Valley Foods.
- élan on the merger of Elan Drug Technologies with Alkermes Inc. and subsequent sale of its stake in Alkermes.
- Bank of Ireland in connection with the sale of its custody and administration business Bank of Ireland Securities Services ("BOISS") to Northern Trust Corporation and its asset management business to State Street Corporation.
- Permira in connection with its acquisition of Creganna Tactx Medical.
Paul is recommended in a number of leading international directories. "Paul moves up in the rankings this year following recognition of his increasing activity on tax matters" (Chambers Global 2015). He is described as "an up-and-coming individual, who co-heads the firm's Silicon Valley representative office, where clients commend him for his encyclopaedic knowledge of US law" (Chambers Global 2014). "Paul Fahy has a level head" (Legal 500 2014). Other directories include Tax Directors Handbook 2013, where he is described as “highly rated”, Who’s Who Legal 2012 and 2013 where he is named as "highly proficient" and Best Lawyers 2012 and 2013.
- LLB, NUI Galway, 1998
- BCL, NUI Galway, 1997
- AITI, Irish Taxation Institute, 2001
- Solicitor, Law Society of Ireland, 2002
- Solicitor, Law Society of England and Wales 2003
Paul has contributed on tax matters to a number of leading legal and tax publications. These include contributing to the Irish Chapter of the text book on European Cross-Border Mergers and Reorganisations published by Oxford University Press. Paul is actively involved in the International Bar Association, Tax Section and has previously served as the Irish Reporter to the IBA Tax Section.