Alastair Keith, Partner - A&L Goodbody

Alastair Keith


Alastair Keith is head of the Belfast office's Corporate department. Alastair advises a wide range of clients on corporate transactions, both in the domestic market and on international deals with a Northern Irish dimension. He specialises in acquisitions, venture capital, group reorganisations, joint ventures and initial public offers. In addition to transaction focused work, Alastair also advises on company law compliance and corporate governance. Before returning home to Belfast in 2008, Alastair spent six years at global law firm Linklaters LLP.

A&L Goodbody's Corporate team has been ranked No.1 M&A Law Firm in Northern Ireland by Experian Corpfin for four consecutive years (2012 – 2015) and was named Northern Irish Corporate Law Firm of the Year by Insider for both 2013 and 2014. Alastair was named Dealmaker of the Year for Northern Ireland in 2015.

Experience

His most recent work includes advising:

  • Micro Matic A/S on its acquisition of the Valpar Group of companies.
  • Dalata on the acquisition of the business and assets of the Holiday Inn Belfast.
  • Aventas Manufacturing Group on the disposal of its Packaging and Construction Industry Supplies businesses.
  • Jose Cuervo on the acquisition of the Old Bushmills Distillery.
  • Carlyle Cardinal on its investment into Learning Pool.
  • ABP Food Group in relation to joint venture arrangements.
  • Noonan Services Group on the acquisition of Resource Group.
  • StepStone GmbH/Axel Springer on the acquisition of Saongroup.
  • MSO Group on all corporate matters.
  • UTV Media Plc on the acquisition of Simply Zesty Limited.
  • Quinn Group Ltd on its €1.3bn restructuring.
  • Hibernia REIT on its dual primary/premium listing on the Irish and London Stock Exchanges.
  • A private investment firm on taking a significant stake in Green REIT.
  • Irish Life & Permanent plc on its €2.7bn State recapitalisation.
  • Escher Group Holdings on its initial public offering and its admission to AIM.

Market Recommendations

  • "second to none in terms of availability and knowledge", "very competent, technically sound and easy to deal with." (Chambers UK 2017)
  • "Alastair was great in a very difficult situation.” (Chambers UK 2016)
  • He is noted as having a "great capacity to overview and see the whole scene." (Chambers UK 2015)
  • He works on an impressive number of complex transactions and clients comment that he "turns things around very fast." (Chambers UK 2014) 

Education

  • BA Law, St. Catherine’s College, Cambridge, 2000.
  • Legal Practice Course, Nottingham Law School, 2001.
  • Law Society of England and Wales, 2004.
  • Law Society of Northern Ireland, 2008.

Professional Activities

  • Member of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI)
  • Member of the Corporate & Commercial Lawyers Group for Northern Ireland.
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a huge work ethic

(Legal 500 UK 2014)