Berni Hosty, Partner - A&L Goodbody

Berni Hosty

Berni Hosty is a Partner in the Firm’s Corporate Department. A&L Goodbody's M&A team is ranked No.1 Irish M&A Law Firm for 2012 - 2016 by each of the leading international research publications – Mergermarket, Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters and Experian Corpfin. Berni advises a wide range of clients on corporate transactions, both in the domestic market and on international deals with an Irish dimension, across a variety of business and industry sectors. Her key areas of expertise include mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring and insolvency led sales and reorganisations.


Berni has recently advised on the following:

  • Citibank on the Crossborder merger of Citibank International and Citibank Europe.
  • ICON plc on the wind down of its ADR programme and the replacement of its listing on the Irish Stock Exchange with a direct listing of shares on NASDAQ.
  • NCB on its participation in the fully subscribed €111 million Tender Offer buy-back by Irish Continental Group plc of approximately 24.9% of its share capital.
  • Davy on its participation in the $1 billion “Dutch Auction” share buy-back by élan.
  • The Committee of Senior Lenders to eircom on the acquisition of eircom out of examinership. The  transaction, with a value of approximately €4 billion, was one of the largest restructurings to date in Ireland.
  • PartnerRe on its court approved cross border conversion to a Societas Europaea and on a related $1.4 billion capital reduction.
  • ICON plc on its acquisition of Firecrest Clinical.
  • Kleinwort Benson on the sale of a stake in its Irish asset management business to Virtus Funds.
  • Kildare and Wexford County Councils on the disposals of their waste and recycling businesses to Bord na Móna.
  • International Power, part of the GDF Suez group, on the court approved cross border amalgamation of its Irish, Italian and Hungarian IP Maestrale wind energy business.
  • ABP Food Group (formerly Irish Food Processors), the largest meat processor in Europe, in relation to a number of acquisitions and joint ventures in Ireland and throughout Europe (including the joint venture with C&D Foods).
  • On various restructuring and insolvency transactions, including advising on the examinership of Agcert International plc and on the sales, out of liquidation, of the Brooks Thomas Group and the Iralco Group.
  • Premier Foods plc on the sale of its Irish brands (including Erin Foods) to Boyne Valley.
  • Royal London on its acquisition of Royal Liver's Irish business.

Market Recommendations

  • Berni Hosty is a "Rising Star". (IFLR 1000 2017)


  • LLB, B.Corp Law, NUI, Galway, 2001
  • Diploma, Applied Finance Law, Law Society of Ireland, 2005
  • Admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Ireland, 2005