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.

Experience

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)

Education

  • 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