David Widger, Partner - A&L Goodbody

David Widger

David Widger is Head of the Firm's Corporate Department. His key areas of expertise include mergers and acquisitions (M&A), corporate finance, corporate governance, private equity, joint ventures, venture capital, corporate restructurings, capital markets, securities law and commercial contractual arrangements. A&L Goodbody's M&A team has been ranked No.1 Irish M&A Law Firm each year from 2012-2016 by each of the leading international research publications – Mergermarket, Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters and Experian Corpfin.

David's practice involves advising a wide range of Irish and international public and private corporations, institutions and private equity and venture capital funds on all legal aspects of their corporate affairs.


Some of his most significant transactions include acting for:

  • Glenveagh Properties PLC on its €550m IPO on the Irish and London Stock Exchanges.
  • Sumitomo Corporation on its €751m recommended takeover offer for Fyffes plc (Finance Dublin Public M&A Deal of the Year 2017).
  • Verizon Communications on its public takeover of Fleetmatics Group plc for $2.4bn (European Corporate Deal of the Year - The Lawyer 2017).
  • Heaven Hill Brands on its US$165m acquisition of Carolans and Irish Mist brands from Campari.
  • UDG on the €407m sale of its pharmaceutical distribution businesses to global pharmaceutical wholesaler McKesson.
  • Pfizer on its proposed $160bn merger with Allergan plc.
  • Citibank on the Crossborder merger of Citibank International and Citibank Europe.
  • Towers Watson on its $18bn merger with Willis Group.
  • Telefónica on its sale of Telefónica O2 Ireland to Hutchison Whampoa Group.
  • XL Group plc on its $4.28bn acquisition of Catlin.
  • IBM on its acquisition of The Now Factory.

Market Recommendations

  • "Lauded by clients for his pragmatism, commercial acumen, creative thinking and great way with people." (Chambers Global 2017)
  • "Extremely capable, knows everything well and keeps fuss to a minimum...offers wide-ranging experience of corporate issues." (Chambers Global 2016)
  • ''Excellent business acumen and is ranked a leading individual." (Legal 500, 2015)
  • "Experience in a range of matters, from corporate governance to restructurings." (Chambers Global 2015)


  • BCL, University College Dublin, 1992
  • Solicitor, Law Society of Ireland, 1995

Professional activities

David sits on the Advisory Board of the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and contributes to many publications such as the Irish chapter of The Private Equity Review.

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outstanding technical expertise and ability to co-ordinate his team on complex transactions

(Chambers Global 2013)