Eithne FitzGerald, Partner - A&L Goodbody

Eithne FitzGerald


Eithne FitzGerald is Head of Corporate Finance and a partner in the firm’s Corporate Department.  She specialises in corporate finance, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), public takeovers, flotations, equity capital markets, private equity, venture capital, MBOs, insurance and general corporate law. Eithne advises leading Irish and international public and private companies on corporate governance and on the legal aspects of their corporate affairs.

Eithne also has particular expertise in the insurance sector, advising on all aspects of non-contentious and regulatory matters relating to insurers. Eithne is a former Head of the firm's London office.

Experience

Significant transactions include advising:

  • The sellers on the sale of Noonan to Bidvest for €175m.
  • Amundi in relation to the acquisition of the Pioneer Asset Management business.
  • Britvic/Counterpoint in relation to the acquisition of the business of East Coast Suppliers Ltd and Knockton Ltd.
  • Spotify in relation to the acquisition of the Soundwave business.
  • Bewley's on a number of acquisitions.
  • Aviva and AIB in relation to the sale of Aviva Health to Irish Life.
  • The Hartford in relation to the sale of its Irish life assurance subsidiary, Hartford Life to Columbia Insurance Company.
  • Jury's Inns on its debt writedown, financial restructuring and the new investment in the business.
  • AIB on a range of matters including its acquisition of the €9bn deposit book in Ireland and the UK of Anglo Irish Bank and its Isle of Man subsidiary (awarded 2011 Innovative Deal of the Year - Finance Magazine); on its merchant acquiring joint venture with First Data Corporation.
  • Aviva on a range of matters including its €1.3bn bancassurance life and pensions joint venture with AIB and the acquisition of Ark Life; on the sale of Ark Life to AIB, the sale of AIB's 25% stake in Aviva Life Holdings Ireland to Aviva and the advice on the unwind of Aviva's bancassurance JV with AIB; on the establishment of Aviva Europe SE and its European holding company structure and cross border mergers.
  • XL Group on its redomestication to Ireland, and the creation of a new Irish public limited company, XL Group plc listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
  • Atlantic Bridge II Ltd Partnership on the fundraising and establishment of its €120m European Mid Market Technology Fund.
  • Davy as Sponsor to Independent News & Media on its debt to equity bond restructuring and rights issue.
  • Britvic on its €249.2m acquisition of the soft drinks and distribution businesses of C&C Group.
  • BUPA on the sale of BUPA Ireland to Quinn Group.
  • Heiton Group plc on its takeover by Grafton Group plc.
  • Standard Life on its de-mutualisation and Stg£4.9bn flotation.

Market Recommendations

  • "Band 1. A very good M&A lawyer...Eithne has a strong reputation for acting on behalf of clients from the insurance sector." (Chambers Global 2017)
  • "Draws praise for her wide-ranging, high-end corporate activity. A good communicator who knows how to translate complexity...helps us make decisions." (Chambers Global 2016)
  • "She is an asset on deals. She is hugely experienced, has good technical understanding and is a strong negotiator." (IFLR1000 2014)
  • "Just excellent. She shows tremendous commercial focus on our issues, Eithne is notably active in the corporate sphere. She is particularly renowned for her insurance expertise." (Chambers Global 2013)
  • Ranked as a "leading" M&A lawyer by IFLR1000 consistently since 2009 and as a Tier 1 lawyer for Corporate and M&A and Equity Capital Markets by Chambers Global since 2010.

Education

  • BA (Mod) Legal Science, Trinity College Dublin, 1982
  • Solicitor, Law Society of Ireland, 1986
  • Dip. EU Law, University College Dublin, 1987

Professional activities

Eithne is the author of the Irish section of "A Practitioner’s Guide to Takeover and Mergers in the EU", regularly writes on legal topics and has spoken at numerous conferences.

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Just excellent. She shows tremendous commercial focus

(Chambers Global 2013)