John Coman, Partner - A&L Goodbody

John Coman

John Coman is a Partner in the Corporate Department and part of the Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) team and also leads the Firm's Inward Investment team. John's areas of practice include mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, inward investment and general corporate work including corporate governance. 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.

He joined A&L Goodbody in 1989 and became a Partner in 1995. During 1993 and 1994, John managed the Firm's New York office.


He advises major Irish and US companies on a wide range of corporate matters, including:

  • Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard on the sale of Paddy Whiskey.
  • Cardinal Carlyle on the investment in AA Ireland. 
  • Media inMotion Limited and Retail inMotion Limited on their acquisition by LSG Sky Chefs.
  • Air Liquide on its acquisition of Baywater Healthcare Ireland.
  • Greatbatch on its acquisition of Lake Region Medical.
  • Lily O'Brien's Chocolates' vendor on the sale to Carlyle Cardinal Ireland's first private equity deal in Ireland.
  • Irish Distillers Group on the new distillery in Midleton.
  • Fintrax shareholders on the sale to private equity firm, Exponent.
  • C&D Foods on the acquisition of the Arovit group from Kaupting.
  • The board of Quinn Group Ltd, one of Ireland's largest private manufacturing companies, on the restructuring of €1.3bn.
  • Cartrawler on the sale to private equity firm, ECI.
  • Escher Group plc on its floatation on AIM.
  • The largest shareholder on the sale of NCB to Investec.
  • Pernod Ricard in connection with the Irish aspects of the acquisition of the Absolute brands from the Swedish Government the Allied Domecq acquisition.

Market Recommendations

  • "A strong focus on inward investment, and sources particularly mention his work for US clients." (Chambers Global 2017)
  • "Particularly noted for his activity on deals involving US clients." (Chambers Global 2016)
  • "Experienced practitioner and very commercial." (Chambers Global 2014)
  • "Very solution-driven. Pragmatic and commercial, efficient and experienced. John knows the right issues to focus on." (Chambers Global 2013)


  • BBS, Trinity College Dublin, 1983
  • Solicitor, Law Society of Ireland, 1989
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an experienced practitioner and very commercial

(Chambers Global 2014)