Keavy Ryan - A&L Goodbody

Keavy Ryan

Keavy Ryan is a Partner within the Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) and Corporate Department and specialises in mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, company law, corporate governance, and commercial and contractual arrangements. She advises leading Irish and international, public and private companies, equity funds and financial institutions, with significant operations in Ireland across a broad range of legal, regulatory, commercial and financial affairs. Keavy is also a member of our German Group and is a fluent German speaker.

Keavy also, along with Sheena Doggett, manages the Firm's equity benefits group. Keavy advises on all aspects of share and option incentives, including both Revenue approved and unapproved plans, the treatment of share incentives in M&A transactions and corporate governance, regulatory and shareholder issues arising from the establishment and operation of share plans and executive remuneration programs.

Keavy also has significant experience as an in-house lawyer having completed secondments (once as acting general counsel) with two major multinational IT and telecommunications entities with a presence in Ireland.


Some of her most significant transactions include acting for:

  • Sumitomo Corporation on its €751m recommended takeover offer for Fyffes plc.
  • Verizon Communications on its public takeover of FleetMatics Group for $2.4bn.
  • Ormen on the sale of Europcar Ireland to the Europcar Group.
  • Finance Ireland on investments by PIMCO and ISIF.
  • Hella on the sale of its Irish business.
  • Aviva in relation to the sale of Aviva Health to Irish Life.
  • Pfizer on its proposed $160bn merger with Allergan plc.
  • Oneview Healthcare on its €40m IPO and admission to the Official List of the Australian Securities Exchange.
  • NAMA on the sale of the Project Arrow Portfolio.
  • Baxter Healthcare on the acquisition of the Fannin Compounding business from DCC.
  • Malin plc on various shares incentive matters.
  • Starwood on the acquisition of the Project Molly Portfolio.
  • Dalata Hotel Group on its €455m reverse takeover of the Moran Bewley Hotel Group and associated equity raise.
  • Ryanair on its share option scheme.
  • StepStone GmbH/Axel Springer on the acquisition of Saongroup.

Market Recommendations

  • "Recommended Lawyer." (Legal 500 2017)
  • "First class and knows how to get the right deal.” (IFLR 1000 2017)
  • Keavy Ryan is a "Rising Star". (IFLR1000 2017)
  • "Continues to forge strong relationships with leading German clients." (Chambers Global 2016)


  • LL.B. Law and German, Trinity College, Dublin, 2001
  • LL.M. European Economic Law, Humboldt University, Berlin, 2002
  • Solicitor, Law Society of Ireland, 2005

Professional activities

Keavy sits on the executive council of the Irish ProShare Association and is at the forefront of the Irish ProShare Associations campaigns for legal reform in the areas of employee participation incentives. Keavy also regularly speaks and writes on share incentive issues in the Irish market at conferences, seminars and in the media.

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Recommended for her expertise

(Legal 500 2014)