Mark Ward, Partner - A&L Goodbody

Mark Ward


Mark Ward is a Partner in the Firm's Corporate Department and Head of Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A). Mark specialises in M&A, company law, corporate finance, private equity, joint ventures, venture capital, corporate restructurings, commercial contractual arrangements and corporate fundraisings. 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.

Mark's clients include public and private corporates, private equity, financial institutions and commercial enterprises generally. Mark's work ranges from general advice on compliance, including corporate governance, to advice on transactions, restructurings and on commercial contract arrangements.

Experience

Mark's most recent work includes advising:

  • CPPIB on its proposed €830m acquisition of Shell's interest in the Corrib Gas Field.
  • Allianz Europe on its proposed acquisition of the remaining shares in Allianz-Life Holdings. 
  • Brookfield on the disposal of the Killhills and Knockacummer Wind Farms to Greencoat. 
  • Verizon Communications on its offer to acquire FleetMatics Group for $2.4bn. (European Corporate Deal of the Year - The Lawyer 2017).
  • Pfizer on its proposed $160bn merger with Allergan.
  • Medtronic, Inc on its $49bn acquisition of Covidien.
  • One of the lead partners on the IBRC loan sale disposal programme, including Project Evergreen.
  • Bloomberg on its acquisition of PolarLake.
  • Icon on a number of acquisitions including its acquisition of Mapi, Cross Country Healthcare, Firecrest, Oxford Outcomes.
  • Irish Life & Permanent in connection with the State recapitalisation.

Mark’s experience is also across the entire spectrum of commercial contracts, from advising BearingPoint on its contract for the provision of a new passport production system for the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs to advising Scotts International on its supply agreements and intellectual property sharing agreements with Bord Na Mona. Mark has also advised Premier Foods on its co-pack manufacturing, packaging and delivery agreements with Boyne Valley Foods.

His restructuring experience includes advising in connection with the following - eircom, EMPG (Houghton Mifflin Riverdeep); Iralco; AgCert International plc and McInerney Group.  

Market Recommendations

  • "An excellent lawyer to deal with...commercial and knows which points to press to do the best for his client" (Chambers Global 2017)
  • "A leading lawyer." (IFLR1000 2017)
  • "Very commercial and solution focused…he is well regarded by peers and clients alike." (Chambers Global 2015)
  • "Mark Ward is one of the firm's impressive figures." (IFLR1000 2014)

Education

  • BCL, University College Dublin, 1990
  • Solicitor, Law Society of Ireland, 1994

Professional activities

Mark has lectured at the Irish Law Society on contractual arrangements and has presented at a number of conferences, including conferences relating to mergers and acquisitions in the technology sector.

Mark Ward

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Top-tier M&A and public company lawyer

(The Legal 500)