We were recently delighted to be named once again as the most active legal advisor by global information services company Experian, based on over £1.2 billion of deals transacted in Northern Ireland in the first nine months of 2015.
Led by corporate transaction partners Peter Stafford, Mark Thompson and Alastair Keith we continued to act on a number of major international transactions such as the acquisition of the Old Bushmills Distillery Company by Mexican tequila giant Jose Cuervo and the disposal by United Drug Group Healthcare of its pharmaceutical distribution division.
We also saw an increase in the level of significant local deals acting for Ballyrashane Creamery on its merger with Town of Monaghan Co-Op to create LacPatrick; 3fivetwo Group Ltd on the acquisition of St Joseph’s Hospital, Sligo; and for SS Nomadic Trust on the transfer of the SS Nomadic to the Titanic Foundation, for example.
It was encouraging to note increased activity emerging in a wider variety of sectors aside from the high level of transactions in the energy & renewables, healthcare and food/agri sectors that we would expect.
This accolade is testament to the industry-leading expertise and high quality of work produced not just by our Corporate Department, but by our wider team of over 100 people in our Belfast office, and complements a number of prestigious awards won by the firm this year – including ‘Northern Ireland Law Firm of the Year’ [Legal500 UK] and ‘European Law Firm of the Year’ [The Lawyer].
We are coming into the last few months of 2015 with a strong pipeline of deal activity and look forward to A&L Goodbody advising on many more significant international and local transactions prior to year end.