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William Fry Advises on 10 Award-Winning Transactions

William Fry is pleased to have advised on 10 award-winning transactions in Finance Dublin’s Deals of the Year 2024.

The awards recognise the most sophisticated and innovative Irish financial services transactions of the last 12 months, acknowledging William Fry’s expertise and market-leading experience.

The 10 deals in which the firm was involved were listed across three different categories: Mergers & Acquisitions, Equity Capital Markets and Loans & Financing.

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • M&A Deal of the Year: Amgen’s acquisition of Horizon Therapeutics plc
  • International Inward Acquisition: UKG Inc’s acquisition of Immedis
  • Private Equity: Softbank’s investment in Cubic Telecom
  • Public-Private: Française des Jeux’s acquisition of Premier Lotteries
  • Mid Market: Graham Partners Inc acquisition of Taoglas
  • SME: Mail Metrics’ acquisition of Docket and Form International

Equity Capital Markets

  • Public Equity Trading Programme: Department of Finance’s AIB share trading plan
  • Buyback: Malin Corporation share buyback programme

Loans & Financing

  • Loans & Financing Deal of the Year: Financing of Smurfit Kappa/WestRock merger
  • Refinancing: Flutter Entertainment plc refinancing

Commenting on UKG’s acquisition of Immedis, Ivor Banim, head of London office and corporate/M&A partner said: “We were delighted to advise and support the UKG Group with its important purchase of the Immedis Group. Through this acquisition, UKG have further improved and solidified their leading global offering in providing HR, payroll and workforce management solutions to create one of the industry’s most adaptable, intelligent “schedule to fund in one” experiences for multinational businesses.”

On The Department of Finance’s winning deal, corporate/M&A partner, Mark Talbot said: “We are very pleased to be representing the Minister for Finance on the gradual disposal of the State’s investment in AIB via the share trading plan. One of the obvious benefits of the plan is that it has allowed the Minister to effect a measured and orderly sell-down of the State’s shareholding in AIB while at the same time maintaining flexibility to pursue other transactions, such as accelerated book-built placings and directed buybacks.”

Lyn Brennan, head of William Fry’s New York office and banking & finance partner also spoke, on the winning Flutter Entertainment plc refinancing deal: “We were delighted to support Latham & Watkins in advising J.P. Morgan on this significant and complex transaction, which represented one of the largest corporate financings in Ireland in 2023. This financing was an extremely important transaction for the Flutter group and is designed to support Flutter and the larger group in continuing its very impressive growth trajectory.”