Bryan Bourke

Managing Partner

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Bryan Bourke is the Managing Partner of William Fry and was named European Managing Partner 2018 at The Lawyer European Awards 

Bryan has extensive experience in corporate transactional work, having advised on some of the largest public and private M&A/takeover deals in Ireland in recent years.  He also advises on joint ventures, fundraisings, restructurings and broader corporate governance issues.

Notable transactions Bryan has advised on include:

  • Green Property REIT Ventures on its role as investment manager to Green REIT plc, in the REIT's €300m IPO in 2013 and its subsequent €400m fundraising in 2014
  • State Street on its acquisition of Goldman Sachs Irish hedge fund administration business 
  • Catalina Holdings Bermuda Limited on its acquisition of HSBC Reinsurance Limited and HSBC Insurance (Ireland) Limited
  • Allied Irish Banks plc on its sale of AIB Investment Managers to Prescient Holdings 
  • The takeover of Jurys Doyle Hotel Group plc by JDH Acquisitions plc and subsequent sale of Jurys Inns Group
  • The MBO of J&E Davy from Bank of Ireland


Managing partner Bryan Brouke is admired by clients for his availability. Bourke is a well-known figure in the corporate and transactional market, advising asset managers and corporate finance advisers. Chambers Global 2019

Bryan is listed in Best Lawyers 2019 under 'The Best Lawyers in Ireland' for work in Capital Markets Law, Corporate Governance & Compliance Practice, Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisition Law.

According to Chambers Global 2016, clients admire his "ability to tackle complex issues, including extremely difficult negotiations with other parties. He is an extremely strong character with a huge reputation." 

In Chambers Global 2015 Bryan is described as "extremely shrewd and extremely trustworthy". In Legal 500 2015 he is described as "a brilliant lawyer who delivers in full and on time" 

Bryan is listed as a leading lawyer in the Irish market by Who's Who Legal.

Bryan Bourke

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