Bryan Bourke


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Bryan was Managing Partner of William Fry from 2014 until November 2020. Prior to that he was Head of Corporate. He is now a Consultant with the Corporate and M&A Group and a senior member of our team.

Bryan 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:

  • J&E Davy on the agreed sale of its wealth management, capital markets and associated businesses to Bank of Ireland and on the sale of Davy Global Fund Management to IQ-EQ, both in 2021.
  • Irish Residential Properties REIT plc on its decision to internalise management of the REIT in 2021.
  • 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 

In Chambers Global 2021 Bryan maintains a strong reputation in the Irish M&A market, with sources noting his technical skills.

Bryan Bourke has a wealth of experience in public and private M&A deals, as well as joint ventures and corporate reorganisations. "He is very strategic," says one client, who also reports that Bourke "dissects the question and comes up with the right answer." Chambers Global 2020

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.

Managing partner Bryan Bourke 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 Europe 2019

Managing partner Bryan Bourke "enjoys a strong reputation for assisting clients with the full range of corporate issues. He has a particular focus on major M&A transactions, fund-raising and corporate governance". Chambers Global 2018  

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



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