David Fitzgibbon


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David’s practice specialises in corporate finance with particular emphasis on public company takeovers, IPOs and other forms of equity fundraisings, and advising on corporate governance compliance. David has also advised several clients on the raising of debt on capital markets, including, Ardagh Packaging, Smurfit Kappa and Trinity Biotech. He advises both Irish and international clients including Aergo Capital, Ardagh Packaging, Glanbia Ingredients, Innocoll Holdings, King Digital Entertainment, Mincon Group, Smurfit Kappa Group and Trinity Biotech. 

Significant transactions include advising:

  • Innocoll Holdings on its redomiciliation from Germany to Ireland and subsequent direct listing on NASDAQ and its recent US$40.1m share placing.
  • King Digital Entertainment on its takeover by Activision Blizzard for US$5.9bn.
  • Mincon Group on its admission to AIM and its related equity fundraising of €50m. 
  • Trinity Biotech on its issue of US$115 million of Exchangeable Senior Notes due 2045.
  • Fairfax Financial Holdings on its €70m investment in a convertible bond instrument issued by FBD Insurance plc (a subsidiary of FBD Holdings plc).
  • Forest Laboratories on its US$28bn merger with Actavis plc.
  • King Digital Entertainment (the maker of Candy Crush) on its US$7.1bn listing on NYSE.
  • Smurfit Kappa Group on several issues of Senior Secured Notes and Senior Notes.
  • Ardagh Packaging on several issues of Senior Secured Notes and Senior Notes.

According to Chambers Global 2017, clients highlight David for his skill in negotiations, while another describes him as "very good, responsive and sensible."

David is listed in Best Lawyers 2018 under 'The Best Lawyers in Ireland' for work in Capital Markets Law, Corporate Governance & Compliance Practice and Corporate Law

Chambers Europe 2016 report that "he delivers proactive, insightful advice, adopting a solid negotiating stance with a fast, responsive turnaround."

According to Chambers Europe, 2015 David has an ability to "pay very close attention to detail and manage the team very well." 



IFLR1000 (2018) Highly regarded

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