David Fitzgibbon


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David is active in all fields of corporate and commercial law, with a particular emphasis on corporate acquisitions and disposals, public takeovers and mergers, stock exchange matters, equity capital markets transactions and private equity matters.

Significant transactions include advising:

  • Smurfit Kappa Group on all aspects of its response to two unsolicited offers received from International Paper Company (H1 2018).
  • The Department of Finance of Ireland on all aspects of the capital reorganisation of AIB (2015) and subsequent €3.4bn IPO of AIB (the largest European IPO in 2017).
  • Glanbia Co-operative on the spin-out of 7% (2013), 3.4% (2015) and 3% (2017) of the shares of Glanbia plc to the members of Co-operative and the placing of 6% (2012), 1.35% (2015) and 3% (2017) of the shares of Glanbia plc by the Co-operative (total proceeds c. €380m).
  • The Department of Finance of Ireland on the HoldCo re-organisations of each of Bank of Ireland and AIB (2017).
  • Glanbia Co-operative on the creation of Glanbia Ingredients Ireland (a joint-venture with Glanbia plc) (2012) and the subsequent acquisition of a majority interest in Glanbia plc's Dairy Ireland business and formation of Glanbia Ireland (2017).
  • King Digital Entertainment (the maker of Candy Crush) on its IPO on NYSE (2014) and subsequent US$5.9bn takeover by Activision Blizzard (2016).
  • Forest Laboratories on its US$28bn merger with Actavis plc (2014).
  • Debt:
    • 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.

David Fitzgibbon is endorsed by clients and peers for his knowledge of advising listed companies on public M&A and corporate redomiciliation matters. Market commentators praise him and note: "He understands the internal processes of the client and adds value over and above legal advice." Chambers Global 2018

David is "very good in front of a board of directors". Legal 500 EMEA 2018

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

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

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." 


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