Eavan Saunders


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Eavan is a Partner in William Fry’s Corporate Department.  She has extensive corporate experience acting for financial investors, investment banks and large corporate groups with her focus being on cross border and distressed M&A, private equity, leveraged buy-outs, joint ventures, consortium investments and restructurings.  Prior to joining William Fry, Eavan spent 14 years at Ashurst LLP, and was a Senior Corporate Partner for eight years.  During her career in London, Eavan won many awards and accolades including the M&A Deal of the Year at the Lawyer Awards, being rated by Infrastructure Journal as a rising star in Infrastructure, and named a Super Lawyers Rising Star 2013.

Recent significant transactions include:

  • Acting for the sellers including Royal Bank of Scotland, Mount Kellet Capital and OIF on the sale of Jurys Inn to Lonestar for €900m
  • Acting for StayCity Investments of its Shareholder restructuring and fundraising.
  • Acting for J&E Davy on the reverse takeover by Dalata Plc of The Moran and Bewley Group for €455m
  • Acting for a consortium of financial investors including OMERS pension fund and First State Investments on their joint acquisition of the Finnish electricity distribution network for €2.55bn
  • Acting for Grosvenor on various corporate transactions and real estate investments with multiple joint venture partners
  • Acting for AMP on its acquisition of Viridian wind farm assets in Ireland and the related joint venture
  • Acting for Lloyds Bank on the restructuring and the subsequent disposal of the Principal Hayley Hotel Group to Starwood Capital
  • Acting for J.P. Morgan in relation to the purchase by IFM and Manchester Airport of Stansted Airport

Eavan is "a very impressive and commercially astute transactional lawyer who always puts her client's commercial interests at the heart of her advice,"according to one source. Chambers Global 2019

Satisfied clients describe Eavan as "very commercial and accomplished legally, with a keen commercial instinct." She has an excellent pedigree for acting for blue-chip clients on major cross-border and distressed M&A transactions. Chambers Global 2018


Eavan SaundersLegal 500 Leading Individual 2019

IFLR Leading Lawyer - Highly Regarded 2019