Mark Quealy


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Mark is a Partner in William Fry’s Corporate Department. His practice consists primarily of transactional corporate engagements, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital investment transactions (acting both for investors and for companies raising funding), and corporate restructurings.  He also has significant experience in the use of partnership and limited partnership structures, both in private equity fund establishment and also in certain joint venture scenarios where they can offer advantages to particular categories of investor.

Notable recent transactions include advising:

  • Six Nations Rugby on a significant minority investment by CVC.
  • Nordic Aviation Capital, the world's largest lessor of regional aircraft, on all Irish corporate aspects of its ongoing debt restructuring.
  • Pro Rugby Championship (now trading as United Rugby Championship, and previously as Guinness Pro14) on a significant minority investment by CVC.
  • Elavon Financial Services, and its parent company U.S. Bank N.A., on several M&A matters, including the acquisition of the Sage Pay group (now rebranded as Opayo) from The Sage Group plc; as well as advising on various post-acquisition integration/restructuring transactions and general corporate and structuring matters.
  • Life Sciences Partners, the leading European healthcare investor, on a variety of equity investments in Irish medtech and therapeutics companies, including Neurent Medical, OneProjects Design Innovation, Atlantic Therapeutics and Vivasure Medical.
  • Citigroup Global Markets in relation to its responsibilities under the Irish Takeover Rules (as financial advisor to funds managed by Clayton Dubilier & Rice (CD&R)) , in the context of CD&R's £2.8 billion recommended all-cash offer for UDG Healthcare plc.
  • Ireland's National Treasury Management Agency on a number of limited-partnership investments by The Ireland Strategic Investment Fund in various private equity fund structures.
  • Atlantic Bridge Ventures on a number of initial and follow-on growth capital equity investments into various portfolio companies, including HiLight Semiconductors and Fieldaware Group, as well as a number of earlier-stage investments by its affiliate the University Bridge Fund.
  • International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) on its €1.4bn recommended all-cash offer for Aer Lingus Group plc

Mark "is very thorough, organised and available," clients say. Chambers Global 2021

Mark "is really impressive, walking away with the respect and admiration of the international deal team and more instructions from the UK lawyers." Legal 500 EMEA 2021

Mark regularly acts for companies on cross-border disposals to private equity funds. Clients value Mark's knowledge and experience, with one source reporting: "He is very knowledgeable in terms of the market and gives good guidance." Chambers Global 2020

In Chamber Global 2019 one client describes Mark as "very proactive and pragmatic," and another saying that "he is very focused on commercial outcomes."

Mark is listed in Best Lawyers 2019 under 'The Best Lawyers in Ireland' for work in Venture Capital Law.

Chambers Global 2018 notes Mark's expertise in "a diverse array of transactions, particularly those in the private equity and venture capital spheres", and reports that he has played a key role on numerous recent acquisitions.  Clients appreciate that he is "very quick to determine what to do from a practical point of view to get the deal over the line quickly".

Mark is  "well-prepared".  Legal 500 EMEA 2018

According to Chambers Global 2017, sources feel that Mark "has a good reputation" and "is good to deal with."

Mark is a regular speaker on corporate and company law matters at the Law Society of Ireland’s training courses.  He is also an Associate of the Irish Tax Institute.