David Fitzgibbon

Matheson LLP - Ireland



+353 1 232 3708

Highly regarded

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Practice areas:

Capital markets : Equity

David is a partner in the firm’s Corporate Department advising private and public companies on corporate and securities laws, including mergers and acquisitions and equity capital markets transactions. He has extensive experience advising international clients on doing business in and from Ireland including advising on acquisitions/disposals, compliance and governance rules, corporate migrations, cross-border mergers, joint ventures and reorganisations. He has worked extensively with listed companies (Euronext Dublin/LSE, NASDAQ and NYSE) providing ongoing strategic and compliance advice on matters of Irish company law and securities regulation.

He has a broad-based practice reflecting his considerable experience across the agri-food, financial services, healthcare / life sciences and manufacturing sectors.

Prior to joining Matheson, David was a partner at another Irish law firm for over a decade. He has advised on many of Ireland’s headline transactions and regularly acts for well-known Irish and international companies on domestic and cross-border transactions.

  • Advising Novo Nordisk A/S on its acquisition of Neotope Neuroscience Limited for $100 million upfront and up to $1.2 billion in development and sales milestones payments
  • Advising Horizon Therapeutics on its $960 million underwritten public offering of ordinary shares
  • Advising Willis Towers Watson plc on its proposed $80 billion business combination with Aon plc
  • Advising Smurfit Kappa Group on its €660 million Share Placing
  • Advising Glanbia Co-operative Society on the formation of a dairy processing and consumer goods joint venture with Glanbia plc
  • Advising Horizon Therapeutics on its acquisition of EirGen Pharma’s manufacturing facility in Waterford
  • Advising placing agents on a €134 million placing of ordinary shares by a listed REIT
  • Advising the Minister for Finance on all aspects of the capital reorganisation and IPO of one of Ireland’s leading banks
  • Advising Smurfit Kappa on its successful defence of two unsolicited takeover proposals from International Paper
  • Advising a leading interactive entertainment company on its re-domiciliation into Ireland, its US$7.2 billion listing on NYSE and subsequently its takeover by way of scheme of arrangement.

  • Trinity College Dublin (LLB with German) 
  • Law Society of Ireland, admitted as a solicitor