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Expertise

Brian is a partner in the Corporate M&A Group.

Brian has spent the last fifteen years advising international companies, in both the UK and Ireland, on corporate law matters including public and private company M&A, private equity transactions, equity fundraisings, reorganisations, joint ventures, refinancings and general commercial matters.

Having previously worked in a large international law firm in London, Brian has particular expertise in cross-border M&A and private equity. Brian has experience across a range of sectors acting for both buyers and sellers. Brian also counsels corporate clients on a broad range of governance and business-related matters, including directors' duties and responsibilities and general compliance matters.

Experience Highlights

Brian has recently advised on a significant number of the most valuable and high profile transactions undertaken in the Irish market, including:

  • Advising private equity fund, Insight Ventures, on its majority investment in AMCS, the world’s leading supplier of integrated software for the waste collection and recycling industry.
  • Advising private equity fund, Riverside Partners, in its acquisition of Netwatch, a leading private security company with operations in Ireland, the UK and the US.
  • Advising private equity fund, STAR Capital, on its acquisition of leading logistics business, General Secure Logistics Services.
  • Advising private equity fund, Motive Partners, on its investment in Global Shares plc, a provider of innovative software for employee equity share plan administration.
  • Advising private equity fund, Bregal Investments, on its investment in Arkphire Group, one of the fastest growing IT procurement companies in Europe.
  • Advising investment manager Chenavari Partners, on its investment in Dilosk DAC, an Irish financial services company.
  • Advising Secret Escapes Group on its acquisition of Empathy Marketing Limited, Ireland’s leading marketplace for premium hospitality and e-commerce offers.
  • Advising Saint-Gobain on its acquisition of Micro Hydraulics, an Irish based supplier and manufacturer of single use fluid handling components.
  • Advising Nomad Foods Limited on its acquisition of Green Isle Foods Ltd, the Ireland-based manufacturer and distributor of a portfolio of leading branded and private label frozen pizzas in the United Kingdom and Ireland, including the Goodfellas and San Marcos brands.

Alongside his private equity practice, Brian advises a range of domestic and international corporate clients on their corporate and transactional activity in Ireland.

Brian has co-authored the International Comparative Guide to Mergers and Acquisitions 2018 and 2019 and the International Comparative Guide to Private Equity 2019.

Accolades

"Brian McCloskey was excellent, available at all times to provide advice, strong in negotiation and very good at managing the process and his team".
The Legal 500 2021

Brian McCloskey provides "sound commercial advice".
Chambers Europe 2021

Brian McCloskey is "extremely hard-working and responsive".
Chambers Europe 2021

Brian McCloskey is recommended.
European Legal 500 2020

Brian McCloskey is named a next generation partner.
European Legal 500 2020

Brian McCloskey has "excellent market knowledge and an effective negotiation style".
Chambers Global 2020

Clients describe Brian him as "super responsive" and praise his project management capabilities.
Chambers Global and Europe 2020

Brian McCloskey is named a ‘Rising Star’
IFLR1000 2020

Brian McCloskey is named a next generation lawyer.
European Legal 500 2019

"Brian did an excellent job of navigating us through the basics of Irish M&A. His understanding of key deal terms, as well as his ability to win key negotiating points was very valuable to us."
Chambers Europe 2018

"Brian was very good at managing our expectations and helping us understand the landscape."
Chambers Europe 2018

Brian McCloskey is named a next generation lawyer.
European Legal 500 2018

Brian McCloskey is named a Rising Star.
IFLR1000 2018

Brian McCloskey is named a next generation lawyer.
European Legal 500 2017

Education

Solicitor, Law Society of Ireland 

University College Dublin, BCL

University of Melbourne, Australia