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Vahan is a partner in the Tax Department at Matheson.

Vahan has a particular specialism in tax issues arising in the context of mergers and acquisitions. He also advises on a broad range of tax issues including cross-border reorganisations, employment related taxes, tax issues arising in the context of insolvency and property related matters and the tax consequences of doing business in and from Ireland.

As well as being admitted to the roll of solicitors in Ireland, Vahan is admitted as a chartered tax adviser of the Irish Taxation Institute.

Experience Highlights

Vahan has advised:

  • Nomad Foods on its €225 million acquisition of the Goodfellas pizza brand.
  • Private equity fund Riverside Europe on its acquisition of Netwatch, a private security company.
  • Genesys on its acquisition of Altocloud Limited, a cloud-based analytics provider.
  • Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited on its $40.5 billion acquisition of Allergen’s generic drug business.
  • Irving Oil on its acquisition of Phillips 66 Ireland Limited, which holds the Whitegate oil refinery.
  • ElectroRoute’s selling shareholders on their sale of a majority stake in the business to Mitsubishi Corporation.
  • The Sazerac group on its acquisition of the Paddy Irish Whiskey brand.
  • Sedgwick Claims Management on its acquisition of OSG Group.
  • Molex Ireland on its acquisition of ProTek Medical Limited.
  • Zayo Group on its acquisition of Viatel Infrastructure Europe.
  • Aramark on its acquisition of the food and luxury goods retailer Avoca.
  • Global media giant News Corporation on its €18 million acquisition of Dublin-based social news agency Storyful Limited.
Accolades

Vahan Tchrakian is recommended.
European Legal 500 2020

Education

Admitted as an Associate of the Irish Tax Institute

Qualified as a solicitor in Ireland

Trinity College Dublin (LLB)

Matheson Acts as Legal Counsel in Connection with the Sale of Opel’s Irish Distribution Business

Jul 20, 2020, 18:43 PM
Matheson acted as Irish legal counsel in connection with the recent sale of Opel Irish distribution Opel, who are a long standing client of Matheson, is one of Europe’s largest automakers and together with its sister brand Vauxhall sells over one million vehicles annually.
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Matheson acted as Irish legal counsel in connection with the recent sale of Opel Irish distribution Opel, who are a long standing client of Matheson, is one of Europe’s largest automakers and together with its sister brand Vauxhall sells over one million vehicles annually.

The Matheson team was led by Brian McCloskey who was assisted by a cross-departmental team from tax, real-estate, employment, competition and litigation, including Sally Anne Stone, commercial real estate partner, Vahan Tchrakian, tax partner, Rebecca Ryan, litigation partner, and Liam Heylin, competition law senior associate.

Commenting on the deal, Brian McCloskey said  “We are delighted to have continued our long-standing relationship with Opel. The automotive industry is going through a period of significant change, primarily driven by technological developments and the gradual shift to hybrid and electric vehicles.  This deal builds on our already significant experience of advising international organisations on the acquisition and disposal of Irish businesses. The transaction closed on 30 September 2019 and represented the sale of a distribution business with has 27 dealers in its network – including service centres.”

With a wealth of experience across our six partner led offices worldwide and a dedicated 100 person Corporate Department, Matheson has some of the most experienced corporate lawyers in Ireland.  Excellence matters and Matheson’s Corporate Department, led by 24 partners, has unparalleled experience in complex and innovative domestic and international corporate transactions across all industry sectors.

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