Corporate - M&A

The corporate team at Carson McDowell advises leading local and international companies doing business in Northern Ireland, across a broad range of sectors. We are involved in providing specialist legal advice on all aspects of corporate transactions and matters.

For decades, our lawyers have advised on the most significant M&A and corporate transactions in Northern Ireland. Our experience and reputation speaks volumes, which is why we are widely recognised as one of the leading corporate and M&A legal practices in the country.

What we do

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Private equity and venture capital
  • Reorganisations and restructuring
  • Shareholder agreements, joint ventures and partnerships
  • Advice on corporate governance and company law issues such as director duties, payment of dividends and returns of capital

What Others Say About Us

Chambers and Partners UK 2019

What the team is known for

Prominent Northern Ireland firm which advises on matters from acquisitions and disposals to corporate governance. Noted for its specialist knowledge of the manufacturing and construction sectors, and strength in complementary disciplines such as competition, environmental and planning law. Well equipped to oversee deals spanning multiple jurisdictions.


Clients say the team has "consistently provided excellent service and advice in multiple areas of corporate law in a very prompt and effective way."

"Carson McDowell is a high-quality corporate firm, and at the vanguard of the profession in Northern Ireland," says a source.

Work highlights

Advised SHS Group Ltd on its acquisition of ignition supplier Standard Brands from Graphite Capital.

Notable practitioners

The "excellent" Richard Gray has considerable experience in M&A transactions and corporate finance matters. Market commentators appreciate that he "works tirelessly to get the right result."

Neasa Quigley demonstrates expertise in complex equity funding and M&A transactions, with a strong presence in the energy sector. Clients praise her ability to "get to grips with the complex commercial issues at play very quickly and find solutions."

The "extremely responsive and hard-working" Gerard Armstrong is praised for possessing "an ability to summarise complex and fast-moving contractual changes into succinct, client-friendly review documents."

Michael Johnston advises clients both domestically and internationally on Northern Irish commercial matters. He is described by commentators as "an intelligent and wise advocate."

One client praises Gerard Armstrong for "thinking of things I don't and putting in extra miles to serve the best interests of the client." He advises companies from the agrifood and construction industries on a range of transactional matters.

The Legal 500 2019

What the team is known for

Carson McDowell has particular strength in traditional Northern Irish industries such as construction, real estate and manufacturing, as well as growing sector expertise in energy and technology and cybersecurity. The team acts for leading Northern Irish and international businesses.

Work Highlights

Represented the shareholders of the Lagan Group in the sale of their entire shareholding to Breedon Group for over £400m.

Advised the shareholders of Lowe Rental on the exit of MML Capital and £60m equity investment by Perwyn.

Acted for the shareholders of Prestige Insurance Holdings in relation to the sale of their majority shareholding in the company.

Advised SHS Group on its acquisition of 3V Natural Foods.

Advised Valero Energy on its acquisition of a petroleum storage facility business.

Notable practitioners

The 'very good' Neasa Quigley, who specialises in energy and the knowledge economy, heads the team along with M&A and finance expert Richard Gray. Gerard Armstrong and Michael Johnston are also key contacts.

Significant clients

SHS Group, Lagan Group Holdings, Valero, Statsport Group, Fane Valley Co-Operative Society, Wrightbus International, Eakin Healthcare Group, RiverRidge Recycling, Dalradian Resource.