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 UK 2021

What the team is known for

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


"This is one of the best firms in Northern Ireland," a client reports, noting: "They have a good range and breadth of practice."

A source comments: "They provide a very strong technical base with practical experience and precedent."

Work highlights

Advised Autoline Insurance Group's sole shareholder on the sale of its parent company Insure NI to Prestige Insurance Holdings.

Notable practitioners

Gerard Armstrong

Michael Johnston

Neasa Quigley

Richard Gray

The Legal 500 2021

Carson McDowell is a key name in the market for corporate deals involving the energy and agri-food industries, with a growing foothold in the private equity and venture capital arenas. The 'truly exceptional' Richard Gray leads the team and advises major domestic companies including SHS Group and Lagan Investments. Neasa Quigley is a key name for energy and private equity work and was made senior partner in 2019, while Gerard Armstrong stands out for his skills in the agri-food, waste and construction sectors. Former managing partner Michael Johnston is now a consultant.

Key clients

  • SHS Group Limited
  • Lagan Investments Limited
  • Prestige Insurance Holdings Limited
  • Sisaf Ltd
  • Fane Valley Co-Operative Society Limited
  • Statsports Group Limited
  • Vinci Energies UK Holdings Limited
  • Options Technology Limited
  • Finnebrogue
  • Eakin Healthcare Limited