Hugo Grattirola

Partner

Hugo Grattirola

Partner

Memberships
  • Law Society of Ireland
  • France Ireland Chamber of Commerce
  • IAPP – International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • VigiTrust Global Advisory Board
Education
  • Certificate in Technology Law, Law Society of Ireland, 2020
  • CIPP/E certified (Certified Information Privacy Professional) (GDPR included), 2019
  • Solicitor, Law Society of Ireland, 2018
  • French Certificate of Aptitude for the Profession of Lawyer, Regional Centre for Professional training for Lawyers, Marseille, France, 2014
  • LLM (Hons) in Private Law, Faculty of Law, Nice, France, 2012
  • LLB (Hons) in Private Law, Faculty of Law, Nice, France, 2011

Hugo is a partner in the corporate/commercial and the data, privacy and technology teams. He is involved in a significant number of advisory and transactional matters in which he provides assistance on a broad range of Irish and French law matters.

Hugo is a fully qualified lawyer both in France and Ireland. He is one of the few lawyers in Ireland with a dual French and Irish qualification. He is therefore fully conversant with both legal systems. Hugo is a member of the firm’s French Desk and works with French speaking clients looking to set up in Ireland. He is actively involved in the Franco-Irish community in Ireland. Hugo is also a member of the France Ireland Chamber of Commerce in Dublin.

Before joining Philip Lee, Hugo trained and worked in general practices in France and French Polynesia where he gained broad experience on various areas of French law such as commercial and property law. Hugo also worked in the legal department of Tahiti’s largest bank as well as a judicial assistant in the Tribunal and Court of Appeal of Tahiti.

Hugo’s practice areas include;

  • corporate transactions (both buy-side and sell-side);
  • shareholders agreements;
  • commercial contracts (including SAAS contracts, e-commerce terms and conditions/terms of business and intellectual property matters arising from same);
  • company restructuring;
  • corporate and commercial advisory; and
  • data protection, privacy and artificial intelligence.

Hugo has experience in advising clients on mergers and acquisitions, private equity/venture capital transactions and company reorganisations. Hugo regularly advises start-ups and early-stage companies as well as investment funds and private/angel investors on private equity/venture capital investment transactions and shareholders agreements. His experience also includes providing advice on a broad range of corporate and commercial matters including corporate governance and compliance matters.

Hugo also specialises in technology matters such as Artificial Intelligence and Data Protection. Hugo advises on GDPR compliance and regularly reviews and drafts policies and assists clients on their path to compliance with data protection legislation and any data protection matters arising from commercial contracts. Hugo is CIPP/E certified (Certified Information Privacy Professional) (GDPR included). Hugo regularly speaks at seminars and lectures on the area of data protection and often conducts workshops and training sessions on the practical implications of data protection legislation.

Recent Work

  • Advised French marketing agency Globe Groupe on its acquisition of Irish travel retail promotions company Synergy Promotions Limited from its founders.
  • Advised Groupe RG, a major player in the distribution of PPE in France, on its acquisition of PPE specialist MJ Scannell in Ireland.
  • Advised the sellers of Irish seafood company Breizon on their sale to Mericq Group, a major player in the fresh seafood industry in France.
  • Advised Irish solar PV developer Power Capital Renewable Energy on the acquisition of a majority stake in 400 MW of projects under development by Irish firm Terra Solar.
  • Advised Power Capital Renewable Energy on the acquisition of solar farm sites of a combined capacity in excess of 240 megawatts from Renewable Energy Systems.
  • Advised the shareholders of Kitchen World on the sale of Kitchen World to Eomanna Holdings Ltd.
  • Advised the sellers of Inbhear Fund Services to Jersey-based administration company Sanne Group.
  • Advised investor in high-growth financial technologies companies Finch Capital on its investment in AI company Webio as part of Webio’s €1.5 million pre-Series A funding round.
  • Advised Cantor Fitzgerald on its £4 million secured loan note investment into Elgin Energy, a developer of solar PV projects across the UK and Ireland.
  • Advised NomuPay, a unified payments business, on its $53.6 million fundraising.
  • Advised Internet Protocol Telecom Limited, a leading Irish provider of cloud-based voice over internet protocol (VoIP) and unified communications telephony services, on its €6 million fundraising from private equity fund Development Capital.
  • Advised Pulsate Mobile Limited, a mobile engagement platform for financial institutions, on its series A fundraise of USD$7,7 million from TruStage Ventures and Curql.
  • Advised leading e-commerce data analytics platform Conjura on its €15 million Series A funding from investors Act Venture Capital, MiddleGame Ventures and Tribal VC.
  • Advised Conjura on the updating of its terms of business (including data protection implications).
  • Advised French luxury group Christian Dior on their Irish terms of business for their online shopping website.
  • Advised recruitment software company Occupop on their terms of business and data protection aspects of their business and commercial relationships.
  • Advised mortgages-as-a-service platform OnlineApplication on its entry into a software licence agreement with Bank of Ireland.
  • Advised a number of public bodies and private companies in dealing with data subject requests, data breaches and cyber incidents.
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Hugo is a partner in the corporate/commercial and the data, privacy and technology teams. He is involved in a significant number of advisory and transactional matters in which he provides assistance on a broad range of Irish and French law matters.

Hugo is a fully qualified lawyer both in France and Ireland. He is one of the few lawyers in Ireland with a dual French and Irish qualification. He is therefore fully conversant with both legal systems. Hugo is a member of the firm’s French Desk and works with French speaking clients looking to set up in Ireland. He is actively involved in the Franco-Irish community in Ireland. Hugo is also a member of the France Ireland Chamber of Commerce in Dublin.

Before joining Philip Lee, Hugo trained and worked in general practices in France and French Polynesia where he gained broad experience on various areas of French law such as commercial and property law. Hugo also worked in the legal department of Tahiti’s largest bank as well as a judicial assistant in the Tribunal and Court of Appeal of Tahiti.

Hugo’s practice areas include;

  • corporate transactions (both buy-side and sell-side);
  • shareholders agreements;
  • commercial contracts (including SAAS contracts, e-commerce terms and conditions/terms of business and intellectual property matters arising from same);
  • company restructuring;
  • corporate and commercial advisory; and
  • data protection, privacy and artificial intelligence.

Hugo has experience in advising clients on mergers and acquisitions, private equity/venture capital transactions and company reorganisations. Hugo regularly advises start-ups and early-stage companies as well as investment funds and private/angel investors on private equity/venture capital investment transactions and shareholders agreements. His experience also includes providing advice on a broad range of corporate and commercial matters including corporate governance and compliance matters.

Hugo also specialises in technology matters such as Artificial Intelligence and Data Protection. Hugo advises on GDPR compliance and regularly reviews and drafts policies and assists clients on their path to compliance with data protection legislation and any data protection matters arising from commercial contracts. Hugo is CIPP/E certified (Certified Information Privacy Professional) (GDPR included). Hugo regularly speaks at seminars and lectures on the area of data protection and often conducts workshops and training sessions on the practical implications of data protection legislation.

Recent Work

  • Advised French marketing agency Globe Groupe on its acquisition of Irish travel retail promotions company Synergy Promotions Limited from its founders.
  • Advised Groupe RG, a major player in the distribution of PPE in France, on its acquisition of PPE specialist MJ Scannell in Ireland.
  • Advised the sellers of Irish seafood company Breizon on their sale to Mericq Group, a major player in the fresh seafood industry in France.
  • Advised Irish solar PV developer Power Capital Renewable Energy on the acquisition of a majority stake in 400 MW of projects under development by Irish firm Terra Solar.
  • Advised Power Capital Renewable Energy on the acquisition of solar farm sites of a combined capacity in excess of 240 megawatts from Renewable Energy Systems.
  • Advised the shareholders of Kitchen World on the sale of Kitchen World to Eomanna Holdings Ltd.
  • Advised the sellers of Inbhear Fund Services to Jersey-based administration company Sanne Group.
  • Advised investor in high-growth financial technologies companies Finch Capital on its investment in AI company Webio as part of Webio’s €1.5 million pre-Series A funding round.
  • Advised Cantor Fitzgerald on its £4 million secured loan note investment into Elgin Energy, a developer of solar PV projects across the UK and Ireland.
  • Advised NomuPay, a unified payments business, on its $53.6 million fundraising.
  • Advised Internet Protocol Telecom Limited, a leading Irish provider of cloud-based voice over internet protocol (VoIP) and unified communications telephony services, on its €6 million fundraising from private equity fund Development Capital.
  • Advised Pulsate Mobile Limited, a mobile engagement platform for financial institutions, on its series A fundraise of USD$7,7 million from TruStage Ventures and Curql.
  • Advised leading e-commerce data analytics platform Conjura on its €15 million Series A funding from investors Act Venture Capital, MiddleGame Ventures and Tribal VC.
  • Advised Conjura on the updating of its terms of business (including data protection implications).
  • Advised French luxury group Christian Dior on their Irish terms of business for their online shopping website.
  • Advised recruitment software company Occupop on their terms of business and data protection aspects of their business and commercial relationships.
  • Advised mortgages-as-a-service platform OnlineApplication on its entry into a software licence agreement with Bank of Ireland.
  • Advised a number of public bodies and private companies in dealing with data subject requests, data breaches and cyber incidents.
Memberships
  • Law Society of Ireland
  • France Ireland Chamber of Commerce
  • IAPP – International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • VigiTrust Global Advisory Board
Education
  • Certificate in Technology Law, Law Society of Ireland, 2020
  • CIPP/E certified (Certified Information Privacy Professional) (GDPR included), 2019
  • Solicitor, Law Society of Ireland, 2018
  • French Certificate of Aptitude for the Profession of Lawyer, Regional Centre for Professional training for Lawyers, Marseille, France, 2014
  • LLM (Hons) in Private Law, Faculty of Law, Nice, France, 2012
  • LLB (Hons) in Private Law, Faculty of Law, Nice, France, 2011

Recent transactions and projects

SRS Alert Fire

SRS Alert Fire

SRS Alert Fire has recently joined WTech Fire Group, one of the UK and Ireland’s largest specialist fire protection engineering companies. A Philip Lee team, led by Eoghan Doyle with assistance from Hugo Grattirola and Deirdre Brannigan were delighted to act for SRS...

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Finch Capital and Nomupay

Finch Capital and Nomupay

A Philip Lee team, led by Eoghan Doyle, Hugo Grattirola, Patrick Egan and Patrick Butler were delighted to act on this transaction. NomuPay, a unified payments business formed by VC Finch Capital has now raised $53.6 million funding that it is using to continue...

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Groupe RG

Groupe RG

Groupe RG, a major player in the distribution of PPE in France, has acquired PPE specialist MJ Scannell in Ireland. The acquisition forms part of Groupe RG’s development strategy to become the independent and specialist leader of PPE distribution throughout Europe....

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News and insights

M&A Deals for 2023

M&A Deals for 2023

2023 was another record breaking year for our M&A team which has seen our rankings in the Mergermarket report on the Irish M&A market strongly rise again. Those rankings show that we continue to gain market share in the large complex transactions both in terms...

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SRS Alert Fire

SRS Alert Fire

SRS Alert Fire has recently joined WTech Fire Group, one of the UK and Ireland’s largest specialist fire protection engineering companies. A Philip Lee team, led by Eoghan Doyle with assistance from Hugo Grattirola and Deirdre Brannigan were delighted to act for SRS...

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