As published on Irishtimes.com, 16 December 2022.
Leading M&A legal advisor Philip Lee LLP is pleased to announce the appointment of George Kennedy as a partner in its fast-growing corporate group. George specialises in corporate transactions and has extensive experience advising Irish and international clients on M&A, private equity and other investments. Prior to joining Philip Lee he led the corporate and commercial group in another leading Irish law firm.
The appointment of George Kennedy as partner follows the promotion of Inez Cullen, Anna Hickey and Rebecca McEvoy to corporate partners earlier this year, and brings the total number of corporate transactions partners at the firm to 10.
Philip Lee, previously awarded the accolade of Corporate Law Firm of the Year (2021), has continued to grow its corporate transaction practice in response to buoyant M&A and consolidation activity in the Irish and UK markets. The team has extensive experience advising clients ranging from high-growth companies to market-leading global multinationals across the full range of corporate transactions, including in the areas of M&A, cross-border mergers, joint ventures, corporate restructuring, private equity, venture capital and capital markets transactions. In April this year the firm moved to larger offices in the City of London to support a busy pipeline of cross-border M&A activity.
Commenting on the appointment of George Kennedy as partner, head of the corporate group at Philip Lee, Andreas McConnell said “I am pleased to welcome George to the partnership. He brings with him a wealth of experience and commercial acumen. George’s appointment, along with the recent promotions of Inez Cullen, Anna Hickey and Rebecca McEvoy to partners, adds significant scale to our M&A practice. The appointments bolster the firm’s position in the Irish business law market and further strengthen the team’s capacity to advise on the most complex matters.”
George Kennedy added “I am delighted to join Philip Lee at what is an exciting time for the firm, as it consolidates its position at the forefront of Irish and international M&A. I am looking forward to working with my colleagues to deliver a first-class service to our clients.”
Philip Lee was ranked as a top 10 M&A legal advisor by deal volume in the Irish market in Experian’s MarketIQ UK and ROI M&A Review for 2021 and also received one of the highest rates of recommendations on a per-lawyer basis of any firm in Ireland in Ireland’s Best Law Firms 2023 survey compiled by Statista.
In October 2022, the firm was named ‘Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law Firm of the Year’ at the Irish Law Awards.