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Ross Little

Partner, Dublin

Ross is an experienced corporate lawyer, with over 20 years of practice, specialising in mergers and acquisitions and general corporate law. He has particular transactional experience in asset management and financial services.
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He is experienced in all aspects of Irish company law, with a particular focus on asset management and financial services, as well as the retail, food and hospitality sectors, having been involved in some of the most high profile transactions in these areas in Ireland in the last few years.

Ross has acted on some of the most significant M&A transactions in the Irish market in recent years.

From a general M&A perspective, notable deals on which he has acted include:

  • The sale by way of auction of Statoil Irish operations for circa €260 million.
  • The sale by way of auction of the Jurys Inn hotel chain for €1.165bn.
  • The acquisition by BlackRock of Credit Suisse's Irish domiciled ETF range.
  • The sale by Bank of America, of its Irish domicile short term money market fund.

Equity market transactions that I have been involved in include the admission to the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange (and the Enterprise Securities Market of the Irish Stock Exchange) of Norkom Group plc (subsequently acquired by BAE Systems for €217m).

He was the lead Corporate Partner advising Kingfisher plc on the examinership of its Irish DIY subsidiary, B&Q Ireland in 2013, and has historically advised Marriott on its Irish operations, including the Irish aspects of the reorganisation of Marriott's timeshare business (Marriott Vacation Club) into Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation, Inc., which subsequently listed on the NYSE.

His retail sector experience includes advising Boots Ireland on general corporate and M&A matters, as well as advising Arcadia Group on Irish legal matters.

He has worked on a number of cross border M&A transactions, working closely with counsel in the US, Germany, Belgium, Holland and Sweden. He worked for a number of years in Brussels including stints in the European Commission and with Deloitte Belgium.