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Clark Hill Expands in Ireland With Addition of HBMO Solicitors

August 21, 2023

Clark Hill, a leading US law firm, is pleased to announce that Irish law firm HBMO Solicitors has joined Clark Hill’s Dublin office. This strategic combination is a further important milestone in Clark Hill’s expansion in Ireland and reinforces its commitment to providing comprehensive commercial law services to an international client base in Ireland and into Europe.

HBMO Solicitors, formerly known as Noel Smyth and Partners, has a long-standing reputation as a premier Irish commercial law firm specializing in Commercial Property, Litigation, Corporate, M&A, Banking, and Private Client Services. The combination brings to 31 the number of solicitors Clark Hill now has in its Dublin office and strengthens the depth of Irish commercial law services the firm offers to its clients, complementing the seamless access the firm offers to the firm’s extensive network of over 700 lawyers across multiple US States and Mexico.

“We are delighted to welcome the talented team of HBMO Solicitors to Clark Hill. This combination enhances our ability to deliver exceptional legal services in Ireland and beyond,” commented Kirby Tarrant, member in charge of the Clark Hill Dublin office. “It is an important step in our expansion plans and presents new opportunities for young solicitors to advance their careers within a growing international law firm.”

With the completion of this combination, 10 solicitors and a strong support staff complement from HBMO Solicitors will transition to Clark Hill. The addition of Colman Bermingham, Hugh O’Neill, and Ronan Hannigan enriches Clark Hill’s bench strength. Bermingham and O’Neill are highly regarded commercial property solicitors renowned for their involvement in major property deals, including a range of shopping centres and office developments. Hannigan is a distinguished commercial litigator who has handled headline cases and commercial disputes before the Irish courts. He also provides counsel and guidance in corporate mergers and acquisitions.

“Being part of an international law firm in an increasingly amalgamated global economy has incredible benefit to our clients,” noted Hannigan. “Access to transatlantic legal resources will add significant value to the support we provide.”

The integration of HBMO Solicitors marks another milestone in Clark Hill’s ongoing growth strategy in Ireland. The firm has grown steadily over the past five years and is committed to the continued integration and expansion of its practice in Ireland into the future.

“The synergies between the US and European markets create a vibrant business environment. We aim to provide seamless, efficient, and complete cross-border legal support to our clients on both sides of the Atlantic.” Kevin Kent, member-in-charge of Clark Hill’s US-Ireland Strategic Initiative, observed.

John Hensien, CEO of Clark Hill, stated, “Expanding the Clark Hill presence in Ireland continues to be one of our strategic goals. Ireland’s significance as a strategic location for international business, and its position in terms of two-way transatlantic economic investment, continues to reinforce the importance of our Irish presence, and our ability to provide seamless, full-service legal support on both sides of the Atlantic. This presence within the EU is an important and differentiating element of our offering.”

The HBMO Solicitors team will relocate to Clark Hill’s newly extended and refurbished offices at 3rd and 4th Floor, Percy Place, Dublin 4, ensuring a seamless transition for both staff and clients.

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