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William Brophy


Dublin, Ireland

8-34 Percy Place, Ballsbridge
Dublin 4, D04 P5K3
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William Brophy


William (Billy) Brophy is a commercial and corporate lawyer specialising in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and shareholder agreements, debt and equity fund raisings, competition law, corporate governance and general commercial matters. He has extensive experience of international business transactions and in structuring, negotiating and closing complex corporate and commercial deals. Previously, he worked with international law firms in Hong Kong and Brussels and he is a recognised leader in his field.

Billy graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a Bachelor of Law degree and earned a Postgraduate Diploma in EU Competition Law from Kings College London.

Mergers  and  Acquisitions  (M&A)

  • Lead counsel  on  many  M&A  deals  (public  and  private).  
  • Drafting and negotiating  all  transaction  documents  for  private  M&A  deals  (including  letters  of  intent,  share  purchase  agreements,  tax  and  environmental  indemnities,  non compete  agreements,  consultancy  /  employment  agreements,  parent  guarantees,  escrow  agreements,  signing  and  completion  agendas,  debt  and  security  releases,  corporate  resolutions);
  • Drafting  and  negotiating  documents  for  public  M&A  deals  (including  offer  letters,  offer  documents  to  shareholders,  offer  terms  and  conditions,  forms  of  acceptance  and  market  /  regulatory  announcements  and  notifications); 
  • Advising  (or  coordinating  with  local  counsel)  on  local  issues  such  as  executive  and  employee  compensation,  compliance  with  local  takeover  regimes  and merger  control. 

IPOs / Capital Markets

  • Advising and guiding listing applicants, sponsors and investors throughout the IPO process
  • Assisting in pre-IPO planning and structuring (including due diligence, pre-IPO investments and group reorganisations)
  • General ongoing regulatory and compliance advice to public companies

General  Corporate  and  Commercial

  • Drafting,  advising  on  and  negotiating  a  wide  range  of  general commercial  contracts,  including  licensing,  manufacturing,  procurement,  sales,  agency,  distribution,  franchising,  marketing,  logistics,  employment  and  consultancy agreements;
  • Advising  on  various  general  corporate  matters  including  company  formation,  group  structures,  company  secretarial  and  corporate  governance.

Debt  Financing  and  Restructuring

  • Advising  both  borrowers  and  lenders  in  connection  with  secured  and  unsecured  general  corporate  loans;
  • Drafting  and  negotiating  loan  agreements,  security  documents,  guarantees,  intercreditor  agreements  and  restructuring  agreements;
  • Drafting  and  negotiating  terms  and  conditions  for  bonds  and convertible  debt  securities;
  • Preparing  and  negotiating  legal  opinions  on  debt  financings; 
  • Handling  local  (or  coordinating  overseas)  security  filings. 

Corporate  Partnering,  Joint  Ventures  and  Strategic  Alliances

  • Negotiating  and  documenting  corporate  partnering,  joint  venture  and  strategic  alliances,  including  MOUs,  confidentiality  agreements,  shareholder  agreements,  licensing  agreements  and  asset  transfer  agreements;
  • Responsible for advising  on  joint  venture  group  structures  and  profit  extraction  (dividends,  service  fees,  royalty  payments  etc.);
  • Develops  monitoring  and  control  mechanisms  and  negotiating  board  representation,  vetoes,  funding,  non-competes,  deadlock  resolution,  share  transfer  restrictions  and  termination  /  exit  issues. 

Venture  Capital  and  Private Equity

  • Advising  businesses  at  every  stage  of  the  investment  process,  from  start-up  funding  through  "Series  A"  and  subsequent  investor  rounds  and  IPOs.

Competition Law / Regulatory

  • Advised several multinational companies on EU and national merger control laws, including merger notifications to the European Commission Merger Task Force and national competition authorities
  • Represented Irish incumbent market operators in European Commission proceedings relating to liberalisation of EU markets, state aids and public procurement law
  • Advised in relation to major European Commission cartel investigation into price fixing in specialty graphite market
  • Advised on Irish and EU competition and commercial law issues relating to distribution, agency, licensing and other vertical agreements, and agreements between competing companies

Corporate Governance and Legal Risk Management

  • Advising public and private companies on various corporate governance issues such as board composition, director’s duties, internal control systems, risk management and compliance, anti-fraud / anti-money laundering, bribery and corruption
  • Advising on key steps in business dealings to reduce threat and impact of litigation, transaction risk, counterparty risk, country risk, product risk, process risk
Practice Areas
Corporate Law