Service Overview

Sweeney McGann LLP is considered one of the leading Corporate & Commercial law firms in Limerick and the Mid-West region. Our Corporate Department, headed by Managing Partner Shane O’Neill and founding Partner Gearóid McGann advises on a full range of commercial transactions. The department is complimented by the expertise our solicitors have in Banking & Finance, Employment Law, Property and Commercial Litigation, allowing us to provide a full-service advice to our clients whereby we can develop innovative ideas and practical solutions.

Our Corporate & Commercial service is one of the firm’s core practice areas and provides a dynamic and experienced service in Limerick and to both domestic and international clients across a wide range of sectors.

We advise clients in high value complex MBO and M&A transactions.

The high standards that our firm achieves is clearly emphasised by the number and quality of recent awards and recognitions:

  • The Institute of Quality Standard of Ireland Q9000 Gold Award
  • Irish Law Awards 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023
  • Corporate INTL Global Awards for 2018 and 2019
  • AIB Private Bank Irish Law Awards 2017
  • Recognised by the Sunday Independent Ireland’s Best Law Firms 2023


We act for several of the Mid West’s large building contractors, building residential estates,  mixed use developments, commercial offices, shopping centres, commercial centres and industrial premises.

We have acted in all stages of the construction process including:

  • Building Contracts
  • Collateral Warranties and Collateral Contracts
  • Bespoke documentation as needed.

We act for a wide range of manufacturing and service companies and businesses in the mid-west region for whom we undertake a wide range of services.

  • Reorganisations and Restructuring
  • Corporate Advisory
  • Share Sales and Purchases
  • Business and Assets Sales and Purchases
  • Joint Ventures
  • Reorganisations and Restructuring
  • Corporate Advisory and Governance
  • Share Sales and Purchases
  • Business and Assets Sales and Purchases
  • Schemes of Arrangement
  • Co-Ownership Agreements

Our corporate and commercial team excels in complex transactions, and the team are innovative in their analytical skills to develop a streamline approach to transactions and advice, and to ensure the client is informed and guided throughout the process.

Banking and Securities Transactions

We act for major financial institutions in this region in completing security for commercial and residential transactions.

Including (but not limited to):

  • Letters of Offer / Letters of Sanction
  • Mortgage Debentures
  • Mortgage in Charges
  • Subordination Agreements / Priority Agreements
  • Corporate Certificates
  • Guarantees
  • Companies Act Compliance

Our Track Record

We advise clients in high value complex commercial transactions.

A sample of our clients involved in such transactions within the last 12 months alone include the following:

  • Large national (and international) hotel chain (turnover circa €50 million) involving various companies owning various hotels within the chain. (up to 24 companies)
  • An M&A and MBO involving two of the largest manufacturing products companies in Ireland (in their field) (turnover circa €20 million).
  • Property management company situated in the Mid-West Region (turnover circa €10 million).
  • A multinational company set up originally in Ireland, (and advised by us from inception) located throughout Europe and merged and acquired with another multinational company situated in mainland Europe (turnover circa €26 million).
  • Life Sciences / Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology Food and Beverage Company based in Ireland and Europe (turnover circa €20 million).
  • Healthcare Company (HSE Approved). MBO and comprehensive High Court proceedings pertaining to same ultimately leading to settlement and subsequent M&A (turnover circa €50 million).
  • Utilities Company. Involved in wholesale fibre (turnover circa €80 million).


We have been acting for several years for one of Ireland’s largest providers of wholesale fibre, (turnover circa €80 million) involving multiple contracts and supply agreements both with other network companies and end users.

We completed a major contract appointment for that client for the provision of nationwide maintenance and support of their infrastructure. We have dealt with both ESB and Irish Water for Licence agreements and contracts.

Insolvency and Corporate Restructuring

Our Corporate and Commercial team are regarded as leaders in this field and their experience includes ground-breaking court applications, regular support, and advice to Insolvency Practitioners. This strength, expertise and experience has seen our firm deal with some of the most significant insolvency and restructuring matters in the mid-west region in recent years. We marry our detailed knowledge of insolvency law and procedure with the inventive and commercial approach common to our wider legal practice.

The Corporate and Commercial teamwork in multi-disciplinary teams with other areas of the firm, including the property, commercial and litigation teams, as well as other advisers to develop innovative ideas and practical solutions for our clients.

Commercial Litigation

Our Commercial Litigation team is a leading litigation practice in the region and has expertise in complex, high-value cases. We have extensive experience in assisting clients to prevent disputes before they occur, as well as advising on formal litigation proceedings.

We also provide our clients with expertise in all forms of alternative dispute resolution, including international and domestic arbitrations, mediations, conciliations, and expert determinations. Aoife Hennessy is a CEDR Accredited Mediator with significant experience in this area.

Please contact

Shane O’Neill
Shane O’NeillManaging Partner
Gearóid McGann
Gearóid McGannPartner


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