Foreign Direct Investment

Ireland’s transformation into a dynamic knowledge based economy has largely been driven by continuous overseas investment by leading multinationals.

Many of the factors that first made Ireland an economic success story endure including the following:

  • committed membership of the EU and the Euro
  • one of the fastest growing economies in the EU
  • a young well educated English-speaking workforce
  • an attractive corporate tax rate of 12.5% and an extensive double tax treaty network
  • a booming R&D sector with pro trade and investment Government policies
  • a common law jurisdiction with a robust legal framework for the development, exploitation and protection of IP Rights

Our expertise:

Ireland has been named as the “best country for business” by numerous ranking publications including Forbes. Over 1,200 companies employing c. 180,000 people have established in Ireland and include the Global leaders in technology, pharma, fintech, e-commerce, financial services, biotech, energy and manufacturing.

Our FDI Group has worked with many of these companies and helped them gain access to the vast EU market and talent pool. With offices in Dublin, London, Brussels and New York, we provide cross time zone support to our international client base in respect of all their legal needs.

Key areas:

We advise international clients on all legal aspects of establishing in Ireland including:

  • Government incentives and grants
  • Negotiation with regulatory authorities including the Central Bank of Ireland
  • Optimum tax structures together with ongoing advice on tax and regulatory issues
  • Company formation and corporate compliance
  • Employment contracts pension schemes and other employee benefits
  • Real estate leasing or acquisition
  • Construction environmental and planning law
  • Intellectual property and data protection law
  • M&A, joint ventures, corporate reorganisations and commercial contracts
  • Foreign investment screening and foreign subsidy control

Key experience:

Our representative FDI clients include the following:

  • MetLife
  • Google
  • Microsoft
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • IBM
  • Intel
  • Horizon Pharma PLC
  • Pfizer
  • Eaton Corporation

Key contacts

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