Ciara Downes is an associate in the Global Corporate Practice and is based in the Dublin office. Ciara advises corporate clients on all aspects of corporate and commercial law, including share and asset sales and acquisitions, equity investments and group structuring.

Clients comment, “Ciara is an outstanding professional and is a pleasure to deal with” and “Ciara is very clear and efficient at all times.”

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  • Advised on the sale of a majority stake in H&MV Engineering to Exponent.
  • Advised the owners of Esker Ri Nursing Home on the sale of the business to Evergreen Care.
  • Advised the owners of a leading distributor of process instrumentation on its sale to the Irish branch of the Axel Johnson Group.
  • Advised a private equity firm on its acquisition of a majority stake in an engineering business in the south of Ireland, including advising on related bank funding.
  • Advised a multinational engine leasing company on a €10 million joint venture with a Japanese entity.
  • Advised BHSL on the acquisition of the Glan Agua group.
  • Advised ComfortDelGro on the acquisition of the GoBus group.
  • Advised Elllab Group on the acquisitions of Autocal and Calx Instrumentation Services.
  • Acted for a number of insurance brokers on their sales to Aston Lark, PUB and Innovu.
  • Acted for Action Point in its acquisition of ICT Project Management, and acted for the sellers of Action Point on the subsequent sale of the group to Viatel.
  • Advised numerous startup companies in the technology, food and beverage and sports industries at various stages on fundraising rounds through SAFEs, CLN, Enterprise Ireland and crowdfunding.
  • Advised over 50 national and international corporate clients on Irish company secretarial requirements and duties.


  • University of Limerick, LL.B., 2019


  • Law Society of Ireland, 2022
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