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David Walsh, founder and chief executive of Netwatch: merged the group he founded with two US businesses and one UK firm.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

From significant mergers to multimillion-euro asset sales and important deals, the first three winners of this year’s Irish Times Business Person of t(...)

The UK government’s  proposal would see no import tariffs on goods coming from Ireland to Northern Ireland, while London would impose no new checks or controls on such goods. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

“Living on the border, we’ve all engaged in a wee bit of smuggling,” recalls Declan Breathnach, Fianna Fáil TD for Louth. “It was seen in the past as (...)

Some industry figures have warned it potentially places additional burdens on applicants, particularly SMEs

Providing research and development tax credits to businesses is seen as a sure-fire way of encouraging them to spend more on R&D. The Irish scheme(...)

Standard Life Aberdeen’s financial planning and advice business 1825 is expanding into the North with the acquisition of BDO Northern Ireland’s wealth(...)

“There are not enough deals out there for the available finance,”

The funding landscape for M&A activity is probably as good or better than it has ever been. Not only are the main banks back in the corporate lend(...)

“You see situations where the key family member is in their late 60s or 70s and wants to exit the business and the children are well educated and not necessarily interested in working in it”

Selling a business to its existing management team can be an attractive option for a number of reasons. The deal can usually be done quickly and priva(...)

No company will have exactly the same culture but if there are good areas of overlap and alignment, then there is a basis for the two companies to plan for a successful merger

Sealing the deal is just the beginning. In M&As, how well you integrate the two entities is what counts. “No matter how well you plan the M&A(...)

Trump, tariffs and trade wars: the geopolitical three Ts currently dominating news cycles worldwide are yet to have an impact on M&A activity here.

Trump, tariffs and trade wars: the geopolitical three Ts currently dominating news cycles worldwide are yet to have an impact on M&A activity here(...)

“There was a lot of interest in anything that could be broadly classified as infrastructure – energy, wind farms, telecoms.”

In what is perhaps an indication of the overall strength of the Irish economy, M&A activity was strong in almost every sector during the past year(...)

“The international tax landscape has and continues to experience unprecedented changes, and of course, Ireland is not immune to such changes,”

The majority of Ireland’s leading Mergers and Acquisitions advisers and executives – 87 per cent – expect Irish M&A activity for this year to matc(...)

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