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Foreign Direct Investment

There is no doubt, foreign direct investment (FDI) has played a crucial role in the success of the Irish economy. 

Indeed, according to the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, FDI is responsible for approximately 20% of employment and has led to the setting up of over 1,200 overseas company operations in Ireland.

Forbes has ranked Ireland as one of the best places in the world to do business; including for multinationals and multinationals of the future – assisted by a highly favourable corporate tax rate of 12.5%.

By setting up your business here, you will be following in the footsteps of many others who have thrived, including big-tech and pharma companies EMC, Intel, Twitter, Pfizer, Citi, Huawei, Takeda, Fujitsu, Novartis and Trend Micro.

Ireland is investing heavily in becoming a world leader in the ‘internet of things’, big data, healthcare innovation, connected and autonomous vehicles, and cybersecurity.  With the current backdrop of Brexit, it is expected that FDI is likely to increase, as many businesses seek to set up in Ireland, rather than the UK, in the interests of continued access to EU markets.

Our Foreign Direct Investment services

If you are an overseas company considering setting up a business entity in Ireland or seeking to expand your existing operations, Lavelle Partners, based in our capital city of Dublin, are best placed to assist you.  Due to our network of trusted business partners, we can quickly put you in contact with specialists in the area of real estate, banking, venture capital, joint ventures, logistics, recruitment, and any of your other business needs.  And when it comes to your family needs, we can put you in contact with estate agents, personal investment advisors, and schools.

We offer a range of legal services to assist with FDI, including, but not limited to:

  • New company incorporations
  • Cross border share restructures
  • Corporate governance advice
  • Drafting employment contracts, shareholders’ agreements and investment agreements
  • Grants and funding
  • Intellectual property
  • Liaising with the Irish Industrial Development Authority (IDA Ireland)
  • Obtaining visas and residency permits
  • Opening an Irish bank account
  • Purchasing or leasing of Irish commercial real estate
  • Regulatory advice
  • Sourcing non-executive directors
  • Taxation – including corporation tax, credits, exemptions, and tax relief (e.g. knowledge development box)

With over 30 years of providing legal services to individuals, businesses, and organisations across Ireland, we are well placed to partner with you to achieve your commercial ambitions.  We have considerable experience in every industry sector, and we know every region of Ireland like the back of our hands. 

Why Choose Lavelle Partners?

  • Our corporate and commercial law team, headed by Gríana O’Kelly and including Michael Lavelle, and Marc Fitzgibbon have a wealth of practical knowledge and experience in relation to Foreign Direct Investment in Ireland.  We are business people at heart and will work tirelessly to ensure your business interests are represented and goals achieved.
  • With a corporation tax rate of 12.5%, Ireland is a key destination for businesses seeking a domicile with access to the EU and a stable political framework.  Our corporate and commercial lawyers have successfully advised numerous organisations, ranging from multi-nationals to tech start-ups on launching in the Irish market.
  • We are personally invested in our clients’ success.  As such, we help you tackle problems and capitalise on opportunities swiftly.  If a conventional solution does not achieve your objectives, we will challenge it, disrupting conventional ways of thinking to create a result that works for you.
  • When it comes to making decisions, our experience and knowledge give us the confidence to make decisions quickly, a crucial factor in Foreign Direct Investment.

What our clients say

‘They have a professional but friendly approach which is beneficial particularly when the matters at hand can have periods that are stressful. The ability to reduce tension is matched with clear communication even when dealing with complex situations where decision making is required by the client. It is a rare skill to maintain this approach, with integrity intact, with all the engaged parties. In short they win with people.’

The Legal 500, 2023

‘Lavelle partner Gríana O’Kelly encapsulates all the qualities of the M&A team. As with other firms, Lavelle’s are competent and efficient, Ms O’Kelly is no different and you feel that she cares, a good outcome for you is a good outcome for her. It is a refreshing experience to have when travelling through a legal process.’

The Legal 500, 2023

‘I engaged with Lavelle partners when acquiring a business, and I found the service outstanding. The team made the experience as seamless as possible for me. The team were extremely knowledgeable, helpful, approachable, professional and efficient.’

The Legal 500, 2023

‘The practice were very well regarded in the market for Commercial, M&A and Employment Law work. We had heard of their reputation from other companies. They were very engaged in understanding what their client wanted to achieve and understood their concerns. Their lines of communication were clear and timely. They used their technology to deliver efficient results and a good level of transparency. Their people were easy to deal with and also you had a sense of confidence in what they were doing. Overall they were approachable, professional and focused on the end result for the client.’

The Legal 500, 2023

‘The individuals worked as team and built up a level of trust with the client. They were approachable and listened to any concerns the client had at any stage. They were also technically very good at understanding and managing the transaction. From the senior partners to the associates dealing with the case, there was a feeling that whatever the situation, the team could handle the problems facing the client.’

The Legal 500, 2023

‘Fast execution, in depth knowledge, excellent advice.’

The Legal 500, 2023

‘We have been working with Lavelle Partners for four years across a number of departments and I must say that all our engagements and interactions with all of their staff have been overwhelmingly positive. As a client, you really feel that they have your best interests at heart – they are very client focused. They are very quick to understand their clients’ business and needs. Their ability to collaborate and work as a team and transfer knowledge about a case or client, particularly across departments, is second to none, and from the client’s view it is absolutely seamless.’

The Legal 500, 2023

‘Gríana O’Kelly is our primary contact on the business side and she’s great – very quickly comes up to speed and understands our requirements, and deals with things quickly and thoroughly, spotting any potential issues and dealing with them along the way.’

The Legal 500, 2023

For further information on how we can help you with Foreign Direct Investment in Ireland and the EU, please contact Lavelle Partners in confidence on (01) 644 5800.

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