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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

‘The team at Lavelle Partners are always available to assist in all matters with a collaborative approach between the respective disciplines.’

The Legal 500, 2021

‘The team is accessible and quick to respond and complete work to deadlines.’

The Legal 500, 2021

‘The team are very approachable and provide a personal service from the managing partner and all the staff we met.’

The Legal 500, 2021

‘Gríana O’Kelly was outstanding. Very knowledgeable about pharmacy transactions.’

The Legal 500, 2021

‘Gríana O’Kelly is an excellent commercial lawyer with experience in a range of different sectors.

The Legal 500, 2021

‘We have worked with Gríana O’Kelly for a number of years and found her to be a good business partner, offering practical advice on any matters.’

The Legal 500, 2021

‘Michael Lavelle and Gríana O’Kelly are the two partners we mainly deal with and both are very committed to providing a professional and relevant service to match our needs.’

The Legal 500, 2021

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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