Foreign direct investment (FDI) has been a critical driver of economic growth and development in Ireland for many years. Our experienced cross-departmental team has a deep understanding of the legal and regulatory issues involved in FDI, as well as the cultural and business considerations that are important in cross-border transactions. We work closely with our clients to develop tailored solutions that meet their specific needs and help them achieve their business objectives.


At FOD, we offer a range of services related to FDI, including:

Investment structuring: We help clients structure their investments in a way that maximizes the benefits of FDI while minimising any potential risks. This includes advising on the appropriate legal and tax structures for the investment, as well as conducting due diligence on the target company or entity.

Regulatory compliance: We assist clients in navigating the complex regulatory landscape surrounding FDI, including compliance with local laws and regulations, obtaining necessary approvals and permits, and navigating any restrictions on foreign ownership or investment.

Employees and Corporate Mobility: We assist clients by providing suites of employment documents such as contracts and handbooks to assist in compliance with Irish employment law. We also assist with the obtaining of work permits and trusted partner status to facilitate employees relocating to Ireland.

Contract negotiation: We help clients negotiate and draft agreements related to FDI, including joint venture agreements, shareholder agreements, and licensing agreements.

Dispute resolution: We have experience representing clients in FDI-related disputes, including arbitration and litigation. We work to protect our clients' interests and help them achieve the best possible outcome.

M&A transactions: We advise clients on mergers and acquisitions involving FDI, including conducting due diligence, negotiating, and drafting transaction documents, and obtaining necessary regulatory approvals.

Areas Of Expertise:

  • Shareholder Agreements
  • Restructuring
  • Investments
  • Employment and Benefits
  • Corporate Mobility
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Corporate Governance
  • Mergers & Acquisitions


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