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Brian is a partner in the Corporate M&A Group.

Brian has spent the last fifteen years advising international companies, in both the UK and Ireland, on corporate law matters including public and private company M&A, private equity transactions, equity fundraisings, reorganisations, joint ventures, refinancings and general commercial matters.

Having previously worked in a large international law firm in London, Brian has particular expertise in cross-border M&A and private equity. Brian has experience across a range of sectors acting for both buyers and sellers. Brian also counsels corporate clients on a broad range of governance and business-related matters, including directors' duties and responsibilities and general compliance matters.

Experience Highlights

Brian has recently advised on a significant number of the most valuable and high profile transactions undertaken in the Irish market, including:

  • Advising private equity fund, Insight Ventures, on its majority investment in AMCS, the world’s leading supplier of integrated software for the waste collection and recycling industry.
  • Advising private equity fund, Riverside Partners, in its acquisition of Netwatch, a leading private security company with operations in Ireland, the UK and the US.
  • Advising private equity fund, STAR Capital, on its acquisition of leading logistics business, General Secure Logistics Services.
  • Advising private equity fund, Motive Partners, on its investment in Global Shares plc, a provider of innovative software for employee equity share plan administration.
  • Advising private equity fund, Bregal Investments, on its investment in Arkphire Group, one of the fastest growing IT procurement companies in Europe.
  • Advising investment manager Chenavari Partners, on its investment in Dilosk DAC, an Irish financial services company.
  • Advising Secret Escapes Group on its acquisition of Empathy Marketing Limited, Ireland’s leading marketplace for premium hospitality and e-commerce offers.
  • Advising Saint-Gobain on its acquisition of Micro Hydraulics, an Irish based supplier and manufacturer of single use fluid handling components.
  • Advising Nomad Foods Limited on its acquisition of Green Isle Foods Ltd, the Ireland-based manufacturer and distributor of a portfolio of leading branded and private label frozen pizzas in the United Kingdom and Ireland, including the Goodfellas and San Marcos brands.

Alongside his private equity practice, Brian advises a range of domestic and international corporate clients on their corporate and transactional activity in Ireland.

Brian has co-authored the International Comparative Guide to Mergers and Acquisitions 2018 and 2019 and the International Comparative Guide to Private Equity 2019.

Accolades

Brian McCloskey is recommended.
European Legal 500 2020

Brian McCloskey is named a next generation partner.
European Legal 500 2020

Brian McCloskey has "excellent market knowledge and an effective negotiation style".
Chambers Global 2020

Clients describe Brian him as "super responsive" and praise his project management capabilities.
Chambers Global and Europe 2020

Brian McCloskey is named a ‘Rising Star’
IFLR1000 2020

Brian McCloskey is named a next generation lawyer.
European Legal 500 2019

"Brian did an excellent job of navigating us through the basics of Irish M&A. His understanding of key deal terms, as well as his ability to win key negotiating points was very valuable to us."
Chambers Europe 2018

"Brian was very good at managing our expectations and helping us understand the landscape."
Chambers Europe 2018

Brian McCloskey is named a next generation lawyer.
European Legal 500 2018

Brian McCloskey is named a Rising Star.
IFLR1000 2018

Brian McCloskey is named a next generation lawyer.
European Legal 500 2017

Education

Solicitor, Law Society of Ireland 

University College Dublin, BCL

University of Melbourne, Australia

Matheson advises Modern Hire, Inc. on the purchase of Sonru Limited

Sep 7, 2020, 22:32 PM
Matheson recently advised Modern Hire, Inc., the US enterprise hiring platform and a portfolio company of US private equity fund, Riverside, on its acquisition of Sonru Limited, a global leader in video interviewing.
Title : Matheson advises Modern Hire, Inc. on the purchase of Sonru Limited
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Matheson recently advised Modern Hire, Inc., the US enterprise hiring platform and a portfolio company of US private equity fund, Riverside, on its acquisition of Sonru Limited, a global leader in video interviewing.

Sonru, a privately-held Ireland-based video technology company and the leading provider of automated video interviewing technology in EMEA and Asia Pac, has been acquired by Modern Hire, the all-in-one enterprise hiring platform that enables organisations to continuously improve hiring experiences and outcomes with trusted science and technology. The combined organisation's expertise and expanded footprint provides clients with the most comprehensive enterprise hiring technology suite in the global marketplace.

Brian McCloskey, Matheson corporate partner commented:

"We were delighted to work with Joe Manning and the rest of the Modern Hire / Riverside team on this transaction.  Whilst the M&A market in Ireland, as elsewhere, has been impacted by COVID-19, we have seen a definite trend over recent months of the increasing influence of private equity funds and their portfolio companies on the transactional market.  This is something that we would expect to continue over the short to medium term."

Modern Hire partners with hundreds of leading global brands – including 47 of the Fortune 100 – to modernise their virtual hiring process.  Headquartered in the U.S., the company's SaaS interviewing technology, workflow automation, AI capabilities, predictive analytics and hiring assessments work together to enable organisations to continuously improve hiring results for more than 300 industry-leading enterprises, including Amazon, Capital One, CVS Health, FedEx, Humana, Procter & Gamble, Siemens and Walmart, which rely on Modern Hire to hire the right candidates quickly and fairly, at scale.

Over the past decade, Sonru has established a legacy as a talent acquisition technology leader within Europe, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific. Its customers come from a wide variety of industry, including several Fortune Global 500 companies such as DHL, Nestlé, Qatar Airways, Rolls-Royce, UBS and Westpac.  By combining with Modern Hire, Sonru clients have access to the comprehensive set of capabilities that bests all other solutions in the market.

Modern Hire, Inc. and Riverside were advised by a cross-departmental Matheson team led by Corporate M&A partner Brian McCloskey and senior associate Sandra Lord.

With a wealth of experience across our six partner led offices worldwide and a dedicated 100 person Corporate Department, Matheson has some of the most experienced corporate lawyers in Ireland.  Excellence matters and Matheson’s Corporate Department, led by 21 partners, has unparalleled experience in complex and innovative domestic and international corporate transactions across all industry sectors.

Please see link to the The Irish Times article here.

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