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Ivan Murphy

Managing Director of Davy Corporate Finance

Ivan joined Davy Corporate Finance in 1991 and was appointed Managing Director in 2012. He previously worked in corporate advisory with Kleinwort Benson Limited in London. Ivan has more than 25 years’ experience advising companies from early stage through IPO and secondary fundraisings as well as mergers and acquisitions and debt capital markets transactions. He has been actively involved in high profile corporate transactions for many of Ireland’s leading public and private companies over that time. He has also advised Government and State-owned companies, notably in the sale of the Irish Lottery and the re-IPO of PermanentTSB bank. He is an honours economics graduate of University College Dublin and a fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment. He is also a director of BES Management Limited and a member of the Irish Stock Exchange Rules Committee.

John Frain

Director

John joined Davy Corporate Finance in 2001. He has significant experience advising on corporate transactions in the Irish market including IPOs, merger and acquisition advisory, public and private equity transactions, valuation, investment appraisal and debt advisory mandates. John has significant experience with energy and natural resources clients and sector coverage within Davy Corporate Finance. Transactions on which John has advised on recently include the £350m merger of Petroceltic International plc and Melrose Resources plc, AGI Therapeutics plc on its sale to Aravis Therapeutics Limited, Fastnet Oil and Gas plc on a £10 million placing and admission to AIM and ESM, Dragon Oil plc on a US$200 million share buy back, the NTMA on the transfer of deposit books and assets of Anglo Irish Bank and Irish Nationwide Building Society, Permanent tsb on its acquisition of Northern Rock Ireland, Continental Farmers Group plc on its €17 million placing and admission to AIM and ESM, Minco plc on the disposal of its interest in the Pallas Green Joint Venture to Xstrata plc, and C&C Group plc on its €300 million disposal of its spirits division. John is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ireland having trained with PWC and is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. He is a graduate of UCD (Bachelor of Commerce) and completed the Masters in Accounting at the graduate school of business in UCD.

Ronan Godfrey

Director

Ronan has more than 25 years’ experience advising companies from early stage through IPO and secondary fundraisings as well as mergers and acquisitions and debt capital markets transactions. He has been actively involved in many high profile corporate transactions in the Irish and UK market in recent years. Ronan is an honours economics graduate of Trinity College and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment. Ronan's recent transactions include: the admission to the Irish Stock Exchange and London Stock Exchange of Green REIT plc and its associated €300m fundraising; the acquisition of James Hay Holdings by IFG Group plc and associated €50 million equity fundraising; BIDL on a €250m Equity & PIK fundraising; BIDL on securing a €50m Bank Debt restructuring & Preferred Equity Injection by an international real estate fund; Continental Farmers Group merger advisory, bridge financing and equity fundraising from an Irish Corporate; the subsequent Continental Farmers Group AIM & ESM IPO and Fundraising; AGI Therapeutics on its AIM & ESM IPO and Fundraising; Calyx, AIM & IEX IPO & Placing, acquisition advisory, listing and placing; and Westland Horticulture as acquisition advisor during the £18m purchase of Cranswick Pet Products.

John Lydon

Director

John joined Davy Corporate Finance in 2015. He has extensive global investment banking experience advising on equity and debt capital raisings as well as mergers and acquisitions. Before joining Davy, John held a number of senior management positions with Deutsche Bank in Hong Kong and London and JPMorgan in London. Over the last 15 years, John has led transactions raising over US$75 billion for a wide variety of governments, private equity groups and corporates globally. John holds a Masters in Finance from London Business School and a Bachelor of Business and Law from University College Dublin.

Eugenée Mulhern

Director

Eugenée joined Davy Corporate Finance in 1997. She has worked on many high profile transactions including IPOs for permanent tsb, First Active, Malin and Mincon. Mergers and acquisitions on which she has advised include Ryanair in connection with its offers for Aer Lingus, the board of ARCON on its acquisition by Lundin Mining, the board of First Active on its acquisition by Royal Bank of Scotland, the independent directors of Abbey in connection with the offer by Gallagher Holdings, South Wharf in connection with the tender auction of its Ringsend site, Elan in connection with the spin-off of its neotope business to Prothena Corporation and the defense of a hostile offer by Royalty Pharma and subsequent sale to Perrigo, and Independent News and Media in connection with its disposals of INM Outdoor and of APN News & Media. She has also advised on numerous fundraisings by way of placings, open offers and rights issues, including those of CRH, DCC, Kenmare, Cairn Homes and Waterford Wedgwood, on share buy backs by Bank of Ireland, Ryanair, ICON and Abbey and on the debt restructuring of Independent News & Media. Eugenée is a graduate of NUIG (BA Law and Economics), a member of the Institute of Directors with a Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction and a member of the Board of Governors and of the Executive Committee at the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street.

Nicholas O'Gorman

Director

Nicholas joined Davy Corporate Finance in 2007. Nicholas has been involved in many high profile transactions in the Irish market including merger and acquisition advisory, management buy-outs (MBO’s), private equity transactions, valuation, investment appraisal and debt advisory mandates. Transaction experience includes advising Permanent tsb on a disposal of €350m of loans to a global financial institution, Brennan Insurances on its sale to Irish Public Bodies, the NTMA on the transfer of deposit books and assets of Anglo Irish Bank and Irish Nationwide Building Society, Suir Engineering on its sale to Imtech N.V., AIB Group plc on the sale and subsequent merger of ArkLife Assurance with the Irish operations of Aviva plc, AIB Group plc on the sale of their 50% share in AIB/BNY Fund Administration to Bank of New York Mellon, an MBO of Cash and Carry Kitchens, Snap Printing on its sale to KMCM, Mercury Engineering on a corporate restructuring and valuation, C&D Petfoods on its acquisition of Primetime Petfoods UK and Barlo plc on its sale to the Quinn Group. Nicholas is a Fellow of the Irish Institute of Chartered Accountants and previously worked with AIB Corporate Finance and KPMG Corporate Finance. Nicholas has an honours Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Masters in Finance from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.

Brian Ross

Director

Brian joined Davy Corporate Finance in 2000. He has significant experience advising on corporate transactions in the Irish market including IPOs, merger and acquisition advisory, public and private equity transactions, valuation, investment appraisal and debt advisory mandates. Recently, Brian has provided advice on the admission to the Irish Stock Exchange and London Stock Exchange of Green REIT plc and its associated €300m fundraising; Westland Horticulture Limited on the acquisition of Cranswick Pet Products and the successful restructuring of debt facilities for an Irish property company. Other recent transaction experience includes advising Bord na Móna on a number of waste sector transactions, Continental Farmers Group plc on its placing and admission to AIM and ESM, Ballymore Eurovea AS on a syndicated debt restructuring and preferred equity investment, Ballymore International Developments Limited on a €242m debt and equity fundraising, Advanced Environmental Solutions (Ireland) Limited on its disposal to Bord na Móna, AGI Therapeutics Plc on its placing and admission to AIM and IEX, a corporate reorganisation with a strategic investor in Continental Farmers Group, and numerous other private company fundraisings though equity, debt and a range of other financial instruments. Brian is an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ireland having trained with PWC. Brian is a graduate of UCD (Bachelor of Commerce) and completed a Masters in Accounting & Finance at the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.

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