US biglaw firm Squire Patton Boggs has opened an office in Ireland with plans to employ 50 staff in the Dublin office in the next few years with an increase in work from Ireland in what firm leaders said was a ‘dynamic economy’.
The firm’s announcement is carried below –
Global law firm Squire Patton Boggs has opened for business in Ireland with a new Dublin office led by managing partner and leading corporate lawyer Dennis Agnew. The firm announced it is planning to hire 50 employees in the coming years. Squire Patton Boggs is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.
The firm celebrated its new office opening with a launch party held at the National Gallery on 3rd May. The event was attended by dozens of senior executives from Irish and international companies and financial institutions, as well as partners and senior leaders from across Squire Patton Boggs’ global offices.
Speaking on the announcement, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Simon Coveney TD said: “I’m really pleased at the news that Squire Patton Boggs is opening a new Dublin office with the creation of up to 50 new jobs over the coming years. It is a very welcome announcement and sees additional growth in the legal service space. It is also a vote of confidence in Ireland, and our workforce, that a leading legal firm such as Squire Patton Boggs has chosen to establish in here.”
Steve Mahon, Global Managing Partner – Clients and Strategy, commented, “Ireland is a dynamic economy that continues to emerge as a strategic location for investment from across multiple sectors where our firm has deep connections. Our new office enables us to continue to help our clients achieve their ambitions domestically and abroad. We are excited to launch and have a view towards continued expansion.”
“The client response from across the firm has been overwhelmingly positive and presents considerable opportunities for our corporate, private equity and funds practices to leverage our transatlantic and pan-European capabilities.” Irish managing partner, Dennis Agnew said. “I’m also excited about the prospects for growth with Ireland forming a key part of our global growth strategy with plans to hire up to 50 employees in the coming years.”
EMEA Managing Partner Jonathan Jones, commented, “We’ve seen a steady increase in recent years in Irish law matters, and the rationale to provide a more focused and wholly dedicated legal resource aligns with our global strategy. The Dublin team we have under Dennis, the Irish qualified lawyers we have right across our firm, the interest and support from clients, and the warm reception we have so far in Ireland, have all strengthened our commitment to making this office the clear choice for international and domestic M&A transactions.”
Executive Director of IDA Ireland, Mary Buckley said: “IDA Ireland welcomes Squire Patton Boggs plans to grow its legal team to 50 employees in Ireland. The company is a welcome addition to Ireland’s vibrant and expanding legal services ecosystem and their plans signal confidence in the favourable conditions that exist here for companies in this sector.”
Squire Patton Boggs’ Dublin office will offer highly specialized corporate and transactional legal services, particularly M&A and private equity, backed by the full range of ancillary legal support. The initial team, which includes recently hired corporate and private equity partner George Kennedy, will focus on assisting domestic and international companies on a diverse range of cross-border matters.