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Dearbhla is an English qualified solicitor and Partner working in the London office of Watson Farley & Williams as part of the Corporate group. Her practice focuses on UK and cross-border transactional work (corporate finance, M&A and private equity) for both public and private companies.
Dearbhla’s experience covers initial and secondary offerings of shares on the Official List and AIM market of London Stock Exchange Plc (advising both companies and institutional brokers), public takeovers, private offerings of shares, venture capital (for management teams and equity providers), mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures (both domestic and cross-border). She has experience across a broad range of sectors but has significant experience of advising businesses in the natural resources (mining and oil & gas) and power sectors (including renewable energy) as well as early stage businesses in the technology sector.
Dearbhla is consistently ranked in The Legal 500 UK in which she is described as providing “timely, insightful advice” with “a client-focused attitude”, that “transactions are given an impressive commercial commitment,” and is “praised for her lucid intellect and restless energy.” In Chambers UK 2016 Dearbhla was listed as a “highly regarded up-and-coming partner“ with a “great reputation in the AIM space.”
In naming Dearbhla as one of their “Hot 100” in 2004, The Lawyer described her as “…bright and hardworking …and fast developing a fantastic reputation in the AIM arena.” Dearbhla is also regularly ranked in other legal directories, such as IFLR1000 2014, where she was listed as a Leading Lawyer for Equity Capital Markets. Chambers Global 2013 described her as a “Foreign Expert” in Africa equity capital markets matters “especially in the mining, oil and agriculture sectors” and notes that “she is particularly well known for her handling of AIM-related work”.