Colm

Rafferty

Partner

Legal Services

Dublin 

T :  +353 1 619 2058

M :  +353 87 230 9506

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Expertise

Colm is co-head of Maples and Calder's Corporate team in the Maples Group's Dublin office. Colm has extensive experience in company law and corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, venture capital, cross-border mergers and private equity investments. He has been involved in many of Ireland's most significant equity financings and transactions involving Irish private technology companies. Colm also has extensive experience advising institutional financial investors and private equity investors investing in and acquiring Irish assets. His practice includes Irish inward investment projects and other cross border transactions. Colm is a sought after advisor to many of Ireland's most successful venture-backed technology companies, having represented such firms as AMCS, Movidius and Web Reservations.

Recent transactions include advising:

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Taoglas on its acquisitions of ThinkWireless, Firmwave and ThinkSmarter;
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Sysnet Global Solutions in respect of the investments by FTV Capital and True Wind Capital;
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Movidius in respect of its acquisition by Intel Corporation;
- 3D4Medical on its sale to Elsevier/RELX plc;
- Altify on its sale to Upland Software;
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Draper Esprit on its investments in Sweepr and Roomex;
- AMCS Group on its investment round led by Insight Venture Partners and numerous acquisitions;
- CurrencyFair on its acquisition of Convoy Payments;
- Sky Aviation Leasing International on its sale to Goshawk Aviation;
- Altocloud on its sale to Genesys;
- MML Capital Partners on its investments in IdentiGENAgenda Communications and Irish Homecare;
- Clavis Insight on its acquisition by Ascential plc;
- Digital Marketing Institute in respect of an investment led by Spectrum Equity;
- Cardinal Carlyle Ireland on various Irish investments including Abtran and Carrolls Meats;
- Scopely on its acquisition of Digit Games; and
- working with numerous leading innovation driven enterprises in Ireland including Teamwork, Brightflag, Boxever, Hostelworld and Asavie.

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AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Corporate

Background

Colm joined the Maples Group in 2007. He previously worked for a large Irish corporate law firm. Colm has been recommended by IFLR1000 and noted in Chambers and Partners as a leading corporate lawyer.

BAR ADMISSIONS

2002 - Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland

EDUCATION

University College Dublin, Ireland

Professional Activities

Colm is on the Steering Group for Scale Ireland. Scale Ireland is an independent non-profit providing the bridge between the start-up ecosystem and government. It's mission is to secure a more supportive policy environment that empowers Ireland’s innovation-driven enterprise to succeed and scale. Supporting Ireland’s innovative companies to scale is essential to safeguarding our collective economic future. The Steering group is made up of a diverse group of respected leaders from across Ireland’s start-up ecosystem.

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