DWF launches corporate practice in Dublin with partner hire from William Fry

Leading legal business DWF has appointed Ross Little as a partner in the firm’s corporate team in Dublin, where he will help to further develop the firm’s profile in Dublin and drive the growth of the firm’s national corporate practice. Ross joins from William Fry.

Ross has acted on some of the most significant M&A transactions in the Irish market with a particular focus on working with UK and non-Irish retailers entering the Irish market. Notable deals on which he has acted include the auction of the Statoil Irish operations; the sale of the Jurys Inn hotel chain for €1.165bn; and advising Impellam Group plc on Irish aspects of its acquisition of Global Group. In addition to corporate and M&A transactions, he is also experienced in all aspects of fund regulation and practice, including merger and amalgamation of funds and corporate governance for investment funds.

Commenting on his appointment, Ross said: “The development of a corporate team in Dublin will complement DWF’s existing capability in the region and will allow the firm to capitalise on the growing number of opportunities in the market with the full support and expertise of a wider international corporate practice.”

Frank Shephard, DWF’s national Head of Corporate, added: “We are continuing to invest in the growth of our Dublin office as well as in strengthening our wider international team to ensure we have the expertise and capacity to support our UK, Irish and international clients. Ross’ insight into the Irish market and his expertise in M&A and asset management will be a critical part of this growth, and we look forward to welcoming him into the team.”

DWF’s 70-strong international corporate team has an extensive track record of acting on high-value, cross-border deals and for clients including Capita, Equiniti, Lloyds Bank, Serco and USS. The firm consistently ranks as one of the UK’s most active M&A legal advisors by deal volume and over the last 12 months has made a number of strategic appointments to its corporate team including partners Alasdair Outhwaite from Eversheds, Gary MacDonald from Pinsent Masons and Jeremy Swift from Square One Law.


Ross Little

Partner - Executive Partner (Dublin)

I am an experienced corporate lawyer, with over 20 years of practice, specialising in mergers and acquisitions and general corporate law. I have particular transactional experience in asset management and financial services.

Frank Shephard

Partner - National Head of Corporate

I am Head of the National Corporate Team. I deal with all types of public and private company transactions, including M&A, Private Equity and Equity Capital Markets.