Myra Garrett is Managing Partner of William Fry.
She has a broad corporate practice specialising in corporate finance, particularly mergers & acquisitions, public takeovers, IPOs, public/private fundraisings and corporate structuring. She emerged as a leader via heavy involvement in Nasdaq and Irish Stock Exchange work during the technology boom in the late 1990s and remains one of Ireland’s leading M&A and IPO lawyers. She also advises companies and intermediaries on corporate governance, stock exchange rules, market abuse, the Prospectus Regulations, the Takeover Rules and general compliance.
Her notable cases include advising:
- Norkom Group plc on its sale to BAE Systems
- Curam Software on its sale to IBM
- Fairfax Financial Holdings, WL Ross, Kennedy Wilson and others on the purchase of a 34% equity stake in Bank of Ireland
- Skillsoft on its acquisition of ThirdForce
- Smurfit Kappa Group on its IPO, Ireland’s largest ever IPO
Myra is a board member on the Council of the Irish Institute of Directors. She is also a non-executive Director of the Irish Road Safety Authority. Myra was shortlisted for the 'Best in Mergers & Acquisitions' category of Legal Media Group’s European Women in Business Law Awards 2012.
Myra is consistently ranked as a leading Irish lawyer by international legal directories including Chambers, Legal 500 EMEA, IFLR1000 and Euromoney Legal Experts. She is ranked in Band 1 in Equity Capital Markets and Corporate/M&A in Chambers. In Chambers Global 2013, Myra is described as "simply outstanding; she is an exceptionally talented lawyer and a highly skilled deal broker." According to sources quoted in Chambers Global 2012, Myra “has a commercial acumen and pragmatism that is unusual to find in a lawyer” and is “a tough negotiator, someone you definitely want in your corner rather than your opponent’s”. Legal 500 EMEA 2012, describes Myra as “highly accomplished”, while the 2011 edition says “William Fry’s exceptional Managing Partner, Myra Garrett, remains close to the deal coal face…… leading a team which clients pick out as being a ‘top class offering’.”