Thursday January 23, 2020

Deal or no Deal: How Brexit is impacting on Irish business negotiations

Fears about Brexit and the future of the global economy are putting the brakes on some of the most significant potential deals in Ireland

Ian Guider

Markets Editor

@ianguider
14th July, 2019
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Michael Smurfit, founder of the K Club

The economy is booming and employment is at record levels. It should be the ideal time to make money, but far fewer deals are being done in Ireland than you might expect.

Mergers activity here hit a five-year high in 2018, largely thanks to the €70 billion blockbuster takeover of the drug company Shire, which has its global headquarters in Ireland.

But while international buyers are still interested in Irish businesses, domestic companies are taking a...

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