Michael Walshe


Corporate and Commercial Law

Michael is head of the commercial department. He qualified as a solicitor in 1988. Michael also practiced as an attorney in New York for two years before returning to Dublin to join a leading firm, which he later left to establish a firm that eventually merged with a global practice. He has a mixed commercial practice spanning both contentious and non-contentious matters across a broad range of sectors including financial services (particularly credit unions, insurance intermediaries and funds), real estate, IT/tech start-ups, retail and transport.

Recent work highlights include representing the sellers of –

  • Ireland’s oldest pub, The Brazen Head, to the Attestor Fund for a record market price,
  • Rock Solid Transmission (a hosting service for radio broadcasting masts) to Cignal Infrastructure
  • UTS (provider of “smart” parking meters) to Valley Way Solutions

Representing Robus in its landmark acquisition of Scottish company Fusebox and related secured financing

Documenting the fundraises for –

  • Lakeside Memorial Park, an innovative private cemetery project
  • KelTech IoT Networks, a fast growing company expanding its unique cable and power technology in US and South African markets
  • XWave Technologies, a medtech innovator.

Michael is an acknowledged leading adviser to the Credit Union movement and has advised in respect of several statutory transfers of engagements with all associated due diligence and regulatory compliance.  The services provided to the Sector range from regulatory guidance to mortgage lending security and together with representative body, CUDA, Michael engages with the Central Bank of Ireland on behalf of his Credit Union clients.

An ongoing feature of Michael’s work entails shareholder agreements to provide for succession planning in the SME sector.

Michael also acts for an alternative lender providing secured loans to the hospitality, retail and construction sectors and for Chinese shipping financiers.

In contentious matters, Michael has recently represented –

  • United Overseas Bank, a major Singaporean bank in  a multi-party Commercial Court action
  • a developer/notice party to a High Court judicial review of a planning appeals board decision
  • shareholders in family company disputes resolved through private mediation

Michael has also guided the successful novel application for the winding up of a regulated fund on “just and equitable” grounds.

In the employment sphere, Michael has represented both employers and senior executives in negotiating severance terms.