CEO & Partner
Corporate & Commercial
Edward is CEO and a partner in the Corporate & Commercial team.
Edward has a strong background in management, and, since qualifying as a solicitor, has amassed considerable experience in a variety of corporate finance and commercial work, including mergers and acquisitions of all types and sizes. He is also an experienced panel lawyer, principally acting on behalf of global banks. He has also acted for both the region's largest businesses and small start-ups. Edward's experience of commercial contracts includes agency agreements, franchise operations, distribution agreements, joint venture relationships and a wide range of trading terms and conditions.
He can also advise directors and shareholders on their rights and duties and dealing with succession planning.
Edward is a member of the Board of LawNet - the UK and Ireland’s leading network of independent law firms.
Edward has recently contributed to a book titled Evolving Roles in the Law Firm C-Suite which "provides insight into the traditional and more trendsetting c-suite roles through a series of interviews with the people seated around the boardroom table, garnering their views on how the management structure of law firms has changed over their careers, and offering perspectives on how it may continue to evolve." Click here to buy.
“personable yet professional, and willing to take the commercial view”. - Legal 500
“approachable and helpful” - Legal 500
... provides “high-quality advice with a commercial edge” - Legal 500
Edward O'Rourke advises across the range of corporate M&A concerns and is characterised by market sources as "very professional." - Chambers & Partners
By Edward O'Rourke
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