Clark Hill, an international full-service commercial law firm based in Detroit, announced a merger with boutique Irish law firm Eames Solicitors, adding four solicitors to the firm’s Dublin office.
“The addition of the Eames Solicitors group to our Dublin office with their deep connections in Ireland is an important strategic step in our overall plan to expand our capabilities in Ireland,” says John Hensien, CEO of Clark Hill.
“With the fastest growing economy in the EU, and heightened interest in investment in Ireland from multinational companies resulting from Brexit, Ireland offers a value proposition that is attractive to our U.S. and global corporate clients, reinforcing our commitment to developing a significant presence on the ground.”
The merger brings the total number of solicitors at the firms Dublin office to 26, including Aidan Eames, founder and managing partner of Eames Solicitors. In addition to commercial litigation, Eames Solicitors represents clients in regulatory inquiries and national and international arbitration.
Eames has been involved in virtually all the property and contractual work connected with the build out of Ireland’s wireless network and has a presence on the west coast of Ireland where the alternative energy potential is a fit for U.S. energy clients.
“The addition of Aidan and his team provides our US based and multinational clients with additional top tier transactional and commercial litigation capabilities in a key market,” says Kirby Tarrant, partner in charge of Clark Hill’s Dublin office.
“They are all exceptional, well-regarded lawyers with substantial connections to the Irish business, non-profit, and legal communities and will make a significant contribution in building out the already strong service offering of our Dublin office.”
In January 2019, Clark Hill merged with O’Gradys Solicitors, building on the growth of its Dublin office established in 2018. The Dublin office offers a broad range of legal services in areas including M&A, financial services, commercial litigation, bankruptcy, restructuring, and commercial property. It also has capital markets, fintech, data security and cybersecurity capabilities.
“Clark Hill offers us the opportunity to leverage the firm’s platform to offer our clients broader capabilities and services,” says Eames. “The expanded geography and resources of a large law firm will be very helpful in opening doors to new opportunities for our clients and our firm.”