IBI’s core business is the provision of independent and innovative corporate finance advice to Irish and overseas publicly-quoted companies, semi-state organisations and growth-orientated private companies of scale. IBI Corporate Finance has unparalleled experience and an in-depth understanding of public company defence advisory assignments.
Mergers & Acquisitions
For all businesses, an acquisition is a major strategic step. At IBI Corporate Finance, we tailor every transaction uniquely to the needs of each client, putting significant time into defining acquisition strategy, sourcing acquisition targets, valuing target companies, structuring transactions optimally to minimise purchaser risk, sourcing debt and equity funding to finance transactions and project-managing legal and due diligence processes to completion.
Bank of Ireland Group plc
Acquisition of KBC Bank Ireland plc's performing loan portfolios and deposits
Slate Office REIT
€127.8m cash offer for Yew Grove REIT plc
Bank of Ireland Group plc
€440m acquisition of J&E Davy
Creation of FuturEnergy Ireland JV with a development portfolio of more than 1GW of projects via 50% sale of Coillte's renewables business
All disposals, whether full or partial, require delicate and experienced handling to ensure the interests of the various stakeholders are taken into account. As the most active sell-side adviser in the Irish market, IBI Corporate Finance has that experience. Key to IBI’s success has been our ability to identify the most relevant potential acquirers and maximise competitive tension between different potential purchasers.
Sale of Jones Oil Ltd to DCC Energy Ltd
Sale of Communicorp Group to Bauer Media Group on behalf of Denis O'Brien
Arkphire Management Team
Sale of Arkphire to Presidio Inc
Sale of Terra Solar's c.200MW portfolio of auction-ready solar project to ESB Solar Ireland
At IBI Corporate Finance our equity fundraising activities include public offers (offers for sale, rights issues, open offers, placings), growth capital fundraisings and private placements.
For firms looking for private capital, IBI is ideally positioned to identify various sources, from traditional venture capitalists and institutional investors to strategic investors or other third-party providers.
We also advise clients on the optimal capital structure for their businesses, financial implications of an equity issue, timing considerations and current market conditions and investor sentiment.
Majority Investment from Radius Payment Solutions
Doran + Minehane Limited
Growth capital investment from Synova
Integrated Facilities Solutions (IFS)
Growth capital investment by BDO EIIS Fund
€25m debt and equity raise from a consortium of equity investors and Ulster Bank
For clients considering raising debt or refinancing, IBI has a specialist focus on the public and private debt markets. In many cases, we advise on transaction-led debt funding requirements such as:
- Acquisition funding
- Shareholder recapitalisation events, including Management Buy-Outs
- Capital expansion projects
In addition, we advise clients on matters ranging from renegotiating/amending existing facilities to full refinancing of debt facilities.
We have strong relationships with the main Irish, UK and international banks operating in Ireland. Our independent status allows us to negotiate with the banking institutions and specialist lenders to secure the best structure and terms for our clients without any conflicts of interest.
Our focus is on maximisation of competitive tension amongst potential debt providers to ensure optimum solutions on the best possible terms.
IBI Corporate Finance also offers a tailored strategic restructuring service to businesses experiencing financial difficulties, as well as to shareholders, creditors and other stakeholders.
The City Bin Co.
Recapitalisation and buyout of Averda
Joe Duffy Motor Group
Arrangement of banking facilities to support a €35m capital expenditure expansion plan
Workz Group Technologies Ltd
Debt capital fundraising
Technopath Clinical Diagnostics
Financial adviser to Technopath in relation to securing a long-term growth capital financing partner
As part of its overall offering, IBI offers strategic and other advice to public, private and semi-state clients in many areas such as public company defence reviews, strategic reviews, financial planning, corporate valuations and shareholder conflict analysis.
Bank of Ireland Group
Renegotiation and extension of Bank of Ireland’s financial services contract with the UK Post Office.
€219m demerger and share redemption.
Expert valuation and advice on dividend policy.
Bord Gáis Éireann
Advice on the 3rd EU Energy Directive.
Broker Exchange Ireland (BXI) – specialist M&A adviser focused on insurance and wealth management sector
IBI Corporate Finance acquired a 50% stake in a specialist Dublin-based M&A advisor in October 2021. BXI (Broker Exchange Ireland) is focused on facilitating and advising on transactions amongst independent brokers working in the Insurance and Wealth Management sectors.
BXI was founded by Shay Keane in 2019. Shay had previously sold Le Chéile Group (a credit union advisory firm) to various investment and insurance firms (2014) and PSL Consulting (a pensions consulting firm) to IFG plc (2008). He has a long career in the financial services sector working with companies including Mercer, Bank of Ireland Asset Management, and Irish Life.
The traditional world of insurance and wealth management brokers is undergoing a period of rapid consolidation and change. There have been some very high-profile, landmark transactions at the top end of the financial services market and particularly the wealth management and insurance sectors in the past few years but brokers at the smaller end of the market are going through a similar process. Regulatory and compliance costs are increasing significantly, many smaller brokers with owner-managers are looking to exit the market and you have a new generation of Irish and international players looking to bring various parties together to increase market share and leverage greater economies of scale. IBI believes there will be a significant volume of transactions in this sector over the rest of the decade and we’re delighted to back Shay who has vast experience and connections across the broker market.