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Squire Patton Boggs opens in Ireland

Global law firm Squire Patton Boggs has opened its doors in Ireland, joining several other BigLaw firms that have also announced expansions in recent months. 

user iconJess Feyder 08 May 2023 Big Law
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Squire Patton Boggs has opened for business in Ireland, with a new office set up in Dublin. The global player is the most recent of several BigLaw firms to announce an office expansion over the past half year.

Dentons announced its move into India in October last year and, more recently, announced its move into the Philippines in March. 

UK-based firm Taylor Rose announced its move into Australia last month.


Squire Patton Boggs shared that its Dublin office will be led by managing partner and corporate lawyer Dennis Agnew. Squire Patton Boggs is supported by the Irish government through IDA Ireland.

On 3 May, the firm celebrated its new office opening with a launch party held at the National Gallery. The event was attended by dozens of senior executives from Irish and international companies and financial institutions, as well as partners and senior leaders from across Squire Patton Boggs’ global offices.

Tony Chong, managing partner of the Perth office, commented on the expansion.

“This is a significant and welcome step in our firm’s expansion, which will be of great interest to our clients here in Australia,” said Mr Chong. 

“We’re delighted to be adding an office in Ireland, one of the EU’s most dynamic, growing economies, where our clients who operate or want to invest will now have direct access to leading local transactional legal specialists.”

Speaking on the announcement, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Simon Coveney TD stated: “I’m really pleased at the news that Squire Patton Boggs is opening a new Dublin office with the creation of up to 50 new jobs over the coming years. 

“It is a very welcome announcement and sees additional growth in the legal service space. It is also a vote of confidence in Ireland, and our workforce, that a leading legal firm such as Squire Patton Boggs has chosen to establish here.

Steve Mahon, global managing partner of clients and strategy, also commented on the expansion. 

“Ireland is a dynamic economy that continues to emerge as a strategic location for investment from across multiple sectors where our firm has deep connections. 

“Our new office enables us to continue to help our clients achieve their ambitions domestically and abroad,” said Mr Mahon. 

“We are excited to launch and have a view towards continued expansion.”

Mr Agnew also commented: “The client response from across the firm has been overwhelmingly positive and presents considerable opportunities for our corporate, private equity and funds practices to leverage our transatlantic and pan-European capabilities.

“I’m also excited about the prospects for growth with Ireland forming a key part of our global growth strategy with plans to hire up to 50 employees in the coming years.”

The firm noted that the Dublin office would offer highly specialised corporate and transactional legal services, particularly in merger and acquisition and private equity, backed by the full range of ancillary legal support. 

The initial team, which includes recently hired corporate and private equity partner George Kennedy, will focus on assisting domestic and international companies on a diverse range of cross-border matters, the firm said in a statement.