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Gillian Keating

Partner, Cork Office

Gillian Keating leads RDJ’s Corporate and Commercial Department with over 25 years’ experience driving complex and high value M&A transactions. Gillian is ranked in Chambers Global, Chambers Europe and Legal 500 for her transaction and advisory work, with clients describing her as “a very strong practitioner, very good to deal with and very practical”.

Gillian is an Adjunct Professor in the College of Business and Law at University College Cork (UCC) and in 2017 received an Alumni Achievement Award from UCC. She is a board member of Port of Cork Company and Chairs the Board of the South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital.

Gillian is a co-founder of the highly successful and award winning I WISH (Inspiring Women in Stem) social enterprise. I WISH is an initiative to inspire young women to consider careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) and in this way help address the skills gap in STEM www.iwish.ie. Over 60,000 female students from 28 countries have to date (2023) participated in the I Wish showcase events and campus weeks.

From 2013 to 2019, Gillian was a member of the Governing Body of UCC and chaired the Audit Committee. She is a past president of Cork Chamber of Commerce.

Gillian encourages the corporate and commercial team at RDJ to continuously strive to deliver the best legal solutions to business.


  • DPS Group on its acquisition by Dutch global design, engineering and management consulting company Arcadis.
  • Sidero, a software and cloud services company, on its acquisition by GlobalLogic, a Hitachi Group Company and leader in digital engineering.
  • ByrneLooby on its acquisition by Spanish technology and engineering giant Ayesa.
  • Client Solutions Limited on its acquisition by EY.
  • Compliance and Risks Limited on its sale to Luminate Capital.
  • BioPharma Engineering on its acquisition by Unispace.
  • Colso Coldstorage Ltd on its acquisition by Constellation Cold Logistics, a leading European cold storage and logistics provider.
  • SISU on a Series A round led by Greycroft and Bullpen Capital.
  • Lonsdale Capital Partners LP on its investment in Horseware Products Limited.


University College Cork (BA) (BCL)

Trium (LSE. NYU Stern, HEC) Executive MBA


Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland.

Gillian is an expert in her field. She is very astute and incisive, cutting through to the key points of any situation due to her broad knowledge and experience.
– Chambers Europe (2024)
Excellent team led by Gillian Keating. Highly commercial and very smart, she is always willing to do whatever it takes to provide the highest level of client service.
– The Legal 500 (2023)
She is a trusted adviser to our business.
– Chambers Europe (2024)
Professional , attentive, competent and always looking out for what was best for us.
– John Mee, Sidero