• Gillian Keating

    Partner

    Experience

    Gillian Keating leads RDJ's Corporate and Commercial Department and the firm's Technology and Life Sciences Groups.

    Her practice focuses on the representation of scaling and mature entities in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and restructuring matters. She also represents a variety of private equity and venture funds in connection with their investments. Gillian’s clients include multinational, large indigenous and financial services companies, along with regulated entities whom she advises on all areas of corporate and commercial law.

    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. From 2013 to 2019, Gillian sat on the Governing Body of UCC and chaired the Audit Committee. Gillian is a past president of Cork Chamber of Commerce. She is also a member of the Audit Committee of Cork City Council, Board member Port of Cork Company and Chair of 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. I Wish is a unique initiative in so far as it is a coalition of enterprise, local government and higher education all working together to deliver change. The scale of the events are also transformational. To date 17,000 female students have attended the I Wish showcase events in Cork and Dublin and I Wish campus weeks.

    Through RDJ, Gillian is a mentor under the IMI Mentor program and is also a participant in 30% Club, a collaborative business-led effort to make real change in Ireland, aiming towards 30% female representation in senior management by 2020. Gillian encourages the corporate and commercial team to continuously seek out and implement new ways of doing business that help drive our clients’ businesses forward.

    EDUCATION
    University College Cork (BA) (BCL)

    PROFESSIONAL
    Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland.

    ACCOLADES

    • Gillian Keating is "a very strong practitioner who is very good to deal with and very practical." - Chambers Europe (2022).
    • Clients describe Gillian as "very agile and creative" and "has a clear view and steers the negotiations well." - Chambers Europe (2021).
    • ‘Gillian Keating and her team handled our recent transaction with aplomb, and had a proactive, commercial approach.‘ - The Legal 500 
    • ‘Gillian Keating is very detail-oriented and took the time at the start of the transaction to get an in-depth understanding of the commercial side of our business. Gillian is very thorough and always had our best interests at the forefront of her mind when working through complex technical matters.‘ - The Legal 500

     

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