Irish firm Beauchamps has acquired Landwell Solicitors, the Irish branch of the network of firms connected to accountancy giant PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
The acquisition sees three partners and five solicitors join Beauchamps, bringing the total number of lawyers at the firm to 25 partners and 70 solicitors.
Landwell has operated in Ireland since 1999. The deal ends the firm’s link with PwC, although Beauchamps managing partner John White told The Lawyer that he hoped the enlarged firm would be able to maintain Landwell’s international links.
White added that the acquisition added weight to Beauchamps’ corporate and regulatory practices.
“The rationale is simple enough,” he said. “My job as managing partner is to expand Beauchamps’ business and make business-driven decisions in the current climate.”
Landwell founding partner Eddie Evans said the firm’s focus had been on providing transaction, regulatory and structuring advice to national and international clients, including many clients shared with PwC, and its lawyers intended to continue that at Beauchamps.
PwC senior partner Ronan Murphy added in a statement that Landwell’s clients would benefit from a greater breadth and depth of expertise. He said PwC would continue to work with the Landwell team on mutual clients.
White said further expansion would be possible, depending on the right opportunities emerging.
“If we see opportunities where we want to expand into and the business case makes sense, we’ll take those opportunities and we’re well-placed to do that,” he said.