Deloitte appoints new partner to corporate finance department

Deloitte, the leading business advisory firm, has today announced that Chris O’Connell has joined the firm as a partner in its Corporate Finance department. Chris will be responsible for the firm’s mergers and acquisitions service offering, working, in particular, with public companies and large corporates.

Chris brings over 20 years of corporate finance and advisory experience. Most recently, he was CEO and Chairman of Elkstone Capital, an international advisory and private equity business. Prior to that, Chris worked exclusively for a major real estate development group with operations in Ireland, UK, France and the USA.
A former Director of IBI Corporate Finance, Chris was responsible for many high profile mergers, acquisitions and financings in the Irish corporate market during his tenure. Prior to his time with IBI, Chris worked with Kleinwort Benson in London and Frankfurt.
Commenting on Chris’ appointment, Ronan Nolan, Partner and Head of Corporate Finance at Deloitte, said:

“The M&A landscape has fluctuated greatly over the last number of years however, activity is picking up as Irish companies realise mergers and acquisitions are an excellent route to achieving sustainable growth and are looking at options both at home and abroad in this regard. The addition of Chris to our team will ensure that we are strongly placed to strategically advise our clients on the opportunities that exist for them as they embark on their growth and expansion plans.”
Brendan Jennings, Managing Partner, Deloitte commented: “We are delighted that Chris is joining our team at Deloitte. This is an exciting time for Irish companies in terms of the opportunities and value that is to be found currently in the M&A marketplace. Chris’ wealth of experience, coupled with our excellent team in this area, ensures we have a very strong proposition to support those companies who are on the acquisition trail.”
Chris holds a law degree and is a qualified chartered accountant.    

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