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This CPD event provided an overview of the Irish economy in the context of current M&A activity and a future forecast for the short to medium term. We also presented a valuable insight on how prepared Ireland is for Brexit, what firms need to do to ensure they are Brexit ready and what key strategic actions need to be taken.

Click here to find a copy of the presentation slides from the event.

Guest speakers

  • Katherine Byrne, Partner & Head of Corporate Finance BDO
  • Lorna Kelly, Customs & International Trade Services Manager, BDO 

Speaker bio's 

Katharine Byrne 

Katharine is Head of the BDO Corporate Finance Team and member of the BDO International M&A Group. Katharine has specialised in Corporate Finance for more than 15 years and has built up considerable experience advising private and public companies across a range of transactions including acquisitions, disposals, fundraisings and refinancing. She has considerable experience as a strategic adviser to companies on business planning and diversification strategies and have overseen numerous financial and commercial business reviews across a range of industries, advising key stakeholders on their growth plans and assisting in raising new finance and implementing effective and successful solutions. She is a graduate of Law from University College Dublin and a Fellow Chartered Accountant.

Lorna Kelly  Lorna is an experienced Customs Manager more than 13 years of experience in Customs and Excise. Lorna also specialises in Customs and Trade Compliance and advises clients on import/export requirements, procedures and the standards required to minimise risk and exposure. In this regard Lorna has extensive experience working with companies in audit preparation and reviews, export licensing and compliance and AEO assessments. She is also an expert in customs classification and advises many international companies with regard to the optimum customs classification and implementation of best practice procedures across complex business environments. Lorna holds an Advanced Certificate in Trade and Customs Practice and Procedures.

Date: Tuesday 19 June 2018