Belfast-based Keystone (NI) has been recognised for its work across Corporate and M&A and Commercial Property in leading peer and client guide The Legal 500.

One of just a handful of major players to be ranked in Northern Ireland, the firm’s recent deal successes, in particular, have contributed significantly to its improved market position.

The directory noted that since its launch in 2016, Keystone (NI) has fast become “very well known for its track record on M&A and investment work. The group represents buy-side and sell-side clients from a range of sectors, including manufacturing and real estate. Highlights included advising a prominent investment fund on the £70m investment in Halo Belfast, a 5-year cyber and economic development project. John McMahon leads the team, in which JP Irvine and Danny McKay are key names.”

Meanwhile Keystone’s property team is recognised for its ‘practical, commercial approach to resolving legal issues’ providing ‘advice that is tailored to the matter in hand’. The guide also notes that the firm advises companies and individuals on leases and acquisitions for hotel, retail and residential developments, as well as handling landlord and tenant matters.

In a standout mandate, the firm advised Belfast-based property group Kilmona on its £90m refinancing of its group banking facilities with Fairfield Real Estate Finance. Leading Individual, Jim Houston jointly heads the practice with Danny McKay. John McMahon is another key name.

Managing Director John McMahon said:

“The Legal 500 guide is amongst the most prestigious there is for our profession and is based on highly comprehensive research into the UK legal market. The ceaseless focus which we place upon client objectives and relationships has helped drive the growth of our business in recent times.

“This recognition pays tribute to the expertise, energy and level of professionalism of our growing team and is particularly fitting as we draw closer to our two-year anniversary. I am delighted for everyone involved and thank our clients and peers for their positive feedback.”