Our sponsorship of the Ulster Business Top 100 edition over the past seven years is one of which A&L Goodbody (ALG) is immensely proud and which we value greatly.
As an international law firm with offices in Belfast, Dublin, London and the US, it is our privilege to work closely with many of Northern Ireland’s Top 100 companies, advising on both domestic and international matters.
Once again, we are encouraged by the continued strong performance of the companies ranked, with pre-tax profits up 46% year-on-year across the Top 100. As leading employers, exporters and innovators, their performance is often a good barometer of the health of the local economy and emerging trends across key business sectors in Northern Ireland.
As well as recognising those companies maintaining the top positions and those scaling up the rankings each year, it is particularly positive to welcome 11 new firms for 2022.
Many businesses are aware of the persisting challenges posed by Covid-19, Brexit and an uncertain domestic and global economy. The Top 100 continue to take every measure to mitigate against those. Our heightened focus at ALG is on the future and on supporting our clients in realising every opportunity for sustainable recovery and growth, alongside navigating continued market challenges.
We are encouraged to see investment and transactional activity has not been subdued by the pandemic. In fact, we have seen the opposite. We are, once again, ranked as Northern Ireland’s leading legal advisor on deals, having advised on £1.2bn of transactions across 2021. This trend looks set to continue in the months ahead and into 2023, with deal flow remaining really encouraging.
In the coming months we anticipate continued growth in demand for our expertise around the many legal considerations associated with ESG (environmental, social and governance) for all companies, large and small – from employment to contractual and procurement matters. We also expect to continue advising on a range of Brexit-related legal matters, alongside the many wider challenges that will emerge out of any looming economic downturn.
Whatever the challenge or opportunity, our 120-strong team of lawyers and business support professionals at ALG in Belfast, and indeed our 1,000 colleagues across the wider firm, remains poised and committed to supporting our domestic and international clients across every aspect of their business success.
On behalf of all at ALG in Belfast, congratulations to each of the Ulster Business Top 100 Companies. We wish you every success in the coming year.
Michael Neill is head of Belfast office, A&L Goodbody