John is a Partner in the Firm’s Corporate Law Department. His practice areas are mergers and acquisitions law, venture capital, capital markets, company and Partnership law. His mergers and acquisitions experience covers both public and private companies.
In the area of venture capital, he has advised on the establishment and marketing of venture capital funds, relationships between the general partner and limited Partners, investment by venture capital funds into Irish and other businesses and he has advised Irish companies on the raising of venture capital finance.
His capital markets experience is in debt (in particular commercial paper and note issuance programmes) and equity (IPOs, rights issues and offerings by Irish corporates in the US).
Admitted as a solicitor in 1987.
BCL(1983) & LLB (1984) University College Cork.
Diploma Arbitration (2012) University College Dublin
John is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He has served as a member of the Business Law Committee of the Law Society of Ireland for a number of years and was chairman of the Committee. He has previously served as the Law Society’s representative on the Company Law Reform Group.
Achievements and Endorsements
“John Olden – the wisest of counsel all the way – remaining impartial and assured in his legal advice.”
Legal 500 EMEA, 2022
“John is approachable, always available and listens to the client. He looks at the problem at hand and is always measured in his approach.”
Chambers Europe, 2022
“John Olden is excellent. He goes through matters in a very thorough and open way, he can explain complex legal points in a very understandable, pragmatic way, while also taking a full 360-degree view of different approaches. His advice is always spot-on and he is very easy to deal with.”
Legal 500 EMEA, 2021
“John Olden and his team are very attentive and give practical advice. They are always available and have never failed to meet a deadline.”
Legal 500 EMEA, 2021
“John is technically very strong and practical.”
Chambers Europe, 2021
“John is very attentive to detail…he considers other issues that are not apparent but which may be linked.”
Chambers Europe, 2020
“John is a very experienced corporate negotiator who is technically excellent”
Chambers Europe, 2019
“John is a calm and able negotiator”
Legal 500 EMEA, 2018
Market commentators describe him as “very knowledgeable, easy to work with and very helpful.”
Chambers Europe, 2018
“John is an impeccable adviser”
Legal 500, 2017
Clients are impressed by his ability “to keep all the plates spinning, keep calm in negotiations and argue the case without losing the other side.”
Chambers Europe, 2017
John Olden “really takes the time to understand your business and applies his knowledge to find a great conclusion.”
Chambers Global, 2016
Clients are impressed by his availability and commitment to cases: “He gives huge confidence, as he promises to provide his personal attention and work with us through the whole process.”
Chambers Europe, 2016