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A&L Goodbody’s broad offering takes in general banking, aviation finance and project finance. In the real estate lending space, Adrian Burke and Séamus Ó Cróinín handled substantial loan sales for AIB and Ulster Bank respectively, while practice head Ciarán Rogers advised the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) on the €125m development finance for a site in Dublin’s south docks. Ó Cróinín, Marie O’Brien, Maireadh Dale and Catherine Duffy are ‘excellent’ on ‘high-value, complex asset finance transactions’, where recent clients include GE Capital Aviation Services and Mizuho Securities USA.

Arthur Cox’s ‘extremely helpful’ team regularly handles acquisition finance for property, shares, and loan portfolios, and is also a leader in emerging financing markets such as funds, film finance and conduit loans. Grainne Hennessy advised the Viridian Group on the €90m financing of five wind farm projects in Northern Ireland, and Ultan Shannon assisted Five Arrows (Rothschild) as lender with the acquisition by Sovereign Capital of Arachas Corporate Brokers. Other names to note are practice head Orla O’Connor, who was active in the loan portfolio sale space, and Kevin Lynch.

Mason Hayes & Curran’s practice is led by Christine O’Donovan, whose

Mason Hayes & Curran’s practice is led by Christine O’Donovan, whose ‘precise knowledge of the aircraft industry’, coupled with Daniel Kiely’s ‘exceptional experience in advising on export credit aircraft financing transactions’, ensures that the team handles a good quota of aviation finance work. Other transactional work included real estate finance and project finance mandates, with Micheál Grace acting for EdgeConneX on the financing of its acquisition and development of a significant data centre in Dublin, and William Carmody advising Ulster Bank on the project financing of Ballycumber wind farm.

Matheson’s ‘very strong, partner-led approach’ makes it a favourite with a range of domestic and international lenders and the team was further enhanced by a number of partner promotions including Laura Gleeson and Donal O’Donovan, who are ‘excellent’, Michael Hastings, David O’Mahony, and asset finance specialist Stuart Kennedy. Gleeson and practice head Patrick Molloy, who has the ‘ability to work through some very complex commercial concepts’, acted for Danske Bank on its €345m sale of a portfolio of loans and collateral. The well-regarded asset finance team also includes of counsel Chris Quinn and Rory McPhillips.

McCann FitzGerald stands out for its aviation finance work, with the team ‘clearly the largest in the Irish market by a distance’; names to note in this respect include Catherine Deane and Georgina O’Riordan, who have ‘extraordinary knowledge and capacity’ and Hilary Marren. Niall Powderly leads in the corporate banking space, where the practice specialises in multi-layered financings for clients such as Francisco Partners. Other key figures are head of practice Fergus Gillen, the ‘very experienced and helpfulEamon de Valera and regulatory specialist Josh Hogan, who is ‘technically very capable’.

William Fry has particular strength on the borrower side pertaining to corporate and real estate finance mandates; practice head Rachel Stanton is advising Hines on the financing of the acquisition of the Central Bank Dame Street Portfolio. In the asset finance space, David Maughan and newly promoted partner Mary Ward handled a number of significant lender transactions for clients such as Société Générale. Eibhlin O’ Donnell is ‘an expert in dealing with large scale banking queries’. Former practice head Elaine Hanly remains highly active. Orla Brennan retired.

Beauchamps has ‘raised its game in recent years’ and is ‘one of the top firms in dealing with restructures of SME borrowers’. In 2016, the team was active on a number of significant loan portfolio sales and development finance deals, including ‘outstanding’ practice head Daniel Cashman advising Colony NorthStar on the financing of the Spencer Dock Project. Leonard Lavelle is ‘detail focused’ and Niall O’Brien is ‘an astute negotiator’.

ByrneWallace’s ‘responsive and thorough practice’ excels in property finance and development funding (in particular for the hospitality and private healthcare sectors); ‘capable and well-liked’ practice head Mark Kavanagh acted for the Griffin Group on a refinancing agreement with AIB. Other work included handling financing for alternative lenders such as Pepper Asset Servicing and loan sales for NAMA. Elizabeth Ryan made partner.

Dillon Eustace’s ‘commercial and client-focused approach’ makes it a popular choice for clients including NAMA, for which it acted on two very significant real estate loan sales. The team also draws on the firm’s strength in investment funds to advise on a high volume of lender and borrower mandates. Practice head Conor Houlihan and John-Hugh Colleran are ‘practical and easy to deal with’ and newly promoted partner Kate Curneen is ‘very solutions driven’.

Eversheds Sutherland’s ‘strength in maintaining transaction momentum’ ensured that the practice was instructed on a number of major real estate deals, including the ‘pragmatic and efficientSteve Rodgers acting for HSBC on €100m loan facilities for the redevelopment of a site on Dame Street. The team was also active in the project finance space, with ‘strong lawyerDarragh Blake assisting AIB Group (UK) with the finance for a wind farm. Practice head Piaras Power and ‘detail-focused’ Terry O’Malley are additional contacts.

Maples and Calder’s ‘reliable service and "no-fuss" approach’ makes it a popular choice for asset financings for clients such Avolon, where ‘client and transaction-focusedDonna Ager is the key name. The team also has strength in corporate banking work and Sarah Francis and Elizabeth Bradley handled a major refinancing in the real estate sector. Nollaig Murphy heads the practice, which was further bolstered by the hire of Aaron McGarry from Walkers.

Walkers’ substantial aviation practice is led by ‘excellent negotiatorKen Rush, who acted as special Irish Counsel to Starlite Aviation Group on the refinancing by Investec Bank of a portfolio of 15 helicopters. The practice extends beyond asset finance to general banking work, with the ‘impressiveAndrew Traynor handling a mix of real estate finance and corporate finance instructions. Noeleen Ruddy and senior associate Paddy Rath are ‘concise and to the point’.

At Eugene F. Collins, Libby Garvey replaced Laura MacDermott as head of practice. MacDermott remains a key figure and was involved in numerous development finance mandates for key client Bank of Ireland. On the borrower side, Garvey advised Cannon Kirk on a €100m funding and investment arrangement with Oaktree Capital.

LK Shields Solicitors is active on a range of corporate finance and real estate finance matters across sectors such as energy, healthcare and infrastructure. Key contacts include practice head Richard Curran, Andrew Power and the ‘very capableNeil O’Keeffe, who has ‘a very strong knowledge of property-related matters’.

Ronan Daly Jermyn’s ‘large team provides a very personable service’ in its core areas of corporate lending, real estate financing and loan portfolio sales. In Cork, Tom Fox demonstrates ‘flexibility in the structuring of transactions’ and Brendan Cunningham has the ‘highest of service standards’. Dublin-based Bryan McCarthy is ‘experienced, honest and proactive’, while in Galway key contacts are the ‘hugely knowledgeablePeter McGarvey and Marion Meehan, who is ‘excellent on property transactions’.

At Amoss Solicitors, John O’Sullivan handles a range of development finance, acquisition finance and asset finance mandates and is also experienced in loan portfolio disposals. Ulster Bank and Apollo Global Management are clients.

Flynn O'Driscoll provides ‘an excellent level of service’ for aviation-related debt, where Patrick Flynn, Alan O’Driscoll and James Duggan have ‘sound technical knowledge together with a focused approach’.

Hayes Solicitors handled a number of restructuring mandates for borrowers and lenders and was also highly active in the real estate finance space. Key figures include practice head Michael Hanley, who is ‘knowledgeable on complex debt structures’ and newly promoted associate John Glynn, who is ‘proactive on development finance deals’.

Holmes O'Malley Sexton’s ‘approachable and proactively helpful team’ was active on a number of lender side deals for domestic banks and alternative lenders. Limerick-based senior associate Lisa Killeen is the main contact.

At Cork-based JW O'Donovan Solicitors, practice head Anne-Marie Linehan and Patrick Bradley assisted lenders with a range of general banking mandates, including real estate finance, corporate restructuring and acquisition finance.

At McDowell Purcell, name partner Breen Purcell and Thomas O’Malley are extremely good at ‘driving out solutions to difficult and challenging transactions’ in the real estate sector. Feilim O’Caoimh focuses on project finance work and advised on a range of financings in the wind farm sector.

Project finance is a particular strength at Philip Lee, with Jonathan Kelly and Simon O’Neill advising Bank of Ireland on the financing of two wind farms. The team’s expertise extends to general lending and media finance.

Whitney Moore’s practice is led by the ‘impressiveAnn Lalor, whose recent caseload took in portfolio finance, corporate refinancing and acquisition finance. Lalor advised Lotus Investment Group as lender on financing for the acquisition and development of real estate.

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