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Market leaderA&L Goodbody remained highly active in loan portfolio deals for clients such as Deutsche Bank and RBS – practice head Ciarán Rogers advised the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) on its sale of a €6.7bn non-performing loan (NPL) portfolio. Other busy areas included corporate finance and real estate finance, while in the aviation finance space recommended lawyers Marie O’Brien, Séamus Ó Cróinín and Catherine Duffy handled a strong mix of lender and borrower mandates.

Grainne Hennessy’s team at Arthur Cox includes ‘very good transactional lawyerUltan Shannon and Orla O’Connor, who ‘has broad experience of a wide range of finance matters, including regulatory issues’. In addition to real estate finance, the team handled various wind farm financings for clients such as Viridian and also advised Bank of Ireland on a significant corporate finance mandate in the agri-food sector.

Mason Hayes & Curran handled a range of high-value borrower mandates, including advising Activision Blizzard on financing its acquisition of King Digital Entertainment. Lender clients include Allied Irish Banks (AIB) and Permanent TSB. Aviation finance specialist Christine O’Donovan heads the banking and finance practice and Micheál Grace has been busy with NPL portfolio deals.

Patrick Molloy is in charge at Matheson, where highlights included advising Bank of Montreal on the financing of 9 Story Media’s acquisition of Brown Bag Films. Counsel Chris Quinn is an aviation finance expert, whose clients include airlines and private investment firms, and project finance specialist Peter O’Brien has ‘client service at the heart of his approach’. Libby Garvey left for Eugene F. Collins.

McCann FitzGerald has been busy representing domestic and international lenders, with Niall Powderly advising Bank of Ireland on property finance; Eamon de Valera and Adrian Farrell acted for Deutsche Bank on a series of loan sale agreements. Fergus Gillen heads the practice, in which the ‘first-class aircraft finance team’ includes Catherine Deane and Hilary Marren.

William Fry excels in real estate finance, where practice head Elaine Hanly is ‘an excellent and thorough banking lawyer’, who advised Patron Capital and Drive Investment Funds on the financing to acquire Northside Shopping Centre. Rachel Stanton is ‘great at dealing with difficult situations’ in acquisition finance.

At Beauchamps Solicitors, practice head Daniel Cashmanbrings a high degree of professionalism’ to general corporate and secured lending. Other recommended figures are ‘clear communicatorLeonard Lavelle and Niall O’Brien, who has been handling project finance for BAM Ireland.

ByrneWallace has a busy real estate finance practice, where practice head Mark Kavanagh advised Garrison on the financing of iNua Partnership’s acquisition of the Radisson Blu Hotel in Athlone. The team’s expertise extends to cross-border transactions, including financing arrangements for investment fund structures. Recently appointed partner Paraic O’Kennedy ‘knows how the banks operate’.

Dillon Eustaceexcels at getting projects across the finish line’. Besides handling NPL sales for NAMA, the team acted as Irish counsel to Goldman Sachs on financing Concordia Healthcare Group’s acquisition of Amdipharm. Conor Houlihan heads the practice, in which John-Hugh Colleran is ‘hardworking and easy to deal with’.

Eugene F. Collins’ ‘efficient’ practice is led by Laura MacDermott, who has ‘strong commercial acumen and knowledge of commercial law’. Lender clients include Bank of Scotland and Bank of Ireland, while borrower work included various real estate and acquisition finance mandates. Changes to the team saw Libby Garvey join from Matheson and Ann Lalor move to Whitney Moore.

Eversheds Sutherland is ‘highly recommended’ for real estate finance, where clients include Hibernia REIT and Ronan Group. Project finance work included Steve Rodgers advising Dublin Port Company on the Alexandra Basin redevelopment. Practice head Piaras Power and ‘qualified accountantDarragh Blake are also recommended.

Maples and Calder’s ‘very proactive’ team includes the ‘excellent’ Sarah Francis, whose recent work includes advising AIB on real estate financings. Asset finance specialist Donna Ager advised International Airlines Group on the structured financing of four A330 aircraft. Nollaig Murphy heads the practice.

Clients regard Walkers as ‘the leading aircraft finance team in Dublin’, which assists many major international aircraft lessors with their finance requirements. ‘Leading lightKen Rush heads the practice, which includes the ‘outstanding’ Aaron McGarry.

LK Shields Solicitors’ strong mix of lender and borrower mandates included the ‘excellent’ Neil O’Keeffe advising Topaz Energy on the €90m leveraged financing of its buyout of Esso Ireland. Richard Curran heads the practice.

At McDowell Purcell, name partner Breen Purcell is a real estate finance expert who regularly works for Bank of Ireland. Feilim O’Caoimh acted on various wind farm financings.

Ronan Daly Jermyn recently advised Bank of Ireland on the financing of the acquisition of Lyrath Demesne and Springhill Court hotels. Cork-based Tom Fox and Brendan Cunningham head the practice, which acts for borrowers and lenders.

Amoss Solicitors’ team is led by John O’Sullivan who is active in the real estate finance space for clients such as Ulster Bank and AIB.

Flynn O’Driscoll stands out for its aviation finance work – Patrick Flynn and James Duggan are ‘very knowledgeable regarding the Irish aviation world’.

Overall service is excellent’ at Hayes Solicitors, where practice head Michael Hanley and associate John Glynn advise clients such as Rabobank on finance for development, construction and acquisitions.

Holmes O’Malley Sexton’s Dublin practice was boosted by the hire of Áine Kehoe, formerly of Maples and Calder, who focuses on corporate finance. Limerick-based senior associate Caitriona Leahy handles real estate finance.

At Cork-based JW O’Donovan Solicitors, practice head Anne-Marie Linehan and Patrick Bradley advise financial institutions on real estate finance.

Jonathan Kelly heads the team at Philip Lee, which has been highly active in project finance. Recent work includes advising Aqua Comms on the financing of the $300m America Europe Connect project.

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