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Debt

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A&L Goodbody’s ‘knowledgeable’ team handles bonds, securitisations and aviation transactions. Recent highlights include practice head Peter Walker advising Morgan Stanley as arranger on a €630m residential loan securitisation, and Gearoid Stanley acting for the initial purchasers on the issue of a high-yield bond by Virgin Media. Jack Sheehy is a key name for special purpose vehicle (SPV) repackaging transactions. Peter Walker is also recommended.

Arthur Cox was highly active for issuers and arrangers in the residential mortgage-backed securitisation space; practice head Cormac Kissane advised JP Morgan Securities on an approximately €1.1bn residential mortgage-backed securitisation transaction for KBC Bank Ireland. The team also has specialist expertise in acting for Russian issuers, with Glenn Buttreally knowing the market and the issues’.

Matheson provides ‘a precise and well-articulated service’ on SPV repacks, with Christian Donagh and senior associate Richard Kelly particularly singled out for this work. The team also handled a high volume of loan securitisations for issuers and arrangers; Turlough Galvin and Patrick Molloy acted for Deutsche Bank on the €158m asset-backed securities issued by Citizen Irish Auto Receivables Trust.

McCann FitzGerald’s ‘experienced team’ has a strong reputation for aviation-related debt issuance work; the highly regarded Fergus Gillen acted for SMBC Aviation Capital on its $500m issue of Eurobonds. In other highlights Adrian Farrell acted as Irish counsel to the initial purchasers of secured notes worth €500m issued by Smurfit Kappa Acquisitions. Roy Parker heads the practice.

Walkers has some ‘good niche strengths’ including insurance-linked security transactions; ‘really bright and clued up’ practice head Garry Ferguson acted for Assicurazioni Generali on the $85m issuance of three tranches of principal at-risk variable rate notes. The team also handles collateralised loan obligations (CLOs), distressed asset investment and commercial mortgage-backed securities. Noeleen Ruddy provides ‘succinct and decisive advice’.

William Fry’s ‘impressive’ team covers a full range of public and private debt issuances and is led by David Maughan, who has ‘a positive, can-do approach’. Other key figures are Elaine Hanly, who assisted Ardagh Group with the approximately $2.9bn issuance of a bond, and Niamh Dennehy-Maher, who has ‘very good client service skills’.

Dillon Eustace was active on a range of issuer mandates including practice head Conor Houlihan, who is ‘very strong technically and an excellent negotiator’, acting for N&W Global Vending on the issuance of €300m senior secured notes and €100m second lien notes. Conor Keaveny advised DFC Global on an exchange offer relating to senior secured notes.

Maples and Calder is ‘excellent’ on ‘non-vanilla transactions and developing practical solutions to issues that arise’. The team handled a high volume of CLO instructions including ‘structured finance and fund finance market-leaderStephen McLoughlin advising CVC Credit Partners Group on the issue of €415m of tranched CLO notes. The ‘very personableNollaig Murphy leads the team.

At ByrneWallace, practice head Joseph Gavin ‘has an excellent perspective on what can be achieved in different jurisdictions’. Gavin and Paul McGennis advised Synergis Technologies on the admission to listing of a €1bn structured loan note programme.

LK Shields Solicitors specialises in advising issuers and investors on securitisations for asset classes such as life settlement portfolios, loan receivables and asset-backed securities. Practice head David Williamscommunicates real-world solutions in advancement of a client’s business objectives’.


Equity

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  1. Capital markets: equity
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For one client, A&L Goodbody is ‘among the top in Europe for capital markets work’ and the team handles a number of significant cross-border mandates. Besides acting for the joint global co-ordinators on the IPO of Allied Irish Bank (AIB), the team also advised Johnson Controls on the NYSE listing of its shares. Practice head Paul White is ‘very experienced and knowledgeable’, and Charlie Carroll and Matthew Cole are ‘very talented’.

Arthur Cox’s ‘extremely professional’ team is a popular choice for domestic and international listings. The well-regarded Stephen Ranalow acted for Johnson Controls on all Irish law aspects of the spin-off of Adient into a separately listed company, and John Barrett advised on the first-ever accelerated share repurchase performed by an Irish incorporated plc. Ciarán Bolger, Geoff Moore and Maura McLaughlin are additional contacts.

Matheson’s ‘proven track record in advising Irish public companies with US listings’ was in evidence once again, with practice head Fergus Bolster advising Weatherford International on a $1bn registered direct offering of ordinary shares and warrants to acquire ordinary shares. In the domestic market, ‘clear and concise adviserGeorge Brady assisted Ireland Strategic Investment Fund as cornerstone investor with the €270m placing and listing of Greencoat Renewables.

McCann FitzGerald’s ‘decisive, attentive, and solution-focused’ team regularly handles the most significant instructions in the domestic market; for example practice head Aidan Lawlor acted for AIB on its €3.4bn IPO, and Stephen FitzSimons advised Greencoat Renewables on its €270m IPO. Conor O’Dwyer impresses for ‘complex, international transactions’ and David Byers is ‘exceptionally reasoned in his judgement’.

William Fry’s ‘responsive and knowledgeable’ team includes ‘thoughtful problem-solverMark Talbot, who together with David Fitzgibbon advised the Minister for Finance on the IPO of 25% of AIB. In another highlight Fitzgibbon acted for Glanbia Co-operative Society on the spin-out of approximately six million shares. The team was also highly active in the public M&A space. Myra Garrett leads the team.

At ByrneWallace, practice head Gerry Beausang provides ‘strong listing advice’ to clients such as Aminex, which he advised on an institutional placing, an open offer and a cornerstone placing. Neil Keenan handled a fundraising for Ubiqube (Ireland).

At Eversheds Sutherland, Lee Murphy has expertise in flotations and fund raisings and is advising on a significant proposed IPO. Murphy was also busy in the public M&A space where he acted for Independent News & Media on the acquisition of Celtic Media.

Maples and Calder’s ‘reliable’ team is led by Patrick Quinlan, who has ‘a great understanding of US-based activist funds’. Besides advising on various public M&A deals, Quinlan also assisted Draper Esprit with its ESM and AIM fundraising.

Response time is top class’ at Mason Hayes & Curran, where the team’s work included advising on a potential dual listing and also a pre-IPO fundraising. Justin McKenna heads the practice.


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