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A&L Goodbody's debt capital markets (DCM) practice covers bonds, securitisations for Irish and other originators, and aviation transactions. Peter Walker and Ciarán Rogers head the team; Walker advised First Citizen Finance as seller on the first Irish public auto loan securitisation, and Rogers and Gearoid Stanley acted for Ulster Bank Ireland on all Irish aspects of an over €1.2bn residential-mortgage backed securitisation. On the equity capital markets (ECM) side, the team, headed by Paul White, is very active in domestic transactions; Matthew Cole acted for Yew Grove REIT on its dual listing on the Irish and London Stock Exchange, and White and Charlie Carroll assisted Cairn Homes with the first use of the summary prospectus procedure under the prospectus rules to effect an Irish listing.

The DCM team at Arthur Cox acts for managers and dealers on Irish-covered bond programmes and trades and commercial real estate loan repackagings. In a recent highlight, Cormac Kissane and Aiden Small advised Citigroup Global Markets and Morgan Stanley & Co International on the public issuance of various classes of notes by Irish special purpose vehicles (SPVs). Glenn Butt specialises in advising Russian issuers. The ECM team acts for many of Ireland's largest listed companies, including Applegreen and Paddy Power Betfair; Stephen Hegarty advised the former on the placing of €46.9m-worth of new ordinary shares, and practice head Maura McLaughlin acted for the latter as Irish counsel on a £500m share buyback programme.

Matheson's 'innovative and commercially focused' DCM team specialises in acting as Irish counsel to international clients; it advised a number of US managers on their debut European collateralised loan obligation (CLO) transactions. In a recent highlight, Christian Donagh acted as Irish counsel to a multinational investment bank as arranger of the high-value issuance of nine tranches of notes. Turlough Galvin ('an experienced, confident practitioner with a strong grasp of the commercials') and New York-based Alan Keating are also key contacts. On the ECM side, practice head Fergus Bolster, George Brady and Madeline McDonnell advised the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund as the cornerstone investor on the €270m placement and listing of Greencoat Renewables on the London and Irish Stock Exchange.

At McCann FitzGerald, the team's 'experience and depth of knowledge of various types of capital markets transactions positions it well'. Highlights for the ECM team included Aidan Lawlor advising AIB on its IPO and re-admission to the London and Irish Stock Exchanges, and David Byers acting for Goodbody and Shore Capital as joint bookrunners of Applegreen's proposed €100m equity fundraising. Stephen FitzSimons is also recommended. On the DCM side, Adrian Farrell acted as Irish counsel to Bank of America Merrill Lynch and other underwriters on the public offering of senior notes by Allergion. Roy Parker heads the DCM team; Fergus Gillen and London office head Hugh Beattie, who 'provides an outstanding service', are also noted.

Walkers' 'incredibly responsive and commercial' team provides 'clear, concise and comprehensive advice' on DCM matters. The practice's 'reputation in the CLO market has blossomed over the last few years'; it also specialises in insurance-linked securities work, commercial mortgage-backed securities transactions and distressed debt. Garry Ferguson leads the practice; Andrew Traynor and of counsels Ian McNamee and Ailís Garvey 'provide consistently excellent service'; Noeleen Ruddy and of counsel Paddy Rath are 'very commercial, responsive and collaborative'; and Matt Hedigan was promoted to partner. Highlights included acting as Irish counsel to a multinational bank on the high-value issuance of credit-linked notes and assisting a loan adviser with three European CLO issuances through Irish SPVs.

The team at William Fry is noted for its 'no-nonsense approach to capital markets advice'. David Maughan heads the DCM practice; he advised Guotai Junan Securities on the establishment of an Irish repackaging programme and Eli Global on the issuance of floating rate notes. Elaine Hanly is also active in this area. On the ECM side, clients include Irish and international public companies such as Smurfit Kappa, Allied Irish Banks and Yahoo!. David Fitzgibbon and the 'excellent', 'incredibly well-informed' Mark Talbot advised the Department of Finance on the IPO of a 28% stake in AIB and the re-admission of AIB to the Irish and London Stock Exchanges. Myra Garrett heads the practice. Niamh Dennehy-Maher left the firm and associate Liam Mills joined from Paul Hastings LLP.

Dillon Eustace is praised for its ability to 'support clients even in difficult times'. Highlights included advising American International Group as issuer on the listing of €1bn-worth of 1.875% notes on the Irish Stock Exchange, and assisting with the structuring and establishment of debt issuance vehicle Celtic Investment Opportunities Fund Lending to finance Irish real estate acquisitions. Conor Keaveny stands out for his 'attention to detail and good understanding of the context of projects'. Conor Houlihan moved to DLA Piper.

The 'highly experienced' ECM team at Eversheds Sutherland 'understands and delivers what is required'. The team's high-profile client base includes Kingspan, Cairn Homes and Hibernia REIT. Lee Murphy, who 'provides clear, concise advice in a timely manner', heads the practice; he acted for Irish AIM-listed company Escher Group Holdings on the recommended takeover offer made by Hanover Active Equity Fund, and advised Investec Bank as nomad on the IPO of Yew Grove REIT. Gavin O’Flaherty is 'outstanding'.

Maples Group is 'one of the leading players in Ireland for the CLO market'; in a recent highlight, 'fantastic collaborator' Stephen McLoughlin advised CVC Credit Partners on the issue of €415m of tranched CLO notes arranged by Goldman Sachs International. The 'responsive, clear and pragmatic' Callaghan Kennedy, who was recently promoted to partner, is also recommended. Edward Miller and Patrick Quinlan lead the ECM practice; Quinlan advised Draper Esprit on its ESM and AIM follow-on fundraisings, following its admission in 2016. Nollaig Murphy retired.

Mason Hayes & Curran's 'very flexible' team is 'available to meet demands at short notice and with little hassle'. Clients include a number of Irish-quoted companies such as Kerry Group, Norish, Ormonde Mining and Origin Enterprises. On the ECM side, practice head Justin McKenna recently acted for new client Group Eleven on a restructuring of its Irish interests, two pre-IPO acquisitions and the Irish law aspects of its IPO on the Toronto Stock Exchange. David Mangan and the 'clear and practical' Paul Egan are also key contacts. Daragh Bohan heads the DCM team; he acted for ETPX as the issuer on establishing its multi-issuance secured notes programme.

Byrne Wallace is noted for its advice to clients from the natural resources and energy and life sciences sectors, including high-profile listed companies. Head of ECM Gerry Beausang advised Amryt Pharma on the Irish law aspects of its €15m share placing, and also assisted PetroNeft Resources with a $2m loan facility from a Swedish company. Other clients include oil and gas company Aminex and technology company UBiqube. The DCM practice is led by Joseph Gavin.

The 'accessible' DCM team at LK Shields Solicitors is headed by David Williams. He recently advised CCA Longevity as issuer on the establishment of a note programme worth $200m listed on the Irish Stock Exchange, and assisted MBA Community Loans with its €1bn note programme, arranged by Prodigy Finance, secured by student loans. Trevor Dolan is a 'key part' of the practice.

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