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A&L Goodbody covers a full range of work for issuers and managers, including high-yield bonds, asset-backed securities and securitisations. The ‘impressivePeter Walker advised Dilosk RMBS No.1 on the issuance of residential mortgage backed security notes. ‘Excellent practitionerCiarán Rogers heads the department.

Arthur Cox continued its ‘near monopoly of Russian capital market transactions’ with Glenn Butt acting for MMC Finance on the $1bn issuance of loan participation notes. ‘Particularly strong’ practice head Cormac Kissane advised AIB on its €500m issuance of additional tier 1 securities. Aiden Small and Phil Cody are also recommended.

Matheson can be ‘relied on for the right answer’. Recent work includes advising on issuance programmes for clients including Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank and JPMorgan. Tax specialist Turlough Galvin, who heads the practice, advised Dominions Mortgages as beneficial title seller on Thrones 2015-1’s £299m public offering of bonds.

Organisation, problem-solving and can-do attitude’ are strengths at McCann FitzGerald, where practice head Roy Parker recently advised AIB Mortgage Bank on its €1bn issuance of mortgage-backed securities. Other names to note include Fergus Gillen and the ‘very hands-onAdrian Farrell.

Walkers’ ‘visible partner-led approach’ makes it a favourite with clients such as Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Munich Re; expertise includes ‘strong competency in insurance-linked securities issuances’. Practice head Garry Ferguson has ‘a very commercial outlook’, Noeleen Ruddy is ‘methodical’, and Andrew Traynor is ‘very good as coordinating multi-track processes’.

William Fry’s ‘efficient and very professional team’ includes David Maughan, whose busy caseload included advising Guotai Junan Securities on setting up a $5bn fund-linked secured notes issuance programme. Practice head Elaine Hanly handled the Irish law aspects of Ardagh Packaging Group’s $2.8bn bond offering.

At Dillon Eustace, practice head Conor Houlihan and senior associate Stuart Flynn handled various matters for FBD Holdings, including its €70m issuance of convertible bonds. James Richards has been active in Russian debt capital markets.

Maples and Calder was particularly active on collateralised loan obligation mandates, including advising Goldman Sachs as arranger on Oak Hill European Credit Partners IV DAC’s €416m issuance of notes. Practice head Nollaig Murphy and Stephen McLoughlin are the key contacts.

ByrneWallace’s newly established team is led by Joseph Gavin and tax specialist Anthony Smyth. Vion Europe and Aztec Exchange are clients.

At Eugene F. Collins, practice head Eileen Graceprovides workable solutions’ and has been advising Johnson & Johnson on its euro commercial paper programme.

LK Shields Solicitors’ practice is led by David Williams, whose investment fund work includes advising securitisation vehicles on debt issuances.

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