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A&L Goodbody has particular expertise in lender-side work on renewable energy projects and has been advising Nord/LB on the project financing of the 38MW Scartaglen wind farm project in County Kerry. Key contacts include practice head Kevin Feeney and Ross Moore, whose ‘attention to detail is exceptional’.

Arthur Cox demonstrates ‘strong execution of its services’. Recent work includes advising Arcapita Bank on the sale of energy company Viridian to I-Squared Capital. Practice head Alex McLean has ‘excellent energy sector knowledge’ and Garrett Monaghan is highly experienced in wind farm financings.

At Mason Hayes & Curran, financing expert William Carmody and construction lawyer Rory Kirrane lead on respective aspects of major energy and mining projects. The team acted for Cloosh Valley Wind Farm on the development and financing of a 105MW wind farm cluster in County Galway.

Matheson’s ‘leading energy practice’ recently handled purchases and sales of wind farms for General Electric and has been advising EirGrid and SONI on all aspects of the integrated all-Irish Single Electricity Market project. Practice head Garret Farrelly has ‘strong relationship management skills’. Michael O’Connor retired.

McCann FitzGerald is ‘probably the top firm in the area of energy regulation’, where it continues to undertake a broad range of work for the Electricity Supply Board. Transactional work included Valerie Lawlor advising I-Squared Capital on its acquisition of Viridian. Practice head Patricia Lawless has ‘very detailed energy knowledge’.

William Fry excels at electricity and gas work, where its advice is ‘always focused on the key issues’. Fergus Devine, who ‘does not shirk the difficult messages’, has been advising Severn Trent on its operation and maintenance concession for the Limerick Main Drainage project.

Beauchamps Solicitors’ ‘renewable energy specialists have significant industry insight’ and its clients include Metro Energy. Practice head Ainsley Heffernan is ‘at the top of his game’ and recently promoted partner Gavin Blake is ‘excellent on transactional work’.

At Eversheds Sutherland, Mark Varianmanages complexity in a pragmatic way’. He has been busy with renewable energy deals, including advising Macquarie Capital on a second investment in Amarenco Solar Ireland. The practice was also active in the electricity space.

McDowell Purcell has longstanding expertise in renewable energy, including wind and biomass. Feilim O’Caoimh is the main contact.

ByrneWallace handles corporate transactions for clients such as Aminex. The ‘strong and competent’ Neil Keenan is now the practice head in place of Feargal B rennan, who remains an active contributor to the team.

At LK Shields Solicitors, Philip Daly is acting for Veolia as operator of a 42.5MW biomass energy plant planned for County Mayo. Other clients include Vayu and TOP.

Philip Lee’s team includes name partner Philip Lee and Alice Whittaker, who give ‘constructive and clear advice’ on renewable energy work to clients such as Power Capital. The firm is developing its practice and recently hired associate Elaine Traynor from Beauchamps Solicitors.

At O’Flynn Exhams, Irene O’Donovan specialises in the gas sector and advises clients such as Ervia.

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