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A&L Goodbody regularly acts for clients such as KPMG and Deloitte in major insolvencies. Mark Traynor has been active in real estate restructuring and also advised Promontoria on the restructuring of the Project Aran loan portfolio. David Baxter heads the practice.

Arthur Cox is a ‘go-to firm for complex restructurings’. Practice head William Day is ‘very strong in contentious situations’, and has been acting for Grant Thornton in the examinership of Petroceltic International.

Matheson has a creditor-oriented practice, in which team head Tony O’Grady advised Worldview International Management on its petition for an examiner for Petroceltic International. Julie Murphy-O’Connor has ‘in-depth knowledge’.

McCann FitzGerald’s team includes the ‘pragmaticLisa Smyth, who is advising the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) on the structuring of various loan sales. Michael Murphy heads the practice, in which consultant Jane Marshall acted for Petroceltic International during its examinership.

William Fry’s ‘superb’ practice head Michael Quinn has been advising Ernst & Young on the administration of Nortel Networks. Other work includes Fergus Doorly assisting Debenhams Retail (Ireland) with its examinership. Barry Cahir moved to Beauchamps Solicitors.

At ByrneWallace, ‘thoughtful adviserJohn Fitzgerald has been particularly busy with contentious mandates and represented Ferris and Associates – as liquidator of Kendar Holdings – on the enforcement of a judgment in seven EU member states.

Dillon Eustace’s ‘top-grade’ practice continues to be active in selling loan portfolios for NAMA. The ‘insightfulJamie Ensor advised Ernst and Young on its receivership of a commercial office block in Dublin.

Eugene F. Collins has a longstanding practice advising insolvency practitioners; the team is acting for PwC as interim examiner of Best. Key contacts include ‘leading restructuring adviserDoug Smith and ‘trusted litigatorTerry Leggett.

Eversheds Sutherland remained busy with loan acquisitions for clients such as Cairn Homes and also handled a strong caseload of contentious work. Practice head Norman Fitzgerald and Neil O’Mahony are ‘strong advocates’.

The ‘measured and calm’ Robin McDonnell leads the team at Maples and Calder, which is ‘first port of call for complex and tough cases’. McDonnell and Dudley Solan are advising KPMG as liquidator of Bloxham Stockbrokers.

Mason Hayes & Curran has been highly active in the real estate sector, where it represented Duff & Phelps as liquidator of MJBCH. Key contacts include practice head Maurice Phelan and Judith Riordan.

NAMA and Grant Thornton are clients of Ronan Daly Jermyn. Emma Crowley and Ashling Walsh also advised Boylesports as a prospective investor in the Ladbrokes examinership.

Walkers provides ‘comprehensive, well thought-through advice’ to clients such as KPMG and AIB. Gavin Smith is ‘particularly knowledgeable about the examinership process’.

Litigator Gavin Simons heads the team at Amoss Solicitors, which advised Elbrus on the purchase of debt owed by Petroceltic International.

Barry Cahir now heads the practice at Beauchamps Solicitors, having joined from William Fry. Claire Callanan has been advising Deloitte on a receiver’s entitlement to recover a residential property.

Holmes O’Malley Sexton regularly acts for receivers and is ‘particularly good on real estate issues in insolvency situations’. Associate Lisa Killeen is the main contact.

LK Shields Solicitors’ team is led by the ‘very responsive and capable’ Jill Callanan, who is advising the official liquidator of Oriel Oil. Ruairí Mulrean focuses on restructuring work.

Lavelle Solicitors excels in dispute resolution. Name partner Michael Lavellemakes consistently good decisions’ and Paul Brady is ‘an excellent litigator’.

The ‘very experiencedMark Woodcock leads the team at McDowell Purcell, which handles contentious matters for clients such as the Bank of Ireland.

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