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A&L Goodbody was highly active in the contentious space, where recent mandates include representing RSM Ireland in a dispute with the liquidator over the collapse of Bloxham Stockbrokers. On the restructuring side, the team is praised for its ability to ‘drill down into the transaction documents’. Practice head David Baxter, Mark Traynor and Marsha Coghlan are all recommended.

Arthur Cox is well known for its expertise in cross-border insolvencies and in one example John Donald is advising Avaya Group on Chapter 11 proceedings in the US relating to the restructuring of senior debt. Practice head William Day was active on a number of receiverships and also advised Celtic Linen and its directors on a petition for the appointment of an examiner.

Matheson provides ‘proactive, thought-through advice’ on a range of creditor-driven mandates such as acting for Ulster Bank on a court application to have Sean Dunne adjudged bankrupt in Ireland. The sizeable team, which stands out for its ‘huge depth and breadth of knowledge’, includes practice head Tony O’Grady, Julie Murphy O’Connor, and the ‘excellentBrendan Colgan and Karen Reynolds.

McCann FitzGerald stands out for its ‘excellent technical knowledge’ and the practice handles a mix of restructuring and insolvency mandates. In one example of the latter, practice head Michael Murphy and consultant Jane Marshall are acting for KPMG on the liquidation of Custom House Capital. Other names to note are ‘talented lawyerLisa Smyth and ‘very professional’ senior associate David O’Dea.

William Fry’s extensive experience in retail and hospitality examinerships was again in evidence with Fergus Doorly advising on the restructuring of Debenhams Ireland. The team was also active in the aircraft sector, with practice head Michael Quinn assisting various creditors following the administration of Alitalia. Associates Craig Sowman and ‘rising star’ Ruairi Rynn are also recommended.

Beauchamps exhibited its ‘global reach’ with a number of cross-border mandates; practice head Barry Cahir, who is ‘an excellent source of pragmatic client-focused solutions’, advised Retronix Semiconductor following the company’s filing for Chapter 11 protection in Texas. The team also handled a high volume of real estate-related receiverships.

ByrneWallace’s ‘prompt and commercial responses’ make it a popular choice for a broad spectrum of creditors. The team is also well versed in insolvency practitioner work and in one example ‘highly experienced’ practice head John Fitzgerald and associate Sean Neville acted for the liquidator of Kendar Holdings on the recovery of funds fraudulently paid into two pension schemes.

Dillon Eustace’s ‘first-rate’ team is led by ‘shrewd litigatorJamie Ensor, who was active in the loan enforcement space for clients such as Lapithus Management. In other work Ensor is acting for Deloitte on the liquidation of Hanly Brothers.

At Eugene F. Collins, ‘very knowledgeable’ practice head Doug Smith and ‘technical and efficient’ senior associate Róisín Peart assist clients such as KPMG and RSM Ireland with the full range of insolvency procedures.

Eversheds Sutherland is highly active in the real estate loan enforcement space where significant clients include NAMA and AIB. Norman Fitzgerald leads the team.

Maples and Calder’s recent caseload includes acting for KPMG on the liquidation of Bloxham Stockbrokers. Other mandates include providing non-contentious advice in the aviation sector and assisting private equity funds with real estate-related loan enforcement. Practice head Robin McDonnellexcels in finding commercial solutions to difficult issues’ and Karole Cuddihy is ‘a skilled operator’. Alan O’Sullivan was a new arrival from Hayes Solicitors in 2018.

Mason Hayes & Curran advises on multiple large-scale receivership projects involving real estate, often for financial institutions such as Bank of Ireland. Practice head Maurice Phelanprovides optimum solutions’, and Judith Riordan and Gareth Steen have ‘a very hands-on approach to challenging situations’.

Ronan Daly Jermyn acts for domestic and international financial institutions, prominent insolvency practitioners, distressed companies, directors and creditors. The team is advising KPMG on the examinership of Dobbins Wine Bistro. Dublin-based practice head Emma Crowley is ‘excellent on the contentious side’, and Cork-based Ashling Walsh is ‘good for advisory work’.

Walkers has ‘a strong insolvency base with particular expertise in examinerships’; ‘proactive and creative’ practice head Gavin Smith is advising Grant Thornton on the examinership of Harley Mechanical Services. The team impresses with the breadth of its workload, which includes financial, commercial and real estate-related insolvency matters.

At Amoss Solicitors, litigator Gavin Simons is representing the Partners’ Committee in the liquidation of Bloxham Stockbrokers.

Hayes Solicitors was kept busy handling contentious receiverships and lender enforcement, including representing various banks, private equity funds and receivers in litigation. Alan O’Sullivan joined Maples and Calder in 2018.

LK Shields Solicitors’ workload included property-related receiverships, as well as advising insolvency practitioners and investors on examinerships. In an example of the latter, Jennifer McGuire assisted Causeway Capital with its investment in Celtic Linen. Jill Callanan heads the practice.

Lavelle Solicitors provides a ‘top quality’ contentious service to a range of banks and insolvency practitioners such as Kirby Healy and AIB. Name partner Michael Lavelle and Ciarán Leavy are the main contacts.

McDowell Purcell is regularly instructed by the Official Assignee of Ireland on bankruptcies and is also active in the company insolvency space. Mark Woodcock heads the practice.

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