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At A&L Goodbody, ‘knowledge of Irish regulation is excellent’ and the team is highly active in the fund establishment space; the highly regarded Michael Barr and senior associate Laura Butler advised Prudential SA on the establishment of a RIAIF ICAV platform with eight sub-funds. The practice enjoys a strong client base that includes Blackstone and Deutsche Asset Management. Brian McDermott heads the practice.

Arthur Cox significantly developed its team with a number of hires including exchange traded funds specialist Tara O’Reilly, Ian Dillon and Cormac Commins; the trio joined from William Fry. Practice head Kevin Murphy, who impresses with his ‘breadth of experience in the US legal and regulatory system’, is advising on the Irish fund aspects of the proposed Henderson and Janus merger.

Dillon Eustaceprovides solutions to awkward issues based on particularly good technical knowledge and industry experience’. The practice handles a significant number of funds for clients such as Aon Hewitt. Practice head Andrew Bates provides ‘relevant and practical advice’, Donnacha O’Connor is ‘a go to for difficult questions’, Cillian Bredin is ‘always on top of his brief’, Brian Kelliher has ‘excellent business acumen’ and David Dillon has ‘extensive fund management industry experience’. Senior associate Grace O’Connor is also recommended.

At Maples and Calder, the well-regarded Peter Stapleton heads the practice. In the super manco space, Stephen Carty and Adam Donoghue are acting for Insight Investment on its establishment of a dual-authorised UCITS management company/AIFM. Eimear O'Dwyer has ‘very strong technical knowledge in complex areas of UCITS & AIFMD legislation’, and John Gallagher has ‘great understanding of the legal and commercial issues hedge fund managers face’. Barry McGrath retired.

Matheson is ‘a very good fund service provider with supporting regulatory expertise’. ‘Informed and articulateDualta Counihan and practice head Tara Doyle advised Apollo Global Management on the establishment of two QIAIF structures designed for the insurance market, while Philip Lovegrove was highly active in the ETF space for clients such as BMO Global Asset Management. The practice also draws on the expertise of managing partner Michael Jackson. Donal O’Byrne made partner.

McCann FitzGerald is ‘very good for open-ended funds, but also strong conceptually and commercially when it comes to closed-ended products’. Hugh Beattie and senior associate Anna Moran are advising Burgundy Asset Management on the establishment of a new Irish UCITS umbrella platform. Practice head Mark White and Iain Ferguson have ‘an in-depth knowledge of the requirements of AIFMD & UCITS’.

William Fry is a favourite with investment managers, administrators and custodians. Paul Murray advised Quadrant Real Estate Advisors on the establishment of one of the first real estate private debt funds in Ireland. Other key figures are practice head Dan Morrissey and regulatory specialist Patricia Taylor. Senior associates Sergey Dolomanov and the ‘extremely responsive’ Lorena Dunne are well-regarded.

Dechert LLP’s ‘deep knowledge of UCITS-related matters’ was once again in evidence, with ‘very knowledgeable’ managing partner Declan O’Sullivan and the ‘proactiveMark Browne active in this space. Browne is advising John Hancock Worldwide Investors on the establishment of a new UCITS umbrella with five sub-funds.

Mason Hayes & Curran has experience in a range of fund types including investment structures for alternative assets. Conor Durkin advised Appian Asset Management on the establishment of an ICAV as an open-ended QIAIF. Rowena Fitzgerald is the other name to note. Fionán Breathnach joined Simmons & Simmons' newly opened Dublin office in March 2018.

At Walkers, UCITS specialist Kerill O’Shaughnessy impresses with his ‘legal and regulatory knowledge’; he is advising Systematica Investments on the establishment and UCITS V conversion of their Irish UCITS. Of counsel Emily Davycompletes tasks efficiently’. Gayle Bowen joined Pinsent Masons LLP. Paul Farrell retired.

LK Shields Solicitors’ expertise ranges from UCITS and AIFS to family office funds and life settlement funds. Practice head David Williams is ‘a smart, innovative thinker and good negotiator’, Trevor Dolan is ‘excellent at explaining long-term regulatory implications of structuring decisions’, and Damien Barnavillefinds solutions that fit’.

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