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Brian McDermott heads the practice at A&L Goodbody, in which Elaine Keane shows strong ‘knowledge of structuring funds’. Stephen Carson recently advised Quayside Fund Management on the establishment of a UCITS ICAV platform with nine sub-funds.

Arthur Cox continued to expand its impressive UCITS practice with new clients such as HSBC and M&G Securities. Sarah Cunniff assisted Marathon Asset Management with setting up a common contractual fund. Other key figures are practice head Kevin Murphy and the ‘very responsiveDara Harrington.

Dillon Eustace’s team is active across all fund types and its ‘very good relationship with the Irish Central Bank ensures deadlines are met’. Donnacha O’Connor assisted AXA Investment Managers Paris with the establishment of a unit trust fixed income fund. Practice head Andrew Batesgets into the detail’.

Support is responsive, practical and accurate’ at Maples and Calder, which covers all aspects of the establishment, structuring, financing and distribution of Irish investment funds. Barry McGrath heads the practice, which assisted UBS Group with the re-domiciliation of various hedge funds from the Cayman Islands. Stephen Carty is ‘very plugged in to regulators’.

Tara Doyle heads the practice at Matheson, which produces ‘creative solutions’ to clients. Dualta Counihan and Philip Lovegrove advised BMO Global Asset Management Europe on establishing the first exchange traded fund ICAV in Ireland. Calmwater Asset Management is also a client. Michael Jackson is now managing partner.

McCann FitzGerald’s team has ‘a very high reputation with local regulators and service providers’. Practice head Mark White and Tony Spratt, who is ‘responsive and efficient’, advised HFR Asset Management on the launch of five new sub-funds for a QIAIF (Qualifying Investor Alternative Investment Fund). The knowledgeable Iain Ferguson is also recommended.

William Fry has ‘a broad range of expertise’, including Ian Dillon focusing on hedge fund formation and Cormac Commins having a significant UCITS practice. Dan Morrissey heads the practice, for which BlackRock is a significant client. Tara O’Reilly and Vincent Coynecan always be relied on’ and James Phelan has ‘a keen eye for detail’.

Dechert LLP’s practice is led by managing partner Declan O’Sullivan, who has ‘the ability to solve problems’. Also of note is Mark Browne, who continued to advise Lord Abbett Passport Portfolios on the launch of new sub-funds.

Mason Hayes & Curran’s ‘extremely knowledgeable’ team has been advising Heptagon Capital, including establishing a UCITS with exposure to US master limited partnerships. Practice head Fionán Breathnach has ‘deep industry knowledge’ and Rowena Fitzgerald is ‘a real rising star’.

Walkers’ strong ‘business acumen’ has helped it to secure new clients such as Davy Stockbrokers, which it advised on the restructuring of its UCITS platform. Practice head Paul Farrell and Gayle Bowen are the names to note.

LK Shields Solicitors is ‘quick in understanding the problems and getting the proper answer’. Key clients include Aberdeen Asset Management. Highly recommended practice head David Williams advised various UCITS on the cross-border merger of sub-funds.

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