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Arthur Cox is noted for its ‘excellent service and extremely knowledgeable and responsive team’, which has been particularly active advising UK-based investment management firms on the establishment of funds domiciled in Ireland. New clients include ICBC and Vanguard; practice co-head Kevin Murphy is advising the former on the establishment of its first UCITS structure in Ireland, and co-head Tara O’Reilly is assisting the latter with the launch of three new sub-funds to Vanguard Funds. ‘Exceptional leader’ Ian Dillon advised Australian asset management group Channel Capital on the establishment of an Irish AIFM and QIAIF Icav platform. Dara Harrington, Sarah Cunniff and Cormac Commins are also key members of the team.

The ‘down-to-earth, practical and knowledgeable’ team at Dillon Eustace has ‘huge experience in the investment funds industry’. Key areas of work include advising credit managers on establishing Irish-regulated investment funds, and acting for managers buying Irish real estate via QIAIFs. Etain de Valera advised Tennenbaum Capital on establishing an Irish loan origination fund, and Cillian Bredin acted for Legal & General Investment Management on the establishment of a fund management operation in Ireland. Donnacha O’Connor, who took over as practice head from Andrew Bates, assisted Roundshield Capital Partners with setting up an Icav sub-fund to invest in Irish social housing. Brian Kelliher, the ‘outstanding’ Brian Higgins and senior associate Grace O’Connor are also noted.

Maples Group’s ‘knowledgeable, proactive and extremely flexible’ team is noted for its extensive Brexit offering; practice head Peter Stapleton, who has ‘incredible knowledge of the law and regulation in funds and financial services’, and Adam Donoghue are advising Marshall Wace on the restructuring of its Irish operations to address the impact of Brexit. Irish funds formation is also a particular focus of the practice; Eimear O’Dwyer acted for an asset management company on the establishment and authorisation of its second Icav. Other clients include Bain Capital, the Blackstone Group and KKR. Stephen Carty, who is ‘excellent in providing technical advice in a commercial way’, John Gallagher and Ian Conlon are also recommended.

Tara Doyle heads the team at Matheson, which has not only ‘great legal knowledge but the ability to apply it practically’. The practice acts for some of the world's largest asset managers, as well as a wide range of boutique and start-up managers; clients include BlackRock, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs. Among other highlights, Dualta Counihan advised Lyxor on the formation of a new UCITS sub-fund; Philip Lovegrove assisted J.P. Morgan with the establishment of its first exchange-traded fund (ETF) in Europe; and Liam Collins and Shay Lydon act as Irish counsel to the Man Group’s Irish funds, including managing the company's MiFID II compliance project. Donal O’Byrne is ‘easy to communicate with on every level and very keen to understand the client’s business and internal pressures’.

The team at A&L Goodbody counts HSBC, Deutsche Asset Management and Hibernia REIT among its clients. Brian McDermott heads the practice; he recently acted for Canaccord Genuity on the establishment and authorisation of a UCITS management company. Michael Barr advised River & Mercantile Group on the set-up of its first UCITS Icav, which had two sub-funds on launch, and, with senior associate Laura Butler, acted for M&G Alternatives Investment on the establishment of its QIAIF unit trust structure. In the ETF space, London-based Stephen Carson advised Wisdom Tree Europe on the establishment of a range of new smart beta and fixed income ETFs.

The team at McCann FitzGerald ‘displays a deep understanding of the funds industry and regulatory landscape in Ireland’; it has extensive experience advising on the structuring and establishment of investment funds and the authorisation of management companies. Practice head Mark White is ‘a commercial and pragmatic, solutions-oriented lawyer with vast funds-related experience’; he and consultant Anna Moran advised Metzler Ireland on setting up six new sub-funds on one of its Ireland-domiciled UCITS platforms. Iain Ferguson, who ‘knows his practice inside out and has sound commercial insight’, Darragh Murphy and London-based Hugh Beattie are also noted.

Dan Morrissey heads the practice at William Fry, which has been particularly active in the ETF space. James Phelan and the newly promoted Sergey Dolomanov advised ETF Securities on the Irish law aspects of the sale of its ETF platform Canvas to Legal & General Investment Management, and Paul Murray and associate Nicola Doran assisted an investment management company with its acquisition of an ETF provider. In another highlight, Vincent Coyne acted for a bank on a cross-border UCITS merger. London-based Lorena Dunne, who was promoted to partner in 2017, is also noted. In August 2018, John Aherne joined as a partner from A&L Goodbody and consultant Marion Mellett joined as head of global fund registration from BlackRock.

Mason Hayes & Curran has particular strengths in the real estate and private equity sectors and advises a number of UCITS funds; clients include Conseq Invest and Vermeer. The team recently advised FinecoBank on the establishment of a UCITS management company. Other highlights include practice co-head Rowena Fitzgerald and senior associate Sarah Cloonan acting for Heptagon Fund on the establishment of an additional sub-fund, and co-head Conor Durkin assisting the National Treasury Management Agency with the AIFMD regulatory issues of its co-investment with Capital Stage in a €140m fund to develop solar farms in Ireland.

Nicholas Blake-Knox, who is 'proactive and knowledgeable in the offshore funds space', joined from Pimco in January 2018 to lead the practice at Walkers. Sarah Maguire, who joined from Dillon Eustace in September 2017, ‘can provide creative solutions to complex problems while communicating clearly’; she advised Secor on the establishment of a UCITS fund investing in equity and equity-related securities. Associate Emily Goodman is 'a great resource in the team'. Jennifer Fox joined from Dillon Eustace in September 2018. Kerill O’Shaughnessy left the firm. Other clients include Morgan Stanley and Global Student Accommodation.

The team at Dechert LLP is noted for its ‘profound knowledge in regulations as well as the investment management industry’. Practice head Declan O’Sullivan advised an investment manager on its Irish UCITS umbrella structure and its asset management activities, and the ‘very knowledgeable’ Mark Browne acted for an investment firm on the establishment of a new Irish UCITS. Mark Dillon joined in March 2018 from Deacons in Hong Kong.

At LK Shields Solicitors, Trevor Dolan and practice head David Williams are noted for their 'succinct and focused' advice; Dolan recently assisted GetBack Baytree Advisors with the structuring of an Icav and its subsequent authorisation by the Central Bank of Ireland. Other clients include Brown Brothers Harriman and Aberdeen Standard Investments. Damien Barnaville is also recommended.

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