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A&L Goodbody stands out for its project finance work, with John Dallas and Ross Moore singled out as being ‘excellent’ in this respect. Dallas and practice head Kevin Feeney are acting for a lending syndicate on the project financing of an 18MW EdgeConneX data centre development in Dublin. On the sponsor side, the team is advising Hg Capital and Craydel Group on the development and financing of the 44.5MW Slievecallan West wind farm in County Clare.

Arthur Cox’s ‘very polished service’ makes it a popular choice for sponsors of infrastructure and energy projects; ‘very impressive’ practice head Alex McLean and Grainne Hennessy are advising Oweninny Power on the development and financing of the 172MW Oweninny wind farm. In other highlights, the ‘supremely knowledgeableAaron Boyle is assisting Open eir with its tender for the national broadband plan. Associate Niamh McGovern has ‘unwavering attention to detail’.

Matheson impresses with its ‘breadth of expertise’ that takes in ‘experience of international project finance and complex M&A transactions’. Practice head Garret Farrelly, who has ‘very well-developed commercial skills’, is advising a consortium on its bid for the national broadband plan; in another key deal Farrelly and Peter O’Brien are acting for Macquarie Capital as lender to Eriugena Consortium pertaining to the DIT Grangegorman campus development.

McCann FitzGerald’s ‘strong team can time manage projects appropriately’. Practice head Eamonn O’Hanrahan has ‘an unrivalled depth of insight’ particularly concerning transport projects; he is advising Transport Infrastructure Ireland on the procurement arrangements for the second tranche of its service areas programme. On the project finance side, Colm Fanning, who ‘explains complex legal issues with ease’, was kept busy handling wind farm financings. Jenny Mellerick provides ‘pragmatic procurement advice’.

At Eversheds Sutherland, the ‘attentiveAngelyn Rowan is advising the National Development Finance Agency on the procurement arrangements for a number of major projects including the social housing PPP programme. On the sponsor side, Peter Curran acted for a Vinci Concessions and Abtran joint venture on its successful bid to design, build, operate and maintain an electronic tolling service for Transport Infrastructure Ireland.

Philip Lee provides ‘prompt and thorough advice’ to a number of public sector clients including the National Development Finance Agency and the Health Service Executive (HSE). Jonathan Kelly, who has the ‘excellent ability to negotiate practical agreements on complex issues’, is advising Dublin City Council and the National Development Finance Agency on the refinancing of the Dublin waste energy PPP. Kerri Crossen heads the team.

William Fry secured a number of roles pertaining to the national broadband plan including advising Siro as one of the shortlisted bidders. The ‘business-focusedFergus Devine was highly active in the energy sector where he advised Eirgrid on all aspects of the proposed 600MW Celtic interconnector between Ireland and France. Practice head Liam McCabedoes not sweat small points and gets to the core quickly’.

At LK Shields Solicitors, consultant Seanna Mulrean is advising various sponsors on a number of infrastructure mandates, including assisting Cignal Infrastructure with its operation of a portfolio of telecoms masts. Richard Curran heads the practice.

Maples and Calder’s team is led by the ‘extremely competentMary Dunne who specialises in major infrastructure projects; she is advising the consortium appointed by Irish Water to carry out the €300m expansion to the Ringsend wastewater plant. Other work related to data centres and the design, build, finance and operation of six schools.

At Mason Hayes & Curran, finance specialist William Carmody leads the team and advised NTR on the project financing of two wind farms. Robert McDonagh and Edel Hartog assist the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment with the procurement for the national broadband plan.

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