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Recent investment work for A&L Goodbody includes advising Blackstone on the €945m purchase of Blanchardstown Shopping Centre. Mairead Sherlock heads the practice, which includes recently promoted partners John Williams and Paul Diggin. Tom O’Connor joined Maples and Calder.

Arthur Cox’s ‘experience is invaluable’ and the team acted on a range of financings and transactions for clients such as Green REIT. Practice head Mark Barr is assisting Kennedy Wilson with the occupational lease structure for Capital Dock. Deirdre Barrett has ‘a great eye for detail’.

Eversheds Sutherland’s team of ‘excellent negotiators’ includes managing partner Alan Murphy and the ‘very pragmaticCian MacGinley. The highly regarded Joe Stanley and ‘positive thinkerKevin Collins handled various substantial mandates for Cairn Homes.

Technical advice is very good’ from Matheson’s team, which has handled various loan book and real estate transactions. ‘Excellent project managerBrian Doran advised Starwood Capital on the acquisition of the Elm Park development. Practice head Cara O’Hagangets to the key issues’.

McCann FitzGerald’s team shows ‘great commercial understanding’. Recent work includes Jim Murphy advising NAMA on the sale of WhiteWater Shopping Centre and ‘excellent’ practice head Shane Fahy acting for Kennedy Wilson on the purchase of a substantial office building in Dublin. Jennifer Halpin made partner, but Julie Quin retired.

William Fry’s clients include major retailers, private equity and statutory agencies. The ‘savvyAndrew Muckian and the ‘highly ratedKaren Sheil advised Hammerson and Allianz Real Estate on the €1.85bn acquisition of the Project Jewel loan portfolio from NAMA. Edward Spain heads the practice.

Value for money and service levels are excellent’ at Beauchamps Solicitors, which advised Cairn Homes on the acquisition of the Project Clear loan portfolio from Ulster Bank. Key figures include ‘accessible’ practice head Aidan Marsh and the ‘extremely thoroughGerry Gallen.

ByrneWallace’s sizeable team excels in areas such as retail and residential work. Practice head Michael Walsh acted for Oaktree Capital on the €20m purchase of Newhall Retail Park. Other names to note are managing partner Catherine Guy and the ‘very experiencedAideen Hennessy.

Maples and Calder’s compact team is ‘hungry to impress’. The two partners are practice head Diarmuid Mawe and Craig Kenny, who are ‘responsive and innovative’. Ares Management is a new client. Consultant Tom O’Connor joined from A&L Goodbody.

Mason Hayes & Curran’s ‘top-notch’ team includes Michael Doran, who acted for Hines and King Street on a residential disposal at Cherrywood Business Park. Practice head Kevin Hoy and hotel and leisure specialist Vanessa Byrne are also names to note.

Cork-based John Dwyer heads the practice at Ronan Daly Jermyn, which hired Dublin-based Evin McCarthy and Galway-based Peter McGarvey from NAMA. Aside from significant loan sale work for Lloyds Bank plc, the team also recently advised the vendors on the sale of Cork’s Clarion Hotel.

Dillon Eustace continued to be highly active in distressed real estate transactions. Name partner Paul Eustace has ‘a vast wealth of experience’, and Linda Lynch is ‘extremely well organised on complex real estate conveyancing’.

Areas of strength at Eugene F. Collins include hotels and retail, where the ‘extremely professional and honestMark Walsh is the main contact. Other names to note are practice head Lisa White and Sean Twomey, who has ‘excellent attention to detail’. Kathi Ó Riain made partner.

Hayes Solicitors has been particularly active in the retail sector, wherein the team acted for Platinum Gyms and Balbriggan Consortium on the acquisition of a retail park. Jackie Buckley and Rachel Rodgers are the main contacts.

JW O’Donovan Solicitors’ ‘technically very competent team’ is led by Jerome O’Sullivan, who is ‘attentive and solution-driven’. The team handled a number of shopping centre disposals for receivers such as HLB McKeogh Gallagher Ryan.

LK Shields Solicitors underwent some restructuring in 2016, with Gerard Brady’s departure to Ervia and the promotion to the partnership of John Campbell, who assisted Grant Thornton with the sale of a large retail park in County Limerick. Clair Cassidy heads the practice.

McDowell Purcell handled various transactions for NAMA. Key contacts include Thomas O’Malley and name partner Breen Purcell, who is ‘an excellent communicator’.

The ‘very commercially mindedJohn O’Donoghue heads the team at Philip Lee, which advised Ernst and Young on the sale of the Harvey Norman unit in Cork. Lone Star and Power Capital are also clients.

Walkers’ team is led by Regina McCaghy, who provides a ‘top-quality service’ to investment funds and high-net-worth individuals. Recent work includes advising the vendors on the sale of Bray Retail Park.

At Whitney Moore, practice head Claire McCormack and David Webb acted for the Housing Agency on the acquisition of significant residential property portfolios.

Holmes O’Malley Sexton continued to provide transactional advice to a range of investment funds, corporates and state entities. The ‘approachable’ Sandra Egan in Limerick and senior associate Lorraine Power in Dublin are key contacts.

Kennedys’ team provides ‘excellent accessibility and responsiveness’ to clients such as IPIC Property Investments. The ‘clarity of advice is exemplary’ from practice head Philip O’Connor.

Practice head Paul McMahon at Lavelle Solicitors has been busy advising financial institutions such as AIB on property security and regulation issues.

McEvoy Partners’ June Hynes advised Deka Immobilien on various matters, including its acquisition of WhiteWater Shopping Centre in County Kildare.

Senior partner Tom Marren at Reddy Charlton Solicitors has strong expertise in development work and is handling the Adelphi Plaza Office development for Solvalla Properties.

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