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At A&L Goodbody, Paul Fahy replaced Peter Maher as practice head. Maher remains a key figure; he and James Somerville advised Global Indemnity on the tax aspects of the company’s re-domestication from Ireland to the Cayman Islands. The team is highly active in the M&A space, with Fahy advising Johnson Controls on tax issues arising from its $16.5bn merger with Tyco International.

Arthur Cox is among the ‘top two in the market’ according to one observer and the practice handles a strong caseload, which includes Irish and cross-border M&A, as well as corporate finance and real estate portfolio transactions. Recent highlights include acting for Praxair on the tax aspects of its proposed merger of equals with Linde, and advising Depository Trust Company on its stamp duty risk. Fintan Clancy and Caroline Devlin head the practice. Conor Hurley retired.

At Matheson, practice head Turlough Galvin, Gerry Thornton and newly promoted partner Kevin Smith are ‘a formidable team, whose depth of experience is often brought to bear on complex issues’. Besides handling tax issues pertaining to M&A, the sizeable team also regularly advises on international tax matters, indirect taxes, tax controversy and transfer pricing. The highly recommended Aidan Fahy assisted Teva Pharmaceutical Industries with the tax aspects of its acquisition of Allergan’s generic pharmaceuticals business. Barry McGettrick made partner.

William Fry provides ‘a holistic and personal service’ to the likes of UPMC and Tokyo Electron. The ‘outstandingSonya Manzor is a key name in the corporate tax space, where her work included advising Phillips 66 on the tax aspects of the sale of its interests in the Whitegate oil refinery. The practice draws on a number of highly regarded tax consultants including practice head Martin Phelan and head of financial services tax Ted McGrath.

Maples and Calder focuses on advising investment banks, private equity firms, hedge funds and family offices on tax matters, with tax structuring for investment funds a particular strength. Key figures include practice head Andrew Quinn, who advised Ager Bermuda Holding on the tax aspects of its acquisition of Aegon Ireland, and property tax specialist William Fogarty, who assisted a number of funds with real estate investments.

At Mason Hayes & Curran, Maura Dineen’s recent caseload took in the tax aspects of M&A, as well as advising investment funds on the tax aspects of Irish real estate. Counsel Niamh Keogh wins praise for her financial services expertise. The practice’s strong consultancy offering includes practice head John Gulliver and Robert Henson, who excel at major cross-border tax work; Gulliver is particularly recommended for international corporate reorganisations.

At McCann FitzGerald, the ‘very commercial and proactive’ Alan Heuston and senior associate Deirdre Barnicle advised Gaelecthic Holdings on the tax aspects of its disposal of a windfarm portfolio to CGN Europe Energy. The practice particularly lends itself to consultancy work with head of practice Michael Ryan regarded by some as the ‘best tax adviser in an Irish law firm’, and Eleanor MacDonagha stand out in the financial services tax industry’.

Walkers is particularly strong in the investment funds space, where the ‘Irish tax knowledge is broad and deep spanning several asset classes and fund structures’. Practice head Jonathan Sheehan and senior associate Eimear Burbridge ‘have an exceptional technical grasp of tax’; in one highlight Sheehan and Burbridge advised Halcyon Loan Advisors (UK) on tax issues arising from a European CLO issuance through an Irish SPV.

Eversheds Sutherland bolstered its team by hiring new practice head Alan Connell, who joined from Matheson, and Niamh Caffrey, who joined from McCann FitzGerald. The ‘efficient and thorough’ Connell advised SNC-Lavalin on the Irish tax aspects of the sale of Equinox CA Europe to Compre Holdings.

At Philip Lee, dual-qualified (UK/Ireland) practitioner Gavin McGuire advises on cross-border tax issues, revenue disputes, and capital tax planning. McGuire acted for Midland Tyres on the tax aspects of its pre-sale group restructuring.

Ronan Daly Jermyn’s team is led from Cork by John Cuddigan, who provides corporate and business tax advice to organisations and individuals; his recent work includes property purchases for UK and European buyers in Dublin. Julie Burke and Clare McGuinness focus on revenue law and tax investigations.

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