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The tax team at A&L Goodbody has been particularly active in relation to M&A transactions, corporate re-domiciliation projects and capital market transactions. Recent highlights include practice head Paul Fahy advising a developer and its financial backer on the establishment of a joint venture vehicle and the acquisition and development of a site in south Dublin, and James Somerville acting as lead Irish adviser to a lender and arranger group (led by Barclays Bank, Citibank and JP Morgan) on the restructuring of a high-yield bond/term-loan transaction. Peter Maher and New York-based Amelia O’Beirne are also key members of the team.

Caroline Devlin and Fintan Clancy head the team at Arthur Cox, which is praised for its 'solid experience and expertise balanced against sound business judgement'. Devlin, who stands out for the 'level of passion, depth of knowledge and consideration that she brings to her work', advised Total Produce on the $300m acquisition of a 45% stake in rival fresh product company Dole, and Clancy acted for International Paper on its attempted $11bn bid for Smurfit Kappa. Ailish Finnerty and senior associate David Kilty are also recommended.

The 'excellent' team at Matheson is noted for its 'great understanding of tax legislation and practical application of the same to the client's business'. The practice specialises in advising on internal reorganisations and restructuring, and is active in the financial services sector. Turlough Galvin and Kevin Smith advised on the sharia financing provisions of Irish tax law; Gerry Thornton assisted with the establishment of an innovative business in the insurance sector; and Aidan Fahy advised Nomad Foods on the Irish legal and tax aspects of the acquisition of Goodfella's Pizza. Barry McGettrick, Joe Duffy, Shane Hogan and Catherine O’Meara are also recommended.

Tax consultant Eleanor MacDonagh and Alan Heuston lead the 'experienced, approachable, effective and efficient' team at McCann FitzGerald. Senior associate Deirdre Barnicle heads the tax compliance services, and senior associate James Quirke, who joined from Matheson, handles corporate M&A and foreign direct investment matters. Highlights included advising Allied Irish Banks on the tax elements of its €3.4bn IPO and admission to the Irish and London Stock Exchanges, and its post-IPO reorganisation, and acting on several matters in the primary healthcare sector. Tax consultant Michael Ryan is also recommended.

William Fry provides structuring advice on domestic and international transactions, as well as compliance and due diligence services, and is noted for its tax litigation practice. Highlights included Sonya Manzor advising Linde on its proposed merger of equals with Praxair. Tax consultants Martin Phelan, who heads the team, Ted McGrath, who leads the financial services tax practice, and Brian Duffy are also noted; Anne Harvey joined from PwC Ireland. Smurfit Kappa and UPMC are among the firm's clients.

Eversheds Sutherland focuses on advising domestic and international corporates and financial institutions, particularly in the structured finance, funds, aviation, real estate and renewable energy areas. Alan Connell, who leads the practice, advised Pimco Europe on the sale of its interest in the Citywest Hotel complex in Dublin to Tetrarch Capital and consultant Niamh Caffrey acted for EY on the restructuring and acquisition of DKM Advisory Practice. Other clients include AIB, Kraft Heinz and HSBC. Solicitor Robert Dever is also noted.

The team at Maples Group specialises in international investment fund, investment platform and financing transactions, advising financial services clients including investment banks, private equity firms, hedge funds and investment fund managers. Practice head Andrew Quinn and of counsel David Burke advised HPS Investment Partners on the tax aspects of the acquisition of IKB Leasing from IKB DeutscheIndustriebank. The team is also active in the real estate sector; William Fogarty acted for a multinational investment bank on a joint investment project for the acquisition and securitisation of a residential mortgages portfolio.

Mason Hayes & Curran has expanded its client base to include Mylan, Valeant Pharmaceuticals (now operating as Bausch Health Companies) and NTM Capital, and is particularly noted for implementing major group reorganisations. Tax consultant John Gulliver leads the practice; tech specialist Maura Dineen acted as lead counsel to the shareholders of communications service provider Blue Face on a merger with Star2Star, a US hybrid cloud communications company; and Niamh Keogh, who was recently promoted to partner, acted alongside Dineen advising Boparan Holdings on the Irish tax law aspects of the sale of the entire issued share capital of Green Isle Food to Nomad Foods Europe. Tax consultant Robert Henson is now with EY Ireland.

Walkers' team is noted for its 'responsiveness' and 'skill set within the financial services sector'; it specialises in advising on finance and debt capital markets, real estate, investment funds, aircraft leasing and corporate transactions. Highlights included advising a global investment management firm on the tax aspects of the transfer of an Irish real estate portfolio to a newly established real estate investment trust in connection with its proposed flotation on the Irish and London Stock Exchanges. Practice head Jonathan Sheehan is 'a leader in his field: his knowledge of both Irish and global tax matters is second to none, he has an acutely analytical mind and is impressively articulate'. Aisling Burke, who joined from Arthur Cox, and of counsel Eimear Burbridge are also noted.

The arrival of tax adviser and barrister-at-law Amanda-Jayne Comyn to lead the team has bolstered the tax practice at Philip Lee, which advises on M&A transactions, reorganisations and restructurings, property transactions and Revenue disputes. Comyn, who joined from Grant Thornton, advised Corrib Oil on a group restructuring including intra-group transfers and 12 individual domestic mergers. Consultant Gavin McGuire, who is dual qualified in the UK and Ireland, is the other key contact.

Cork-based John Cuddigan leads the team at Ronan Daly Jermyn, which is noted for its 'good case management' and 'willingness to go the extra mile'. M&A transactions, corporate restructuring and property transactions for foreign and domestic investors are among the practice's key areas of strength. The team also includes tax adviser Mark Barrett, head of private client services Eoin Tobin and Dublin-based Julie Burke, who leads the tax investigations and disputes team.

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