The Legal 500

Arthur Cox

EARLSFORT CENTRE, EARLSFORT TERRACE, DUBLIN 2, IRELAND
Tel:
Work +353 1 618 0000
Fax:
Fax +353 1 618 0618
DX:
27 DUBLIN
Web:
www.arthurcox.com
Email:
New York, Mountain View, London, Dublin, Belfast

Ireland

Recommendations


Ireland

Within Banking and finance, Arthur Cox is a first tier firm,

The ‘market-leadingArthur Cox advised on the sell side of seven loan portfolio disposals which completed in Ireland in 2012. Clients include Lloyds Banking Group, Vista Equity Partners and Ulster Bank. Head of finance Grainne Hennessy is recommended, as are Kevin Lynch, the ‘commercially aware’ William Johnston, the ‘excellent’ David Molloy, ‘strong deal lawyer’ Ultan Shannon, and London-based Kathleen Garrett. The renowned financial institutions regulatory group is led by the ‘extremely knowledgeable’ Orla O’Connor and includes Robert Cain, who ‘provides a practical view’.

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Within Capital markets, Arthur Cox is a first tier firm,

The ‘outstanding’, ‘market-leading’ team at Arthur Cox advised the Minister for Finance on the disposal of €1bn of contingent notes in Bank of Ireland; and advised Green REIT on its formation and flotation on the Irish and London stock exchanges. The ‘very commercial’ Cormac Kissane heads up the group. Glenn Butt, who is ‘clever as a fox’, leads the firm’s Russian capital markets practice.

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Within Construction, Arthur Cox is a second tier firm,

At Arthur Cox, construction head Niav O’Higgins’ ‘main strength is her ability to give practical advice then to guide the client through the process of achieving that outcome’. The firm is advising Novartis in relation to the expansion of its pharmaceutical facility in Ringaskiddy, County Cork. Tim Kinney is also recommended.

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Within Corporate and commercial, Arthur Cox is a first tier firm,

Arthur Cox’s team has ‘strength and depth that are second to none’. It advised the Department of Finance and National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) on the Special Liquidation of IBRC and the exchange and extinguishment of €30.6bn promissory notes. Chairman Ciarán Bolger, managing partner Brian O’Gorman and head of corporate Colm Duggan are key figures. Eugene McCague is ‘best in class’, and Stephen Hegarty is ‘a guru on company law matters’. John Matson gives ‘gives no-nonsense, commercially astute advice’.

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Within Dispute resolution, Arthur Cox is a first tier firm,

Arthur Cox is ‘considered a go-to firm for complex litigation’. David O’Donohoe leads the team, which includes Bryan Strahan and Eve Mulconry. Conor McDonnell is ‘a very sharp litigator’, and Donogh Crowley ‘brings a high level of expertise to strategic issues’. Isabel Foley is ‘a fantastic lawyer who delivers’. The firm continues to advise the Minister for Finance and NTMA on the restructuring of the banking sector in Ireland.

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Within Employment, Arthur Cox is a first tier firm,

At Arthur Cox, Séamus Given and Kevin Langford are ‘at the top of the uppermost tier of employment lawyers within the jurisdiction’. Clients include HSE, NAMA, Cooper Industries and Trinity College Dublin. Industrial relations expert Cían Beecher is also highly recommended.

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Within Energy and natural resources, Arthur Cox is a first tier firm,

Arthur Cox is advising Amarenco Solar in relation to the incorporation of Global Solar Income Funds as a Qualifying Investor Fund. The firm has an immensely impressive projects and energy team which includes group head Alex McLean and Garrett Monaghan.

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Within EU and competition, Arthur Cox is a first tier firm,

Arthur Cox is advising the Department of Finance on issues arising under state aid and competition law rules from measures taken in the banking sector. ‘Competition guru’ and practice head John Meade is ‘simply the best in his field’, and Patrick O’Brien ‘delivers excellent advice’.

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Within Information technology, Arthur Cox is a first tier firm,

Arthur Cox is advising DayBreak on the MBO of its IT function from Elan and the supply of IT outsourcing services. The ‘knowledgeable’ John Menton heads the team, which includes Rob Corbet, who is ‘extremely focused’, and Colin Rooney, who ‘cuts through to the point’.

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Within Insolvency and corporate restructuring, Arthur Cox is a first tier firm,

At Arthur Cox, head of the insolvency and corporate restructuring group William Day is ‘immensely capable’, and John Donald is ‘extremely knowledgeable’. The firm advised on the insolvency of HMV Ireland, and assisted the Irish government on the liquidation of IBRC. Brendan Cooney has left the firm.

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Within Insurance, Arthur Cox is a second tier firm,

Arthur Cox’s recent client wins include Aviva, Irish Life Group and Scottish Equitable. Non-contentious insurance expert Elizabeth Bothwell is ‘very strong on the technical side’. David O’Donohoe leads the firm’s contentious insurance practice.

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Within Intellectual property, Arthur Cox is a first tier firm,

Arthur Cox is representing eircom in the Supreme Court in a challenge by the Data Protection Commissioner to its ‘graduated response’ approach to the management of copyright infringement by file sharers. Rob Corbet is ‘simply excellent, with a great depth of knowledge on IP’. John Menton and IP litigator David O’Donohoe are also recommended.

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Within Investment funds, Arthur Cox is a first tier firm,

Arthur Cox advised Green Property on the establishment of Green REIT. The ‘knowledgeable’ Kevin Murphy’s team includes Sarah Cunniff, who is ‘completely on top of the funds industry’, and Dara Harrington, who is praised for his ‘energy and perceptive, commercial advice’. Carl O’Sullivan is now a consultant at the firm.

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Within Media and telecoms, Arthur Cox is a first tier firm,

Recent work for Arthur Cox includes advising Fox International on media ownership and control rules in Ireland, and assisting eircom with the bid process for Telefónica O2 Ireland. Patrick McGovern leads the telecoms group, while Colin Kavanagh, who ‘customises his work to the specific project’, leads the media team. Robert Heron is also recommended.

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Within Pensions and employee benefits, Arthur Cox is a first tier firm,

At Arthur Cox, the ‘politically astute ‘ Declan Drislane is head of the pensions and employee benefits team. Catherine Austin is ‘excellent’, and Philip Smith is ‘the best in the business’. The firm represents RTÉ and Trinity College Dublin.

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Within Planning and environment, Arthur Cox is a first tier firm,

At Arthur Cox, team head Deborah Spence has ‘good business acumen and an ability to relate well to clients’. The firm is representing Bank of Ireland in Commercial Court proceedings by the Environmental Protection Agency raising claims regarding landfills operated by Greenstar. Brendan Slattery has left the firm to join Barry Doyle & Co Solicitors.

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Within Projects and PPP, Arthur Cox is a first tier firm,

At Arthur Cox, head of projects and energy Alex McLean, consultant Niamh Burke and Aaron Boyle, who ‘can see the wider picture on an issue’, are recommended. The firm advised the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) on the Schools Bundle 3 PPP project, and acted for Covanta on the Dublin Waste to Energy PPP project.

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Within Public sector, Arthur Cox is a first tier firm,

Arthur Cox has a long history of advising public sector entities in Ireland. It is advising the Department of Finance and NTMA on the Special Liquidation of IBRC and the exchange and extinguishment of €30.6bn of promissory notes. Recommended partners include Pádraig Ó Ríordáin, the ‘particularly good’ Séamus Given, and the ‘very responsive’ Aaron Boyle.

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Within Real estate, Arthur Cox is a first tier firm,

Arthur Cox has ‘a broad base of talented lawyers in the area of real estate’. Team head Mark Barr is ‘diligent and professional’; Deirdre Barrett is ‘detailed, without causing any delays’; Kenneth Egan is ‘a good negotiator’; Simon Hannigan takes ‘a commercial approach’; and Rachel Niall ‘develops a good client relationship’. The firm acted for Blackstone on the acquisition of the Burlington Hotel.

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Within Shipping and transport, Arthur Cox is a second tier firm,

Arthur Cox is advising Aer Lingus on its defence of a takeover bid by Ryanair; and is assisting the mortgagee of a vessel in relation to its arrest at Dublin Port. Bryan Strahan and London-based Kathleen Garrett are well regarded for their experience in the shipping sector.

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Within Tax, Arthur Cox is a first tier firm,

At Arthur Cox, Fintan Clancy has ‘exceptional technical expertise’; Caroline Devlin is ‘very knowledgeable and experienced’; and group head Conor Hurley’s ‘biggest strength is his ability to boil down issues to their nuts and bolts and come up with a solution that works’. Clients include eircom and Glencore.

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