The Legal 500

Arthur Cox

EARLSFORT CENTRE, EARLSFORT TERRACE, DUBLIN 2, D02 CK83, IRELAND
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Work +353 1 618 0000
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Fax +353 1 618 0618
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27 DUBLIN
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Web:
www.arthurcox.com

Ireland

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Arthur Cox

The ‘very responsive and commercially minded’ team at Arthur Cox acts for national banks in loan portfolio sales; highlights included representing Ulster Bank in the sale of the Project Aran loan portfolio. With construction and real estate financing a growing area for the firm, it also advised Green Property on a syndicated facility agreement. Practice head Grainne Hennessy and Orla O’Connor are recommended.

Leading individuals

Grainne Hennessy - Arthur Cox

Orla O’Connor - Arthur Cox

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

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Arthur Cox advises on high-value debt and equity transactions. Practice head Cormac Kissane heads the debt capital markets (DCM) group, and led the advice to the joint lead managers on the €4m issuance of 2% treasury bonds by the Irish state. John Menton leads on the equity side, and recently acted for Applgreen on its IPO on the Irish and London stock exchanges. Glenn Butt and Aiden Small are ‘excellent’. Gary McSharry is now with McCann FitzGerald.

Leading individuals

Cormac Kissane - Arthur Cox

Glenn Butt - Arthur Cox

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

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A standout performer in the Irish market’, Arthur Cox advised Actavis on the acquisition of Allergan, a $66bn deal. Practice head John Menton is recommended along with Colm Duggan and John Barrett, who was promoted to partner in April 2015. The group also acts for public bodies, recently handling corporate structuring matters for the HSE.

Leading individuals

Ciarán Bolger - Arthur Cox

Colm Duggan - Arthur Cox

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

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The ‘very professionalArthur Cox has ‘an extensive team of lawyers who provide constructive and pragmatic advice’, covering both contentious and advisory matters. It acted for the HSE in a number of construction disputes, while highlights on the advisory side included acting for real estate investment fund Kennedy Wilson on projects such as the Capital Dock development. Team head Niav O’Higgins is ‘conscientious and knowledgeable’.

Leading individuals

Niav O’Higgins - Arthur Cox

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

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With expertise in areas such as healthcare, infrastructure and banking, and ‘clear-thinking and sage in points of crisis’, Arthur Cox is able to handle ‘all major disputes’ in a ‘responsive, professional and objective manner’. The Central Bank of Ireland, Deloitte and the HSE are key clients. Gregory Glynn heads the practice, and Conor McDonnell is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Conor McDonnell - Arthur Cox

David O’Donohoe - Arthur Cox

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

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Providing an ‘excellent service’, Arthur Cox advises on the competition elements of mergers and acquisitions, and is adept at dealing with sensitive matters, advising on dawn raids and other discovery practices. Clients include numerous consumer goods companies. John Meade heads the group, and Pat O’Brien gives ‘sound advice’.

Leading individuals

John Meade - Arthur Cox

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

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The ‘excellent’ team at Arthur Cox covers contentious and non-contentious matters, and is notable for its experience in the education sector. Highlights in 2015 included making the successful application for an interlocutory injunction regarding picketing on the campus of University College, Cork; practice head Séamus Given led the advice.

Leading individuals

Kevin Langford - Arthur Cox

Séamus Given - Arthur Cox

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 1

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Arthur Cox’s energy team is led by the ‘excellentAlex McLean, who acts for energy groups, banks and state bodies. The firm is instructed by Covanta Energy on the Dublin Waste to Energy PPP project.

Leading individuals

Alex McLean - Arthur Cox

Garrett Monaghan - Arthur Cox

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Healthcare and life sciences
Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 1

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Arthur Cox provides ‘an excellent level of service’. Recommended individuals include Colin Kavanagh, for life sciences and corporate matters; Joanelle O’Cleirigh, for healthcare litigation; Isabel Foley, for product liability; and David O’Donohoe, for patent litigation. The team have recently been involved in high-profile and sensitive healthcare litigation.

Leading individuals

Colin Kavanagh - Arthur Cox

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Information technology
Information technology - ranked: tier 1

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A ‘market leader’, Arthur Cox is assisting Paddy Power in its continuing expansion, involving advice on data protection, IT and e-commerce matters. The group also acts for Vodafone. John Menton and practice head Rob Corbet are recommended. The firm has an office in Silicon Valley.

Leading individuals

John Menton - Arthur Cox

Rob Corbet - Arthur Cox

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Insolvency and corporate restructuring
Insolvency and corporate restructuring - ranked: tier 1

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Arthur Cox is experienced in major insolvencies and restructurings, acting for banks and distressed companies. It is currently acting for the examiner of Karen Millen Ireland, and is advising on the restructuring of debt relating to the Shelbourne Hotel. William Day heads the group.

Leading individuals

William Day - Arthur Cox

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

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Arthur Cox has been involved in major corporate transactions in the insurance sphere, recently including advising private equity firm Exor S.p.A on its takeover bid for PartnerRe. The team also acts for insurers in professional indemnity and policy disputes. Elizabeth Bothwell heads the non-contentious practice, and has ‘a very strong grasp of the industry’, while David O’Donohoe leads on the contentious side. Jennifer McCarthy was appointed partner in 2014.

Leading individuals

Elizabeth Bothwell - Arthur Cox

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

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Arthur Cox acts for a range of high-profile international companies, recently assisting CRH on licensing arrangements, acting for The Times newspaper in trade mark infringement matters, and representing Paddy Power in a High Court image rights dispute. Rob Corbet heads the team.

Leading individuals

Rob Corbet - Arthur Cox

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 1

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Kevin Murphy heads the ‘knowledgeable’ team at Arthur Cox, which recently assisted Permal in the establishment of an ICAV, Ireland’s newest fund vehicle. Adrian Mulryan joined from Source as a partner in February 2015.

Leading individuals

Kevin Murphy - Arthur Cox

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Media and advertising
Media and advertising - ranked: tier 1

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Colin Kavanagh’s team at Arthur Cox has acted for The Times in relation to trade mark infringement, and has also advised investors in Octagon Films, and 2RM (formerly RTE Networks).

Leading individuals

Colin Kavanagh - Arthur Cox

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Pensions and employee benefits
Pensions and employee benefits - ranked: tier 1

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Arthur Cox, under Philip Smith, advises on corporate pension matters in the context of M&A transactions, recently working on CRH’s acquisition of assets held by Lafarge and Holcim. The team also defended the Electricity Supply Board in relation to equality claims. Sadly, Declan Drislane passed away in 2016.

Leading individuals

Philip Smith - Arthur Cox

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 1

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Arthur Cox’s team, led by Deborah Spence, is ‘of the highest standard’. Clients include multinational social media companies and public entities; recent work includes advising the HSE on planning matters relating to a new hospital department. Yvonne Scannell is an environmental law expert.

Leading individuals

Deborah Spence - Arthur Cox

Yvonne Scannell - Arthur Cox

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Projects and PPP
Projects and PPP - ranked: tier 1

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Recent highlights for Arthur Cox include advising BAM PPP on the tender for the €1.2bn Schools Bundle 5 infrastructure project. Alex McLean heads the group, and Aaron Boyle is ‘knowledgeable and commercial’.

Leading individuals

Aaron Boyle - Arthur Cox

Alex McLean - Arthur Cox

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Public sector
Public sector - ranked: tier 1

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Arthur Coxprovides an excellent level of service and value for money’, and covers areas such as regulatory, judicial review and healthcare. It has considerable experience in projects, recently acting for the HSE on hospital developments and for the Irish Forestry Board on project financing. NAMA is also a client. Pádraig Ó Ríordáin is the key contact.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

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Arthur Cox is ‘very impressive’, with a large team. It advised international real estate investment company Kennedy Wilson on financing matters, and also handled various matters for NAMA, including land acquisitions and the Dundrum Shopping Centre project. Mark Barr leads the team.

Leading individuals

Mark Barr - Arthur Cox

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

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Arthur Cox’s group, co-headed by Fintan Clancy and Caroline Devlin, provides advice on structuring and regulation for both state bodies and international companies on their Irish acquisitions; transactional highlights included acting for Actavis on its $66bn acquisition of Allergan. The group is also experienced in the tax aspects of the European CLO market, recently advising Blackstone. Conor Hurley is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Caroline Devlin - Arthur Cox

Conor Hurley - Arthur Cox

Fintan Clancy - Arthur Cox

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Telecoms
Telecoms - ranked: tier 1

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Arthur Cox acts for major telecoms providers, including RTÉ, advising on corporate matters and also acting in High Court proceedings concerning the Broadcasting Act 2009. Eircom and Meteor Mobile Communications are also clients. Patrick McGovern heads the team.

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 2

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox’s practice spans aviation, fuel, roads and rail. The firm is currently advising Dublin Airport Authority in relation to a €25m fuel storage facility. Kathleen Garrett is an expert in shipping matters, and jointly heads the team with Aaron Boyle. Karen Killoran was promoted to partner.

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