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Arthur Cox

10 EARLSFORT TERRACE, DUBLIN 2, D02 T380, IRELAND
Tel:
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

Grainne Hennessy’s team at Arthur Cox includes ‘very good transactional lawyerUltan Shannon and Orla O’Connor, who ‘has broad experience of a wide range of finance matters, including regulatory issues’. In addition to real estate finance, the team handled various wind farm financings for clients such as Viridian and also advised Bank of Ireland on a significant corporate finance mandate in the agri-food sector.

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Grainne Hennessy - Arthur Cox

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

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Arthur Cox provides ‘top-class service’ to clients such as Allergan, for which Geoff Moore acted on both its aborted merger with Pfizer, as well as the $40.5bn sale of its global generics business to Teva Pharmaceutical. Maura McLaughlin, who provides ‘clear, practical advice’, is also recommended along with chairman Ciarán Bolger and practice head John Menton.

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Ciarán Bolger - Arthur Cox

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

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At Arthur Cox, ‘excellent negotiator’ and practice head Niav O’Higgins is advising daa on infrastructure projects at Dublin airport. The team is also active in the energy space, where the ‘very focusedNiamh Burke and Karen Killoran are assisting Energia Renewables with the 95MW Meenadreen wind farm project. The practice also handles contentious work.

Leading individuals

Niav O’Higgins - Arthur Cox

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

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Arthur Cox’s team is ‘all over complex litigation and ensures that advice is clear and comprehensive’. David O’Donohoe is handling multi-jurisdictional patent litigation for Memjet Technologies and Keith Smith successfully defended Congo Airways against two Mareva injunctions to freeze assets. Gregory Glynn heads the practice, which also includes ‘the very experiencedConor McDonnell and the ‘completely reliableIsabel Foley.

Leading individuals

Conor McDonnell - Arthur Cox

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

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Richard Ryan now leads Arthur Cox’s practice, following the retirement of John Meade and Pat O’Brien. Recent work for Ryan, who ‘cuts through the jargon’, includes representing Irish Cement in an investigation by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) into the bagged cement sector, as well as advising Paddy Power on the merger control aspects of its tie-up with Betfair.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

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Arthur Cox acted for Transdev in a pay dispute with employees of Luas (Dublin’s light rail system) and successfully defended Bank of Ireland in injunction proceedings seeking to halt a senior employee’s dismissal. Practice head Séamus Given is ‘excellent’, Kevin Langfordalways provides a considered view’, and Cían Beecher is ‘incredibly personable and practicable’.

Leading individuals

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Next generation lawyers

Louise O’Byrne - Arthur Cox

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

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Arthur Cox demonstrates ‘strong execution of its services’. Recent work includes advising Arcapita Bank on the sale of energy company Viridian to I-Squared Capital. Practice head Alex McLean has ‘excellent energy sector knowledge’ and Garrett Monaghan is highly experienced in wind farm financings.

Leading individuals

Alex McLean - Arthur Cox

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

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At Arthur Cox, ‘excellent disputes practitionerIsabel Foley is handling various product liability cases, while life sciences expert Colin Kavanagh advised Grünenthal on the regulatory aspects of a medicinal product launch. Other clients include the Health Service Executive (HSE) and the Mental Health Commission.

Leading individuals

Colin Kavanagh - Arthur Cox

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Information technology
Information technology - ranked: tier 1

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Arthur Cox excels at data protection work, with Colin Rooney giving advice that is ‘always clear and business focused’. John Menton specialises in tech sector transactions and has been handling matters for Openet Telecom. Rob Corbet heads the practice.

Leading individuals

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 a ‘go-to firm for complex restructurings’. Practice head William Day is ‘very strong in contentious situations’, and has been acting for Grant Thornton in the examinership of Petroceltic International.

Leading individuals

William Day - Arthur Cox

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

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At Arthur Cox, non-contentious specialists Elizabeth Bothwell and Jennifer McCarthy have ‘outstanding knowledge of the regulatory space’ and advised Swiss Re on its acquisition of Guardian Financial Group. David O’Donohoe leads work on coverage disputes.

Leading individuals

Elizabeth Bothwell - Arthur Cox

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

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At Arthur Cox, Eve Mulconry successfully acted for Times Newspapers in injunction proceeding relating to a trade mark infringement case brought by the Irish Times. Mulconry and practice head Rob Corbet are ‘top class’.

Leading individuals

Rob Corbet - Arthur Cox

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 1

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Arthur Cox continued to expand its impressive UCITS practice with new clients such as HSBC and M&G Securities. Sarah Cunniff assisted Marathon Asset Management with setting up a common contractual fund. Other key figures are practice head Kevin Murphy and the ‘very responsiveDara Harrington.

Leading individuals

Kevin Murphy - Arthur Cox

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Media and advertising
Media and advertising - ranked: tier 2

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At Arthur Cox, litigator Gavin Woods handles defamation cases and advised Facebook on a notice and takedown with respect to an allegedly defamatory matter. Colin Kavanagh heads the practice, which is also active in areas such as film finance and copyright law.

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’s broad-ranging client base includes public sector bodies and pensions scheme trustees. Recent work includes advising daa on a successor defined contribution scheme. Practice head Philip Smith has ‘a constructive approach’; he is qualified in Ireland and the UK.

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 sizeable practice is headed by Deborah Spence and Yvonne Scannell, the latter of whom is defending the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources in High Court judicial review proceedings challenging the granting of consent for the Corrib gas pipeline project. Danielle Conaghan was promoted to partner.

Leading individuals

Deborah Spence - Arthur Cox

Yvonne Scannell - Arthur Cox

Next generation lawyers

Danielle Conaghan - Arthur Cox

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Projects and PPP
Projects and PPP - ranked: tier 1

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Arthur Cox’s ‘first-class’ team is led by energy specialist Alex McLean, who advised Energia Renewables on the development and financing of multiple wind farms. Other recent infrastructure work includes Aaron Boyle acting for BAM PPP on the €160m Courts Bundle PPP project.

Leading individuals

Aaron Boyle - Arthur Cox

Alex McLean - Arthur Cox

Next generation lawyers

Niamh McGovern - Arthur Cox

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Public sector
Public sector - ranked: tier 1

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Arthur Cox’s recent mandates include advising the Irish Forestry Board on several wind farm projects and assisting the Mental Health Commission with establishment of its Office of the Directorate. Healthcare litigator Joanelle O’Cleirigh heads the practice.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

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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’.

Leading individuals

Mark Barr - Arthur Cox

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

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At Arthur Cox, Fintan Clancyprovides succinct tax advice on corporate restructuring options’ and acted for Tyco International on its merger with Johnson Controls. Caroline Devlin, who is co-head of the practice with Clancy, advised a REIT on stamp duty issues arising from the acquisition of a property portfolio.

Leading individuals

Caroline Devlin - Arthur Cox

Fintan Clancy - Arthur Cox

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Telecoms
Telecoms - ranked: tier 1

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Arthur Cox’s practice is now led by regulatory specialist Florence Loric following the retirement of Patrick McGovern. The team handled a variety of mandates for key client Eir, which Stephen Ranalow advised on its acquisition of Setanta Ireland.

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 4

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Arthur Cox’s transport infrastructure work recently includes practice head Aaron Boyle advising the lenders on the M11 Gorey-Enniscorthy Motorway PPP. Kathleen Garrett handles aircraft finance.

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Ireland: Capital markets

Debt
Capital markets: debt - ranked: tier 1

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox continued its ‘near monopoly of Russian capital market transactions’ with Glenn Butt acting for MMC Finance on the $1bn issuance of loan participation notes. ‘Particularly strong’ practice head Cormac Kissane advised AIB on its €500m issuance of additional tier 1 securities. Aiden Small and Phil Cody are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Cormac Kissane - Arthur Cox

Glenn Butt - Arthur Cox

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Equity
Capital markets: equity - ranked: tier 1

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Arthur Cox’s team was busy on the share issuance component of various mergers, including acting for Allergan on its foiled tie-up with Pfizer. Maura McLaughlin advised Strongbridge Biopharma on its Nasdaq IPO. Stephen Ranalow and practice head John Menton are also key figures.

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