The Legal 500

Arthur Cox

EARLSFORT CENTRE, EARLSFORT TERRACE, DUBLIN 2, D02 CK83, 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
New York, Mountain View, London, Dublin, Belfast

Ireland

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox’s ‘professional and commercial team’ provides ‘superb service’, and excels in lending, structured finance and regulatory matters; it advised Lloyds Banking Group on the sale of the Phoenix non-performing retail mortgage loans portfolio. The ‘extremely knowledgeableGrainne Hennessy is ‘without peer in the Irish market’ and heads the team, which also includes the ‘highly experiencedWilliam Johnston, the ‘well-organised and practical’ Orla O’Connor, Ultan Shannon, Kevin Lynch, and London office head Kathleen Garrett.

Leading individuals

Grainne Hennessy - Arthur Cox

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox is ‘number one in Ireland for capital markets’, with clients appreciating its ‘commercial approach’ and ‘deep bench’. On the debt side, Cormac Kissane has ‘a strong business focus’, and Glenn Butt is ‘knowledgeable and consistent’. Kissane advised the joint lead managers on a €3.75bn sovereign treasury bond issued by Ireland. Corporate practice head John Menton is recommended for equity mandates.

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Cormac Kissane - 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’s ‘corporate and legal insight’, ‘in-depth expertise’ and ‘client-oriented service’ ensures it provides ‘a true value-add to corporate transactions’. Technology specialist John Menton heads the corporate team, wherein other key names include chairman Ciarán Bolger, managing partner Brian O’Gorman, Eugene McCague and Colm Duggan. The firm advised Covidien on the Irish aspects of its $42.9bn acquisition by Medtronic.

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Brian O’Gorman - Arthur Cox

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Arthur Cox

Niav O’Higgins heads Arthur Cox’s ‘very commercial and solution-focused team’, which includes senior associate Karen Killoran, who has ‘great negotiation skills and knowledge of the industry’. The firm is advising Covanta Engineering Europe on the design and construction of the Dublin Waste-to-Energy project. Tim Kinney joined Tughans in Northern Ireland.

Leading individuals

Niav O’Higgins - Arthur Cox

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox’s ‘uniformly professional’ team provides ‘invaluable strategic guidance’. In particular, practice head Gregory Glynn is ‘an excellent analyst and skilled communicator’, Isabel Foley is ‘insightful and quick to resolve problems’, Conor McDonnell is ‘quick-thinking’, Eve Mulconry is ‘a knowledgeable litigator’, and David O’Donohoe is also recommended. The firm’s recent work includes representing the Central Bank of Ireland in several landmark High Court matters.

Leading individuals

Conor McDonnell - Arthur Cox

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox advised Vodafone Ireland on its joint venture with the Electricity Supply Board (ESB) and acted for Heatons in bringing an abuse of dominance case against sportswear brand, Asics. Practice head John Meade is ‘a competition law guru’ and Patrick O’Brien has ‘excellent understanding of the business environment’.

Leading individuals

John Meade - Arthur Cox

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox’s ‘absolutely superb’ head of employment Séamus Giventruly understands what a client is looking for’. Kevin Langford has ‘a practical, can-do approach’ and Cian Beecher is also recommended. Clients include the Health Service Executive (HSE) and eircom.

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

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox’s ‘deep and solution-focused’ team excels across the full lifecycle of energy projects and recently advised Centrica as a consortium member on its €1.1bn acquisition of Bord Gáis Energy. ‘Industry leaderAlex McLean heads the practice, which also includes finance specialist Garrett Monaghan.

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Alex McLean - Arthur Cox

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

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox provides ‘practical and applied advice’. Corporate and regulatory specialist Colin Kavanagh heads the team, which excels in product liability, patent litigation and healthcare disputes and M&A. The firm has recently undertaken work for Actavis, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Novartis.

Leading individuals

Colin Kavanagh - Arthur Cox

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Information technology
Information technology - ranked: tier 1

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox’s practice head Rob Corbetcombines legal knowledge with a practical approach’. The team, which also includes recommended partners John Menton and Colin Rooney, advised Paddy Power on the expansion of paddypower.com.

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

Arthur Cox

At Arthur Cox, the combination of practice head William Day with Eugene McCaguemakes a formidable team’, and John Donald is ‘a steady hand’. The firm is representing the examiner of the construction group SIAC.

Leading individuals

William Day - Arthur Cox

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 2

Arthur Cox

Arthur Coxconsistently exceeds expectations’. Elizabeth Bothwell and David O’Donohoe head the non-contentious and litigation practices respectively and both are recommended. Clients include AIG, Allianz and CNP Group.

Leading individuals

Elizabeth Bothwell - Arthur Cox

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

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Top choice for tricky issues’, Arthur Cox advised Centrica on the brand transition agreement following its acquisition of Bord Gáis Energy. Practice head Rob Corbetknows the legislation inside out’. John Menton and David O’Donohoe are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Rob Corbet - Arthur Cox

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 1

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Standard bearer for excellence in the funds industry’, Arthur Cox advised Green Property on the establishment of Green REIT. Practice head Kevin Murphy is ‘top rate’, Dara Harrington has ‘an exceptional understanding of the regulatory environment’, and Sarah Cunniff has ‘comprehensive knowledge’. In 2015, the firm hired Adrian Mulryan, formerly general counsel at leading ETF provider Source, as partner.

Leading individuals

Kevin Murphy - Arthur Cox

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Media and telecoms
Media and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

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Arthur Cox advised Vodafone Ireland on its joint venture with ESB to build a fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) broadband network. RTÉ and eircom are also clients. Colin Kavanagh and Patrick McGovern head the media and telecoms teams, respectively.

Leading individuals

Colin Kavanagh - Arthur Cox

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

Arthur Cox

Best in the business’, Arthur Cox has ‘excellent practical insight’. Practice head Declan Drislane is ‘technically outstanding and politically astute’. The ‘fantasticPhilip Smith and Catherine Austin are also recommended. Clients include the HSE and RTÉ.

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Declan Drislane - Arthur Cox

Philip Smith - Arthur Cox

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 1

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Arthur Cox’s practice head, Deborah Spence, demonstrate ‘strong expertise and regulatory understanding’. The firm is advising Irish Water on all project and planning consents for its €500m water supply project for the Dublin region. Senior associate Danielle Conaghan is ‘very informed’.

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Deborah Spence - Arthur Cox

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Projects and PPP
Projects and PPP - ranked: tier 1

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Alex McLean’s group at Arthur Cox is ‘a cut above’. Aaron Boylehas his finger on the pulse of PPP in Ireland’ and consultant Niamh Burke is ‘extremely knowledgeable’. The firm advised the funders on the project financing of the Gort-to-Tuam Road PPP.

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 Cox’s eminent practice represents clients including the Minister for Finance and Dublin Airport Authority. Pádraig Ó Ríordáin is the key contact in a multidisciplinary practice that provides ‘tailored and strategic’ advice. Aaron Boyle is also recommended.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Arthur Cox

At Arthur Cox, practice head Mark Barr is ‘a recognised market leader’, Rachel Niall is ‘diligent and experienced’, Deirdre Barrett is ‘highly commercial’, Simon Hannigan is ‘extremely skilled’, and Kenneth Egan is also recommended. The firm advised the special liquidators of IBRC on the sale of the Project Sand loan portfolio.

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Mark Barr - Arthur Cox

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Arthur Cox

Leading tax firmArthur Coxcombines knowledge of the legislation with strong commerciality’. Caroline Devlin is ‘practical and result-driven’, Fintan Clancy is ‘technically superb’, and New York-based partner Conor Hurley is ‘second to none’. The group advised Covidien on tax aspects of its acquisition by Medtronic.

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Caroline Devlin - Arthur Cox

Conor Hurley - Arthur Cox

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 2

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At Arthur Cox, Kathleen Garrett is the key contact for shipping, while projects specialist Aaron Boyle heads the wider transport practice. Clients include Dublin Airport Authority, Aer Lingus and the Railway Procurement Agency.

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