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Arthur Cox

10 EARLSFORT TERRACE, DUBLIN 2, D02 T380, IRELAND
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Ireland

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox’s ‘extremely helpful’ team regularly handles acquisition finance for property, shares, and loan portfolios, and is also a leader in emerging financing markets such as funds, film finance and conduit loans. Grainne Hennessy advised the Viridian Group on the €90m financing of five wind farm projects in Northern Ireland, and Ultan Shannon assisted Five Arrows (Rothschild) as lender with the acquisition by Sovereign Capital of Arachas Corporate Brokers. Other names to note are practice head Orla O’Connor, who was active in the loan portfolio sale space, and Kevin Lynch.

Leading individuals

Grainne Hennessy - Arthur Cox

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

Arthur Cox

Arthur Coxhas good cross-border expertise (in particular linking European deals with US clients), and good expertise in various sectors’. Recent highlights include Stephen Hegarty acting for Fyffes on its €751m takeover by Sumitomo, and Geoff Moore and John Barrett advising Allergan on all Irish law aspects of the $40.5bn sale of its global generics business to Teva Pharmaceutical Industries. Pádraig Ó Ríordáin is ‘able to distil complex legal issues’, Maura McLaughlin has ‘a technical and practical’ approach and John Matson is ‘a super client relationship partner’. Practice head John Menton and chairman Ciarán Bolger are the main contacts.

Leading individuals

Ciarán Bolger - Arthur Cox

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

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Customer service is extremely high’ at Arthur Cox, where practice head Niav O’Higgins has the ‘expertise to confidently negotiate terms with experts in the field’, and Karen Killoran is ‘a great people person with the ability to negotiate without being combative’. The team provided non-contentious advice on an impressive range of development, infrastructure and energy projects, including advising Kennedy Wilson on the construction of the Capital Dock development, and assisting DAA with the development of the second runway at Dublin Airport.

Leading individuals

Niav O’Higgins - Arthur Cox

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

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Industry knowledge is second to none’ at Arthur Cox, where the team focuses on complex, high-value High Court cases. Practice head Andrew Lenny is defending Volvo and Renault Trucks in 48 sets of proceedings arising from alleged truck pricing fixing, and Richard Willis is acting for Bosal Nederland in a contentious shareholder dispute with its former CEO. The sizeable team also includes ‘superb tactician’ Isabel Foley, David O’Donohoe, who was active in the civil fraud space, Conor McDonnell, and newly made-up partner Michael Twomey.

Leading individuals

Conor McDonnell - Arthur Cox

David O’Donohoe - Arthur Cox

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox impresses with its ‘business knowledge’, and handled investigations in a variety of sectors including private motor insurance, bagged cement, and concert and event ticketing. Practice head Richard Ryan, who is ‘a strategic thinker’, advised on the competition aspects of a number of significant mergers, and also assisted RTÉ with the formation of a joint venture with the Gaelic Athletic Association. State aid specialist Florence Loric is ‘quick to understand very complex aspects of electricity markets’.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox wins praise for its ‘in-depth industry sector knowledge’ and the team was active in a range of unfair dismissal, discrimination and TUPE claims in areas such as IT, education and insurance. ‘Standout’ name Séamus Given is advising the Olympic Council of Ireland on employment issues arising from the alleged illegal sale in Brazil of OCI tickets for the Rio Olympics. Other key figures are Cian Beecher, Kevin Langford and newly promoted partner Louise O’Byrne.

Leading individuals

Kevin Langford - Arthur Cox

Séamus Given - Arthur Cox

Next generation lawyers

Louise O’Byrne - Arthur Cox

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

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox has ‘significant experience in the commercial and regulatory aspects of the Irish energy sector’. In one recent highlight, ‘very impressive’ practice head Alex McLean (who is ‘particularly strong on electricity’) and Florence Loric are acting for Viridian Group on the implementation of the new electricity market arrangements in Ireland. The team was also highly active in the renewables sector for clients such as Energia Renewables and HSH Nordbank. Garrett Monaghan left to join DWF.

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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Arthur Cox’s ‘very wide and complete practice’ is led on the life sciences side by Colin Kavanagh, who advised Bristol-Myers Squibb on the sale of its pharmaceutical ingredients manufacturing plant to SK Biotek. In the healthcare litigation space, the team focuses on product liability work: Joanelle O’Cleirigh is advising the Irish Blood Transfusion Service on issues arising from defects in a device used to measure haemoglobin levels, and ‘superb tactician’ Isabel Foley is defending various medical devices manufacturers in personal injury claims.

Leading individuals

Colin Kavanagh - Arthur Cox

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Information technology
Information technology - ranked: tier 1

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Arthur Cox’s practice acts for a number of international technology companies, thanks in part to the firm’s presence in Silicon Valley, as well as domestic public sector entities. Recent work includes advising CRH and AIG Ireland on data protection compliance mandates and acting for Musgrave in High Court proceedings arising from the implementation of an IT system in its retailers’ stores. Highly regarded practice head Rob Corbet, Colin Rooney and John Menton are all active.

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 well known for its expertise in cross-border insolvencies and in one example John Donald is advising Avaya Group on Chapter 11 proceedings in the US relating to the restructuring of senior debt. Practice head William Day was active on a number of receiverships and also advised Celtic Linen and its directors on a petition for the appointment of an examiner.

Leading individuals

William Day - Arthur Cox

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

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Arthur Cox’s team has ‘a strong and quiet style’ and handles the full range of corporate, regulatory and transactional insurance work. In one highlight, Elizabeth Bothwell acted for Barclays on the sale of Barclays Insurance (Dublin) and Barclays Assurance (Dublin) to Monument Re. David O’Donohoe and Joanelle O’Cleirigh are ‘very professional’ litigators.

Leading individuals

Elizabeth Bothwell - Arthur Cox

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox’s team includes litigator Gavin Woods, who provides ‘considered advice’ on IP infringement to the likes of Facebook Ireland. Another name to note is David O’Donohoe, who has experience in handling patent cases. Non-contentious specialist Rob Corbet heads the practice.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 1

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox significantly developed its team with a number of hires including exchange traded funds specialist Tara O’Reilly, Ian Dillon and Cormac Commins; the trio joined from William Fry. Practice head Kevin Murphy, who impresses with his ‘breadth of experience in the US legal and regulatory system’, is advising on the Irish fund aspects of the proposed Henderson and Janus merger.

Leading individuals

Kevin Murphy - Arthur Cox

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Media and advertising
Media and advertising - ranked: tier 2

Arthur Cox

At Arthur Cox, well-regarded litigator Gavin Woods provides ‘considered’ advice on defamation matters to clients including Facebook Ireland; he recently assisted said client with various notice and takedown requests. Practice head Colin Kavanagh handles a range of corporate and finance work and advised Cofiloisirs Film Finance on the financing of a film provisionally entitled Black 47.

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 ‘extremely professional’ team was active on a range of issues, including advising on the use of harvesting rights and trade receivables as contingent assets, and assisting with the transition of a semi-state scheme from funded to unfunded status. Practice head Philip Smith is ‘one of the best pensions lawyers in Ireland’ and Catherine Austin is also ‘an expert in the field’.

Leading individuals

Philip Smith - Arthur Cox

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 1

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox provides ‘a prompt and well-focused service’ across a range of sectors including energy, water, and food and drink. Consultant Yvonne Scannell, who has ‘a wealth of Irish and international experience in environmental law’, and Danielle Conaghan are acting for Irish Water and Nicholas O’Dwyer in a planning application for the Vartry water treatment upgrade project. Practice head Deborah Spence represented developers in various judicial reviews relating to wind farm projects.

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 ‘very polished service’ makes it a popular choice for sponsors of infrastructure and energy projects; ‘very impressive’ practice head Alex McLean and Grainne Hennessy are advising Oweninny Power on the development and financing of the 172MW Oweninny wind farm. In other highlights, the ‘supremely knowledgeable’ Aaron Boyle is assisting Open eir with its tender for the national broadband plan. Associate Niamh McGovern has ‘unwavering attention to detail’.

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

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox has a long established reputation for public sector work and the firm acts for statutory bodies, government departments and state-sponsored bodies. Regulatory law is a particular strength and Gavin Woods and Joanelle O’Cleirigh are active for the Mental Health Commission and the Child and Family Agency. Alex McLean, Deborah Spence, and Danielle Conaghan are advising the Irish Forestry Board on one of the largest wind project pipelines under development in Ireland.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox’s ‘prompt, efficient, and integrated’ team acts for a stellar client base that includes the likes of Kennedy Wilson, Green REIT and Facebook Ireland. Mark Barr acted for Irish Life Assurance on the forward purchase of the new Grant Thornton headquarters at City Quay in Dublin. ‘Very reliable’ practice head Kenneth Egan, Deirdre Barrett and Simon Hannigan are all highly recommended.

Leading individuals

Mark Barr - Arthur Cox

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox is among the ‘top two in the market’ according to one observer and the practice handles a strong caseload, which includes Irish and cross-border M&A, as well as corporate finance and real estate portfolio transactions. Recent highlights include acting for Praxair on the tax aspects of its proposed merger of equals with Linde, and advising Depository Trust Company on its stamp duty risk. Fintan Clancy and Caroline Devlin head the practice. Conor Hurley retired.

Leading individuals

Caroline Devlin - Arthur Cox

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Telecoms
Telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox represented Eircom (now Eir) in High Court proceedings against the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) in a dispute over fault repair times. On the transactional side, Colin Kavanagh advised Telus International Ireland Outsourcing Services on the acquisition of a 55% interest in Voxpro. Regulatory specialist Florence Loric heads the practice.

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 3

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox’s strength in the infrastructure sector ensures that the team has considerable understanding of a variety of transport-related laws and regulations; practice head Aaron Boyle is praised for his ‘depth of knowledge of motorway maintenance contracts’. The team is also handles asset financing matters, with Caroline Devlin assisting China Merchants Bank Financial Leasing with numerous sale and leaseback transactions, and Kathleen Garrett active on ship finance work.

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Ireland: Capital markets

Debt
Capital markets: debt - ranked: tier 1

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox was highly active for issuers and arrangers in the residential mortgage-backed securitisation space; practice head Cormac Kissane advised JP Morgan Securities on an approximately €1.1bn residential mortgage-backed securitisation transaction for KBC Bank Ireland. The team also has specialist expertise in acting for Russian issuers, with Glenn Butt ‘really knowing the market and the issues’.

Leading individuals

Cormac Kissane - Arthur Cox

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Equity
Capital markets: equity - ranked: tier 1

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox’s ‘extremely professional’ team is a popular choice for domestic and international listings. The well-regarded Stephen Ranalow acted for Johnson Controls on all Irish law aspects of the spin-off of Adient into a separately listed company, and John Barrett advised on the first-ever accelerated share repurchase performed by an Irish incorporated plc. Ciarán Bolger, Geoff Moore and Maura McLaughlin are additional contacts.

Leading individuals

Maura McLaughlin - Arthur Cox

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