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A&L Goodbody

INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL SERVICES CENTRE, DUBLIN 1, D01 H104, IRELAND
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Work +353 1 649 2000
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Fax +353 1 649 2649
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29 DUBLIN
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www.algoodbody.com
Belfast, Dublin, London, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco

Ireland

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

Market leaderA&L Goodbody remained highly active in loan portfolio deals for clients such as Deutsche Bank and RBS – practice head Ciarán Rogers advised the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) on its sale of a €6.7bn non-performing loan (NPL) portfolio. Other busy areas included corporate finance and real estate finance, while in the aviation finance space recommended lawyers Marie O’Brien, Séamus Ó Cróinín and Catherine Duffy handled a strong mix of lender and borrower mandates.

Leading individuals

Catherine Duffy - A&L Goodbody

Ciarán Rogers - A&L Goodbody

Next generation lawyers

Maria McElhinney - A&L Goodbody

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

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody continued to lead the way in US inversion transactions, with Ronan Lyons and New York resident partner Alan Casey advising Johnson Controls on its proposed $16.5bn merger with Tyco International. Insurance specialist Eithne FitzGerald assisted Aviva with divesting Aviva Health to Irish Life. David Widger heads the practice.

Leading individuals

David Widger - A&L Goodbody

Eithne FitzGerald - A&L Goodbody

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody’s ‘diligent and respectful’ team is led by non-contentious specialist Kevin Feeney, whose engineering background is ‘an invaluable asset’. Feeney’s diverse portfolio of real estate and infrastructure projects includes acting for Irish Water on the extension and retrofit of the Ringsend water treatment plant in Dublin. Eamonn Conlon and Eamonn Gill provide ‘realistic and practical advice’ to clients such as Cavan County Council and John Paul Construction in contentious matters.

Leading individuals

Eamonn Conlon - A&L Goodbody

Eamonn Gill - A&L Goodbody

Kevin Feeney - A&L Goodbody

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody’s team shows ‘decisive strength of character and expertise’. The practice is defending Motorola and Nokia against a €460m claim by Imagine Group relating to the provision of equipment for a Wi-Max network. Eileen Roberts has been handling property litigation for the Irish Stock Exchange and Enda Hurley is acting for ACC Loan Management in respect of Euribor and Libor. Liam Kennedy and David Baxter head the practice.

Leading individuals

Eileen Roberts - A&L Goodbody

Liam Kennedy - A&L Goodbody

Next generation lawyers

Tom Casey - A&L Goodbody

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody continued to be highly active in merger clearance work, with practice head Vincent Power advising UDG Healthcare on the Irish and EU aspects of the sale of its pharmaceutical distribution business to McKesson. Alan McCarthy and Anna-Marie Curran’s varied caseload includes market investigations and advice on state aid issues.

Leading individuals

Alan McCarthy - A&L Goodbody

Vincent Power - A&L Goodbody

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody provides its blue-chip clients with a full employment service, including advice on TUPE, workforce restructuring, industrial relations and tribunal work. Karen Killalea has been representing IBM in Court of Appeal proceedings concerning a former employee’s entitlement to permanent health insurance. Duncan Inverarity heads the practice.

Leading individuals

Duncan Inverarity - A&L Goodbody

Next generation lawyers

Ailbhe Dennehy - A&L Goodbody

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

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody has particular expertise in lender-side work on renewable energy projects and has been advising Nord/LB on the project financing of the 38MW Scartaglen wind farm project in County Kerry. Key contacts include practice head Kevin Feeney and Ross Moore, whose ‘attention to detail is exceptional’.

Leading individuals

Ross Moore - A&L Goodbody

Next generation lawyers

John Dallas - A&L Goodbody

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

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody’s broad practice group pools corporate, dispute, regulatory and IP expertise. Healthcare specialist Cliona Christle is acting for the State Claims Agency to defend High Court proceedings arising from the historic surgical practice of symphysiotomy. David Widger, co-head of the practice alongside Christle, has been busy with transactional work for UDG.

Leading individuals

Cliona Christle - A&L Goodbody

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Information technology
Information technology - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody has been handling major outsourcing projects for clients such as Bank of Ireland and CIE; the firm’s new San Francisco office is a source of mandates. Key contacts include practice head John Whelan and Mark Rasdale, who is ‘excellent at finding effective solutions to challenging issues’.

Leading individuals

John Whelan - A&L Goodbody

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

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody regularly acts for clients such as KPMG and Deloitte in major insolvencies. Mark Traynor has been active in real estate restructuring and also advised Promontoria on the restructuring of the Project Aran loan portfolio. David Baxter heads the practice.

Leading individuals

David Baxter - A&L Goodbody

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody advises clients such as Aviva on non-contentious matters, as well as handling substantial professional negligence claims. Practice head James Grennan also advised XL Group on its re-domiciliation from Ireland to Bermuda. Laura Mulleady is also recommended.

Leading individuals

James Grennan - A&L Goodbody

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody has been highly active in patent litigation, where practice head John Whelan is particularly recommended for his life sciences expertise. Another name to note is John Cahir, who defended Allied Imports in the Commercial Court concerning an alleged breach of a European Union trade mark and passing off.

Leading individuals

John Cahir - A&L Goodbody

John Whelan - A&L Goodbody

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

Brian McDermott heads the practice at A&L Goodbody, in which Elaine Keane shows strong ‘knowledge of structuring funds’. Stephen Carson recently advised Quayside Fund Management on the establishment of a UCITS ICAV platform with nine sub-funds.

Leading individuals

Brian McDermott - A&L Goodbody

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Media and advertising
Media and advertising - ranked: tier 2

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody was busy on behalf of clients such as Google and YouTube, both of which John Cahir and Kenan Furlong have been advising regarding a Supreme Court appeal concerning questions of online liability and the availability of e-commerce defences. John Whelan is the main contact.

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

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody stands out for its ‘pre-eminent depth of resource’. The team includes David Main and David Francis, who are ‘very good at solving issues’, and Keavy Ryan, who focuses on the treatment of share incentives in M&A transactions. Eamon Brady has retired.

Next generation lawyers

Chris Comerford - A&L Goodbody

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

The ‘service level is high’ at A&L Goodbody, where wind farm specialist Alan Roberts successfully represented Element Power in a judicial review relating to North Meath wind farm. Consultant Alison Fanagan, co-head of the practice with Roberts, is ‘a top-class lawyer in the field’.

Leading individuals

Alison Fanagan - A&L Goodbody

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Projects and PPP
Projects and PPP - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody’s ‘in-depth sector knowledge is second to none in the market’. The team has been particularly active in the renewable energy space for clients such as Ulster Bank. Practice head Kevin Feeney and Ross Moore acted for DirectRoute (Tuam) on the refinancing of the N17/N18 Gort to Tuam PPP road scheme.

Leading individuals

Kevin Feeney - A&L Goodbody

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Public sector
Public sector - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody’s impressive financial services expertise is reflected in its public sector practice, and the firm regularly acts for clients such as the Department of Finance. Adrian Burke handled a number of matters for Permanent TSB, including a €400m equity placing. Managing partner Julian Yarr is the main contact.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

Recent investment work for A&L Goodbody includes advising Blackstone on the €945m purchase of Blanchardstown Shopping Centre. Mairead Sherlock heads the practice, which includes recently promoted partners John Williams and Paul Diggin. Tom O’Connor joined Maples and Calder.

Leading individuals

Mairead Sherlock - A&L Goodbody

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody’s expertise covers direct and indirect taxation, as well as assisting multinationals with tax controversy, transfer pricing and tax planning of M&A. Peter Maher heads the practice.

Leading individuals

Peter Maher - A&L Goodbody

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Telecoms
Telecoms - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

John Whelan heads the team at A&L Goodbody, in which John Cahir and Liam Kennedy have been acting for Nokia in its dispute with Imagine Communications Group relating to the new broadband network in Ireland. Three Ireland is another client.

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 3

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody’s practice is led by aviation finance specialist Catherine Duffy, who acted for Morgan Stanley on Norwegian Air Shuttle’s Enhanced Equipment Trust Certificate. The team also handles shipping finance for clients such as Nordea Bank Norge.

Leading individuals

Catherine Duffy - A&L Goodbody

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Ireland: Capital markets

Debt
Capital markets: debt - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody covers a full range of work for issuers and managers, including high-yield bonds, asset-backed securities and securitisations. The ‘impressivePeter Walker advised Dilosk RMBS No.1 on the issuance of residential mortgage backed security notes. ‘Excellent practitionerCiarán Rogers heads the department.

Leading individuals

Ciarán Rogers - A&L Goodbody

Peter Walker - A&L Goodbody

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Equity
Capital markets: equity - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

At A&L Goodbody, Charlie Carroll and practice head Paul White are ‘very attentive and have great technical expertise’. They handled several multimillion-euro share offerings for Cairn Homes. Matthew Cole joined from Mason Hayes & Curran.

Leading individuals

Paul White - A&L Goodbody

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