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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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Belfast, Dublin, London, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco

Ireland

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody’s broad offering takes in general banking, aviation finance and project finance. In the real estate lending space, Adrian Burke and Séamus Ó Cróinín handled substantial loan sales for AIB and Ulster Bank respectively, while practice head Ciarán Rogers advised the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) on the €125m development finance for a site in Dublin’s south docks. Ó Cróinín, Marie O’Brien, Maireadh Dale and Catherine Duffy are ‘excellent’ on ‘high-value, complex asset finance transactions’, where recent clients include GE Capital Aviation Services and Mizuho Securities USA.

Leading individuals

Catherine Duffy - A&L Goodbody (aviation finance)

Ciarán Rogers - A&L Goodbody

Séamus Ó Cróinín - 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’s substantial offering includes practice head David Widger, head of M&A Mark Ward and managing partner Julian Yarr. The team handled deals in the international market for Irish inverted companies and was also highly active in the domestic M&A space; in one example of the latter Widger and Richard Grey advised Sumitomo on its €751m recommended takeover offer for Fyffes. Other names to note are insurance specialist Eithne FitzGerald and Matthew Cole; Cole acted for Brookfield Renewable Ireland on the sale of BRI Windfarms 3 to Greencoat Capital.

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 ‘in-depth industry knowledge’ ensures that the practice is a popular choice for contentious and non-contentious matters for employers and contractors. In 2016 and 2017 the team focused on conventional development work, with highlights including practice head Kevin Feeney advising Tao North Docks on the construction of two office blocks in Docklands and Eamonn Conlon acting for Bam Building on the construction contract for the new children’s hospital. Conlon and associate Robert Rooney ‘have no shortage of pragmatic and cost-conscious solutions’. Eamonn Gill is also noted.

Leading individuals

Eamonn Conlon - A&L Goodbody

Eamonn Gill - A&L Goodbody

Kevin Feeney - A&L Goodbody

Next generation lawyers

Robert Rooney - A&L Goodbody

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody’s ‘extensive’ team provides ‘an exceptional level of service’ to blue-chip clients such as Volkswagen and Nokia. ‘Very focusedEnda Hurley and associate Tom Casey successfully acted for Permanent TSB Group Holdings in defeating a series of court challenges to the bank’s restructuring plan, and the ‘invaluableEoin MacNeill is representing Carlo Tassara Assets Management in its Commercial Court claim against ÉireComposites and others arising from an alleged forced sale of shares. Other key figures are Liam Kennedy and David Baxter, who head the practice, and Eileen Roberts.

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 takes the lead in most of the significant merger control, investigations, state aid and follow-on damages claims in Ireland. In one example of work practice head Vincent Power, who has ‘great judgement’, advised a multinational pharmaceutical company on a five-day European Commission dawn raid into alleged breaches of Article 102. The sizeable team also includes Alan McCarthy, Micaela Diver, and Anna-Marie Curran, with the latter ‘particularly skilled in handling EU procurement matters’.

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 impresses with its ‘concise and detailed’ advice and its ‘ability to support businesses with a global presence’. The team’s wide-ranging caseload included a number of significant industrial disputes, including practice head Duncan Inverarity acting for the Construction Industry Federation in a pay dispute with the crane drivers’ union. Ciara McLoughlin is ‘legally incisive’ and Karen Killalea is also noted, while at associate level Ailbhe Dennehy is ‘highly responsive and knowledgeable’, Michael Doyle, who joined from Arthur Cox, is ‘absolutely excellent’, and Johanne Duignan is ‘attentive and pragmatic’.

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 is ‘in the top echelon for renewable energy’, with Ross Moore demonstrating ‘an excellent knowledge of regulation and the project finance market’, and newly promoted partner John Dallasexcellent on construction/turbine contracts as well as the project finance deals’. In the oil and gas sector, the team advised Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board on its €1bn acquisition of Royal Dutch Shell’s 45% interest in the Corrib gas field. Moore and Kevin Feeney head the team.

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

At A&L Goodbody, Cliona Christle is ‘a really capable pair of hands with a great ability to look at matters in an innovative way’; Christle is representing the State Claims Agency in the defence of High Court claims arising out of the historic practice of symphysiotomy. The practice has a significant following in the life sciences sector and in one highlight acted for SK Biotek on the purchase of Bristol-Myers Squibb’s pharmaceutical ingredients manufacturing plant. Corporate specialist David Widger is the other main contact.

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 a strong technology client base that includes Stripe. John Cahir is representing Digital Europe, as an amicus curiae, in Commercial Court proceedings issued by the Data Protection Commissioner against Facebook Ireland and Maximillian Schrems. Other key figures are practice head John Whelan and Mark Rasdale, who is ‘excellent at advising on commercial contracts’.

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 was highly active in the contentious space, where recent mandates include representing RSM Ireland in a dispute with the liquidator over the collapse of Bloxham Stockbrokers. On the restructuring side, the team is praised for its ability to ‘drill down into the transaction documents’. Practice head David Baxter, Mark Traynor and Marsha Coghlan are all recommended.

Leading individuals

David Baxter - A&L Goodbody

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody is highly active on high-end non-contentious mandates, including Laura Mulleady handling Carlyle Cardinal Ireland's acquisition of AA Ireland and its subsidiaries from AA Corporation and practice head James Grennan assisting XL Group with its re-domiciliation to Bermuda. Contentious specialist Liam Kennedy focuses on crisis management.

Leading individuals

James Grennan - A&L Goodbody

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

At A&L Goodbody, practice head John Whelan is handling a number of patent cases in the life sciences and healthcare sector including defending Boston Scientific in an alleged patent infringement case relating to transcatheter heart valves. The team also handled trade mark infringement work for a multinational technology company. John Cahir and Mark Rasdale, who has ‘a depth of legal knowledge and commercial nous’, are noted.

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

At A&L Goodbody, ‘knowledge of Irish regulation is excellent’ and the team is highly active in the fund establishment space; the highly regarded Michael Barr and senior associate Laura Butler advised Prudential SA on the establishment of a RIAIF ICAV platform with eight sub-funds. The practice enjoys a strong client base that includes Blackstone and Deutsche Asset Management. Brian McDermott heads the practice.

Leading individuals

Brian McDermott - A&L Goodbody

Next generation lawyers

Laura Butler - A&L Goodbody

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Media and advertising
Media and advertising - ranked: tier 2

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody’s strong online media client base includes multinational technology companies. Key contacts include practice head John Whelan, John Cahir and defamation specialist Kenan Furlong.

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

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody was also highly active on corporate mandates, including David Main assisting Sumitomo Corporation with the Irish pensions aspects of its recommended takeover of Fyffes. Keavy Ryan has ‘expansive knowledge of the effect of M&A on employee benefits’, Rosaleen Boyle is ‘a go to person for employee share plans’, and Chris Comerford is also noted.

Leading individuals

David Main - A&L Goodbody

Next generation lawyers

Chris Comerford - A&L Goodbody

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

Industry knowledge is excellent’ at A&L Goodbody, where the team advises on planning and environmental issues arising from development, and energy and infrastructure mandates. Consultant Alison Fanagan successfully represented Indego in judicial review proceedings against the grant of planning for the Square retail development in South Dublin, and wind farm specialist Alan Roberts acted for Oweninny Power in securing strategic infrastructure development planning permission for a 172MW wind farm.

Leading individuals

Alan Roberts - A&L Goodbody

Alison Fanagan - A&L Goodbody

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Projects and PPP
Projects and PPP - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody stands out for its project finance work, with John Dallas and Ross Moore singled out as being ‘excellent’ in this respect. Dallas and practice head Kevin Feeney are acting for a lending syndicate on the project financing of an 18MW EdgeConneX data centre development in Dublin. On the sponsor side, the team is advising Hg Capital and Craydel Group on the development and financing of the 44.5MW Slievecallan West wind farm in County Clare.

Leading individuals

Kevin Feeney - A&L Goodbody

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Public sector
Public sector - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody has ‘a very good understanding of public sector work’ across a full range of areas including public procurement, state aid, sale of state assets, legislative drafting, and data protection. Highlights included Mark Rasdale and the ‘amazingAnna-Marie Curran advising CIE on the outsourcing of its data centre and data hosting requirements to Vodafone, and Curran and Eamonn Conlon assisting Transport Infrastructure Ireland with procurement and contractual issues concerning the project to upgrade the Dunkettle Interchange.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

Service is excellent’ at A&L Goodbody, where the team advise domestic and international clients on some of Ireland’s most significant investment mandates; Stephen O’Riordan acted for HSBC and the Grosvenor Group on the sale of Liffey Valley shopping centre to BVK. Other key figures are practice head Mairead Sherlock, Niamh O’Sullivan and the ‘very thoroughGerald O’Toole.

Leading individuals

Mairead Sherlock - A&L Goodbody

Stephen O’Riordan - A&L Goodbody

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

At A&L Goodbody, Paul Fahy replaced Peter Maher as practice head. Maher remains a key figure; he and James Somerville advised Global Indemnity on the tax aspects of the company’s re-domestication from Ireland to the Cayman Islands. The team is highly active in the M&A space, with Fahy advising Johnson Controls on tax issues arising from its $16.5bn merger with Tyco International.

Leading individuals

Peter Maher - A&L Goodbody

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Telecoms
Telecoms - ranked: tier 2

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody handled a range of instructions for end users, including Mark Rasdale advising Bank of Ireland on the renewal of an outsourcing agreement with BT for the provision of telecom and network management services. Practice head John Whelan is acting for a handheld device manufacturer on various disputes with authorised resellers.

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 2

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody has ‘a strong understanding of the aircraft leasing sector’, with

Leading individuals

Catherine Duffy - A&L Goodbody

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White-collar crime
White-collar crime - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody regularly advises domestic and international corporates on internal investigations, whistleblowing issues, dawn raids, and anti-money laundering compliance issues. The team recently advised Danske Bank on investigations by the Criminal Assets Bureau, the UK authorities and the US Department of Justice into an international money laundering scheme. Kenan Furlong and Joe Kelly head the practice.

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Ireland: Capital markets

Debt
Capital markets: debt - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody’s ‘knowledgeable’ team handles bonds, securitisations and aviation transactions. Recent highlights include practice head Peter Walker advising Morgan Stanley as arranger on a €630m residential loan securitisation, and Gearoid Stanley acting for the initial purchasers on the issue of a high-yield bond by Virgin Media. Jack Sheehy is a key name for special purpose vehicle (SPV) repackaging transactions. Peter Walker is also recommended.

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

For one client, A&L Goodbody is ‘among the top in Europe for capital markets work’ and the team handles a number of significant cross-border mandates. Besides acting for the joint global co-ordinators on the IPO of Allied Irish Bank (AIB), the team also advised Johnson Controls on the NYSE listing of its shares. Practice head Paul White is ‘very experienced and knowledgeable’, and Charlie Carroll and Matthew Cole are ‘very talented’.

Leading individuals

Paul White - A&L Goodbody

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