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Ciaran  McAlinney

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Ciaran McAlinney is a partner in A&L Goodbody's Finance Department. Ciaran specialises in syndicated lending, acquisition finance, general corporate lending and structured/limited recourse financing transactions, including project finance. Ciaran has worked on key transactions in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and across Europe. Prior to joining A&L Goodbody, Ciaran spent a number of years in London with Clifford Chance and was seconded to the Global Banking and Markets division of Royal Bank of Scotland.

Northern Ireland: Finance

Banking and finance

Within: Leading individuals

Ciaran McAlinney - A&L Goodbody

Within: Banking and finance

A&L Goodbody’s finance team has an established client base of local and international banks and investment firms, as well as experience in advising borrowers. The group’s wide-ranging expertise spans loan portfolio sales, project financings, financial services regulatory matters and refinancings for clients drawn from the real estate, financial services, retail and energy sectors. The team continues to act as Northern Ireland counsel for the European Investment Bank and advised the client on the regulatory aspects of the £150m bilateral loan provided to Choice Housing Ireland Limited to finance a number of social housing schemes in Northern Ireland. The firm is advising HSBC on the Northern Ireland aspects of ring-fencing its retail business. In other highlights, the group acted for Clydesdale Bank in its £10.4m acquisition of Silvan House in Edinburgh, and represented Morgan Stanley Senior Funding and US Bank National Association as the term lenders in the $440m refinancing of the Agro Merchants Group. Other clients include Barclays and Danske Bank. Judith Brown heads the team, which also includes project finance expert Ciaran McAlinney and Louise Bailey .

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Northern Ireland: Projects, energy and natural resources


Within: Energy

A&L Goodbody’s highly regarded energy practice has notable expertise in handling project financings, energy-related M&A, project management matters and contentious energy-related instructions. In a high-profile example of the practice’s contentious work, litigation partner Micaela Diver is leading advice to Action Renewables on the establishment of a special interest group, the Renewable Heat Association, to represent the owners of non-domestic biomass boilers who took part in the highly publicised RHI scheme in Northern Ireland; the group has represented the client in three judicial reviews relating to the scheme’s closure and the retrospective change to the published tariffs. On the non-contentious side, wind-related mandates have been particularly prominent in the team’s workload; in 2017, Mark Thompson led the team advising Brookfield Renewables on the acquisition of a 16MW wind farm, which was purchased pre-construction with the intention of completing the acquisition once the project was finished. Thompson is also assisting the same client with a similar transaction for a 23MW wind farm. Thompson jointly heads the team with banking partner Ciaran McAlinney, who has expertise in project finance matters relating to the energy sector. Associate Mark Stockdale, who has experience in electricity, gas and renewables-related regulatory issues, is a name to note.

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Project finance and PFI

Within: Leading individuals

Ciaran McAlinney - A&L Goodbody

Within: Project finance and PFI

A&L Goodbody is well known for representing banks and investment funds in traditional project finance matters, and has seen an uptick in instructions relating to the financing of solar and wind farms. Recent highlights include finance partner Ciaran McAlinney advising the Royal Bank of Scotland as the lender on the project financing of the 5MW Finvoy and 22MW Maghaberry solar farms, and assisting the First Trust Bank with the project financing of the 25MW Castlecraig wind farm. Other key clients include Ulster Bank, Brookfield Renewables and Bank of Ireland.

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