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Ireland

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors

LK Shields Solicitors is active on a range of corporate finance and real estate finance matters across sectors such as energy, healthcare and infrastructure. Key contacts include practice head Richard Curran, Andrew Power and the ‘very capableNeil O’Keeffe, who has ‘a very strong knowledge of property-related matters’.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

LK Shields Solicitors

LK Shields Solicitors’ exposure to international transactions was enhanced by a number of key client wins including Alltech and Aramark. The team particularly impresses for private equity work with Gerry Halpenny advising Infravia Capital Partners on its acquisition of Carechoice, and managing partner Emmet Scully and Richard Curran also active in this space.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

LK Shields Solicitors

LK Shields Solicitors’ team has ‘a high level of negotiating skills and industry knowledge’ across a range of areas including pensions, advertising and IP. Practice head Michael Kavanagh, who is ‘a strong advocate’, and the ‘diligent’ Amy Bradley are representing 729 pensioners in a claim against the state arising from reductions to the Retired Aviation Staff Association members’ pension. Other names to note are the ‘extremely effectiveJennifer Clarke, consultant Edmund Butler, and newly made-up partner Ciara O’Kennedy.

Leading individuals

Edmund Butler - LK Shields Solicitors

Next generation lawyers

Jennifer Clarke - LK Shields Solicitors

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors

LK Shields Solicitors has expertise in sectors such as energy, media and manufacturing; ‘very responsive’ practice head Marco Hickey acted for Bemis Company on the competition aspects of its acquisition of the medical device packaging operations of SteriPack Group. Hickey also assisted Scania with the European Commission’s investigation into truck manufacturing.

Leading individuals

Marco Hickey - LK Shields Solicitors

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors

LK Shields Solicitors’ ‘very efficient team’ handles a strong contentious caseload, with recent work including practice head Aoife Bradley representing Fiat Chrysler Group in a complex dismissal claim. Other key lawyers are Susan Battye, who provides ‘excellent advice and guidance’, and TUPE specialist Jennifer O’Neill.

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors

Philip Daly leads on energy work at LK Shields Solicitors, where recent mandates include assisting Inspired Energy with the Irish aspects of its acquisition of Horizon Energy Group. The construction and maintenance of CHP Plants is an area of particular expertise.

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Information technology
Information technology - ranked: tier 2

LK Shields Solicitors

LK Shields Solicitors’ team was bolstered by the arrival of new practice head Peter Bolger and Jeanne Kelly from Mason Hayes & Curran. The duo advise leading technology and social media companies on technology, data privacy and cyber security. The practice is also noteworthy for its specialism in online gambling.

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Insolvency and corporate restructuring
Insolvency and corporate restructuring - ranked: tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors

LK Shields Solicitors’ workload included property-related receiverships, as well as advising insolvency practitioners and investors on examinerships. In an example of the latter, Jennifer McGuire assisted Causeway Capital with its investment in Celtic Linen. Jill Callanan heads the practice.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors

LK Shields Solicitors’ strength in PI work incorporates a specialty in defending solicitors. The practice was also highly active in negligence claims arising in the real estate sector. Practice head Michael Kavanagh, Shane Neville and Ciarán Markey are key contacts.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors

LK Shields Solicitors’ team handles a good mix of contentious and non-contentious IP work, particularly trade mark-related, for clients such as Starbucks. Peter Bolger and Jeanne Kelly were new hires from Mason Hayes & Curran. Deirdre Kilroy joined Matheson.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors

LK Shields Solicitors’ expertise ranges from UCITS and AIFS to family office funds and life settlement funds. Practice head David Williams is ‘a smart, innovative thinker and good negotiator’, Trevor Dolan is ‘excellent at explaining long-term regulatory implications of structuring decisions’, and Damien Barnavillefinds solutions that fit’.

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Pensions and employee benefits
Pensions and employee benefits - ranked: tier 2

LK Shields Solicitors

At LK Shields Solicitors, practice head Jamie McConville has ‘a great knowledge of pensions issues’ and handles contentious and non-contentious work. He is acting for members of the Retired Aviation Staff Association in their action against the state for reductions in their pensions, and assisted Brink’s Ireland with the winding-up of its DB pension scheme.

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Projects and PPP
Projects and PPP - ranked: tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors

At LK Shields Solicitors, consultant Seanna Mulrean is advising various sponsors on a number of infrastructure mandates, including assisting Cignal Infrastructure with its operation of a portfolio of telecoms masts. Richard Curran heads the practice.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors

LK Shields Solicitors’ ‘detail-oriented and technical’ team handled the real estate aspects of a number of corporate deals including John Campbell advising Infravia Capital Partners on the acquisition of Carechoice. The team also advised clients such as Deloitte on distressed real estate. Clair Cassidy heads the practice.

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Telecoms
Telecoms - ranked: tier 2

LK Shields Solicitors

LK Shields Solicitors advises on the regulatory and competition issues in the telecoms infrastructure market. The team is also assisting Siro with its rollout of a high-speed internet broadband in Ireland. Gerry Halpenny heads the team.

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Ireland: Capital markets

Debt
Capital markets: debt - ranked: tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors

LK Shields Solicitors specialises in advising issuers and investors on securitisations for asset classes such as life settlement portfolios, loan receivables and asset-backed securities. Practice head David Williamscommunicates real-world solutions in advancement of a client’s business objectives’.

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Legal Developments in Ireland

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
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    As we are all well aware this is the most turbulent climate for business both nationally and internationally, that any of us have experienced. We have therefore focused this bulletin on areas where we believe we can help you take decisive steps to manage the issues that are required to get through the downturn and be properly prepared for the future.
  • The Companies (Amendment) Act 2009

    The Companies (Amendment) Act, 2009 (the “Act”) was signed into law on 12 July 2009. The Act provides for signifi cant changes to company law compliance and enforcement. It gives increased powers of search and seizure to the Offi ce of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (“ODCE”) and expands disclosure obligations with regard to transactions between a company and its directors (including specifi c changes for licensed banks). The Act also relaxes the requirement that at least one director of an Irish company must be resident in the State.
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    In line with EU-mandated requirements, Ireland has introduced new rules governing acquisitions, in whole or in part, of certain regulated financial institutions.
  • Irish Merger Control: Review of Key Developments in 2008

    A 47% Year-on-Year Drop in the Number of Deals Notified: Reflecting the global decline in merger activity, the number of deals notified to the Competition Authority fell to 38 in 2008, a 47% decrease from 2007, when 72 deals were notified, and a more than 60% decrease from the 2006 peak of 98 notified deals.
  • European Communities (Takeover Bids (Directive 2004/25/EC)) Regulations 2006

    The EU Takeovers Directive (2004/25/EC) (the “Takeovers Directive”) has been transposed into Irish law by the European Communities (Takeover Bids (Directive 2004/25/EC)) Regulations, 2006 (S. I. No. 255 of 2006) (the “Takeovers Regulations”). The stated aim of the Takeovers Directive is to strengthen the Single Market in financial services by facilitating cross-border restructuring and enhancing minority shareholder protection. Many of the provisions of the Directive are already contained in the existing Irish regime for the supervision of takeovers set out in the Irish Takeover Panel Act, 1997 (the “Act”), the Takeover Rules, 2001 (the “Rules”) and the Companies Acts 1963 – 2005, which will continue to apply. The Takeovers Regulations cater for those areas not already dealt with in the existing regime or areas of the regime that needed to be adjusted as a result of the requirements of the Takeovers Directive.
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  • Equality before the Law

    Employment Equality legislation in Ireland is to be found in the Employment Equality Act 1998 as amended by the Equality Act 2004. This legislation is extremely detailed but in effect makes it unlawful for employers to discriminate against a person on the basis of gender, marital status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, race, and membership of the traveller community. These are referred to as the “discriminatory grounds”.
  • Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Ireland

    The enforcement of judgments between the EU member states is regulated by the Brussels I Regulation (44/2001, OJL 12/1, 16 January 2001) (“the Regulation”). On the 22nd December 2000, the European Council agreed the Regulation to replace the Brussels Convention on Jurisdiction and Enforcement of Judgments 1968 (“the Brussels Convention”). The purpose of the Regulation was to bring the law contained in the Brussels Convention into the main body of EC Law. The Regulation was implemented in Ireland by Statutory Instrument 52 of 2002, European Communities (Civil and Commercial Judgments) Regulations 2002, which came into force on the 1st March 2002.
  • E-Discovery

    Unlike the United States, which is leading the way in relation to e-discovery and where the disclosure of electronic data has become standard procedure, as of yet there is no standard protocol or practice direction issued in relation to e-discovery in Ireland. Despite this fact, Irish lawyers are beginning to appreciate the invaluable nature of electronic data which can be retrieved and used in commercial litigation.
  • Disclosure Requirements with respect to Company Particulars

    Directive 2003/58/EC amending Directive 68/151/EEC (the “First Disclosure Directive”) became effective on 1st April, 2007 having been transposed into Irish law by the European Communities (Companies) (Amendment) Regulations 2007 (S.I. No. 49 of 2007) (the “Regulations”).