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McCann FitzGerald (North America) LP

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Ireland

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

McCann FitzGerald

McCann FitzGerald stands out for its aviation finance work, with the team ‘clearly the largest in the Irish market by a distance’; names to note in this respect include Catherine Deane and Georgina O’Riordan, who have ‘extraordinary knowledge and capacity’ and Hilary Marren. Niall Powderly leads in the corporate banking space, where the practice specialises in multi-layered financings for clients such as Francisco Partners. Other key figures are head of practice Fergus Gillen, the ‘very experienced and helpfulEamon de Valera and regulatory specialist Josh Hogan, who is ‘technically very capable’.

Leading individuals

Catherine Deane - McCann FitzGerald (aviation finance)

Hilary Marren - McCann FitzGerald (aviation finance)

Niall Powderly - McCann FitzGerald

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

McCann FitzGerald

McCann FitzGerald’s ‘great experience and judgement’ ensures that the team is a popular choice for major cross-border deals. Conor O’Dwyer, who is ‘very good at helping US clients risk-assess legal options’, acted as Irish counsel for Cardinal Health on its $6.1bn acquisition of a patient care business from Medtronic; and in another significant matter the ‘very considered and pragmaticRory O’Malley advised Gaelectric Holdings on the sale of Gaelectric Northern Ireland to CGN Europe Energy Green Power. Other senior lawyers are practice head Alan Fuller, ‘exemplary adviserDavid Byers, Valerie Lawlor, who is praised for her ‘in-depth knowledge’, and David Lydon.

Leading individuals

David Byers - McCann FitzGerald

David Lydon - McCann FitzGerald

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

McCann FitzGerald

McCann FitzGerald’s ‘knowledge of public sector procurement and construction is very high’; ‘public sector authorityJenny Mellerick, ‘exceptional professional’ Stephen Proctor and ‘intelligent adviserKevin Kelly are acting for the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board on the construction of the new children’s hospital in Dublin. The team is equally adept in the private sector where Global Student Accommodation is a key client. Litigators Barrett Chapman and Tim Bouchier-Hayes are singled out for their ‘ability to see the commercial core of issues’.

Leading individuals

Barrett Chapman - McCann FitzGerald

Kevin Kelly - McCann FitzGerald

Tim Bouchier-Hayes - McCann FitzGerald

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

McCann FitzGerald

McCann FitzGerald’s ‘reliable and efficient’ team is a strong choice for cases with a public sector element; practice head Seán Barton is acting for the Government of the US as amicus curiae in proceedings brought by Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner against Maximilian Schrems and Facebook Ireland. Active private sector clients include DePuy International and Vodafone Group. Other key figures are ‘astute commercial lawyerHelen Kilroy; patent litigator Roddy Bourke; and ‘strong and experienced litigatorsAudrey Byrne and Karyn Harty.

Leading individuals

Helen Kilroy - McCann FitzGerald

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

McCann FitzGerald

McCann FitzGerald is ‘top of the pile due to its length and breadth of experience in Ireland and also in Brussels’. Practice head Philip Andrews, who ‘has a very commercial approach to problem resolution’, acted for the Voluntary Health Insurance Board on the competition aspects of its acquisition of Swiftcare. In the contentious space Catherine Derrig and Rosaleen Byrne have ‘impeccable credentials’ and are defending various truck manufacturers in substantial follow-on damages claims. Another name to note is ‘practical’ senior associate Laura Treacy.

Leading individuals

Philip Andrews - McCann FitzGerald

Next generation lawyers

Laura Treacy - McCann FitzGerald

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

McCann FitzGerald

McCann FitzGerald is highly active on public sector mandates, with ‘experienced’ practice head Terence McCrann and the ‘knowledgeableMary Brassil advising Transport Infrastructure Ireland on employment issues following the merger of the National Roads Authority with the Railway Procurement Agency. McCrann is also noted for his considerable litigation expertise, where recent clients have included NUI Maynooth and CHC Helicopters. Senior associate Stephen Holst provides ‘excellent technical advice’.

Leading individuals

Terence McCrann - McCann FitzGerald

Next generation lawyers

Stephen Holst - McCann FitzGerald

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

McCann FitzGerald

McCann FitzGerald has ‘leading roles in virtually all of the headline transactions in the market, covering electricity, gas, water, power and renewables’. Practice head Patricia Lawless, who has ‘unrivalled expertise’, and Valerie Lawlor undertake a broad range of regulatory work for the Electricity Supply Board. Rory O’Malley advised Gaelectric Holdings on the sale of 14 onshore wind farms to CGN Europe Energy Green Power Holding.

Leading individuals

Patricia Lawless - McCann FitzGerald

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Healthcare and life sciences
Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 2

McCann FitzGerald

McCann FitzGerald’s expertise in the life sciences sector includes an ‘excellent’ IP team, where litigator Fiona O’Beirne is the main contact, and also considerable depth in the product liability space; Roddy Bourke and David Hurley are defending DePuy International against a multitude of claims arising from an allegedly faulty hip replacement device. The practice also handled a number of significant corporate transactions for clients such as Cardinal Health.

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Information technology
Information technology - ranked: tier 1

McCann FitzGerald

At McCann FitzGerald, practice head Paul Laveryunderstands the variety of issues posed by different IT vendors’; he and the ‘extremely knowledgeableAnnette Hogan are advising Ervia on the development of IT agreements as part of a significant procurement process. In the contentious space, the ‘technically excellentAdam Finlay acted for the US government as an amicus curiae in the Facebook Ireland data transfer case. Douglas McMahon is highly recommended.

Leading individuals

Paul Lavery - McCann FitzGerald

Next generation lawyers

Douglas McMahon - McCann FitzGerald

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

McCann FitzGerald

McCann FitzGerald stands out for its ‘excellent technical knowledge’ and the practice handles a mix of restructuring and insolvency mandates. In one example of the latter, practice head Michael Murphy and consultant Jane Marshall are acting for KPMG on the liquidation of Custom House Capital. Other names to note are ‘talented lawyerLisa Smyth and ‘very professional’ senior associate David O’Dea.

Leading individuals

Jane Marshall - McCann FitzGerald

Michael Murphy - McCann FitzGerald

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

McCann FitzGerald

At McCann FitzGerald, the ‘very service-orientatedDarragh Murphy handles regulatory and transactional work for key clients such as MetLife Group. On the contentious side, David Hurley represents the State Claims Agency in defending tortious proceedings, and Roddy Bourke has significant experience in advising on D&O policies for insurer and insured.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

McCann FitzGerald

McCann FitzGeraldcan put forward a team with the strong scientific/technical background that is required for patent litigation’. Practice head Fiona O’Beirne, who is adept at ‘fitting Irish litigation into an international strategy’, defended HP in Irish Commercial Court patent revocation proceedings relating to inkjet technology. Paul Lavery and Adam Finlay, who is also a registered trade mark agent, advise on non-contentious IP.

Leading individuals

Fiona O’Beirne - McCann FitzGerald

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 1

McCann FitzGerald

McCann FitzGerald is ‘very good for open-ended funds, but also strong conceptually and commercially when it comes to closed-ended products’. Hugh Beattie and senior associate Anna Moran are advising Burgundy Asset Management on the establishment of a new Irish UCITS umbrella platform. Practice head Mark White and Iain Ferguson have ‘an in-depth knowledge of the requirements of AIFMD & UCITS’.

Leading individuals

Mark White - McCann FitzGerald

Next generation lawyers

Anna Moran - McCann FitzGerald

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Media and advertising
Media and advertising - ranked: tier 1

McCann FitzGerald

At McCann FitzGerald, ‘pre-eminentKaryn Harty is highly active in defamation cases, including defending the BBC against a defamation claim by Gerry Adams in respect of a Spotlight programme. The team’s experience in the television sector extends to corporate work, with Philip Andrews acting for ITV on the sale of UTV Ireland to Liberty Global.

Leading individuals

Karyn Harty - McCann FitzGerald

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

McCann FitzGerald

McCann FitzGerald is ‘extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of pensions’, with practice head Maureen Dolana top-class lawyer who provides practical, measured and astute advice’. Dolan is advising Pfizer Pension Plans Trustees on the proposed restructuring of the two Pfizer DB pension schemes as part of a global restructuring. Senior associate Eleanor Cunningham advised Roche Ireland on the restructuring and wind-up of its two DB pension schemes.

Leading individuals

Maureen Dolan - McCann FitzGerald

Next generation lawyers

Eleanor Cunningham - McCann FitzGerald

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 2

McCann FitzGerald

At McCann FitzGerald, practice head Elva Carbery and Michelle Doyle handle infrastructure mandates; in one example they are acting for Galway County Council on the planning and environmental aspects of the delivery of the N6 Galway City Ring Road. The team also performed due diligence on energy sector projects.

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Projects and PPP
Projects and PPP - ranked: tier 1

McCann FitzGerald

McCann FitzGerald’s ‘strong team can time manage projects appropriately’. Practice head Eamonn O’Hanrahan has ‘an unrivalled depth of insight’ particularly concerning transport projects; he is advising Transport Infrastructure Ireland on the procurement arrangements for the second tranche of its service areas programme. On the project finance side, Colm Fanning, who ‘explains complex legal issues with ease’, was kept busy handling wind farm financings. Jenny Mellerick provides ‘pragmatic procurement advice’.

Leading individuals

Colm Fanning - McCann FitzGerald

Eamonn O’Hanrahan - McCann FitzGerald

Next generation lawyers

Jenny Mellerick - McCann FitzGerald

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Public sector
Public sector - ranked: tier 1

McCann FitzGerald

Practical experience feeds through into concise and on-point legal advice’ at McCann FitzGerald. Practice head Seán Barton, who is ‘unrivalled in his expertise in public law’, is advising the National Standards Authority Ireland on issues concerning the use of standard specification documents for commodities, processes and/or practices. Another key figure is public procurement specialist Jenny Mellerick, who ‘anticipates issues in advance’; Mellerick is assisting the National Development Finance Agency with the courts bundle PPP project.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

McCann FitzGerald

McCann FitzGerald has ‘good experience with commercial freehold/long-leasehold transactions and the areas that can affect the liquidity of the asset’. The team handled a number of significant retail mandates for Hines, including Jim Murphy advising on the sale of Cherrywood business park. Practice head Shane Fahy is ‘a very effective communicator’ and Jennifer Halpin ‘looks for practical legal solutions’.

Leading individuals

Jim Murphy - McCann FitzGerald

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

McCann FitzGerald

At McCann FitzGerald, the ‘very commercial and proactive’ Alan Heuston and senior associate Deirdre Barnicle advised Gaelecthic Holdings on the tax aspects of its disposal of a windfarm portfolio to CGN Europe Energy. The practice particularly lends itself to consultancy work with head of practice Michael Ryan regarded by some as the ‘best tax adviser in an Irish law firm’, and Eleanor MacDonagha stand out in the financial services tax industry’.

Next generation lawyers

Deirdre Barnicle - McCann FitzGerald

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Telecoms
Telecoms - ranked: tier 1

McCann FitzGerald

McCann FitzGerald acts for operators such as Vodafone Ireland and regulators such as ComReg. Rosaleen Byrne and Catherine Derrig are acting for the latter in the defence of a statutory appeal brought by Eir challenging ComReg’s decision to designate Eir as a universal service provider for fixed-line telephone services. Practice head David Lydon and ‘extremely helpful’ senior associate Laura Treacy are additional contacts.

Leading individuals

Rosaleen Byrne - McCann FitzGerald

Next generation lawyers

Laura Treacy - McCann FitzGerald

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 1

McCann FitzGerald

McCann FitzGerald stands out for its ‘depth of insight and knowledge in the public transport area’, where clients include the National Transport Authority and Transport Infrastructure Ireland. Practice head Eamonn O’Hanrahan is advising the Road Safety Authority on a variety of matters including compliance with EU directives. The practice is also noted for its aircraft finance expertise, with Georgina O’Riordan regularly handling ‘the larger deals in the market’. David Hurley and Colm Fanning are the main contacts for shipping and rail respectively.

Leading individuals

Eamonn O’Hanrahan - McCann FitzGerald

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

McCann FitzGerald

McCann FitzGerald is often instructed on ‘unprecedented, high-profile, complex white-collar crime’ investigations, with the team ‘adept at isolating what really matters for the client’. Megan Hooper, Karyn Harty and Audrey Byrne, who are ‘first class’, are assisting Irish Bank Resolution Corporation with a number of criminal and regulatory investigations into events prior to the nationalisation of Anglo Irish Bank. Other recommended lawyers include practice head Seán Barton and Brian Quigley.

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Ireland: Capital markets

Debt
Capital markets: debt - ranked: tier 1

McCann FitzGerald

McCann FitzGerald’s ‘experienced team’ has a strong reputation for aviation-related debt issuance work; the highly regarded Fergus Gillen acted for SMBC Aviation Capital on its $500m issue of Eurobonds. In other highlights Adrian Farrell acted as Irish counsel to the initial purchasers of secured notes worth €500m issued by Smurfit Kappa Acquisitions. Roy Parker heads the practice.

Leading individuals

Fergus Gillen - McCann FitzGerald

Roy Parker - McCann FitzGerald

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Equity
Capital markets: equity - ranked: tier 1

McCann FitzGerald

McCann FitzGerald’s ‘decisive, attentive, and solution-focused’ team regularly handles the most significant instructions in the domestic market; for example practice head Aidan Lawlor acted for AIB on its €3.4bn IPO, and Stephen FitzSimons advised Greencoat Renewables on its €270m IPO. Conor O’Dwyer impresses for ‘complex, international transactions’ and David Byers is ‘exceptionally reasoned in his judgement’.

Leading individuals

Aidan Lawlor - McCann FitzGerald

David Byers - McCann FitzGerald

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