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McCann FitzGerald

RIVERSIDE ONE, SIR JOHN ROGERSON'S QUAY, DUBLIN 2, IRELAND
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Work +353 1 829 0000
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31 DUBLIN
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Ireland

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

McCann FitzGerald

McCann FitzGerald has been busy representing domestic and international lenders, with Niall Powderly advising Bank of Ireland on property finance; Eamon de Valera and Adrian Farrell acted for Deutsche Bank on a series of loan sale agreements. Fergus Gillen heads the practice, in which the ‘first-class aircraft finance team’ includes Catherine Deane and Hilary Marren.

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 ‘fast and efficient team’ handled various large domestic deals, including David Byers advising the Irish government on the €1.4bn sale of its stake in Aer Lingus to International Airlines Group. Practice head Alan Fuller assisted I Squared Capital with its buyout of Viridian, and David Lydon is also recommended.

Leading individuals

David Byers - McCann FitzGerald

David Lydon - McCann FitzGerald

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

McCann FitzGerald

Business acumen and industry knowledge is top class’ at McCann FitzGerald, which handles some of Ireland’s most significant energy, infrastructure and development projects. Practice head Kevin Kelly and recently promoted partner Stephen Proctor are advising the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board on construction of the New Children’s Hospital in Dublin. Barrett Chapman and Tim Bouchier-Hayes have been busy with construction disputes.

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 is considered a ‘go-to firm in Ireland for cross-border litigation, asset tracing and recovery’, areas in which ‘impressive tacticianAudrey Byrne continued to be active for clients such as IBRC. Practice head Seán Barton, who provides ‘a high-quality service’, has been acting for Vodafone in regulatory proceedings, while product liability expert Roddy Bourke defended DePuy International against claims arising from faulty hip implants. Helen Kilroy is ‘a very strong litigator and mediator’.

Leading individuals

Helen Kilroy - McCann FitzGerald

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

McCann FitzGerald

McCann FitzGerald has ‘excellent industry knowledge’, having advised on significant mergers in the retail and TMT sectors, among others. Commercial litigator Rosaleen Byrne – of whom clients say, ‘nothing fazes her’ – has been defending Readymix/Cemex Ireland in cartel litigation before the Supreme Court. Practice head Philip Andrews is ‘top class’. Damian Collins retired.

Leading individuals

Philip Andrews - McCann FitzGerald

Next generation lawyers

Ronan Dunne - McCann FitzGerald

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

McCann FitzGerald

McCann FitzGerald’s ‘experienced’ practice head Terence McCrann has been particularly busy advising on corporate reorganisations and transactional support, including assisting Roche with its exit from Ireland. Mary Brassil shows ‘excellent judgement’.

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 is ‘probably the top firm in the area of energy regulation’, where it continues to undertake a broad range of work for the Electricity Supply Board. Transactional work included Valerie Lawlor advising I-Squared Capital on its acquisition of Viridian. Practice head Patricia Lawless has ‘very detailed energy knowledge’.

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 strong roster of pharmaceuticals industry clients includes GlaxoSmithKline, for which Roddy Bourke has been defending against product liability claims, as well as handling an investigation into vaccines trialled in Irish children’s homes. Adam Finlay advises on life sciences IP.

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Information technology
Information technology - ranked: tier 1

McCann FitzGerald

McCann FitzGerald ably handles ‘complex business issues in the IT, services and outsourcing space’ for clients such as BWG Foods and Irish Water. Practice head Paul Lavery has ‘an in-depth knowledge in the area of data protection’, and Annette Hogan has ‘excellent drafting skills’.

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’s team includes the ‘pragmaticLisa Smyth, who is advising the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) on the structuring of various loan sales. Michael Murphy heads the practice, in which consultant Jane Marshall acted for Petroceltic International during its examinership.

Leading individuals

Jane Marshall - McCann FitzGerald

Michael Murphy - McCann FitzGerald

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

McCann FitzGerald

McCann FitzGerald shows ‘broad understanding of the corporate and regulatory environment’ in work for clients such as MetLife and Zurich. The team has substantial experience of defending complex professional negligence cases. Darragh Murphy and Roddy Bourke are the main contacts.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

McCann FitzGerald

McCann FitzGerald is ‘one of the top IP litigation firms, especially for patents’; recent highlights include Fiona O’Beirne defending Hewlett-Packard in Commercial Court patent revocation proceedings brought by Memjet. Paul Lavery leads on non-contentious work, where clients include Champion Products.

Leading individuals

Fiona O’Beirne - McCann FitzGerald

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 1

McCann FitzGerald

McCann FitzGerald’s team has ‘a very high reputation with local regulators and service providers’. Practice head Mark White and Tony Spratt, who is ‘responsive and efficient’, advised HFR Asset Management on the launch of five new sub-funds for a QIAIF (Qualifying Investor Alternative Investment Fund). The knowledgeable Iain Ferguson is also recommended.

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

McCann FitzGerald’s Karyn Harty focuses on media defence work and is defending Guardian News and Media in a high-profile defamation case relating to alleged modern-day slavery in the Irish fishing industry. Paul Lavery advises social media clients such as Twitter on commercial and regulatory issues.

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’s team earns praise for its ‘integrity and attention to detail’. Clients include VHI Healthcare pension schemes and trustees of Pfizer pension and employee share plans. Practice head Maureen Dolan shows ‘breadth and depth of knowledge’.

Leading individuals

Maureen Dolan - McCann FitzGerald

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 2

McCann FitzGerald

Recent work at McCann FitzGerald includes a range of due diligence instructions such as advising Gaelectric Holdings on planning and environmental issues pertaining to 14 wind farms; the work was led by consultant Elva Carbery, who ‘quickly finds the crux of the issue’. Michelle Doyle focuses on contentious matters and is recommended for planning advice on major road projects.

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Projects and PPP
Projects and PPP - ranked: tier 1

McCann FitzGerald

McCann FitzGeraldprovides an excellent level of service’ to clients such as Transport Infrastructure Ireland, for which the team acted on a number of mandates including the N25 New Ross Bypass PPP road scheme. Practice head Eamonn O’Hanrahaninspires confidence’, Colm Fanningbrings an air of calm to project financing’ and Claire Lenny has ‘high drafting standards’.

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

McCann FitzGerald has ‘a strong understanding of the key legal requirements applying to major public sector organisations’. Recent work includes the team acting for Transport Infrastructure Ireland on various largescale construction projects and advising Insolvency Services of Ireland on reforms to the personal insolvency regime. Practice head Seán Barton is a public law specialist.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

McCann FitzGerald

McCann FitzGerald’s team shows ‘great commercial understanding’. Recent work includes Jim Murphy advising NAMA on the sale of WhiteWater Shopping Centre and ‘excellent’ practice head Shane Fahy acting for Kennedy Wilson on the purchase of a substantial office building in Dublin. Jennifer Halpin made partner, but Julie Quin retired.

Leading individuals

Jim Murphy - McCann FitzGerald

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

McCann FitzGerald

McCann FitzGerald’s practice was boosted by the hire of Alan Heuston, who joined from Paddy Power Betfair. Senior associate Deirdre Barnicle is ‘responsive, easy to deal with, and has a good knowledge of her specialist area’. Clients of the practice include AIB and Ervia.

Next generation lawyers

Deirdre Barnicle - McCann FitzGerald

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Telecoms
Telecoms - ranked: tier 1

McCann FitzGerald

McCann FitzGerald routinely acts for Vodafone, including Rosaleen Byrne representing the client in litigation against Intellectual Ventures relating to the licensing of standard essential patents in the telecoms field. Practice head David Lydonasks the right questions’, Philip Andrewsembraces novel approaches’ and Garreth O’Briendelivers tailored advice’.

Leading individuals

Rosaleen Byrne - McCann FitzGerald

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 1

McCann FitzGerald

McCann FitzGerald’s very broad practice is headed by Eamonn O’Hanrahan, who has been busy advising the National Transport Authority on the opening of selected bus markets to competition. David Hurley handles maritime disputes and Georgina O’Riordan leads the ‘first-class’ aircraft finance practice.

Leading individuals

Eamonn O’Hanrahan - McCann FitzGerald

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Ireland: Capital markets

Debt
Capital markets: debt - ranked: tier 1

McCann FitzGerald

Organisation, problem-solving and can-do attitude’ are strengths at McCann FitzGerald, where practice head Roy Parker recently advised AIB Mortgage Bank on its €1bn issuance of mortgage-backed securities. Other names to note include Fergus Gillen and the ‘very hands-onAdrian Farrell.

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 has ‘very good understanding of market practice’. The team advised AIB on its capital reorganisation and assisted Hostelworld with its €180m initial public offering. Practice head Aidan Lawlor, David Byers and Stephen FitzSimons are recommended. Barry Devereux is now managing partner.

Leading individuals

Aidan Lawlor - McCann FitzGerald

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