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William Fry

2 GRAND CANAL SQUARE, DUBLIN 2, IRELAND
Tel:
Work +353 1 639 5000
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Fax +353 1 639 5333
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23 DUBLIN
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Web:
www.williamfry.com
Dublin, London, Mountain View, New York

Ireland

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

William Fry

William Fry excels in real estate finance, where practice head Elaine Hanly is ‘an excellent and thorough banking lawyer’, who advised Patron Capital and Drive Investment Funds on the financing to acquire Northside Shopping Centre. Rachel Stanton is ‘great at dealing with difficult situations’ in acquisition finance.

Leading individuals

Elaine Hanly - William Fry

Next generation lawyers

Jason Hollis - William Fry

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

William Fry

William Fry’s ‘proactive and resourceful team’ was busy across sectors such as private equity, technology, pharmaceuticals and healthcare. ‘Outstanding legal strategistKen Casey and Adam Synnott advised International Airlines Group on its €1.4bn acquisition of Aer Lingus. Practice head Shane O’Donnell, ‘tremendous dealmakerEavan Saunders and Stephen Keogh have also been very active.

Leading individuals

Ken Casey - William Fry

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

William Fry

William Fry’s ‘professional and personable’ team includes Jarleth Heneghan and practice head Liam McCabe, who are both ‘excellent’. The team handles contentious and non-contentious work, including regularly assisting developers with major projects.

Leading individuals

Jarleth Heneghan - William Fry

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

William Fry

William Fry has broad-ranging expertise, notably including retail, financial services, healthcare and media. Recent highlights include practice head Owen O’Sullivan successfully obtaining an injunction against RTÉ regarding publication of Denis O’Brien’s banking arrangements, and ‘very practical adviserGarrett Breen defending Egis Lagan Services and Lagan Construction Group Holdings in procurement litigation over the N20 road.

Leading individuals

Garrett Breen - William Fry

Owen O’Sullivan - William Fry

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

William Fry

William Fry’s ‘broad team’ includes practice head Cormac Little and Claire Waterson, who are ‘very knowledgeable and have a good relationship with the regulatory authorities’. Waterson advised the Commission for Communications Regulation on an appeal by Vodafone over two decisions regarding mobile termination rates. State aid expert Sheila Tormey shows ‘excellent attention to detail’.

Leading individuals

Cormac Little - William Fry

Next generation lawyers

Sarah Lynam - William Fry

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

William Fry

William Fry’s Alicia Compton, who is ‘one of Ireland’s leading practitioners’, represented B&Q Ireland in a High Court Appeal judgment which clarified the law on bonus and allowance payments. Other recommended practitioners are practice head Boyce Shubotham and Maura Roe, who specialises in employment aspects of corporate transactions.

Leading individuals

Alicia Compton - William Fry

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

William Fry

William Fry excels at electricity and gas work, where its advice is ‘always focused on the key issues’. Fergus Devine, who ‘does not shirk the difficult messages’, has been advising Severn Trent on its operation and maintenance concession for the Limerick Main Drainage project.

Leading individuals

Fergus Devine - William Fry

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Healthcare and life sciences
Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 1

William Fry

William Fry’s team includes IP litigator Laura Scott, who handles patent disputes for clients such as Boehringer Ingelheim. Other life sciences work included David Carthy advising EirGen Pharma on selling the business to OPKO Health. Fiona Barry and Sinead Keavey focus on defending clients against high-value medical negligence claims.

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Information technology
Information technology - ranked: tier 1

William Fry

David Cullen heads the ‘vibrant’ practice at William Fry, which hired John O’Connor from Matheson and promoted John Magee to the partnership. The ‘sharp and incisiveLeo Moore advised Littlewoods Ireland on an investigation by the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner relating to e-marketing offences.

Leading individuals

David Cullen - William Fry

Next generation lawyers

John Farrell - William Fry

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

William Fry

William Fry’s ‘superb’ practice head Michael Quinn has been advising Ernst & Young on the administration of Nortel Networks. Other work includes Fergus Doorly assisting Debenhams Retail (Ireland) with its examinership. Barry Cahir moved to Beauchamps Solicitors.

Leading individuals

Michael Quinn - William Fry

Next generation lawyers

Craig Sowman - William Fry

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

William Fry

William Fry’s team provides ‘excellent partner access and practical advice’. Fiona Barry handles contentious work for various professional indemnity bodies. John Larkin and Eoin Caulfield respectively advised bidder and target during Fosun International’s acquisition of Ironshore.

Leading individuals

John Larkin - William Fry

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

William Fry

William Fry’s team is defending Merck Sharpe Dohme in Commercial Court patent infringement proceedings brought by Bristol-Myers Squibb and others. Carol Plunkett has ‘an amazing IP knowledge base’, Laura Scott has the ‘Midas touch with clients’ and the ‘smartLeo Moore is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Carol Plunkett - William Fry

Next generation lawyers

Colette Brady - William Fry

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 1

William Fry

William Fry has ‘a broad range of expertise’, including Ian Dillon focusing on hedge fund formation and Cormac Commins having a significant UCITS practice. Dan Morrissey heads the practice, for which BlackRock is a significant client. Tara O’Reilly and Vincent Coynecan always be relied on’ and James Phelan has ‘a keen eye for detail’.

Leading individuals

Tara O’Reilly - William Fry

Next generation lawyers

Sergey Dolomanov - William Fry

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Media and advertising
Media and advertising - ranked: tier 1

William Fry

William Fry’s team includes practice head Ken Casey and Fiona Barry, who recently gave pre-publication defamation advice and have been defending clients such as Associated Newspapers against claims. The practice has a number of television broadcasting clients, including Sky and Wireless Group.

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

William Fry

William Fry’s ‘outstanding’ team handled various corporate transactions, including advising International Airlines Group on the employee share scheme and pension aspects of its takeover of Aer Lingus. Key contacts include the ‘very experiencedMichael Wolfe and the ‘insightfulLiam Connellan, as well as Maura Roe, whom one client calls ‘the foremost expert in Ireland on shares and share options’.

Leading individuals

Michael Wolfe - William Fry

Next generation lawyers

Louise Harrison - William Fry

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 1

William Fry

William Fry is often first choice for ‘high-value, time-critical projects’. The team is advising Fingal County Council in its role as planning authority and environmental impact assessor regarding the application for an extra runway at Dublin Airport. Practice head Conor Linehan is an expert in environment law.

Leading individuals

Conor Linehan - William Fry

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Projects and PPP
Projects and PPP - ranked: tier 2

William Fry

William Fry’s recent instructions include advising QBE/XL Group on the Dublin waste-to-energy PPP project and acting for Dublin City Council on a large-scale PPP accommodation project. Liam McCabe heads the practice.

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Public sector
Public sector - ranked: tier 1

William Fry

William Fry provides ‘exemplary’ service to public sector clients across a range of areas, including finance, utilities and education. Practice head Carol Plunkett handles regulatory disputes for clients such as the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg). Shane Kelleher has been advising on various financings. The National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) is a key client.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

William Fry

William Fry’s clients include major retailers, private equity and statutory agencies. The ‘savvyAndrew Muckian and the ‘highly ratedKaren Sheil advised Hammerson and Allianz Real Estate on the €1.85bn acquisition of the Project Jewel loan portfolio from NAMA. Edward Spain heads the practice.

Leading individuals

Andrew Muckian - William Fry

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

William Fry

William Fry’s practice includes Sonya Manzor, who ‘devises well-thought-out tax strategies’ for clients such as King Digital Entertainment. International tax specialist Shane Wallace recently handled various real estate tax structuring and transfer pricing issues.

Leading individuals

Sonya Manzor - William Fry

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Telecoms
Telecoms - ranked: tier 1

William Fry

Claire Waterson leads the team at William Fry, which regularly works with ComReg and represented it in an appeal by Vodafone relating to two ComReg decisions on mobile termination rates. The ‘ultra-reliableCormac Little is assisting SIRO with its bid for the National Broadband Plan.

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 3

William Fry

David Maughan heads the practice at William Fry, which has ‘excellent knowledge’ of aircraft finance and also recently finalised International Airlines Group’s takeover of Aer Lingus.

Leading individuals

David Maughan - William Fry

Next generation lawyers

Mary Ward - William Fry

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Ireland: Capital markets

Debt
Capital markets: debt - ranked: tier 1

William Fry

William Fry’s ‘efficient and very professional team’ includes David Maughan, whose busy caseload included advising Guotai Junan Securities on setting up a $5bn fund-linked secured notes issuance programme. Practice head Elaine Hanly handled the Irish law aspects of Ardagh Packaging Group’s $2.8bn bond offering.

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Equity
Capital markets: equity - ranked: tier 1

William Fry

At William Fry, Myra Garrett’s team works with ‘speed and precision’ on behalf of issuers, financial institutions, investors and brokers. Mark Talbot advised J & E Davy as sole bookrunner of Dalata Hotel Group’s €160m firm placing and open offer. The ‘excellentDavid Fitzgibbon is another key contact.

Leading individuals

Myra Garrett - William Fry

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