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William Fry

2 GRAND CANAL SQUARE, DUBLIN 2, IRELAND
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Work +353 1 639 5000
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23 DUBLIN
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Dublin, London, Mountain View, New York

Ireland

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

William Fry

William Fry has particular strength on the borrower side pertaining to corporate and real estate finance mandates; practice head Rachel Stanton is advising Hines on the financing of the acquisition of the Central Bank Dame Street Portfolio. In the asset finance space, David Maughan and newly promoted partner Mary Ward handled a number of significant lender transactions for clients such as Société Générale. Eibhlin O’ Donnell is ‘an expert in dealing with large scale banking queries’. Former practice head Elaine Hanly remains highly active. Orla Brennan retired.

Leading individuals

Elaine Hanly - William Fry

Next generation lawyers

Mary Ward - William Fry

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

William Fry

William Fry’s ‘excellent execution skills’ reflect the fact that this is a key practice area for the firm; both managing partner Bryan Bourke and former managing partner Myra Garrett are part of the team. Practice head Shane O’Donnell, who is highly regarded in the market, is advising Linde on its proposed merger with Praxair, and the ‘superbStephen Keogh acted for Coldridge on the sale of Redbrook Ingredient Services to Frutarom. The sizeable practice also includes David Fitzgibbon, who is ‘very good in front of a board of directors’, and the ‘well-preparedMark Quealy. Ken Casey left for Hayes Solicitors.

Leading individuals

Shane O’Donnell - William Fry

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

William Fry

William Fry provides ‘a comprehensive level of service’ and the team handled a number of major development schemes including acting for Hines on the development of a new suburb at Cherrywood, and advising DAA on the development of a new office business park at Dublin Airport. Practice head Liam McCabe is ‘a superb negotiator when it comes to fine detail’, Bryanna Ryan has ‘expert knowledge’, and the ‘meticulousJarleth Heneghan provides ‘very practical advice on the public procurement process’.

Leading individuals

Jarleth Heneghan - William Fry

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

William Fry

William Fry’s expertise in commercial disputes was once again in evidence with the ‘knowledgeable and insightfulLisa Carty defending Davy in a number of actions pertaining to the sale of investment products, and Fergus Doorly representing Danbywiske, Ronald Wilson and the Wilson Limited Partnership 1 in proceedings relating to shareholder oppression and option agreement enforcement. Other names to note in the team are practice head Owen O’Sullivan, who is ‘an excellent legal thinker’, multijurisdictional disputes specialist Garrett Breen, and ‘excellent IP litigation strategistCarol Plunkett.

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 team has ‘a friendly approach while providing hawk-like legal analyses’. The team ‘knows Irish merger control inside out, particularly in relation to financial services’ and in one key deal ‘very flexible’ practice head Cormac Little advised Tesco Ireland on the competition aspects of its acquisition of Tesco Mobile Ireland. In the contentious space the ‘excellentSheila Tormey and procurement specialist Claire Waterson were active in sectors such as telecoms regulation and truck manufacturing. Senior associate Sarah Lynam is ‘one to watch’.

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 Fryhas a first-rate client focus and a strong bench of talent’. Recent highlights include ‘excellent’ practice head Boyce Shubotham defending Kilsaran Concrete against an appeal by the Director of Public Prosecutions regarding a fine for a workplace fatality, and the ‘extremely innovativeAlicia Compton advising Solas on the restructuring of statutory apprenticeship procedures nationwide. Maura Roe is ‘highly knowledgeable in the area of TUPE’, Catherine O’Flynn is ‘incredibly effective’ and associate Louise Harrison has ‘a sharp legal mind’.

Leading individuals

Alicia Compton - William Fry

Next generation lawyers

Louise Harrison - William Fry

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

William Fry

Business acumen is excellent’ at William Fry, where the team’s growing client base includes oil, gas and manufacturing companies, utilities, independent project developers and commercial banks. ‘Clear communicatorFergus Devine, who heads the practice, is advising Eirgrid on all aspects of the proposed 600MW Celtic Interconnector between Ireland and France. Corporate lawyer Eavan Saunders assisted with a proposed acquisition in the renewables space.

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 is probably best known for its expertise in patent litigation in the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device fields. Laura Scott, who is ‘on top of the technical detail’, is acting for Boehringer Ingelheim in the defence of patent proceedings brought by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries. The ‘straightforward and clearFiona Barry and the ‘efficientSinead Keavey focus on healthcare litigation for clients such as Royal College of Surgeons. Scott and corporate specialist David Carthy head the practice.

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Information technology
Information technology - ranked: tier 1

William Fry

William Fry’s ‘strong and vibrant team has strengths in outsourcing and IT services, as well as internet-related services and data protection law’. Practice head David Cullen, who ‘distils salient facts from complicated business scenarios’, is representing Microsoft in its challenge to a decision obtained by the US government requiring the disclosure of customer data held on the company’s Irish servers. Leo Moore, John O’Connor and John Farrell are all ‘practical and diligent’.

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 extensive experience in retail and hospitality examinerships was again in evidence with Fergus Doorly advising on the restructuring of Debenhams Ireland. The team was also active in the aircraft sector, with practice head Michael Quinn assisting various creditors following the administration of Alitalia. Associates Craig Sowman and ‘rising star’ Ruairi Rynn are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Michael Quinn - William Fry

Next generation lawyers

Craig Sowman - William Fry

Ruairi Rynn - William Fry

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

William Fry

At William Fry, practice head John Larkin, whose ‘industry knowledge is second to none’, has ‘built a strong team around him’ that includes Eoin Caulfield and associate Niall Campbell. The team advised Fairfax Financial Holdings and others on the acquisition of Allied World Assurance. In the disputes space, Fiona Barry defends medical negligence claims.

Leading individuals

John Larkin - William Fry

Next generation lawyers

Niall Campbell - William Fry

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

William Fry

William Fry is ‘superb for global litigation’, particularly in the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device fields. The ‘strategic and practicalLaura Scott is representing GlaxoSmithKline in patent infringement proceedings against Pfizer relating to Pfizer’s meningitis B vaccine Trumenba. ‘Leading lawyerCarol Plunkett was active in the trade mark infringement space for e-Dreams. Associates Charleen O’Keeffe, who is ‘an original thinker’, and Colette Brady are also noted.

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 is a favourite with investment managers, administrators and custodians. Paul Murray advised Quadrant Real Estate Advisors on the establishment of one of the first real estate private debt funds in Ireland. Other key figures are practice head Dan Morrissey and regulatory specialist Patricia Taylor. Senior associates Sergey Dolomanov and the ‘extremely responsive’ Lorena Dunne are well-regarded.

Leading individuals

Tara O’Reilly - Arthur Cox

Next generation lawyers

Sergey Dolomanov - William Fry

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Media and advertising
Media and advertising - ranked: tier 1

William Fry

William Fry has a strong traditional media client base that includes the likes of The Irish Times and RTÉ. Practice head Fiona Barry, who has considerable experience in reputation management work, is active in the defamation space. David Cullen is advising OTPP, Camelot Group and Premier Lotteries on issues arising from their appointment as operator of the non-state controlled Irish National Lottery licence.

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

William Fry

At William Fry, practice head Liam Connellan and Michael Wolfe are ‘both excellent pensions lawyers, with considerable experience and great attention to detail’. Connellan advised Glanbia Co-operative Society on the pensions and employment law aspects of the proposed establishment of a new joint venture known as Glanbia Ireland. Other key contacts are Maura Roe, who is ‘extremely knowledgeable in the complex area of TUPE and share options’, and ‘superb’ associate Louise Harrison.

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

At William Fry, Conor Linehan’s broad practice covers areas such as planning, environmental impact assessment, the legal aspects of waste management, and contaminated land issues. Highlights included advising Eirgrid on all consenting processes for the development of the Ireland-France interconnector, and assisting Facebook Ireland with the planning and environmental permitting for the construction of a data centre.

Leading individuals

Conor Linehan - William Fry

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Projects and PPP
Projects and PPP - ranked: tier 2

William Fry

William Fry secured a number of roles pertaining to the national broadband plan including advising Siro as one of the shortlisted bidders. The ‘business-focusedFergus Devine was highly active in the energy sector where he advised Eirgrid on all aspects of the proposed 600MW Celtic interconnector between Ireland and France. Practice head Liam McCabedoes not sweat small points and gets to the core quickly’.

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Public sector
Public sector - ranked: tier 1

William Fry

William Fry is highly active for key client the Department of Finance, where work included Mark Talbot, David Fitzgibbon and Siobhan Carlin advising the Minister of Finance on the IPO of 25% of AIB. The team was also busy in areas such as regulatory enforcement and the modernisation of the national apprenticeship system. Jarleth Heneghan is advising DAA on the design and build of a new office park at Dublin Airport.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

William Fry

William Fry’s ‘results-driven’ practice is handling a strong mix of investment and development mandates, including Andrew Muckian advising a receiver on the re-development of Boland’s Quay, and the ‘calm, confident and steelyLisa McCarthy acting for Hines on the acquisition of the Central Bank Dame Street portfolio. Other names to note are practice head Edward Spain, ‘rising star’ Graham Quinn, and the ‘excellent’ Olga Vaughan.

Leading individuals

Andrew Muckian - William Fry

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

William Fry

William Fry provides ‘a holistic and personal service’ to the likes of UPMC and Tokyo Electron. The ‘outstandingSonya Manzor is a key name in the corporate tax space, where her work included advising Phillips 66 on the tax aspects of the sale of its interests in the Whitegate oil refinery. The practice draws on a number of highly regarded tax consultants including practice head Martin Phelan and head of financial services tax Ted McGrath.

Leading individuals

Sonya Manzor - William Fry

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Telecoms
Telecoms - ranked: tier 1

William Fry

At William Fry, practice head Claire Waterson has ‘a vast wealth of knowledge in relation to domestic and EU legislation’. The team is highly active for ComReg and also handled various matters for international telecoms operators; Cormac Little is advising Tesco Ireland on its acquisition of sole control over Tesco Mobile Ireland. Laura Scott is praised for her ‘attention to detail and drafting skills’, and senior associate Sarah Lynam is also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Sarah Lynam - William Fry

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 3

William Fry

At William Fry, David Maughan and newly promoted partner Mary Ward handle a high volume of aircraft financings and leasings; the team advised Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank on the financing of a portfolio of aircraft for Aviation Leasing Group.

Leading individuals

David Maughan - William Fry

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White-collar crime
White-collar crime - ranked: tier 2

William Fry

William Fry handles investigations for a diverse client base that takes in multinational companies, state bodies and high-net-worth individuals. Practice head Owen O’Sullivan is representing a company director in a Central Bank of Ireland investigation into possible insider dealing/breaches of the Market Abuse Regulations. In another highlight, O’Sullivan and David Cullen are acting for a global IT company on issues relating to stolen hardware containing sensitive customer data.

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Ireland: Capital markets

Debt
Capital markets: debt - ranked: tier 1

William Fry

William Fry’s ‘impressive’ team covers a full range of public and private debt issuances and is led by David Maughan, who has ‘a positive, can-do approach’. Other key figures are Elaine Hanly, who assisted Ardagh Group with the approximately $2.9bn issuance of a bond, and Niamh Dennehy-Maher, who has ‘very good client service skills’.

Leading individuals

David Maughan - William Fry

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Equity
Capital markets: equity - ranked: tier 1

William Fry

William Fry’s ‘responsive and knowledgeable’ team includes ‘thoughtful problem-solverMark Talbot, who together with David Fitzgibbon advised the Minister for Finance on the IPO of 25% of AIB. In another highlight Fitzgibbon acted for Glanbia Co-operative Society on the spin-out of approximately six million shares. The team was also highly active in the public M&A space. Myra Garrett leads the team.

Leading individuals

Myra Garrett - William Fry

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