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Dillon Eustace

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33 SIR JOHN ROGERSON'S QUAY, DUBLIN 2, IRELAND
Tel:
Work +353 1 667 0022
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Fax +353 1 667 0042
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Web:
www.dilloneustace.ie
Dublin, Grand Cayman, New York, Tokyo

Ireland

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Dillon Eustace

Dillon Eustace’s ‘commercial and client-focused approach’ makes it a popular choice for clients including NAMA, for which it acted on two very significant real estate loan sales. The team also draws on the firm’s strength in investment funds to advise on a high volume of lender and borrower mandates. Practice head Conor Houlihan and John-Hugh Colleran are ‘practical and easy to deal with’ and newly promoted partner Kate Curneen is ‘very solutions driven’.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Dillon Eustace

Dillon Eustace’s ‘professional and prompt’ team has expertise in a variety of sectors, including tax-based deals, media, financial services, healthcare and real estate. Practice head Lorcan Tiernan and Catherine Hicks handled a number of matters for Centric Health, including advising on the acquisition of Primacare.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Dillon Eustace

Dillon Eustace is ‘an obvious choice for insurance-related defence work’ and in one standout matter practice head Kieran Cowhey and John O’Riordan (both ‘very strong technically’) successfully acted for the Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland in a case to determine liability for losses following the collapse of Setanta Insurance Company. John O’Riordan, John Doyle and the ‘authoritative’ Peter Bredin were all active in significant commercial disputes arising from fraud and unpaid guarantees.

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Insolvency and corporate restructuring
Insolvency and corporate restructuring - ranked: tier 2

Dillon Eustace

Dillon Eustace’s ‘first-rate’ team is led by ‘shrewd litigatorJamie Ensor, who was active in the loan enforcement space for clients such as Lapithus Management. In other work Ensor is acting for Deloitte on the liquidation of Hanly Brothers.

Next generation lawyers

Jamie Ensor - Dillon Eustace

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 2

Dillon Eustace

At Dillon Eustace, Kieran Cowhey and John O’Riordan’s ‘perseverance and resilience’ secured a favourable result for the Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland in a Supreme Court case arising from the collapse of Setanta Insurance Company. Andrew Bates is ‘very strong on new regulatory developments’.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 1

Dillon Eustace

Dillon Eustaceprovides solutions to awkward issues based on particularly good technical knowledge and industry experience’. The practice handles a significant number of funds for clients such as Aon Hewitt. Practice head Andrew Bates provides ‘relevant and practical advice’, Donnacha O’Connor is ‘a go to for difficult questions’, Cillian Bredin is ‘always on top of his brief’, Brian Kelliher has ‘excellent business acumen’ and David Dillon has ‘extensive fund management industry experience’. Senior associate Grace O’Connor is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Andrew Bates - Dillon Eustace

Next generation lawyers

Cillian Bredin - Dillon Eustace

Grace O’Connor - Dillon Eustace

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Media and advertising
Media and advertising - ranked: tier 3

Dillon Eustace

Dillon Eustace has considerable experience in defending newspapers in defamation claims, and in one example, the ‘diligent and able’ David Kavanagh successfully acted for MGN in proceedings brought by Caroline Watson. Other key figures are practice head John Doyle and Paul Gill, who has ‘decades of experience in the news media sector’.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Dillon Eustace

Dillon Eustace significantly bolstered its team by hiring new head of practice Kelly O’Hara from NAMA, and Martin Colman from Arthur Cox. The team is highly active on loan book sales and property portfolio sales in the distressed real estate space. Former practice head Paul Eustace is ‘calm and commanding’ and Louise Wright is ‘efficient and personable’.

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 3

Dillon Eustace

Dillon Eustace’s team is led by maritime specialist Paul Gill, who has particular expertise in wrongful arrests. Gill acts mainly for shipowners and insurance companies against commercial threats and class-actions.

Leading individuals

Paul Gill - Dillon Eustace

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Ireland: Capital markets

Debt
Capital markets: debt - ranked: tier 2

Dillon Eustace

Dillon Eustace was active on a range of issuer mandates including practice head Conor Houlihan, who is ‘very strong technically and an excellent negotiator’, acting for N&W Global Vending on the issuance of €300m senior secured notes and €100m second lien notes. Conor Keaveny advised DFC Global on an exchange offer relating to senior secured notes.

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