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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland’s ‘strength in maintaining transaction momentum’ ensured that the practice was instructed on a number of major real estate deals, including the ‘pragmatic and efficientSteve Rodgers acting for HSBC on €100m loan facilities for the redevelopment of a site on Dame Street. The team was also active in the project finance space, with ‘strong lawyerDarragh Blake assisting AIB Group (UK) with the finance for a wind farm. Practice head Piaras Power and ‘detail-focused’ Terry O’Malley are additional contacts.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland’s ‘proactivity in presenting solutions to challenges’ ensures that the team is a favourite for significant domestic and cross-border deals. ‘Top-class’ practice head Gerard Ryan acted for Lifes2Good on the €150m sale of its haircare business to Church & Dwight, and Sean Ryan advised Independent News & Media on the acquisition of Celtic Media.

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Construction - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland handles a good balance of contentious and non-contentious work, with Dermot McEvoy and the ‘very reliable and organisedAngelyn Rowan the respective names to note. Recent mandates include advising Ronan Group Real Estate on development projects at Fibonacci Square and Spencer Place, and defending Dublin Port Company in a High Court payment dispute concerning works carried out at the Alexandra Basin.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherlandparticularly impresses in the areas of commercial acumen and appropriateness of advice’, and the practice is also noted for its ‘very strong’ insurance aspect, with ‘second to none’ healthcare specialist Aisling Gannon and Jim Trueick the names to note in this regard. Practice head Norman Fitzgerald, who is ‘calm under pressure’, is acting for 3V Benelux in a claim concerning the wrongful termination of a services agreement. Pamela O’Neill leads on regulatory work. Stephen Barry made partner.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland was highly active in the merger filings space, where work included acting for Pimco Funds Ireland on the sale of its interest in several significant commercial property assets. The team also handles dawn raids and other contentious work. Sean Ryan heads the practice.

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Employment - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland provides ‘speedy and pragmatic advice’ to an impressive array of international companies including major operators in the technology sector. The team’s wide ranging non-contentious work included ‘reassuringly calm’ practice head Joanne Hyde advising Independent News & Media on the employment aspects of its acquisition of Celtic Media Group. In the contentious space the ‘solution-focusedAnna Broderick is defending Adara Media in a cross-border unfair dismissal claim. Margaret Gorman leads on work in the education sector.

Leading individuals

Joanne Hyde - Eversheds Sutherland

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland’s expertise in renewables incorporates onshore and offshore wind and biomass CHP transactions, anaerobic digestion development and energy storage solutions. Practice head Mark Varian, who is ‘up-to-speed with industry changes’, and Kevin Collins advised Black Lough Wind Farm on the development phase of the project.

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

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland is particularly recognised in the healthcare sector, where Aisling Gannon’s ‘expertise is second to none’; Gannon provides contentious and non-contentious advice to a range of hospitals, nursing homes, primary care centres and public sector clients. Tony McGovern leads on life sciences work and is assisting Integumen with its listing on AIM.

Leading individuals

Aisling Gannon - Eversheds Sutherland

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Information technology
Information technology - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland handled a number of transactional mandates including advising E-Net on its bid for the national broadband project in Ireland. The team was also busy in the data protection and privacy space. Marie McGinley and Tony McGovern head the practice.

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

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland is highly active in the real estate loan enforcement space where significant clients include NAMA and AIB. Norman Fitzgerald leads the team.

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Insurance - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland

At Eversheds Sutherland, medical negligence specialist Aisling Gannon, who has ‘superb industry knowledge’, and Jim Trueick and Stephen Barry, who focuses on professional indemnity (PI) work, are the names to note for contentious matters. Non-contentious head Peter Fahy specialises in bulk annuity and captive annuity transactions.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland’s practice added a number of new clients including the Irish Commission for Communications Regulation. Practice head Marie McGinley is advising Payzone Ireland on all aspects of its trade mark and brand protection and exploitation.

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

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland’s ‘down-to-earth’ approach makes it a favourite with trustees and sponsors of major pension schemes. Practice head Peter Fahy is advising the trustees of the Irish Examiner’s defined benefit (DB) pension scheme on the buy-out of the scheme’s existing pensioner liabilities. Fiona Thornton, who is now a senior consultant, is another key figure. Ian Devlin joined William Fry in October 2018.

Leading individuals

Peter Fahy - Eversheds Sutherland

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland is a key name for contentious planning and environmental matters; newly promoted partner Stephen Barry is representing Raragh Developments in judicial review proceedings relating to the grant of planning for the proposed grid connection development and a proposed sub-station in County Cavan.

Next generation lawyers

Stephen Barry - Eversheds Sutherland

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Projects and PPP
Projects and PPP - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland

At Eversheds Sutherland, the ‘attentiveAngelyn Rowan is advising the National Development Finance Agency on the procurement arrangements for a number of major projects including the social housing PPP programme. On the sponsor side, Peter Curran acted for a Vinci Concessions and Abtran joint venture on its successful bid to design, build, operate and maintain an electronic tolling service for Transport Infrastructure Ireland.

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Public sector
Public sector - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland leads the way in public sector procurement work with Peter Curran active on numerous mandates for clients such as the Office of Government Procurement. The team is also strong for infrastructure work and in one example, Angelyn Rowan is acting for the National Development Finance Agency on the Grangegorman campus PPP. Litigator Norman Fitzgerald heads the team.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Eversheds Sutherland

At Eversheds Sutherland, areas of expertise include landlord and tenant work, and residential development; in an example of the latter Joe Stanley assisted key client Cairn Homes with a development at Shackleton Park. In the investment subsector, Cian MacGinley acted for Catella Real Estate on the acquisition of 1 George’s Dock in Dublin. Managing partner Alan Murphy and senior associate Marie O’Riordan are additional contacts.

Leading individuals

Joe Stanley - Eversheds Sutherland

Next generation lawyers

Marie O’Riordan - Eversheds Sutherland

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Tax - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland bolstered its team by hiring new practice head Alan Connell, who joined from Matheson, and Niamh Caffrey, who joined from McCann FitzGerald. The ‘efficient and thorough’ Connell advised SNC-Lavalin on the Irish tax aspects of the sale of Equinox CA Europe to Compre Holdings.

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Telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland

At Eversheds Sutherland, practice head Sean Ryan and the ‘pragmatic and extremely diligentPeter Curran act for clients such as BT and Payzone Group on a range of commercial and regulatory mandates. The team is advising on the national broadband project.

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Ireland: Capital markets

Capital markets: equity - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland

At Eversheds Sutherland, Lee Murphy has expertise in flotations and fund raisings and is advising on a significant proposed IPO. Murphy was also busy in the public M&A space where he acted for Independent News & Media on the acquisition of Celtic Media.

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