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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2


Walkers’ substantial aviation practice is led by ‘excellent negotiatorKen Rush, who acted as special Irish Counsel to Starlite Aviation Group on the refinancing by Investec Bank of a portfolio of 15 helicopters. The practice extends beyond asset finance to general banking work, with the ‘impressiveAndrew Traynor handling a mix of real estate finance and corporate finance instructions. Noeleen Ruddy and senior associate Paddy Rath are ‘concise and to the point’.

Leading individuals

Ken Rush - Walkers (aviation finance)

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 4


Walkers is ‘strong on law, hungry and competitive’. The team is headed by Brendan O’Brien, who stands out for his ‘professionalism and business acumen’; he acted for the management team of the Extraspace Group on a phased management buyout.

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


Walkers has ‘a strong insolvency base with particular expertise in examinerships’; ‘proactive and creative’ practice head Gavin Smith is advising Grant Thornton on the examinership of Harley Mechanical Services. The team impresses with the breadth of its workload, which includes financial, commercial and real estate-related insolvency matters.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 2


At Walkers, UCITS specialist Kerill O’Shaughnessy impresses with his ‘legal and regulatory knowledge’; he is advising Systematica Investments on the establishment and UCITS V conversion of their Irish UCITS. Of counsel Emily Davycompletes tasks efficiently’. Gayle Bowen joined Pinsent Masons LLP. Paul Farrell retired.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3


Walkers is active in its core areas of landlord-side retail and real estate-backed loan portfolios. The team acted for MKN Group on the purchase of the Portobello portfolio. Of counsel Jody Toner, who ‘explains real estate in a detailed but understandable way’. Regina McCaghy left the firm. Rachel Rodgers was a new arrival in 2018 from Hayes Solicitors.

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Tax - ranked: tier 2


Walkers is particularly strong in the investment funds space, where the ‘Irish tax knowledge is broad and deep spanning several asset classes and fund structures’. Practice head Jonathan Sheehan and senior associate Eimear Burbridge ‘have an exceptional technical grasp of tax’; in one highlight Sheehan and Burbridge advised Halcyon Loan Advisors (UK) on tax issues arising from a European CLO issuance through an Irish SPV.

Next generation lawyers

Eimear Burbridge - Walkers

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Transport - ranked: tier 3


Walkers is well known in the market for its asset finance expertise, with practice head Ken Rusha leading light in the aviation industry’. Rush acted for Alafco Aviation on the sale of a portfolio of aircraft to Amedeo and the placing on lease of the aircraft simultaneously with delivery.

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Ireland: Capital markets

Capital markets: debt - ranked: tier 1


Walkers has some ‘good niche strengths’ including insurance-linked security transactions; ‘really bright and clued up’ practice head Garry Ferguson acted for Assicurazioni Generali on the $85m issuance of three tranches of principal at-risk variable rate notes. The team also handles collateralised loan obligations (CLOs), distressed asset investment and commercial mortgage-backed securities. Noeleen Ruddy provides ‘succinct and decisive advice’.

Leading individuals

Garry Ferguson - Walkers

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