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The 'highly experienced and very commercial team' at A&L Goodbody¬†has 'market-leading capabilities'; it handles real estate finance, project finance and structured finance, among other matters.¬†Practice head Ciar√°n Rogers¬†acted as Irish counsel to Royal Bank of Scotland as agent on a loan secured against various assets located in Europe, and Peter Murray¬†advised Irish Continental Group on the negotiation of a suite of new facilities valued at¬†‚ā¨526m in total. Adrian Burke, who specialises in loan portfolio sales, and Jack Sheehy¬†are also noted.

The members of Arthur Cox's team have 'clear expertise in their field'; they count domestic and international financial institutions such as Bank of Ireland, Ulster Bank, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America Merrill Lynch among their clients. Practice head Grainne Hennessy¬†advised Covanta on the ‚ā¨469m refinancing of the Dublin Waste-to-Energy PPP project, and Kevin Lynch, who is 'commercial and gets to the point quickly', acted for Allianz Real Estate on the¬†‚ā¨292.5m financing of the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre in Dublin. Ultan Shannon¬†and Orla O‚ÄôConnor¬†regularly advise on loan portfolio sales.

Mason Hayes & Curran's¬†'very client-focused, commercial' team has expertise in a range of areas, including¬†project finance for energy and infrastructure projects and loan portfolio sales. Practice head¬†Will Carmody¬†acted for a syndicate of five banks on a revolving credit facility to Greencoat Renewables to finance the acquisition of a wind farm, and¬†Neil Campbell¬†and Miche√°l Grace¬†advised Permanent TSB on the sale of a¬†‚ā¨2.4bn residential loan portfolio. Jenny Ahern¬†is praised for her 'encyclopedic knowledge of all banking and property disciplines'. Daniel Kiely moved to an in-house role.

Patrick Molloy¬†leads the practice at Matheson, which is noted for its 'experience' and 'client focus'; it advises on transactional work, loan sales and project finance deals, among other matters. Highlights included Peter O‚ÄôBrien¬†advising the National Treasury Management Agency on a debt facility to fund the construction of infrastructure for a housing development, and Michael Hastings¬†acting for BNP Paribas, Deka Bank and Allianz Real Estate on a syndicated ‚ā¨625m loan to the owners of Dundrum Town Centre. Laura Gleeson, Donal O‚ÄôDonovan¬†and the 'committed' David O‚ÄôMahony¬†are also noted.

The team at McCann FitzGerald has 'exceptional knowledge of the relevant law', with particular expertise in development finance transactions. Clients include AIB, Oaktree Capital and Dankse Bank. Fergus Gillen heads the team; Philip Murphy stands out for his 'availability, exceptional technical ability, commerciality and ability to close the most complex of processes'; and Niall Powderly and Stuart McCarron are 'sharp, experienced, commercially astute and proactive'. Eamon de Valera specialises in secured and unsecured lending and Josh Hogan advises on a variety of fintech issues.

William Fry's strengths include advising on real estate finance transactions and acquisition finance deals. Among other highlights, practice head Rachel Stanton advised Hammerson and Allianz on the Irish law aspects of the refinancing of Dundrum Town Centre; Elaine Hanly acted for the European Investment Bank on its financing of the redevelopment of port facilities in Ringaskiddy, Co Cork; and Siobhan Carlin advised Oaktree Capital Management on the structuring and financing of the acquisition of the Parkway Shopping Centre in Limerick. Padraic Kinsella joined from Arthur Cox and Lyn Brennan from Milbank in New York.

Beauchamps acts for some of the largest financial institutions in Ireland, such as AIB, Ulster Bank, the National Asset Management Agency and Pepper Asset Management. Recent highlights include Daniel Cashman acting for Colony Northstar on the financing and taking of security on the Spencer Dock development site in Dublin, and Leonard Lavelle advising on energy sector transactions, including the sale of a partly operational wind farm project. Niall O’Brien is also noted. Pat Nyhan was promoted to partner.

The 'commercially astute' team at Byrne Wallace¬†is recognised for its 'excellent technical knowledge', particularly in development finance. The 'calm, pragmatic and hugely respected' Mark Kavanagh¬†heads the practice; he¬†acted for Exeter Property Group on the financing of the ‚ā¨35m acquisition of student accommodation in Galway. Eileen Prendergast¬†advised ING Bank on the refinancing of a construction facility secured on a wind farm in Donegal. Deirdre McBennett, Elizabeth Ryan, and Paraic O‚ÄôKennedy, who is noted for his 'outstanding client management', are also key contacts.

Dillon Eustace 'provides a top-quality offering and is always committed to getting the deal done efficiently'. Its client list includes international financial institutions, domestic banks and alternative lenders, and government agencies; Nama is a longstanding client. John-Hugh Colleran is 'pragmatic and relationship driven, with very strong interpersonal skills'; Keith Robinson is 'very approachable and solutions focused'; and the 'consistently excellent' and 'technically very strong' Kate Curneen is noted for her expertise in property finance. Conor Houlihan moved to DLA Piper.

The team at Eugene F. Collins was particularly active in commercial property finance, and advised on a number of deals in the hotels sector. Practice head Libby Garvey and senior associate Robert Potter-Cogan 'provide hands-on, commercial and fast-paced advice'; they acted for property development company Cannon Kirk on a complex restructuring, including negotiating the terms of new facilities with alternative lender Oaktree Capital. Nicola McGrath is also a key member of the practice.

Real estate and project finance are areas of focus for the team at Eversheds Sutherland. Recent highlights include Steve Rodgers¬†acting for Finance Ireland Credit Solutions on its securitisation of commercial mortgage loans; Darragh Blake¬†advising Avestus Capital Partners on the acquisition and development of a number of properties in Dublin; and practice head Piaras Power¬†(who is 'top class across the board') assisting a financial institution with the¬†‚ā¨15m funding provided to¬†a housing association for the acquisition of 190 homes throughout Ireland. Deborah Hutton¬†joined from an in-house role.

Maples Group's 'responsive, commercial and pragmatic' team has¬†been particularly active in real estate finance, loan portfolio sales and financing for the green energy sector.¬†Alma O‚ÄôSullivan, Sarah Francis¬†(who is noted for her 'sensible, pragmatic and sound advice'), and John Breslin¬†acted as joint lead counsel to Proteus Funding on the ‚ā¨1.5bn acquisition of the Danske Bank Irish residential mortgages portfolio. The 'solutions-oriented' Elizabeth Bradley¬†is also recommended for her 'strong commercial experience'.¬†Nollaig Murphy retired.

Walkers acts mainly on the lender side, for both financial institutions and alternative lenders, and has a particularly strong international client base. Real estate finance, corporate and fund finance, and loan portfolio sales are all key areas of work. Garry Ferguson heads the team, which also includes Andrew Traynor and Noeleen Ruddy; Traynor recently acted as Irish counsel to VTB Bank as lender on the cross-border restructuring of a eurobond sponsored by a Russian rail car lease operator. Matt Hedigan was promoted to partner and Paddy Rath and Ian McNamee to of counsel.

Richard Curran heads the practice at LK Shields Solicitors, which handles corporate, real estate and project finance, and advises on a range of lending products. The healthcare sector is one of the team's areas of focus: Neil O’Keeffe advised an infrastructure fund on the financing of its acquisition of a hospital group. In the telecoms sector, Andrew Power acted for Cignal Infrastructure on the refinancing of its telecom mast infrastructure.

The 'capable and responsive' practice at Philip Lee¬†is known for its strength in structured lending, project finance and media finance, and has been increasingly active in real estate acquisition and development finance. The 'highly knowledgeable and effective' Jonathan Kelly¬†and Simon O‚ÄôNeill¬†acted for Port of Cork Company on the¬†‚ā¨100m redevelopment of port facilities at Ringaskiddy, Co Cork, and advised AIB on a secured loan facility to a QIAIF for the acquisition of a student accommodation site.

Cork-based Brendan Cunningham and Thomas Fox head the 'rigorous' and 'commercial' team at Ronan Daly Jermyn, which has recently expanded its client base to include alternative lenders such as Relm Finance, Profunder and Capitalflow. The practice advises on real estate finance, corporate lending and loan portfolio sales, and is active in the hotels and university sectors. In Galway, Peter McGarvey and associate Marion Meehan are recommended; Bryan McCarthy and Evin McCarthy are key contacts in Dublin.

Whitney Moore regularly advises domestic banks and private funders on matters such as acquisition finance, construction and development finance, loan sales and purchases, and refinancing. The real estate and construction sectors are particular areas of focus, as well as renewable energy and retail. Ann Lalor heads the team, which also includes associates Cathy McFadden, who joined from Brabners LLP, and Jamie Enright.

Hayes Solicitors has 'a strong team with in-depth knowledge and experience in all areas of banking law', which handles real estate finance, corporate restructuring arrangements and loan sales. The 'impressive' Michael Hanley is acting for a domestic financial institution on the renegotiation and amendment and restatement of a senior facility agreement with an Irish corporate. Associate Catherine Jane O’Rourke is an 'excellent solicitor' who 'inspires confidence in her work'. John Glynn left for an in-house role.

Limerick-based senior associate Lisa Killeen heads the practice at Holmes O'Malley Sexton, which has acted for lenders and borrowers on a number of development finance deals. The team is advising a bank as the lender on the acquisition of a portfolio of nursing home and residential properties, as well as assisting the same client with a loan facility to fund the refurbishment of a supermarket premises and the development of connected buildings.

Cork-based JW O'Donovan Solicitors handles acquisition finance, corporate restructuring and development finance, among other matters. Practice head Anne-Marie Linehan and Patrick Bradley are the key contacts.

McDowell Purcell¬†is noted for its 'knowledge, attention to key issues and prompt responses'. The team is active in real estate and development finance, project finance, and corporate lending, and has particular expertise in the renewable energy sector. Recent highlights include Feilim O‚ÄôCaoimh¬†acting for Galetech Group on the ‚ā¨36m project financing of a wind farm in Co Cavan. Breen Purcell¬†and Thomas O‚ÄôMalley¬†are also recommended.

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