Firms To Watch: Banking and finance

At Taylor Wessing, the firm's banking and finance group was established following the hire of experienced practitioner Libby Garvey. Garvey brings experience in advising on acquisition finance, structured finance, real estate finance, and trade and receivables finance.

Firms in the Spotlight Banking and finance

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A&L Goodbody LLP

A&L Goodbody LLP‘s banking and finance team has great strength in depth, and fields extensive expertise in advising on a number of the largest property and development finance projects and loan portfolio sales in Ireland. The firm handles a steady workflow of high-value, complex instructions involving acquisition and leveraged finance, corporate lending, real estate finance, fund finance and sustainability-linked finance, to name a few areas. The client base includes corporates, sponsors, financial institutions, and private credit lenders. Head of general finance Peter Murray is a key practitioner, and Gillian McDonald is highly regarded for her expertise in loan portfolio sales. Other key lawyers include Seamus Ó’CróinínMaria McElhinney, Niamh McMahon and senior associate Lisa Tait. London-based partner Robbie O’Driscoll assists Irish entities with a wide spectrum of finance transactions.

Practice head(s):

Peter Murray; Marie O’Brien

Other key lawyers:

Seamus Ó’Cróinín; Maria McElhinney; Niamh McMahon; Robbie O’Driscoll; Gillian McDonald; Lisa Tait


‘Fully resourced team at all levels which is key for large scale / time sensitive transactions. Collaborate well across internal departments. Excellent availability of key individuals on transactions. Fees appropriate to transaction and no unmerited variations.’

‘Robbie O’Driscoll was excellent throughout the number of transactions we completed – always available, maintained calm and did all that was necessary to get transactions completed. His support team maintained these standards. ’

‘The partners have a great perspective on the work and the world. They are super informed about what is going on in the industry. They are hugely professional, practical and supportive. The firm is able to call on a wide variety of expertise.’

‘Peter Murray and Niamh McMahon have an in depth understanding of the work, the law and the art of negotiation. They are prompt, practical and a joy to work with.’

‘Proactive, commercial and very well informed on deal structuring, conditionality and covenant packages, particularly for larger, complex multi-banked transactions.’

‘Responsive, commercial and understand what their clients are trying to achieve. Work to this agenda and drive transactions forward and to completion.’

‘Seamus Ó’Cróinín uses astute interventions and draws on all his commercial negotiating experience to find solutions to both legal and regulatory issues. He also remains calm and unruffled. Lisa Tait is measured and relentless in her efforts to progress a transaction with the pace that clients require. Really good calm manner and a pleasure to deal with.’

Key clients

Bank of Ireland

Ulster Bank

HSBC Bank plc

Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c.

Standard Chartered Bank

Corten Capital GP Limited

Perrigo Company plc

Kroll Agency Services Limited (as Agent)

Activate Capital

IPF Management S.A.

National Westminster Bank plc

Patrizia Immobilien AG

Work highlights

  • Acted as lead counsel for the Bank of Ireland in relation to the disposal of an Irish non- performing loan portfolio with an approximate value of €800m.
  • Represented Activate Investments Five DAC as mezzanine lender on a €385m financing with Marlet to fund the development of over 1,100 units at two separate PRS developments in Dublin.
  • Advised the clients on the amendment and extension of a €3.5bn multicurrency revolving credit facility for CRH Finance (UK) and CRH Finance DAC.

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox is a highly regarded firm in the banking and finance arena in Ireland. The practice continues to handle a high volume of real estate and development finance, funds finance, leveraged finance, project finance and corporate lending matters, and is at the forefront of ESG and sustainability-linked financings. Financial regulatory work is another key pillar of strength for the group. Grainne Hennessy and Orla O’Connor are very highly regarded practitioners in the banking and finance practice, as are Kevin LynchUltan Shannon and David Molloy. Ciara Buckley is an emerging partner. Counsel Ed McDonagh and senior associate Ben Rayner are names to note.

Practice head(s):

David Molloy

Other key lawyers:

Grainne Hennessy; Orla O’Connor; Ultan Shannon; Daragh Geraghty; Kevin Lynch; Ciara Buckley; Ruth Lillis; Imelda Shiels; Ben Rayner; Ed McDonagh


‘I have had several experiences working with Arthur Cox during my career and I have always found them excellent to deal with. The depth of skill within their teams ensures you always feel comfortable. They are also a very personable and fun team to work with.’

‘We have dealt for many years with Grainne Hennessy who set the standards the others could only aspire to. In recent years we have have worked Imelda Shiels who is is certainly cut from the same cloth. She is responsive, technically excellent, always pleasant to deal with. She is very commercial and consistently provides outstanding customer service.’

‘Kevin Lynch is our long-standing partner in the firm. A highly respected individual in Dublin legal and finance circles. Well regarded for his ability to cut through the “waffle” and keep matters moving when deals go slow. A problem-solver rather than a problem-maker and always very commercial when overcoming hurdles.’

‘Darragh Geraghty and Ben Rayner provide excellent technical / legal skills, commercial judgement, responsiveness, and the ability to manage personalities. ’

‘We have largely worked with Ruth Lillis, partner in the finance group. Ruth has been an outstanding partner to us. Her counsel is both thoughful and commercial which we value greatly.

‘My experience of the Arthur Cox Banking and Finance Team is very positive. I would describe the team as highly knowledgeable, professional, responsive and courteous to deal with. I particularly appreciate the continuity of the personnel on the team and their institutional knowledge of our loan agreements and guarantee agreements and their wider banking and finance knowledge.

‘Ciara Buckley has always offered excellent service as banking partner to our firm. She makes complex matters appear straightforward and is a real problem solver. She is extremely prompt in addressing tasks or matters as they arise.’

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP's large banking and finance practice has an excellent reputation for advising on loan portfolio sales and acquisitions, loan on loan deals, warehouse financing, real estate and development finance, and project finance. The firm is close to Irish pillar banks, international lenders, alternative lenders and a large number of borrower clients. The head of the financial services group, Neil Campbell, is a prominent name in loan portfolio sales, and Micheál Grace's workload includes loan on loan deals, real estate and warehouse financings, and distressed asset purchases. Cathy Grant is very experienced in corporate banking, and Karol Fox specialises in development finance matters. Following William Carmody‘s appointment as firm managing partner, Muireann Hernon now heads up the project finance team. Irene Nic Chárthaigh and Alan Burns are key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Neil Campbell

Other key lawyers:

William Carmody; Muireann Hernon; Micheál Grace; Cathy Grant; Karol Fox; Irene Nic Chárthaigh; Alan Burns


‘I work with Neil Campbell regularly and find him to be very commercial and practical in the advice that he provides. Irene Nic Charthaigh is always available and very thorough in the advice that she provides.’

‘To date, I have mostly dealt with Karol Fox who is very knowledgeable in the Banking Sector. Karol is very approachable, easily contactable and always willing to help and go the extra mile for his clients. Overall I have always had an excellent experience dealing with MHC and Karol and his team in particular.’

‘Cathy Grant, in particular, is a firm favourite. She has unrivalled expertise and knowledge of cross-border financings. She delivers superb quality of work and advice every time. ’

‘The MHC team continuously demonstrate their capabilities and ability to deliver. They have keen awareness of key requirements that we have in our business, providing good advice and guidance. Their communication/engagement, commercial mindedness and ability to take a holistic view sets them apart from other firms. It’s easy to pick up the phone and talk through queries, they are very responsive and helpful. ’

‘I deal with Karol Fox mostly in MHC, he has a great knowledge of the banking & finance sector; his communication skills make him stand out from others; he is always available to discuss issues, is very helpful and proactive in dealing with issues.’

‘Irene Nic Chárthaigh was recently announced as a new Partner in the Financial Services sector. She is a highly intelligent and responsive individual who makes the effort to fully understand her client’s business. Her drafting is always presented in a clear, concise and user-friendly manner. Irene’s key attributes include an ability to think strategically and pre-empt issues and manage transactions efficiently from cradle to grave. Irene maintains a high level of transactional landscape awareness, acting as a market maker and bringing together clients from all sides of the financial world to maximise value. ’

‘Micheál Grace runs a very slick operation. Super focussed on achieving the right end-result.’

‘Alan Burns, who recently made partner, is an exceptional lawyer. He is very commercial and provides advice, not just a strict legal opinion. Alan is an expert in non bank lending and alternative debt structuring, which is rare in the Irish market. ’

Key clients

Citibank N.A.

Bank of America, N.A.

RBC Europe Limited

Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c.

Permanent TSB Public Limited Company

The Governor and Company of the Bank of Ireland

Arjun Infrastructure Partners


Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale

Permira Credit Group

Home Building Finance Ireland Lending DAC



Work highlights

  • Advised Citibank and Bank of America in connection with a $28.5bn senior unsecured bridge loan facility for Amgen.
  • Advised Permanent TSB on the disposal of the Project Glenbeigh IV portfolio.

Matheson LLP

Matheson LLP is very highly regarded for its strength in handling debt restructurings, syndicated and bilateral loans, acquisition finance, sustainability-linked financings and loan portfolio sales. The team is regularly instructed by a solid client roster of international banks, domestic banks and financial institutions, as well as domestic and multinational companies, private equity houses and asset managers. Maireadh Dale, who co-heads the finance and capital markets department, has an excellent reputation for her experience in real estate finance, leveraged finance, corporate finance and asset finance. Patrick Molloy remains active in structured finance, securitisations, project finance, and general banking matters. David O’Mahony handles big-ticket financing mandates, and Paul Carroll has expertise in acquisition and leveraged finance and general corporate lending matters. Finnbahr Boyle made partner in January 2023; Donal O’Donovan and Michael Hastings have now left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Turlough Galvin; Maireadh Dale

Other key lawyers:

David O’Mahony; Paul Carroll; Finnbahr Boyle; Patrick Molloy


‘Partner availability, support to work through structural nuances, turnaround time, communication.’

‘Paul Carroll- exceptional support and commitment to tight transactions.’

‘We work with both the regulatory advice team and the transaction team in Banking and Finance in Matheson. The sub-teams in Matheson seem to interact and collaborate well with each other and they have great strength and depth to their practice.’

‘Extremely capable and competent individuals. Very approachable with the requisite technical skills.’

‘Paul Carroll – very responsive, clear communicator, level-headed, transparent on billing, collaborative with colleagues in other departments.’

Patrick Molloy – technically very strong, responsive.’

‘Paul Carroll is outstanding. He has a great ability to grasp complex legal matters and to find practical solutions.’

Key clients


Allied Irish Banks, plc

The National Treasury Management Agency

The Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland

The Ireland Strategic Investment Fund

Bord Na Mona



ING Bank



Bank of Montreal

Goldman Sachs

Roundhill Capital


Barclays Bank plc

Danske Bank


Tynagh Energy Limited

Dell Bank

Ulster Bank

HSBC plc

Bank of Ireland


An Post

Horizon Pharma plc


Société Générale

Carne Group


Tirlán Co-operative Society Limited (formerly Glanbia Co-operative Society Limited

HSBC Innovation Bank Limited (formerly Silicon Valley Bank)

Waystone Group

Vertex Inc

Work highlights

  • Advised Bank of Ireland on a €315m syndicated facility advanced to the Tirlán (formerly Glanbia) Group, classified as a sustainability-linked loan.
  • Advised Bank of Ireland on all aspects of its acquisition of all performing loan assets and deposits of KBC Bank Ireland.
  • Advised the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland on the €500m Growth and Sustainability Loan Scheme and the €500m Retrofit Loan Scheme.

McCann FitzGerald LLP

McCann FitzGerald LLP's wide-ranging banking and finance practice takes in multi-layered financings, restructurings, and real estate and development finance matters, as well as assisting alternative lenders with entering into the Irish market. The firm continues to handle a high volume of fund finance matters, and has an expanding presence in the financial services regulatory sphere. The department has also seen a steady growth of work pertaining to ESG and sustainability-linked finance. Niall Powderly leads the corporate banking team, and has an excellent track record in advising pillar banks and international lenders on big-ticket financings. Josh Hogan leads the financial services regulatory group; Eamon de Valera focuses on fund finance and social and affordable housing financing matters; Philip Murphy has extensive experience in advising on hotel and development financings; and Stuart McCarron is an expert in real estate finance. Niall McDowell and Aidan Gleeson are singled out for their contributions.

Practice head(s):

Niall Powderly; Josh Hogan

Other key lawyers:

Eamon de Valera; Philip Murphy; Stuart McCarron; Tom Dane; Niall McDowell; Aidan Gleeson; Judith Lawless; James Fitzgerald


The Banking & Finance team at McCann Fitzgerald are an engaged and highly functioning team that prioritise client needs over anything else. Their desire to provide the best outcome for their clients is a key driving force of their successes. ’

The firm’s focus on putting clients needs first is driven from the individual partners and ethos of the firm. Niall McDowell has forged great relationships with both lenders and borrowers and can seamlessly work across both sides whilst still retaining integrity and professionalism. ’

‘Tom Dane and Philip Murphy are both excellent and well valued legal experts for our firm.’

‘Eamon de Valera is a knowledgeable and insightful lawyer who can cut to the core of an issue and using his vast experience, procure a solution. Aidan Gleeson is an excellent communicator who delivers exceptional service across complex transactions coordinating multiple parties.’

‘Judith Lawless is a highly impressive lawyer. Her knowledge of the subject matter is boundless and her response times are excellent.’

‘Josh Hogan (Partner) and his colleague James Fitzgerald (Senior Associate): Josh is exceptional in his knowledge of the Regulatory considerations for our business. He is always professional, prompt, and solution orientated in any matters we take to him in this area. James is a strong subject matter expert and again professional engaging and always available to take calls even on short notice. Very client focused.’

Niall McDowell is our primary contact in the banking team. Niall is vital to our business and is viewed by senior management as a valuable extension of our team. He has an incredible, instinctive knowledge of our business needs and the national and international banking markets and consistently delivers without fuss. A low key, consistent high achiever. Niall has exceptional emotional intelligence and uses his power with people to get deals across the line. This is the banking lawyer that you want on your side in any manner of banking transaction. ’

Aidan Gleeson is a stand out individual within MCF who is very hard working, diligent and has a very strong grasp of banking documentation. Aidan is particularly strong at cash flow lending having worked on a number of high profile transactions in recent years. Coupled with his hard work ethic, Aidan is generally light hearted and fun to work with.’

Key clients

Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c.

The Governor and Company of the Bank of Ireland

Irish Residential Properties REIT plc and its subsidiary IRES Residential Properties Limited

Urbeo Residential Fund ICAV

Dairygold Co-operative Society Limited

Cardinal Capital Group UC

Marlet Property Group

Deutsche Bank AG – London Branch


Oaktree Capital Management


Relm Loan Opportunities 3 Dac

AshGrove Capital

ATA Group


Leumi UK

European Investment Bank






Wells Fargo Capital Finance

Work highlights

  • Advised the governor and company of the Bank of Ireland as ‘first out’ lender in connection with refinancing Writech’s existing indebtedness and financing certain bolt-on acquisitions (including Orbital Welding Solutions).
  • Represented Marlet Property Group as borrower for the financing of its development of 1,108 residential apartments in Howth and Grand Canal Harbour in Dublin.
  • Advised Allied Irish Banks, and the governor and company of the Bank of Ireland, on debt facilities to Phoenix Labs Unlimited and connected companies to refinance existing debt and acquire portfolios of assets from Sanofi and other leading international pharmaceuticals companies.

William Fry LLP

William Fry LLP's practice has deep expertise in leveraged and acquisition finance, real estate finance, corporate lending and receivables finance, and has experienced growth in high-profile cross-border acquisition financings, alongside sustainability-linked financings and loan-on-loan deals. The department has established strength in handling real estate, technology, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, infrastructure and utilities, and insurance sector matters. Jason Hollis is highly regarded for handling financings in the technology sector, and Padraic Kinsella has established strength in assisting with corporate lending, real estate finance, acquisition finance and receivables finance. Cork-based partner Laura HoulihanCiarán Herlihy and David O’Shea are key practitioners. Lyn Brennan is now head of the firm’s New York office.

Practice head(s):

Jason Hollis; David Maughan

Other key lawyers:

Padraic Kinsella; Laura Houlihan; David O’Shea; Ciaran Herlihy


‘Over the years I have worked with a number of partners in the William Fry Dublin office. Their Banking & Finance team has an extremely impressive practice and I wouldn’t hesitate to to recommend their expertise in the banking and finance arena. Their work product is unmatched in Dublin.’

‘I have worked with Ciaran Herlihy’s team and Jason Hollis. Both exceptional practitioners and have their fingers on the pulse of the debt markets in Dublin. Both are extremely well connected and highly skilled negotiators. Both of these attributes help them to get the best outcomes for their clients.’

‘The advice is second to none. The team is commercial, technically excellent and responsive. The team is professional, has market knowledge and demonstrates pragmatism in the context of commercial considerations. The firm is knowledgeable and works well with our other advisors to provide seamless service. William Fry advises on a wide range of transactions and shows consistent high standards for all of them. They have the ability to articulate complex legal points in a way non-legal people can understand.’

‘Laura Houlihan has a great work ethic and is a tough negotiator. She never misses deadlines and can adapt to any timeline.’

‘Strong team, very professional, very thorough in their research and dealings. Extremely proactive and accessible.’

Key clients

Ardagh Packaging Group

Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c.

Apollo Global Management

ARES Management Limited

Australia & New Zealand Banking Group

Bank of America Europe

Bank of Ireland

Barings Bank



Bibby Financial Services

Clayton, Dubliner & Rice

Colony Capital

Cooperative Rabobank

Credit Suisse


DBS Bank

Deutsche Bank


Dutch Infrastructure Fund


Eiffel Investments



European Investment Bank

Goldman Sachs


Home for Life

ING Bank


JP Morgan Chase

Kennedy Wilson


Lloyds Banking Group



MML Capital


Munich Re




Orange Capital Partners

OTP Bank

Oxford Finance

Partners For Growth



Porsche International Financing

Raiffeisenbank CZ

Real I.S.

RGA Reinsurance


Silicon Valley Bank/HSBC Innovation Bank



Smurfit Kappa

Société Générale

State Street



Work highlights

  • Acted as co-counsel to Amgen on a €28.5bn committed bridge and term acquisition facility in connection with a potential takeover of Horizon Therapeutics.
  • Advised EirGrid on its €800m Celtic Interconnector Project.
  • Advised Uniphar on its corporate refinancing.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard‘s banking and finance group has a solid reputation in the market. The practice has seen significant growth in financial services regulatory matters and energy and infrastructure finance. Real estate and social housing finance are key pillars of strength for the team, which has seen an uptick in work from borrower clients. The group maintains its strong links to lender clients, including Irish pillar banks. Practice head Ray Byrne is highly regarded for his expertise in real estate finance, leveraged finance, fund finance, asset-based lending and corporate lending. Erc Walsh is well known for advising on real estate and development finance, corporate lending and fund finance.

Practice head(s):

Ray Byrne

Other key lawyers:

Erc Walsh; Evan Shaughnessy; Padraig Leyden


‘I deal with Ray Byrne and he has assembled a top class banking department.’

‘Ray Byrne is an excellent solicitor who oozes confidence and is able to deal with any personality on the other side of a transaction. He gives excellent advice and is very strategic in his thinking, which is vital for any client.’

‘The banking and finance team are an incredibly innovative and forward thinking group of people. Ray Byrne is on top of his game and is an incredibly gifted lawyer. We have also worked closely with Padraig Leyden who was a super appointment to an already strong team.’

‘Our primary contact in AG is Ray Byrne. He is an exceptional lawyer who goes above and beyond for his client. Ray is all over the detail when it comes to the legals, but what really sets him apart from his competitors is his desire to understand his clients’ business. I would not hesitate in recommending Ray.’

We have worked closely with Padraig Leyden and find him to be a very solid operator. Padraig is a really good guy who always gets the deal done. Evan Shaughnessy is always available and always delivers.’

Key clients

Bank of Ireland

Allied Irish Banks, plc

Finance Ireland Credit Solutions Designated Activity Company

Danske Bank A.S.

HSBC Bank plc

National Asset Management Agency

Home Building Finance Ireland

Rabobank Ireland Designated Activity Company

Cannon Kirk

Johnson & Johnson

Lloyds Bank

BNP Paribas

O’Callaghan Hotels Group

TifCo Group

Ardan Advisory / Mercantile Group

Wealth Option Trustees Limited

Applegreen and Petrogas Group

Kepak Group

Kestrel Capital Limited

Medisec Ireland CLG

Karshan Group

Magnet Group

Prim Ed Publishing

Powerleague Group

DunPort Capital Management

Golden Port Estates Limited

Barclays Bank

Irish Diaspora Loan Fund

Activate Capital

Fairfield REF

Relm Finance

Work highlights

  • Assisted DunPort Capital Management with the financing of Schivo Medical’s acquisition of APN Global.
  • Advised the Bank of Ireland on a €27.5m financing for Re-turn, the operator of Ireland’s new Deposit Return Scheme.
  • Advised Blazehill Capital on providing a mezzanine asset-based lending facility to members of the CPL Industries Group.

Beauchamps LLP

Real estate and housing finance transactions form the backbone of Beauchamps LLP's practice, with the team regularly acting for a large client base of banks, senior lenders, mezzanine lenders, hedge funds and developers. It also has a solid track record in advising on corporate lending, acquisition finance and debt restructurings. Practice head Daniel Cashman has an excellent reputation for assisting with real estate finance and loan portfolio transactions. Niall O’Brien is a key practitioner to note.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Cashman

Other key lawyers:

Niall O’Brien; Jeanne-Marie Moriarty


‘They have a particularly strong reputation in the banking and finance space, primarily driven by the head of the function, Daniel Cashman.’

‘Daniel Cashman is the long-standing partner we deal with. He is very well respected in the industry and acts for many large clients. He is incredibly responsive and available at all times. He also provides exceptional value for money. Highly trusted.’

‘We need industry and project specific advice from our legal team. In Beauchamps, we use Daniel Cashman for our banking and funding requirements. They are our go to legal advisors. They are backed up by a number of other high quality professionals who also help satisfy our legal needs. ’

Key clients

Allied Irish Banks plc

Cabot Financial Ireland Ltd

Cardinal Capital Mezzanine Fund

Digital Bridge

Dwellings Housing Group

Elgin Property Finance

Emerald Investments

Ergo Services Limited

Home Building Finance Ireland

Kennedy Wilson

Lotus Investment Group

Manley Developments Limited

National College of Ireland (NCI)

Pepper Finance Corporation


Stoneweg SA

Timbercreek Asset Management

Ulster Bank Ireland DAC


Work highlights

  • Acted as lead counsel to Respond on all aspects of the Cost Rental Equity Loan (CREL) scheme.
  • Acted as lead Irish counsel pertaining to the establishment of two loan origination funds to facilitate the growth of Timbercreek’s Irish loan origination business.
  • Advised Dwellings on multiple site acquisition and working capital facilities in respect of multiple large residential schemes located throughout Ireland.

ByrneWallace LLP

ByrneWallace LLP is home to an experienced team which remains at the forefront of social housing finance and alternative lending matters. Mark Kavanagh heads up the practice, and is well versed in advising on real estate finance and alternative lending issues. Deirdre McBennett has extensive expertise in handling social, affordable and cost rental housing finance, often acting as counsel to approved housing bodies and regulated funds. Lisa Cawley and consultant Clare O’Hare, who splits her time between Dublin and London, are key contacts for securitisations and structured finance mandates. Paraic O’Kennedy, Elizabeth Ryan and Triona Ryan are notable practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Mark Kavanagh

Other key lawyers:

Deirdre McBennett; Paraic O’Kennedy; Lisa Cawley; Elizabeth Ryan; Triona Ryan; Michael O’Neill; Clare O’Hare


‘The team is very down to earth, approachable and available. They explain banking concepts so that I (without banking experience) can quickly grasp the point, saving me time. The are highly responsive and know when to put the focus on detail and when to put the focus on the commercial big picture that we are trying to achieve.’

‘Deirdre McBennett is consistently excellent. Wide breadth of experience and provides excellent advice across all of our banking activities. She and her team go above and beyond to keep a positive client relationship while keeping costs reasonable. Michael O’Neill is an excellent support. ’

‘Large firm, but has that personal feel when talking to partners. Collaboration between partners is very smooth without the usual of having to bill to brief partners who don’t know the ins and outs of a deal. ’

‘Paraic O’Kennedy is the most personal lawyer in the market. Doesn’t get hung up on immaterial matters. Is commercial and knows when to push with other side or park minor issues.’

‘Experienced , knowledgeable, solution oriented, fast response.’

‘The level of knowledge, dedicated and commitment to the task and achieving in a timely and efficient manner. Always personable and breaking down complicated contracts into easily digestible language for non-legal people.’

Key clients

BTL Commercial Lending I DAC

BPCI Originator DAC

Pepper Finance Corporation (Ireland) DAC trading as Pepper Asset Servicing (Pepper)


Aurium Capital Markets LLP

Re-Turn (Deposit Return Scheme Ireland Company Limited by Guarantee)

Immunocore Ireland Limited

Neuromod Devices Limited

Oaklee Housing

GridBeyond Limited

Property investment fund (ICAV)

Work highlights

  • Advised Pepper Finance Corporation (Ireland) DAC in relation to the sale and purchase of a €770m portfolio of performing residential BTL loans and subsequent warehouse securitisation.
  • Advised Re-Turn on its €27.5m financing by Bank of Ireland for the development and rollout of the Ireland’s new national Deposit Return Scheme.
  • Advised Aurium Social Housing (Ireland) on a secured €100m loan from Ingka Investments Financial Assets Ireland Limited to acquire and develop properties for social housing in Ireland.

Dillon Eustace

Dillon Eustace's large team has a strong track record in real estate finance, corporate lending and securitisation, as well as loan portfolio transactions. The group acts for banks and alternative lenders, and has strong links to the asset management space. The practice has noted capabilities in advising on real estate finance matters involving Irish funds and SPVs, and is equally adept at handling financial services regulatory issues. Conor Keaveny, Keith Robinson, John-Hugh Colleran and Mark Thorne are highly regarded practitioners, and emerging partner Conor Kiernan is a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Mark Thorne

Other key lawyers:

Conor Keaveny; Keith Robinson; John-Hugh Colleran; Conor Kiernan


‘The team are pleasant, professional and commercial. Their fee quotes are realistic, their work is to a high standard, and they effectively manage our expectations. They have a strong knowledge of the Irish market and the realities of doing business in it.’

‘Conor Keaveny is a fantastic all round lawyer – he’s pleasant to deal with, clear and commercial in his advice, and works to an extremely high standard. He’s easy to pick up the phone to, if you have a query, and will never make you feel as though you are wasting his time, no matter how basic or strange the query is. John-Hugh Colleran is also a great all round lawyer, well liked by our lenders for his pleasant attitude, careful advice and timely document turns. Expectations in terms of fees and turn around times are well managed by both lawyers. Dealing with them is just easy.’

Key clients

Goldman Sachs

Fairfield Real Estate Finance

Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c.


Yew Grove REIT

Bank of Ireland

Deustche Bank AG

Investec Bank


Centric Health

Clovis Oncology

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland‘s team continues to handle a steady workflow of real estate finance matters, including housing transactions, real estate funds and REITs issues. Project finance and corporate lending work are also key drivers of work for the group, which has a solid track record in representing large domestic and international banks, financial institutions, and alternative and specialised lenders. Piaras Power leads the practice; Darragh Blake is very well known for his expertise in real estate finance and commercial lending, and Steve Rodgers is sought after for advising on project finance, loan portfolio transactions and restructurings. Robert Potter-Cogan is singled out for his contributions.

Practice head(s):

Piaras Power

Other key lawyers:

Darragh Blake; Steve Rodgers; Robert Potter-Cogan; Bronagh McAuliffe; James Peters


‘Darragh Blake is our main point of contact. He is warm and personable. Always there when you need a quick response. ’

‘Structured, proactive and sensible approach to requirements, leveraging previous knowledge of our business, wider industry experience and relationships to deliver requirement efficiently and to a high quality. Noted partner would be Piaras Power and noted associate would be Bronagh McAuliffe.’

‘The Eversheds Banking and Finance Team are led by one of the most pragmatic, seasoned and knowledgeable practitioners in the country. The team can deliver a transaction with minimum fuss but giving the client comfort that the objectives, priorities and concerns of the transaction have been managed and delivered with the interest of the client being the absolute priority.’

‘Piaras Power is the lead Partner and he has an excellent gauge on what are the priority deliverables in a transaction and what are the absolute issues to be protected. He has a particular skill in bringing everybody with him in a non confrontational and pragmatic way.’

‘The key thing for me about the Eversheds team is the pragmatism they display in getting a deal to close without losing sight of the legal parameters that need to be maintained in order to protect the bank’s position.’

‘Piaras Power and Rob Potter-Cogan – they are knowledgeable and commercially attuned which makes communication of complex matters easier than work with.’

‘Excellent team, very efficient and organised. Very accessible when required but also proactive in managing the process with setting regular meetings for updates / providing advice and offering solutions to any problems.’

‘James Peters and Darragh Blake. Both excellent in their roles, very professional, very through in their assessments and professional manner in all dealings. Efficient in ensuring the subject matters get addressed in a timely manner.’

Key clients

Activate Capital

Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c.

Bayerische Landesbank

Cairn Homes plc

Cardinal Capital Group UC

Close Brothers Commercial Finance

Department of Finance

Eiffel Investment Group SAS

Finance Ireland

Finance Ireland Funding (Fire) DAC

Fibonacci Property ICAV

Fortus Group Ireland Limited

Helaba (Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale)

Hibernia Real Estate Group

National Development Finance Agency

Phenna Group


Ronan Group Real Estate

Shawbrook Bank Limited (SJR)

SPDC Devco North

The Governor and Company of the Bank of Ireland

The North Trust Company (SJR)

Ulster Bank Ireland DAC


Work highlights

  • Advised Finance Ireland on its €300m warehouse securitisation facility.
  • Advised Allied Irish Banks on providing an  €150m unsecured revolving credit facility to IPUT.
  • Advised SPDC Devco North (a joint venture between Ronan Group Real Estate and Fortress Investment Group) on its €146m refinancing.

Maples Group

Maples Group continues to handle a high volume of new money lending matters. The group has been kept busy advising on refinancings and amendments relating to real estate, acquisition and fund finance, and has seen an uptick in instructions involving debt funds, loan portfolio sales and receivables finance. The client base includes Irish pillar banks, financial institutions and large borrowers, including private equity houses. The practice is led by the triumvirate of Elizabeth BradleySarah Francis and Alma O’Sullivan. Vanessa Lawlor made partner in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Bradley; Alma O Sullivan; Sarah Francis

Other key lawyers:

Vanessa Lawlor


‘Excellent customer service. Strong interpersonal relationships. Elizabeth Bradley, the partner I deal with, excels at this.’

‘Quick turnaround times, excellent response times. Understands our business. ’

‘Particularly strong in the structured finance and real estate finance space.’

Key clients

Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c.

Bain Capital Credit, L.P.

Barclays Bank PLC

Fortress Investment Group LLC

Goldman Sachs International

Golub Capital Markets LLC

Heitman LLC

HSBC Bank plc

Legal & General Assurance Society

Lloyds Bank plc

Marathon Asset Management, LP

Madison International Realty

National Westminster Bank Plc


New Fortress Energy

Nuritas Limited

Real Estate Loan Management

Teamwork Holdings Limited

The Governor and Company of the Bank of Ireland

Tristan Capital Partners LLP

Urban Volt Limited

Wells Fargo Bank International Unlimited Company

Philip Lee LLP

Philip Lee LLP continues to expand its practice, handling a high volume of development finance, acquisition finance, project finance, media finance and regulatory matters. Under the leadership of Louis Burke, the team is well known for representing Irish pillar banks in matters, and is adept at advising alternative lenders, including lenders in the development finance space. Jonathan Kelly focuses on financing matters in the infrastructure, energy, media and real estate sectors. Simon O’Neill and Ruairí Mac Cumhaill are key practitioners to note.

Practice head(s):

Louis Burke

Other key lawyers:

Ruairí Mac Cumhaill; Jonathan Kelly; Simon O’Neill


‘Team are strong. I’ve dealt with a number of partners across different lending sectors and have found them to be commercial, responsive and efficient.’

‘Ruairí Mac Cumhailll, Simon O’Neil and Jonathan Kelly. All 3 are commercial and responsive. It’s key to me that I can immediately get access to the partner when I need to during a closing, and each of the 3 above will always facilitate that.’

‘Ruairí Mac Cumhailll – always responsive, solution focused and sees the bigger picture.’

‘Every engagement with this firm is dealt with in a professional manner with relevant urgency applied as required in each scenario. Our engagements require input from three different divisions within the firm and this is seamlessly project managed by the handling partner at all times.’

‘Louis Burke – banking partner – he is available at all times for a discussion on live or prospective transactions. He has excellent problem solving abilities and draws on past experience to advise shrewdly and carefully on proposed courses of action.

‘I deal primarily with Ruairí Mac Cumhailll. Outside of his great knowledge of the industry, I find him personable and approachable. On a particularly cumbersome transaction, Ruairí was assertive and managed the process well.’

‘We completed a transaction with Ruairí Mac Cumhaill and his team and our team were very impressed with how responsive and professional the team were in dealing with the transaction. The funders were challenging which meant PL had to find solutions quickly in order to complete the transaction on a timely basis. Ruairí was calm, client focused and influential throughout the transaction which are the character qualities we value from a partner. We look forward to the next transaction.’

‘Their can do attitude. We set a deadline and it always get met. We are very impressed with Louis Burke and Ruairí Mac Cumhaill.’


RDJ LLP's team advises a range of borrowers and lenders, including Irish banks and alternative lenders, on mid-market transactions, including loan portfolio sales, acquisition and leveraged finance, development finance, and restructurings. The firm is also noted for its expertise in financial services regulatory matters. In the Cork office, Cian Fenton and Tom Fox are key practitioners, and Brian Quinn is a name to note in Dublin. Aisling O’Donovan made partner in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Brendan Cunningham; Tom Fox

Other key lawyers:

Cian Fenton; Brian Quinn; Aisling O’Donovan; Peter McGarvey


‘The Team in RDJ are always available to help and they are commercial in their approach. Collaboration with all stakeholders is key on transactions with tight deadlines and RDJ are great in this department. ’

‘Tom Fox is very approachable and always willing to help.’

‘Tom Fox is the main partner in RDJ who I deal with. He is always at the end of the phone if i have a query / an issue and can always help us navigate our way through. He is extremely thorough and my customers like him acting for the Bank because when there is a deadline, he goes above and beyond to deliver in time, whilst at all times ensuring us (as his client) are fully protected and updated regularly on how matters are progressing. ’

‘Commercial view. They don’t create a crisis out of a small issue. They make a suggestion to mitigate the risk. No drama. ’

‘Peter McGarvey and the team are very proactive and commercial in managing cases. Issues are dealt with timely and all potential avenues to a solution are explored.’

‘Peter McGarvey – very approachable & reasonable; practical approach taken and good commercial insight shown in dealing with our cases. Value Peter’s clarity when discussing more complex legal concerns. ’

‘The level of engagement provided by the RDJ team is exceptional. They have provided all necessary support for our business as we scale both locally and internationally.’

‘Cian Fenton is our primary partner within the firm. His knowledge of past transactions and agreements entered into by our company has been invaluable as we grow.’

Key clients

Beechbrook Capital

Castlehaven Finance

Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c.

Bank of Ireland

Finance Ireland

Marlet Property Group

West Cork Distillers

Carbery Group

Home Building Finance Ireland (HBFI)

Permanent TSB plc


Walkers' Dublin team leverages the firm's wider global network to assist with large cross-border financings, fund finance and structured finance work. The group has seen an increase in instructions from banks and funds operating in real estate finance, as well as advising on distressed transactions and loan portfolio deals. Co-head of the finance and capital markets group Andrew Traynor is hugely experienced in fund finance work, which is also a recognised area of expertise for Ian McNamee. Team co-head Noeleen Ruddy counts structured finance, non-performing loan sales and workouts as core strengths.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Traynor; Noeleen Ruddy

Other key lawyers:

Ian McNamee; Paddy Rath


‘Pragmatic, service oriented and well regarded real estate finance and banking practice. ’

‘The team around Andrew Traynor is very practical-oriented, reliable and fast.’

‘Andrew Traynor convinces through his pragmatic and practice-oriented consulting. His very good availability and flexibility should be emphasised.’

‘Walkers has a first-class funds and fund financing team which can close a deal on time and on budget and guide foreign clients through the process with consummate professionalism.’

‘I work with 2 partners, Paddy Rath and Ian McNamee and they are a very collegiate pair who are very good at covering for each other so that there is a seamless delivery. Their knowledge of Irish fund financing structures is excellent too, which gives private equity clients from outside the jurisdiction a great level of comfort.’

‘The Walkers team are professional, thorough and extremely well versed on Irish law which is the input we specifically required. They were able to distinguish what was historical market standards but more importantly, how the market had moved. This ensured that our documentation was complete and up to date.’

‘The individuals we worked with were a pleasure to deal with, striking the perfect balance between being professional and personable. They were knowledgeable and confident and were firm but pleasant when dealing with opposing counsel on all party calls. I would recommend this team again.’

‘We have a great relationship with the Walkers team who always have the time to walk through docs and provide advice as and when it’s required. Very flexible when exceptional requests are made and clearly have an in depth knowledge of the industry and industry standards.’

Key clients

AIB Bank

Albacore Capital LLP

Apollo Management

Avia Solutions Group

Bank of America N.A

Bank of America Europe DAC

Barclays Bank



Creditshelf AG

Deutsche Bank AG

DTZ Investors

Eagle Street Partners



Iceland International Seafood, Oceanpath and Carr & Sons


Irish League of Credit Unions

Nuveen Real Estate Limited

Macquarie Bank

Man Group

Work highlights

  • Acted as Irish counsel to Nuveen Real Estate / TIAA concerning a green loan facility to finance to a major US hedge fund for the acquisition and development of a large residential development of 295 apartments in the Greater Dublin area.
  • Acted as Irish counsel in connection with the establishment of a €100m off-balance sheet trade receivables financing platform for Swissport International AG.
  • Acted as Irish counsel in relation to the establishment of a €140m funding structure established by Creditshelf AG.

LK Shields Solicitors LLP

LK Shields Solicitors LLP is highly regarded for acting as counsel to Irish pillar banks, and is equally adept at assisting corporate borrowers with a range of banking and finance matters. The group also reports an uptick in instructions from alternative lenders. Under the leadership of Jenny Ahern, the team fields expertise in advising on acquisition finance, growth finance, property and development finance, trade finance and receivables finance. Simon Mahon and property finance expert Peter O’Reilly are also key figures in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Jenny Ahern

Other key lawyers:

Peter O’Reilly; Simon Mahon


‘A strong team that takes a commercial approach to deal negotiation and closing.’

‘Jenny Ahern is a top quality legal professional that is able to provide concise and quality legal advice. She willingly takes the lead on finding solutions to issues as they arise.’

‘Efficient, reliable and knowledgeable firm. Consistently deliver exceptional service.’

‘Stand out partner is Jenny Ahern, whose attention to detail and advice in difficult circumstances is second to none.’

‘Jenny Ahern is a fantastic Head of Banking. Works hard, excellent commercial acumen and fantastic client relationship skills. ’

Key clients

Renatus Capital Partners & CRS Cold Storage Group

Ndevor Systems Limited t/a Phorest

Home Building Finance Ireland (Lending) DAC

The Governor and Company of the Bank of Ireland

Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c.

Kajima Ireland Limited

Ameresco Limited

Ellwood Homes Development Limited

Capitalflow Group DAC

Finance Ireland Credit Solutions Designated Activity Company

Work highlights

  • Assisted Allied Irish Banks with a range of corporate lending, acquisition finance, trade finance and commercial property finance transactions.
  • Advised Kajima on the financing by Allied Irish Banks of a large-scale PRS (private rented sector) development in Belmayne Co, Dublin.
  • Advised HBFI in relation to the provision of residential site acquisition and development finance.

Dentons Ireland LLP

Dentons Ireland LLP‘s banking and finance team is led by Peter O'Brien, who chairs the firm’s Dublin office and is a very highly regarded leveraged finance practitioner. The practice is regularly instructed by financial sponsors, international lenders and debt funds, and has a solid track record in handling aviation finance matters. Siobhan Carlin focuses on real estate and development finance, and Matthew Cahill is well known for advising on structured finance and securitisation.

Practice head(s):

Peter O’Brien

Other key lawyers:

Donal Keane; Siobhan Carlin; Matthew Cahill


‘Very collaborative and responsive and cost efficient.’

‘Global reach, client service, value for money.’

‘Attention to detail, client service excellence, timely responses.’

‘Outstanding technical advice, coupled with very likeable and relatable individuals makes this our ‘go to’ firm for finance. ’

‘Excellent technical knowledge – strong interpersonal skills – excellent experience/pedigree.’

‘The banking and finance practice at Dentons Ireland is up and coming. They can provide English law advice which is often important in larger cross-border transactions. Having a large global network is another plus.’

‘The team in Dentons have a practical approach to their services. They are clear communicators with a commercial mindset.’

Very approachable and available when you need them. Have a commercial and practical approach to business and are experts in their field.’


Fieldfisher's Dublin office is best known for real estate and development finance matters, however the group has seen growth in work involving technology and renewable energy sector financings. The client base includes domestic and international lender entities, as well as borrowers. The team frequently acts as counsel to Home Building Finance Ireland on development finance matters pertaining to affordable and social housing developments. Breen Purcell has an excellent track record in handling property finance matters, and Feilim O’Caoimh focuses on corporate lending, leveraged finance and project finance. Paddy Smyth and Elaine Traynor are highly regarded for their expertise in real estate finance and project finance respectively. Director Aaron McGarry is singled out for his contributions.

Practice head(s):

Breen Purcell; Paddy Smyth; Feilim O’Caoimh

Other key lawyers:

Elaine Traynor; Aaron McGarry


‘Very strong attention to detail balanced with commercial acumen ensures positive outcomes are achieved. ’

‘Always available to discuss your case.’

Key clients

Home Building Finance Ireland (Lending) DAC

eEnergy Group PLC

McCafferty’s Bars and Hospitality Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Home Building Finance Ireland on a number of development finance facilities.
  • Advised McCafferty’s Bars & Hospitality Group on a major acquisition and refinancing transaction, involving the acquisition of a landmark bar in Dublin City Centre and the refinancing of a portfolio of regional bars and restaurants owned by various companies within the group.

Flynn O'Driscoll

Flynn O'Driscoll is a growing force in banking and finance. Led by Michael Hanley, the team regularly acts for a solid client base of borrower entities in matters, and is also adept at representing bankers and alternative lenders. Key areas of strength for the group include acquisition finance, development finance and real estate investment finance.

Practice head(s):

Michael Hanley

Hayes Solicitors LLP

At Hayes Solicitors LLP, the banking and finance team assists corporate borrowers and Irish pillar banks with acquisition finance, development finance, real estate finance and corporate lending work. The firm is equally adept at advising Irish subsidiaries of multinational companies on finance matters. Practice head Tim Waghorn, who made partner in 2022, is 'exceptionally professional, knowledgeable and responsive'.

Practice head(s):

Tim Waghorn


‘Tim Waghorn is an exceptionally organised and communicative partner. He goes over and above for clients whilst maintaining a commercial approach.’

‘Both the advice and the agreements Hayes draft are clear, concise and delivered on a timely basis. They not only collaborate, but drive projects forward.’

‘I have worked with Tim Waghorn on a number of projects. He is not only excellent at drafting easy to understand documentation, which in my opinion is not easy or common when dealing with complex subjects, but his advice is clear and concise and his communication of the same is exceptional. He is extremely knowledgeable, diligent, hard working and a pleasure to deal with. ’

‘This is a very professional and responsive team. The team impresses through its high levels of service supported by evident expertise. It’s responsiveness is second to none, and it’s ability to support us by applying urgency in moments when needed has been exceptional.’

‘Their depth of knowledge, responsiveness, attention to detail and professional approach. Tim Waghorn is exceptionally professional, knowledgeable and responsive. He gives practical and well thought through advice and tries to come up with workable solutions in challenging situations. His communications are clear and he always gives confidence that he has considered all aspects of a given situation.’

Key clients

IIU Nominees Limited

Primark Limited

Bank of Ireland

Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c.

Ulster Bank Ireland DAC

Pepper Asset Servicing (managing portfolios for CarVal and Goldman Sachs)

Cara Pharmacy Group

Castlehaven Property Finance DAC

Home Building Finance Ireland

Santiago Capital

C.F. Peters Group

InvoiceFair Limited

Talbot Group

Blackwell Consultancy Limited

Elkstone Partners

Grenke Invoice Finance

Trend Technologies Group

RHD Housing

Blainroe Golf Club CLG

Tara Studios Limited

Kilternan Cemetery Park Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Allied Irish Banks on property acquisition facilities in relation to a private rental scheme investment portfolio held by an ICAV.
  • Acted as counsel to IIU Nominees Limited on debt facility matters.

Holmes O'Malley Sexton

Holmes O'Malley Sexton is well versed in assisting Irish pillar banks, as well as other lender clients and an increasing number of corporate borrowers, with development finance matters. The practice is led by Limerick-based Lisa Killeen, who brings extensive expertise in handling property and development finance work.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Killeen


‘Very high profile legal practice.’

‘Lisa runs the Banking and Finance team and is very efficient and helpful.’

Key clients

Bank of Ireland

Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c.

KBC Bank Ireland p.l.c.

Limerick Twenty Thirty Strategic Development DAC

Permanent TSB, p.l.c.

Home Building Finance Ireland DAC

Work highlights

  • Assisted Limerick Twenty Thirty Strategic Development with its planned €500m economic regeneration of Limerick city, including loan and security arrangements.
  • Assisted Allied Irish Banks with a loan facility to a company, involving a refinancing matter.
  • Assisted Permanent TSB with loan facilities to SME businesses.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's Dublin office houses a team with a solid track record in handling a range of transactional matters. The banking and finance group is regularly instructed in refinancings, restructurings and new money engagements, and is equally strong in advising on loan portfolio sales, syndicated lending, bilateral loans, and acquisition, development and real estate finance. Ann Lalor heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):

Ann Lalor

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Matthews


‘The team are sharp, pragmatic and approachable. ’

‘Ann Lalor and Lisa Matthews make a great team and are able to quickly understand clients’ needs and deliver tailored advice with practical solutions to evolving legal and business challenges.’

Key clients

Central Group and SIGNA Holding