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The 'brilliant' Vincent Power heads the team at A&L Goodbody, which has been active in merger control, follow-on damages, abuse of dominance and state aid cases, among others, over the last year. Alan McCarthy defended MAN in a large follow-on damages claim relating to the trucks cartel case and advised Comcast on the merger control aspects of its proposed acquisition of Sky. Anna-Marie Curran specialises in EU procurement matters.

Arthur Cox has 'one of the best practices in Dublin', which is particularly strong in investigations, state aid and merger control matters. Richard Ryan, who 'has a good commercial approach to competition analysis', leads the team; he assisted SkyBet with the Irish merger control aspects of its $4.7bn acquisition by The Stars Group. Florence Loric is acting for Aer Lingus in proceedings relating to the recovery of state aid. Patrick Horan was promoted to partner.

Mason Hayes & Curran's practice 'is strong at every level, from partner right down to associates'. Merger control, investigations and competition litigation are among the team's strengths, particularly in the media, technology and energy sectors. Practice head Niall Collins advised Discovery Communications on its acquisition of ScrippsNetworks Interactive, creating a new precedent in Irish merger control law. Newly promoted partner Michael Madden and senior associate Tara Kelly are also key team members.

Matheson's team stands out for its 'significant expertise and experience' in merger control, investigations, abuse of dominance, state aid and public procurement. Helen Kelly, who is 'a very effective communicator of complex issues', leads the practice; she and the 'clear, concise' Kate McKenna advised longstanding client An Post on the state aid aspects of its receipt of a government loan and assisted an insurance company with the merger control issues relating to its acquisition of an Irish insurer.

McCann FitzGerald is noted for its expertise in investigations, trade association compliance advice, state aid and merger control, particularly in relation to the telecoms sector. Team head Philip Andrews is advising the Electricity Supply Board on the state aid and competition law aspects of its participation in the National Broadband Plan. Rosaleen Byrne and Catherine Derrig handle contentious regulatory and competition matters and senior associate Laura Treacy is also recommended.

The team at William Fry is 'super responsive, gives thorough and comprehensive advice and is particularly good at handling foreign-based commercial clients'. The practice is known for its strength in merger control matters; 'calm, knowledgeable' team head Cormac Little advised The Irish Times on its acquisition of the Irish Examiner group. Claire Waterson, Sheila Tormey and senior associate Sarah Lynam advised a government agency on a public procurement matter relating to a high-profile state aid case.

The 'well-experienced, forward-thinking and pragmatic' team at Byrne Wallace advises on antitrust, state aid and merger control matters, among others. 'Outstanding' practice head Joanne Finn provided compliance advice to Maxol and assisted Sam McCauley Chemists, one of Ireland's largest retail pharmacy groups, with the merger control aspects of acquisitions. Legal counsel Elaine Davis is also recommended.

The team at LK Shields Solicitors has been particularly active in merger control matters, including advising newspaper publisher Trinity Mirror (now Reach) on its acquisition of certain assets of Northern & Shell and software provider SS&C Technologies on its acquisition of assets of DST Systems. Practice head Marco Hickey has 'great understanding of deal dynamics and is not afraid to fight for his client when he needs to'.

Name partner Philip Lee and Ronan Dunne lead the team at Philip Lee, which is noted for its expertise in merger control, state aid law and defending clients in cartel and competition law prosecutions. The team is advising the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland on state aid issues concerning the financing of projects in the energy sector.

UK and Ireland-qualified Dorit McCann leads the practice at Beauchamps, which handles contentious and non-contentious EU and competition law matters, particularly in the agri-foods and real estate sectors. Recent highlights include advising KPMG as receiver on the competition aspects of a series of acquisitions by Dalata Hotel Group, which involved an extended phase I investigation and resulted in behavioural commitments from Dalata.

Eversheds Sutherland is particularly strong in merger control, dawn raids, state aid and competition law compliance. Highlights included practice head Sean Ryan advising Sojitz Corporation on its EU merger notification to the EU Commission and Blue Insurance on the merger control aspects of its acquisition by Zurich. Senior associate Lisa Devanny is also noted.

Merger control, state aid, dawn raid response and procurement are key areas of work for Ronan Daly Jermyn. Cork-based Diarmaid Gavin heads the practice; he advised Landmark Media Group on the merger control aspects of the acquisition of publishing and media interests by The Irish Times and provided state aid compliance advice to the University of Limerick. Finola McCarthy leads the procurement practice.

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