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The 'responsive' and 'flexible' team at A&L Goodbody specialises in handling M&A transactions with an IP and technology focus and advising on GDPR compliance. Clients include Airbnb, Liberty Insurance and Digital Europe. In the financial services sector, Claire Morrissey and Mark Rasdale are advising Bank of Ireland on its core banking system and PSD2 technology transformation programme, and practice head John Whelan is assisting AIB with the launch of a digital wallet electronic payment facility. John Cahir advises on data privacy matters.

Arthur Cox 'always provides pragmatic, well-rounded commercial advice'; practice head Rob Corbet is 'a leader in IT/IP', who 'remains focused yet flexible in his approach', and Colin Rooney is 'very experienced in advising on operational challenges associated with the rapidly evolving IT security landscape'. John Menton is assisting Openmind Networks with a number of software and IT services contracts. The team also advises on data protection and e-commerce matters.

Mason Hayes & Curran's practice is noted for its 'incomparable commercial acumen' and 'wealth of regulatory experience'. The team acts for a number of high-profile tech companies, as well as advising other organisations on various aspects of technology law. The 'incredibly attentive' Philip Nolan leads the practice; Robert McDonagh is 'excellent and very thorough'; and San Francisco-based Oisín Tobin is 'incontestably a leader in data protection'. Wendy Hederman is also recommended, as is senior associate John Farrell, who was a new arrival from William Fry.

At Matheson, one of the 'key strengths is the commitment and responsiveness of the core team', which advises on IT, financial services, regulatory, IP, data privacy, cyber security and outsourcing. Practice head Anne-Marie Bohan specialises in advising on IT and telecoms outsourcing contracts; Chris Bollard, who splits his time between the firm's Dublin and San Francisco offices, is the 'go-to privacy counsel' and 'combines legal expertise with commercial acumen'; and IP specialist Deirdre Kilroy joined from LK Shields Solicitors.

McCann FitzGerald's team is 'top of its field' and has 'extremely high levels of subject-matter expertise', advising on a range of subjects including technology projects and contracts, IT outsourcing, data protection, cyber security and digital commerce. The 'superb' Paul Lavery, whose 'in-depth knowledge of his practice area and authoritative advice is invaluable', leads the practice. Adam Finlay advised the Courts Service on the courts' data protection regime. Consultant Annette Hogan and senior associate Douglas McMahon are other key team members.

William Fry handled a number of M&A deals in the technology sector, as well as advising technology multinationals on matters such as GDPR readiness, privacy law and IT systems integration. Highlights included practice head David Cullen representing a technology industry association in its successful application to be admitted as an amicus curae in a case in which the Irish Data Protection Regulator is seeking a reference to the CJEU on the legality of international transfers of data. John O’Connor and Leo Moore are also recommended.

Maureen Daly leads the team at Beauchamps, which advises on outsourcing, compliance with consumer and freedom of information legislation, social media-related issues, and data protection and privacy law.

Rowena McCormack leads the practice at DAC Beachcroft Dublin, which specialises in advising clients from the financial, healthcare and medicines, professional regulation and sports sectors on responding to data breaches as a result of cyber incidents, including reporting to the Data Protection Commission, data subject access requests, GDPR compliance and privacy law. Senior associate Aidan Healy is also highly active in this area.

Eugene F. Collins' technology team is particularly active in the retail, agri-foods, pharmaceutical and telecoms sectors, advising on technology agreements, e-commerce and data protection law. Managing partner and practice head David Hackett and senior associate Jane Farren advised AA Ireland on a managed service agreement relating to key IT assets following a group restructuring. Other clients include Marks & Spencer, Johnson & Johnson Group and Virgin Media.

Marie McGinley leads the practice at Eversheds Sutherland, which covers data protection, technology transactions and outsourcing, and technology development, among other areas. Recent highlights include advising a leading media organisation on the development of a cloud software package and assisting consumer payments network Payzone with the development of a new system. The team is also active in the data centre space. Solicitor Ciara Geraghty is also recommended.

The team at LK Shields Solicitors advises on IT procurement and acquisition deals, the IT aspects of corporate transactions, and data protection matters including investigations by the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner. It also has expertise in betting and gaming matters. Practice head Peter Bolger and Jeanne Kelly are the key contacts; associates Jane O’Grady, Aideen Burke and Robert Haniver are also noted.

Byrne Wallace's team advises on M&A transactions and fundraisings for technology companies, web development and operational issues, electronic payments and fintech, and also has a growing data protection practice. Darren Daly leads the team; newly promoted partner Brendan Gavin advised a mobile technology solutions provider on the renewal, negotiation and redrafting of a technology services agreement; and Séan O’Donnell handles regulatory matters including investigations by the Data Protection Commissioner.

Philip Lee has been strengthened by the appointment of Sean McElligott to head the technology team alongside Anne Bateman. They advise clients including the Health Service Executive, Ryanair and Student Universal Support Ireland on matters ranging from IT outsourcing, systems procurement and implementation, and cloud computing to disputes over screen-scraping, as well as data protection and cyber security.

Cork-based Gillian Keating leads the technology practice at Ronan Daly Jermyn; she and Diarmaid Gavin handled a number of M&A transactions in the technology sector, including acting for Irish company SensL Technologies on its sale to US-based ON Semiconductor. In Dublin, Bryan McCarthy heads the cyber and data protection team, advising on GDPR compliance, notification of breaches, data subject access requests and other issues.

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