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A&L Goodbody’s Ross Moore and John Dallas were very active advising lenders on the financing of projects, especially wind farms. In one such instruction, they advised a syndicate of lenders on the project financing of the first phase of Oweninny wind farm in County Mayo, which upon completion will have a total capacity of 172MW. On the PPP side, practice head Kevin Feeney advised on the development of a €40m housing scheme as part of a PPP project. ‘Readily available’ associate Jamie Rattigan is recommended.

Arthur Cox has particular strength in projects in the energy, transport, communication and health sectors. Aaron Boyle’s highlights included assisting the joint venture between BAM PPP and PGGM with the new wave of PPP projects in the social housing, justice and education sectors, and advising on all aspects of the state-led National Broadband Plan. Practice head Alex McLean advised developers and lenders on the financing, development and construction aspects of various wind farm projects. Niamh McGovern is also recommended.

Eversheds Sutherland is praised for its ‘very strong understanding of the relevant law and its practical application in this area’, as well as its ‘excellent level of service’. Peter Curran has particular expertise in public procurement matters; his recent highlights include acting as lead procurement law adviser to EirGrid after a successful tender, advising on all the procurement aspects of the proposed joint procurement with RTE pertaining to the Celtic Interconnector, an electrical link between Ireland and France. On the PPP front, Angelyn Rowan is advising the National Development Finance Agency on the procurement of its higher education PPP valued at €200m.

Owing to its ‘high level of knowledge and proactive approach’, the team at Matheson continues to receive high-profile instructions. Practice head Garret Farrelly is advising successful bidder CLH Aviación on a long-term services concession agreement pertaining to the design, build and operation of new fuel farm tanks at Dublin Airport. Farrelly is also part of the team that is advising Irving Oil on its acquisition of Tedcastles Oil Products. Peter O’Brien is also a key team member.

McCann FitzGerald draws on its ‘significant expertise across procurement, litigation and environmental law’ when providing advice to public and private clients spanning across a wide range of sectors, such as transport, energy, utilities, infrastructure, education and telecoms. Practice head and transport project specialist Eamonn O’Hanrahan is advising the National Transport Authority on various matters, including the opening of selected bus markets to competition, while Colm Fanning advised Bank of Ireland as lender regarding all aspects of Castlepook wind farm including construction, maintenance, operation as well as compliance issues. Jenny Mellerick is noted for her procurement and PPP expertise.

Mason Hayes & Curran is adept at handling public procurement projects, which is evidenced by Edel Hartog and Robert McDonagh acting for the Irish government on the implementation of its National Broadband Plan. On the financing side, William Carmody was active in the renewable energy sector, acting for Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale on the project financing of Knockalough wind farm, and for AIB on the project financing for Killala community wind farm. Senior associate Anne McCarthy ‘shows herself to be very experienced and committed’.

Led by Kerri Crossen, the team at Philip Lee is involved in a number of important infrastructure projects. Jonathan Kelly advised Port of Cork on the financing of the redevelopment of Ringaskiddy harbour. The team was also active in the PPP space, with Kelly and Hugh Cummins advising the National Development Finance Agency on the consequences for the Schools Bundle 5 PPP after the insolvencies of Carillion and Sammon Contracting.

William Fry is involved in several major PPP projects; Jarleth Heneghan is advising shortlisted bidders on each of the Social Housing Bundle 1 and Bundle 2 PPP projects, while Fergus Devine is advising on the development and financing of a large-scale PPP accommodation project in Dublin. Heneghan and Devine are also advising a bidder on the Motorway Service Areas – Tranche 2 PPP project. Liam McCabe is the practice head and is leading the team advising on the proposed 600MW Celtic Interconnector between Ireland and France.

LK Shields Solicitors advises indigenous and international clients on all aspects of project procurement and delivery in a variety of sectors, including infrastructure, telecoms, transport and energy. Practice head Richard Curran acted for Swedish company Seabased, drafting a complete project agreement for a 100MW wave energy plant in Ghana.

Development and project finance specialist Mary Dunne leads the team at Maples Group. Dunne advised the lending consortium to the Macquarie bidding consortium on the Social Housing Bundles 1, 2 and 3 PPP projects. In another highlight, she is advising Transdev, the current operator of the entire light rail network in Dublin, on its bid to secure an extension to its contract.

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