Projects and PPP in Ireland

A&L Goodbody LLP

A&L Goodbody LLP advises on large-scale projects across the transportation, housing and energy sectors. The team is adept at advising on the financing and construction of projects, as well as their acquisition and disposal. The projects practice also works closely with the environmental and planning team to provide advice to clients on projects from their beginning to their conclusion. The team is jointly led by Ross Moore, who has a broad practice encompassing expertise in financing and regulatory issues, and construction specialist Conor Owens. Kevin Feeney has decades of experience in this space, acting for all stakeholders in project development, while John Dallas is noted for his work in this energy sector. The team's construction expertise was further strengthened with the arrival of Enda O’Keeffe from Maples Group in March 2022.

Practice head(s):

Ross Moore; Conor Owens

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Feeney; John Dallas; Enda O’Keeffe

Key clients

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Oriel Windfarm Limited / Parkwind N.V.

Gas Networks Ireland

Echelon Data Centres (owned by Aldgate Developments Limited)

Irish Water / Ervia

Banco Santander, S.A., Paris Branch, ING Bank N.V., Natixis London Branch, ABN AMRO Bank N.V., NIBC Bank N.V., Nomura Corporate Funding Americas, LLC, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and Société Générale London Branch

Sustainable Development Capital LLP and SDCL EE CO (Ireland) Limited

Allied Irish Bank plc, Natixis, Banco de Sabadell, S.A., Export Development Canada, and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Invis Energy (Asper Investment & Craydel Group)

Glenveagh Properties PLC

Statkraft Ireland Limited

BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Limited

Nord LB

Glennmont Clean Energy Cooperatief U.A.

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Nephin Energy Limited

ING Bank N.V and NIBC Bank N.V

The European Investment Bank

Iberdrola S.A.

La Banque Postale

Energia Group

NTR plc

Greencoat Renewables

Asper Investment & Craydel Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Transport Infrastructure Ireland on all consenting and environmental law, procurement law and contract law issues associated with the Dublin MetroLink project.
  • Advising Oriel Windfarm (a joint venture between Parkwind and ESB) in relation to the development of the proposed 370MW Oriel offshore wind farm, which would be one of the first commercial-scale offshore wind farms in Ireland.
  • Advising Echelon (owned by Aldgate Developments) as the developer on the €1bn development and financing of two data centres, in Clondalkinin, Co Dublin, and Arklow, Co Wicklow.

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox has broad capabilities across the projects space and counts banks, corporations, public bodies, developers and contractors among its clients. The team is frequently instructed by the preferred bidders in PPP projects, and has recently been engaged on developments in the fast-growing sectors of social housing and data centres. The practice is also noted for its advice on energy projects, including renewables and interconnectors, with Alex McLean leading on this work. Practice head Aaron Boyle is currently engaged on major telecoms and PPP developments, and Karen Killoran handles both financing and construction matters. Niamh McGovern, who was promoted to partner in January 2021, is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Aaron Boyle

Other key lawyers:

Alex McLean; Karen Killoran; Niamh McGovern

Testimonials

‘I can always rely on the team to deliver timely, effective, pragmatic and client-focused advice.’

‘Karen Killoran and Niamh McGovern are to be highly recommended.’

‘The team at Arthur Cox have an in-depth knowledge of PPP projects and ensure the right balance of outcome for both shareholders and the project success. Working with the team, we developed a really collaborative approach in how we managed risk and reward, whilst navigating the critical aspects of public policy and public procurement. Their approach to our relationship management and associated billing of the project is with a clear long-term focus.’

‘As individuals from partners to associates, each and every one is very committed to our needs, with no task or request for support being too menial. The level of knowledge across the team is extremely extensive, with knowledge being shared and the right answers delivered without delay. Our relationship with AC has strong foundations, based on trust and integrity, having worked closely across the team.’

‘They are dedicated to finding creative solutions that deliver results for the business.’

‘Aaron Boyle cuts straight through to the issue.’

Key clients

Applegreen

Celtic Roads Group

Export Import Bank of Korea and Kookmin Bank

Oweninny Power 2 DAC

Greenlink Interconnector Limited

Intel Ireland

Facebook Inc

BAM PPP; PGGM

DZ Bank AG and the European Investment Bank

Highfield Solar (JV between Highfield Energy Services and Aura Power)

Energia Renewables

Coillte (Irish Forestry Board)

Legal & General

Allied Irish Banks Plc

Land Development Agency

BAM / Live Nation

Ardstone Capital

National Broadband Ireland

Irish Social Housing Property II SARL

M50 Concession Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Applegreen on its first P3 (PPP) in the US, the redevelopment of 27 service areas on the New York State Thruway.
  • Advised Celtic Roads Group (Waterford) DAC, the PPP company, on the rescue refinancing for the N25 Waterford Roads PPP, which was sanctioned by the High Court in July 2021 and was the first rescue refinancing of any PPP to occur in Ireland.
  • Advised Export Import Bank of Korea and Kookmin Bank, as the lenders, on the funding of two 100MW Lumcloon battery energy storage projects in Co Offaly, Ireland, the largest battery energy storage project in Europe.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland’s projects practice spans the negotiation of contracts between developers, public bodies and contractors, the financing of projects, and transactions involving project assets. The team acts for both public and private bodies in this area; it is particularly noted for its work in public procurement, including advising on disputes between state bodies and bidders for projects. The practice is led by Mark Varian, who specialises in the energy sector, and Peter Curran, who has close relationships with a number of public sector organisations. The pair work closely with the firm’s wider energy, construction, corporate and real estate practices.

Practice head(s):

Mark Varian; Peter Curran

Key clients

National Development Finance Agency

Johnson & Johnson

Dublin Port Company

EirGrid

National Paediatric Hospital Development Board

Réseau de Transport d’Electricité

Irish Water

Gas Networks Ireland

Coillte (Irish Forestry Service and wind farm developer)

Shell

Temporis Capital

Vinci Concessions/Abtran/Turas Mobility

TUV Rhineland

Macquarie Capital

Severn Trent Water

China General Nuclear (CGN)

SMR International Windparks

Enercon

Sojitz Corporation

Craydel Group

Payzone Ireland

Derry City Council

Residential Tenancies Board

Ronan Group

Dublin Airport Authority

Avestus

Work highlights

  • Acting as lead legal advisers on joint procurement to EirGrid and its French counterpart, Réseau de Transport d’Électricité, in relation to a 600km electricity interconnector between Ireland and France.
  • Advising the National Development Finance Agency on various successful and ongoing PPP projects.
  • Advising Cyrus One on the construction of all its data centre developments across Europe.

Matheson LLP

Matheson LLP is known for its work on the financing of large, complex projects, acting for both project sponsors and lenders. The team also handles the development of projects across the energy, real estate and healthcare sectors; transactions involving project assets and bids for PPP projects are other areas of strength. Key figures in the team include practice head Garret Farrelly, who has extensive energy-related experience, having previously worked in house in the sector, as well as construction specialists Rhona Henry and Kimberley Masuda. Senior associate Conor Blennerhassett is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Garret Farrelly

Other key lawyers:

Rhona Henry; Kimberley Masuda; Conor Blennerhassett

Testimonials

‘They offer proactive communication and transparency.’

‘Conor Blennerhassett and Garret Farrelly have a hands-on approach and are very knowledgeable in the field.’

‘Matheson have an incredible range and depth of expertise in their team and they always provide comprehensive, coherent and considered legal advice and have never been afraid to provide commercial and practical guidance whenever requested. We continue to view Matheson as a trusted adviser on all legal and business matters. Some of their key strengths are the quality of their advice and their in-depth knowledge of our business and the issues they know are important to us. We have never had an issue with Matheson on fees or budget. They always provide incredibly comprehensive and well-thought-through fee quotes and have always been very willing to discuss and address any budget delivery queries that we may have.’

Key clients

Abbott

ACS Iridium

Air Liquide, SA

Allianz Capital Partners

AMP Capital Partners

Aramark Corporation

Astellas

Aviva Investors

BL Energy Ventures Limited

Bank of Ireland

BBVA

Berkshire Hathaway

Bord na Móna

Brookfield Multiplex Construction Europe Limited

Brookfield Renewable Ireland Limited

Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A / S

Cadent Gas Limited

Capital Dynamics

Caterpillar Inc.

Department of Communications, Climate Change and Environment

EXOLUM Aviación, SA (part of the Compañía Logística de Hidrocarburos group)

Clonmont Developments Limited

Close Brothers Ltd

Coillte

Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU)

Credit Agricole

CRRC Qingdao Sifang Co., Limited

DNB Bank ASA

Drogheda Port Company

Dragados S.A.

Dromash Holdings Ltd

DZ Bank

EDF Renewables

e|net

Eirgrid

Export Development Canada

Exxon Mobil

FCC Construcción, S.A.

First Reserve

Fred Olsen Renewables

General Electric Company

GLIL Infrastructure LLP

Go Ahead Group

Greencoat Renewables plc

Hanwha Energy Corporation

Hanwha Q Cells GmbH (UK)

Helios Technology Ltd

Hess LNG

Hines

Hones / APG ICAV

Hamburg Commercial Bank (formerly HSH Nordbank)

HSBC Bank plc

Indaver Ireland Limited

JCD Group

John Laing

ING Bank

John Sisk & Son Limited / Sisk Group

JP Morgan (Dublin)

Kajima Partnerships

Keolis

KFW IPEX-Bank

Liffey Meats

Macquarie Capital

Microsoft Corporation

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA)

Mitsui & Co Ltd

National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA)

Naturgy Ltd

Nexen Energy ULC

NFE Management LLC

NGET / SPT Upgrades Limited

Octopus Renewables

Ørsted

Partners Group (UK) Ltd.

Pat Smith Engineering Limited T/A PSE Power

Rabobank

Ratio Petroleum Limited

Renewable Energy Systems Ltd

Roche Diagnostics Limited

Sacyr

Saorgus Energy Limited

Shannon LNG Ltd

Storm Management N.V.

Smart Wires, Inc

Smartest Energy Ltd

Statkraft Ireland Ltd

TerraForm Power Inc

Tetra Communications Ireland

The Carbon and Energy Fund

The Ireland Strategic Investment Fund

The Renewables Infrastructure Group Ltd

Tynagh Energy Limited

Warburg Pincus

William Grant & Sons Ltd

Woodside Energy Ltd

Vermilion Energy, Inc

Zenith Energy

Ulster Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising JJ Rhatigan and OHL on their bid with Macquarie for the circa €200m Higher Education PPP (Bundle One), and advising the FCC Construcción-JJ Rhatigan construction joint venture on its bid with Macquarie and Sodexo for the €150m Community Nursing Units PPP.
  • Advising Exolum on all matters relating to its long-term concession to design, finance, construct and operate a new Dublin Airport fuel farm facility and fuel distribution infrastructure.
  • Advising Drogheda Port Company on the development of a new deep-water multi-modal port near Balbriggan, North Dublin.

McCann FitzGerald LLP

McCann FitzGerald LLP has a full-service offering in projects and PPP, advising clients on the financing of projects as well as handling planning, regulatory issues and the drafting of contracts. The team has a particular specialism in advising public sector bodies on the procurement process for transport, energy, education and housing developments, including advising on PPPs. Practice head Eamonn O’Hanrahan is well known for his work on project financing; Colm Fanning is another name to note in this area, while Brendan Slattery is highly regarded in the environment and planning space.

Practice head(s):

Eamonn O’Hanrahan

Other key lawyers:

Colm Fanning; Brendan Slattery

Testimonials

‘The team has extensive knowledge of the residential development sector and provides excellent advice and support where required.’

‘Colm Fanning and all the members of his team are attentive and respond to all queries in a very short timeframe, which is the key to providing an excellent service.’

Key clients

Allied Irish Banks PLC

Apollo Global Management, LLC

Bank of Ireland

Bartra Capital Property

Bord na Móna PLC

Brookfield Renewable Partners

Department of Education

Dublin City Council (DCC)

Electricity Supply Board

Ervia/ Gas Networks Ireland (GNI)

European Investment Bank (EIB)

Galway County Council

Global Student Accommodation

Greencells Group

Greencoat Capital LLP/ Greencoat Renewables PLC

Hammerson

Home Building Finance Ireland (HBFI)

Housing Finance Agency (HFA)

Housing Infrastructure Services Company (HisCo)

Irish Water

John Sisk & Son

Jones Engineering

Macquarie Group

National Development Finance Agency (NDFA)

National Paediatric Hospital Development Board

National Transport Authority (NTA)

National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA)

Office of Government Procurement

Office of Public Works

Rabobank

Road Safety Authority (RSA)

Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland

Touax

Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII)

Walls Construction

Ward and Burke Limited

Wicklow County Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Transport Infrastructure Ireland on the proposed restructuring of the N25 Waterford Bypass PPP Project.
  • Advising Bord Na Móna on the pre-finance phase of an energy infrastructure project, and advising Bank of Ireland and the European Investment Bank on the finance phase.
  • Advising the National Transport Authority on all aspects of the BusConnects Core Bus Corridors Infrastructure Works.

William Fry

William Fry’s projects practice spans sectors including transport, energy, residential and commercial property, and data centres. The team advises some of Ireland’s most prominent developers on contract drafting, and also assists public sector bodies and private companies with the procurement process. Liam McCabe heads the team, while Fergus Devine focuses on the energy sector and Jarleth Heneghan leads on IT infrastructure and PPP matters. Bryanna Ryan advises both Irish and multinational clients on construction contract drafting, and Conor Linehan SC provides assistance on environmental matters.

Practice head(s):

Liam McCabe

Other key lawyers:

Fergus Devine; Bryanna Ryan; Conor Linehan SC

Testimonials

‘I deal primarily with Liam McCabe on projects simply for the value Liam brings to a project in terms of years of legal and commercial experience. Acting in the best interest of his client, Liam will always say it as it is, even if his client may not like to hear it.’

‘I appreciate Liam McCabe’s frank and open approach to dealing with problem issues.’

‘The team have their finger on the pulse of current trends in the market. This is combined with a pragmatic and client-focused approach to their services.’

‘Functionally very competent but act as business partners and not just lawyers. They believe in creating a great environment and culture so their employees are empowered to be at their best.’

‘Bryanna Ryan is very capable, with a fabulous personality and very approachable style. This creates a high level of trust and better business outcomes. Liam McCabe is very experienced and can advise at all levels within client organisations right up to board level. He can also change his style and approach based on business demands but in all cases looks after the client’s interests as the number-one priority.’

‘Very much up to date with developments in the construction market, the players in the market and trends. I have found Liam McCabe to be outstanding in this regard and very personable and able to put complex arguments into plain English for me to understand.’

‘I find the team at Frys very approachable and easily accessible. They are available at short notice and provide very quick turnaround on information required. Their technical and legal knowledge around construction contracts is very impressive.’

‘I have always found the practice to be absolutely up to date, with in-depth knowledge of the market. The people are professional, courteous and both approachable and proactive. Their systems, technology and collaborative platforms are very user friendly.’

Key clients

Allied Irish Bank plc

Amarenco Solar

Aughinish Alumina

BlackRock

Bord Gáis

Bord na Móna

Brookfield Renewable Energy Group

Circle K (formerly Topaz)

Department of Public Expenditure & Reform

Department of Environment, Climate & Communications

Department for the Economy

Diageo

Digital Realty Trust

Dublin Airport Authority

Dublin City Council

Dublin City University

Dublin Institute of Technology

Dublin Port Company

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

Edwards Lifesciences

EirGrid plc

Electricity Supply Board

Enginenode Limited

European Investment Bank

Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited

Green Biofuels Ireland

Hammerson plc

Hines

Hines / King Street Capital

Irish Infrastructure Fund

KC Capital Property Group

Louth County Council

MML Growth Capital Partners Limited

National Treasury Management Agency

National Asset Management Agency (NAMA)

Offaly County Council

Office of Government Procurement

Omnes Capital

South Dublin County Council

The Dutch Infrastructure Fund (DIF)

The Governor and Company of the Bank of Ireland

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

University College Dublin

Voltalia, SA

XL Group / QBE

Yew Grove REIT plc

Work highlights

  • Advising the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications on the National Broadband Plan, Ireland’s largest PPP project, which is of strategic national importance.
  • Advising EirGrid on the Celtic Interconnector Project, the proposed 700MW interconnector which will connect Ireland’s electricity network to France via an underwater cable, including advising on the successful attainment of a €530m EU grant for the project.
  • Advising on all aspects of the landmark development of the St. James’ Gate Guinness Brewery site, to be known as Guinness Quarter, a new urban quarter extending to approximately 12.5 acres of redevelopment in central Dublin.

ByrneWallace LLP

ByrneWallace LLP advises developers on the construction of residential, industrial and commercial projects, and is also frequently instructed by public sector bodies to handle the procurement process for developments. Practice head Fergal Ruane has more than 20 years’ experience in this area and is increasingly active in Ireland’s fast-growing data centre sector. The team’s work in this space includes handling the development of the centres as well as infrastructure related to their energy usage. Elsewhere, Martin Cooney and Gavin Blake are valued by clients for their expertise in construction contracts and energy projects, respectively. Michael Walsh is another key contact, focusing on the real estate sector.

Practice head(s):

Fergal Ruane

Other key lawyers:

Martin Cooney; Gavin Blake; Michael Walsh

Testimonials

‘Martin Cooney is knowledgeable and personable and I would have confidence in his advice. Fergal Ruane has extensive experience of dealing with the public sector and understands very well the issues impacting public sector clients.’

‘ByrneWallace’s practice delivered excellent and efficient assistance in complex contract matters. It provided not only excellent and reliable advice on all the legal aspects relevant to the deal but also excellent insights into its commercial context. The practice was well prepared for online collaboration with the client.’

‘Fergal Ruane’s experience and understanding of the specificity in assisting public entities bound by the procurement rules proved extremely helpful. His advice and readiness to explain and educate us as a client with respect to complex legal and contractual matters were greatly appreciated. His well-established knowledge and experience relative to construction project contracts gave us confidence that our interests in the deal have been well protected. He made himself available to all our requests, even at short notice.’

‘Martin Cooney provides excellent advice on contractual matters, providing insight and experience into negotiations and strategy. Martin is very responsive to the client’s needs. Fergal Ruane has wide and varied experience in the procurement of major contracts and provides excellent advice on procurement issues arising in complex projects. Fergal is able to break down complex issues and explain them clearly and concisely, and he provides good insight into strategy.’

‘Fergal Ruane is extremely committed and responsive to client needs, with considerable experience in advising on data centre construction projects and colocation agreements.’

‘Fergal Ruane is a trusted adviser and we highly value his strategic and commercial legal advice. He is someone you want in your corner.’

‘The team are knowledgeable, and have a great reputation in construction law as well as projects and PPP. The team’s collaborative approach makes all negotiations more straightforward. They constantly seek to problem solve and are diligent, ensuring a comprehensive and timely turnaround on legal transactions.’

‘Michael Walsh is extremely knowledgeable, commercial and a great problem solver. He takes a very collaborative approach and is extremely approachable!’

Key clients

Ballymore Group

Hitachi ABB Powergrids Ireland

Gyrogy Limited

Chartered Land

Mercury Engineering

Waterways Ireland

Irish Water/Ervia

IDA Ireland

Fingal County Council

Dublin City Council

Work highlights

  • Advising the Ballymore Group on the development and off-market circa €200m forward-funded sale of over 400 residential units at Royal Canal Park in Dublin.
  • Advising Fingal County Council on the procurement procedures for the development of large-scale mixed-tenure residential developments at three different sites (over 3,000 units) which includes private, social and affordable housing.
  • Advising Chartered Land, an Irish property company which specialises in the completion of residential developments, in relation to the corporate, construction and commercial aspects of the development of over 800 residential units at two large sites in Dublin (Finglas Road and Parkgate Street).

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP’s comprehensive projects practice advises on the full lifecycle of developments across a range of sectors. The team acts for both project sponsors and lenders in financings, including forward sales, and is adept at handling the drafting and negotiation of construction contracts. The practice has a notable focus on the energy sector, including acting for multinational clients in the renewables space; it is also active in social housing, healthcare and manufacturing. The team is co-headed by William Carmody, who specialises in project financing, and Rory Kirrane SC, whose work includes both contentious and non-contentious matters. Eoin Cassidy is highly active in the renewable energy space, while Shane Dolan and David Gunn have broad practices in this area.

Practice head(s):

Rory Kirrane SC; William Carmody

Other key lawyers:

Eoin Cassidy; Shane Dolan; David Gunn

Key clients

Torc Sustainable Housing Limited

Allied Irish Banks p.l.c.

BAM Civil Limited

Bord na Mona

Centrica Business Solutions

Fingal County Council

Hines Real Estate Ireland

Irish Life Assurance / Irish Life Investment Managers

Irish Water

Lou Investments

Neoen/BNEG

Statkraft Ireland

Statkraft Markets GmbH

Rohan Holdings Limited

SSC Property ICAV

SSE Renewables Ireland Limited

SCPI Pierval Sante

Tetrarch

Work highlights

  • Advised Torc on the impact of Covid-19 regulations on the construction of the Social Housing 2 PPP Bundle.
  • Advising SSE on all aspects of the offshore lease, consenting, development and procurement of Phase II of the Arklow Bank Wind Farm with a projected capacity of between 500 and 800MW.
  • Representing BAM and Dragados, the joint venture responsible for the design and construction of the N25 New Ross Bypass PPP scheme, in Commercial Court proceedings associated with the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge.

Philip Lee LLP

Philip Lee is highly active in the PPP space, advising public bodies on the tendering for these projects as well as assisting developers in their bids, and is also expanding beyond this area to assist developers with the drafting and negotiation of construction documents for healthcare, residential and energy projects. Kerri Crossen and Jonathan Kelly jointly lead the team and have decades of experience in this sector, with Kelly particularly focused on project financing. Hugh Cummins and Angelyn Rowan are also key partners in the team.

Practice head(s):

Kerri Crossen; Jonathan Kelly

Other key lawyers:

Hugh Cummins; Angelyn Rowan

Testimonials

‘Philip Lee are very client focused and when you engage Philip Lee you get a team rather than an individual. The work is partner-led and the partners are fully engaged with the client. Philip Lee invest in their clients and demonstrate this through their understanding of not just the client’s legal issues but the client’s business, which in turn means they understand their particular objectives and sensitivities. In terms of providing value for money, Philip Lee are always mindful of client costs, are transparent and ensure the client is fully aware of where costs sit at all times.’

‘Kerri Crossen is very invested in her clients and as such provides a highly personalised service designed to fully meet her clients’ needs. Kerri has significant knowledge and expertise and is aware of developments in the wider projects and PPP sector that may need to be factored into the advice provided. She is responsive and always available, providing thoughtful, well-considered advice.’

‘Angelyn Rowan is very knowledgeable and experienced in terms of the PPP sector and she has a detailed understanding of this area of law and practice. She therefore provides clear advice that takes into account the full impact of an issue rather than simply the limited scope of what she might be asked to consider. Angelyn is very responsive and client focused.’

Key clients

Equitix

National Development Finance Agency

Port of Cork

Health Service Executive

John Sisk and Son

DIF Infrastructure

Kajima Partnership Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising HSE Estates on the procurement of a €150m Community Nursing Units PPP project.
  • Advising the National Development Finance Agency on Phase 1 of the Devolved Schools Building Programme 2.
  • Advising a consortium of Equitix and John Sisk & Son in relation to the tender to the National Development Finance Agency for the €150m Higher Education PPP Programme (Bundle 1).

LK Shields Solicitors LLP

LK Shields Solicitors LLP advises on the construction of projects including care homes, manufacturing facilities and residential property, assisting developers and contractors with the drafting of contracts. Richard Curran leads the team, and Jamie Ritchie is also a key partner in this space.

Practice head(s):

Richard Curran

Other key lawyers:

Jamie Ritchie

Testimonials

‘The quality of work and service received through Jamie Ritchie and his team is second to none. Jamie is a very thorough practitioner and can quickly understand and grasp any of the issues presented to him. He understands the legal and commercial considerations and how they play off against each other to ensure that the desired results are achieved. In addition to the quality of legal advice received, the manner in which he approaches things strikes a great balance between legal professionalism and straightforward communication. He can make complex and sometimes daunting legal matters simple and digestible.’

‘The team is excellent, with solicitors spanning many sectors to bring together many areas of legal expertise within one project team.’

‘Jamie Ritchie is outstanding. His knowledge and passion for the topic are second to none. He always goes the extra mile to ensure the work is complete on time and in budget.’

‘Excellent team. Enjoyed working with them and the breadth of advice. A close-knit team of articulate, passionate and capable lawyers who will get the job done.’

‘Jamie Ritchie is a fantastic lawyer. He provided prompt advice outside of office hours. He is not afraid to communicate the options even if not favourable. A good tactician, negotiator and all-round lawyer. One of the best lawyers I have had the pleasure of dealing with over the last ten years.’

Key clients

McMahon Design and Management Limited

CareChoice

Crane Hire Limited

Manufacturing Conglomerate

October Investments

InfraVia Capital Partners

Crosslane

Ameresco

Seabased

Coillte

Work highlights

  • Advising CareChoice (a subsidiary of Paris-based private equity fund Infra Via) in relation to its ambitious rollout of new-build and extension projects.
  • Retained by subsea specialist engineering firm McMahon Design and Management in relation to Irish subsea projects.
  • Advising a global manufacturing and production conglomerate in relation to ongoing construction deliverables and contractual matters arising out of the main engineering, procurement and construction management agreement for a new 330,000 sq ft manufacturing facility in Co Kildare.

Maples Group

Maples Group leverages its expertise in the banking and funds space to advise on the financing of projects, particularly those developed under a PPP model. The team also assists funds and developers with the planning, design and construction of care homes, residential properties and commercial developments. Practice head Mary Dunne has more than 25 years’ experience in this area, specialising in finance and PPP work.

Practice head(s):

Mary Dunne

Key clients

Allied Irish Banks plc

AMP Capital Investors UK Limited

Apollo

Ashursts

Bain Capital

BAM

BNP Paribas Real Estate Investment Management

Cardinal

Cardinal Capital Group

Eagle Horizons

Ervia

Fortress

Gas Networks Ireland

Hines

Irish Water

JB Barry and Partners Limited

KKR

Korea Development Bank

Korea Development Bank

Macquarie No Marlet

Palm Capital Partners

Passage Healthcare

Rhatigan/OHL consortium

Royal Haskoning of the Netherlands (RHDHV S.A.R.L)

Sanigest Internacional

Singlepoint

Tifco

TJ O’Connor and Associates

Transdev

Tristan Capital Partners

Twin Point Capital

UrbanVolt

Version 1 Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Twin Point Capital, as one of the sponsors, on the rollout of broadband throughout Ireland, one of the country’s largest infrastructure projects to date.
  • Advising Macquarie and its funders on social housing PPP projects and the Community Nursing Units PPP project currently in procurement.
  • Advising Fortress on the development of Ireland’s first LNG terminal.