Transport in Ireland

A&L Goodbody LLP

Aviation finance is a key area of expertise at A&L Goodbody LLP, which has a sizeable team; names to note include Marie O’Brien, Catherine Duffy, Séamus Ó Cróinín and David Berkery. The group has extensive experience of complex transactions in the aviation industry, including large-scale asset-backed securitisations (ABS) and major restructurings. Vincent Power SC has expertise in maritime matters, particularly those involving EU shipping law, making the firm well-placed to represent clients in maritime litigation and the construction of port infrastructure. In addition, the team advises on the development of significant road and rail infrastructure projects, where Kevin Feeney is particularly active.

Practice head(s):

Marie O’Brien; Vincent Power SC; Kevin Feeney; Conor Owens

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Duffy; Séamus Ó Cróinín; David Berkery; Maria McElhinney

Key clients

Irish Continental Group plc

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

MAN SE and MAN Truck & Bus Deutschland GmbH (ultimately part of the VW Group)

Irish Aviation Authority

Macquarie AirFinance

MAPS 2019-1 Ltd and MAPS 2019-1 LLC

NCB Capital

InterGlobe Aviation

China Leasing International Corporation DAC

Aero Capital Solutions, Inc

Carlyle Aviation Management

Castlelake, L.P

GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS)

Sky Leasing LLC

Stellwagen Finance

Wings Capital Partners

Thunderbolt III Aircraft Lease Limited

Irish Continental Group, plc

PK AirFinance

Milestone Aviation Group

ING Capital LLC

Sichuan Development Holding

Merx Aviation Finance

ICBC Financing Leasing Company

China Aircraft Leasing Company

Minsheng Financial Leasing

AVIC International Leasing Company

Aergo Capital

ASL Aviation

Chorus Aviation Capital



MC Aviation Partners


Merlin Aviation

Ping An

Morgan Stanley

Deutsche Bank

Citibank, N.A.

Credit Agricole

Air Lease Corporation

Sculptor Capital Management

Virgo Investment Group / Zephyrus Aviation Capital

Asahi Aviation


Nissan Ireland



Work highlights

  • Advised the Aviation Working Group on the development, launch and legal framework for the Global Aircraft Trading System (known as GATS).
  • Advising Transport Infrastructure Ireland on the Metrolink project, a 19km tunnel and surface metro railway linking Dublin city centre with the airport and a number of stations north of the airport.
  • Acted for Irish Ferries in the first ever preliminary reference from across the European Union to the Court of Justice of the European Union concerning the Maritime Passenger Rights Regulation, namely Regulation 1177/2010.

McCann FitzGerald LLP

McCann FitzGerald LLP is highly active in the development of road and rail infrastructure projects, advising a number of state authorities on procurement, finance and construction issues. The firm also has a strong aviation finance practice, with extensive experience in ABS, aircraft portfolio acquisitions and leasing transactions, and handles litigation in the aviation and shipping sectors. Practice head Eamonn O’Hanrahan specialises in transport finance, while Hilary Marren, Catherine Deane, Georgina O’Riordan, Joe Fay and senior associate Ian Payne are key contacts for aviation finance, and David Hurley has expertise in maritime disputes.

Practice head(s):

Eamonn O’Hanrahan

Other key lawyers:

Hilary Marren; Catherine Deane; Georgina O’Riordan; Joe Fay; Richard Gill; Ian Payne; Colm Fanning; David Hurley


‘The firm is particularly experienced in the area of transport, having being involved with all PPP transport schemes in Ireland over the last two decades and with a unrivalled wealth of specialised knowledge in all areas of transport.’

‘Eamonn O’Hanrahan is a guru on transport legislation in Ireland, with an unrivalled knowledge of this area of legislation – he is our go-to person for all issues which are transport related. Eamonn has provided us with world-class service, which is dedicated and professional at all times, with a depth of insight and experience that is unmatched.’

‘The aviation team in McCann FitzGerald has superb strength in depth from partner level down. They are a team of problem solvers and working with them is a real pleasure.’

‘I have great faith and trust in the McCann FitzGerald team to get things done. Catherine Deane is simply brilliant and unparalleled in her level of expertise. Ian Payne also stands out.’

‘Their deep knowledge allows for a proactive and informed approach in considering matters of concern to us. They are readily up to speed in terms of considering matters and the attention to detail in their preparation of documentation or advice on commercial matters has proven to be of great benefit.’

Key clients

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

National Transport Authority

Road Safety Authority

Touax Rail


AerDragon Aviation Partners Limited

AerSale Inc.

Aircastle Advisor LLC


Altitude Investors DAC

Apollo Global Management

ASL Aviation

Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi

BBAM Aviation Services Limited

BOC Aviation Leasing

CIAF Leasing

CRA Aircraft Holdings LLC

EMP Aviation Ireland Limited

FGL Aircraft Ireland (FUYO)

Fly Leasing Limited

FPG Amentum

Genesis Aircraft Services Limited


Guardian Holdings Limited

Haitong Financial Leasing

Haitong UniTrust International Leasing

Jackson Square Aviation Ireland Limited

KKR Altitude Holdings L.P.


NGF Overseas Aircraft Limited

Nordic Aviation Capital

Odeon International Holding B.V.

ORIX Aviation Systems Limited

Pembroke Capital/Standard Chartered Bank

Raglan Air Limited

Rockton AB

SAIC Holdings Limited


SATO Aviation Capital

Sierra Echo Aircraft Leasing Limited

Sirius Aviation Capital Holdings Limited

Skyworks Leasing (Ireland) Limited

SMBC Aviation Capital

ST Aerospace Resources Pte. Ltd

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Titan Aviation

Viva Aerobus

Vueling Airlines, S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advising the National Transport Authority on its role as a national enforcement body under Regulation EU No. 1177/2010 of the European Parliament in relation to the rights of passengers travelling by sea.
  • Advising Galway County Council (in conjunction with Galway City Council and Transport Infrastructure Ireland) on all aspects of the proposed N6 Galway City Ring Road.
  • Advising Transport Infrastructure Ireland on a number of tolling projects, including the outsourcing of the management and operation of free flow tolling on the M50, the disability toll exemption scheme and the toll incentive scheme for electric vehicles.

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox has a strong track record in high-profile transport infrastructure projects across the road, rail and aviation sectors. Its team is experienced in advising on project finance, public procurement and regulatory issues. The active aviation finance practice has particular strengths in assisting aircraft lessors and airlines (including major domestic airlines) with leasing transactions and restructurings, as well as tax, corporate and commercial issues. Aaron Boyle has extensive experience of transport infrastructure projects, assisted by recently promoted partner Niamh McGovern, while Caroline Devlin, who has complementary tax expertise, Laura Cunningham and recently promoted partner Ruth Lillis are recommended for aviation finance.

Practice head(s):

Aaron Boyle; Caroline Devlin; Kathleen Garrett

Other key lawyers:

Rob Murphy; Matt Dunn; Laura Cunningham; Niamh McGovern; Ruth Lillis

Key clients

daa plc

Aer Lingus

Air Europa


Applegreen plc


Bank of Ireland

Braathens Regional Airlines

Braganza AS

Bramora Ltd.

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise

Flexam Invest

Iarnród Éireann (Irish Rail)

Celtic Roads Group

M50 Concessions

European Investment Bank

BNP Paribas


Bank of Communications

China Construction Bank (CCB)

China Merchant Bank

GA Telesis LLC

Keolis UK

Alstom UK

Cubic Transportation Systems Limited


Work highlights

  • Appointed as general counsel to Ryanair in respect of the operation of its extensive airline business operations in Ireland, including advising on all aspects of Covid-19 (including a legal challenge to the basis for imposing flight restrictions by the state).
  • Advised a group of unsecured creditors to Nordic Aviation Capital group on an Irish scheme of arrangement which included standstill and deferral of secured and unsecured debt.
  • Advising daa plc, as the awarding authority, in the procurement of a second runway at Dublin Airport.


Matheson has wide-ranging expertise in the transport sector, with a particularly strong asset finance practice, which is led by Rory McPhillips and Stuart Kennedy. It advises on complex transactions involving the finance and leasing of ships, rail assets, and predominantly, aircraft. The team also has significant expertise in aviation regulation, including the Cape Town Convention. Transport infrastructure projects are another key area of strength for the group, which is active in port and toll road developments. Garret Farrelly leads the projects and infrastructure groups. Yvonne McWeeney and senior associate Stephen Gardiner are also specialists in aviation finance.

Practice head(s):

Rory McPhillips; Stuart Kennedy; Nicola Dunleavy; Garret Farrelly; Rhona Henry

Other key lawyers:

Yvonne McWeeney; Stephen Gardiner; Conor Blennerhassett

Key clients

ACS Iridium

Allianz Capital Partners

AMP Capital Partners


Caterpillar Inc.

Close Brothers Ltd

Credit Agricole

CRRC Qingdao Sifang Co., Limited


Drogheda Port Company

Dragados S.A.

DZ Bank

Export Development Canada

FCC Construcción, S.A.

Go Ahead Group

Hamburg Commercial Bank (formerly HSH Nordbank)

HSBC Bank plc

ING Bank

JP Morgan (Dublin)


Macquarie Investment Bank

Mitsui & Co Ltd


Ulster Bank

SkyHawk Aviation Limited

Deutsche Bank

Aviareto Limited

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA

Norwegian Air International Limited

CDB Aviation

Castlelake, L.P.

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE)

Arctic Aviation Assets DAC

Engine Lease Finance Corporation

CCB Leasing


Work highlights

  • Acting as Irish legal adviser to CRRC Qingdao Sifang Co., Limited, the Chinese state rolling stock manufacturer, on its tender to Irish Rail for the procurement of new heavy commuter rail vehicles.
  • Acted as Irish transaction counsel for Aviation Capital Group LLC on a $477m ABS secured on a portfolio of 24 aircraft.
  • Advising SkyHawk Aviation Limited, a new joint venture commercial aircraft leasing platform in Ireland established between Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA and China Construction Bank Corporation.

William Fry

William Fry demonstrates particularly strong capabilities advising innovative transport service platform providers on regulatory, commercial and data protection issues. Its team is also experienced in aviation finance transactions and is sought after by international banks and aircraft leasing companies for advice on the financing of aircraft portfolios and leasing transactions. In the infrastructure space, the team is active in road and rail projects. David Maughan and Mary Ward focus on aviation finance, Jarleth Heneghan is a key contact for transport projects, and Leo Moore has expertise in technology and IP issues in the transport sector.

Practice head(s):

David Maughan

Other key lawyers:

Mary Ward; Leo Moore; Jarleth Heneghan; Cassandra Byrne

Key clients

Aer Lingus

Aer Dragon Aviation



Asia Aviation Capital

BNP Paribas

British Airways

China Development Bank


Credit Agricole CIB

Deutsche Bank

Dublin Airport Authority

DVB Bank

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Goldman Sachs

Goshawk Aviation Limited


Hamden Aviation


Investec Bank plc

KDB Ireland



Ping An Leasing

PK AirFinance

Cathay United Bank



Landesbank Hessen Thüringen Girozentrale

Agricultural Bank of China

Bank of China

Work highlights

  • Advising Dublin Airport Authority on the construction contracts and procurement for the development of a new 70-acre office business park at Dublin Airport.
  • Advising Goshawk on all aspects of its business, including IP, refinancing arrangements of certain aircraft, and employment law in relation to its acquisition of SKY Leasing’s Irish subsidiary.
  • Advising Hammerson on all aspects, including the financing, of a Metrolink station in O’Connell Street, Dublin, as part of the Metrolink project being managed by Transport Infrastructure Ireland.


Kennedys' 'efficient and reactive' team specialises in the maritime sector, and is experienced in acting for transport companies, P&I clubs and marine insurance companies in collisions, vessel damage, salvage and personal injury claims, as well as advising on ship arrests and regulatory matters. The team also handles contentious work in the road and aviation sectors. 'Leading expert' Hugh Kennedy leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Hugh Kennedy

Other key lawyers:

Graham Duggan; John Creegan


‘They have an almost unique specialism in freight and shipping which is very difficult to find with in legal practices in general.’

‘They are very approachable and generally contactable. They have great experience and are prepared to share their knowledge and expertise.’

‘Hugh Kennedy is a leading expert in shipping and ship arrest. Always available and exceptionally user-friendly.’

‘Efficient and reactive.’

‘Hugh Kennedy knows the business well, is very experienced and provides good recommendations.’

Key clients

Irish Ferries

Etihad Airways



CH Robinson Europe BV


TUI Travel PLC

P&O Ferries

World Fuel Services

Work highlights

  • Instructed to act on behalf of ship-owner COSCO Shipping Captive Insurance Co. by its hull underwriters and P&I insurers, China Ship-owners Mutual Insurance Association, following a collision between a COSCO vessel and a French fishing vessel off the coast of Ireland.
  • Retained by Irish Ferries for a variety of matters, including advice arising on Port State Control intervention, the effects of the recently enacted European law on ship-based pollution, and to defend a number of passenger and crew personal injury claims.
  • Defending Drogheda Port and the client’s UK insurers in High Court admiralty proceedings issued by Arklow Shipping after an Arklow ship went aground in the channel whilst departing the port.

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP acts for a range of public and private sector transport clients, with particular expertise in advising airlines and aircraft lessors on aviation finance and leasing transactions. The team also handles contentious and regulatory matters in the transport sector, including recent judicial review proceedings relating to passenger compensation. Christine O’Donovan is highly regarded for aviation finance, while Rory Kirrane SC leads the maritime practice.

Practice head(s):

Christine O’Donovan; Rory Kirrane SC

Other key lawyers:

Barry Walsh

Key clients

Aer Lingus

Commission for Aviation Regulation

DB Schenker

Dublin Airport Authority

Dublin City Council

Dublin Port Company

Evergreen Shipping

Irish Aviation Authority


Work highlights

  • Acting for BAM Civil Limited and Dragados Ireland Limited, the unincorporated construction joint venture responsible for the design and construction of the N25 New Ross Bypass PPP Scheme, in litigation associated with the Barrow Bridge.
  • Acting for the Commission for Aviation Regulation in various matters, including successfully defending the client in judicial review proceedings brought by Ryanair in a passenger compensation test case.
  • Acted for Plasser & Theurer Export von Bahnbaumaschinen Gesellschaft m.b.H. in public procurement proceedings, under EU procurement rules, challenging the proposed award to a competitor company of a €7m public contract by Iarnród Éireann – Irish Rail.