Transport in Ireland

A&L Goodbody LLP

A&L Goodbody LLP advises on the full spectrum of matters in the transport space, including defending clients against regulatory actions and handling the development of transport infrastructure. The practice has particularly deep expertise in aviation finance, and is active in advising on leasings, capital markets transactions and M&A deals involving companies in this space. Vincent Power SC has experience spanning both shipping and competition law, including handling matters at the EU level, while key finance partners include Marie O’Brien, Catherine Duffy and Seamus Ó’Cróinín. David Berkery is also noted for his work in the aviation sector, and Kevin Feeney stands out for his advice to Transport Infrastructure Ireland on the development of the Dublin MetroLink project. Conor Owens is another name to note; he leads the firm's construction and engineering practice and provides advice on transport infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Marie O’Brien; Vincent Power SC; Conor Owens

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Duffy; Séamus Ó Cróinín; David Berkery; Kevin Feeney


‘A very engaging, responsive and thorough team of lawyers. A very good fee structure.’

‘Marie O’Brien is very approachable and manages her team very well.’

‘A&L Goodbody is the top firm in Ireland for transportation finance. They are extremely knowledgeable and provide outstanding client service.’

‘Séamus Ó Cróinín is outstanding on cross-border issues. David Berkery provides top-notch legal analysis and outstanding client service.’

‘The transport team at A&L Goodbody has had a fantastic reputation for many years. Their depth and experience is bar none. They are involved in many of the novel transactions in the aviation space and are leaders in their field.’

‘Marie O’Brien is very much in the know when it comes to setting up aircraft leasing platforms in Ireland. David Berkery is another strong partner in the team with several years of practice in London and New York. He is very experienced in joint ventures, structured finance and capital markets.’

‘Séamus Ó Cróinín and David Berkery have great transactional experience and cross-border legal knowledge.’

Key clients

Irish Continental Group plc

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

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

Irish Aviation Authority

Macquarie AirFinance

NCB Capital

InterGlobe Aviation

Aero Capital Solutions, Inc

Carlyle Aviation Management

Castlelake, L.P

GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS)

Sky Leasing LLC

Wings Capital Partners

Thunderbolt III Aircraft Lease Limited

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




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 GE as Irish counsel on the €30bn combination of GECAS and AerCap, which will be the world’s largest aircraft leasing company.
  • Advising Transport Infrastructure Ireland on the MetroLink project, the development of a north-south urban railway service that will run between Swords and Charlemont, connecting key destinations including Dublin Airport and the city centre.
  • Represented 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 (Regulation 1177/2010).

McCann FitzGerald LLP

McCann FitzGerald LLP is highly active in the transport space, advising clients on matters across all areas of this sector. The practice particularly stands out for its work for transport-related public sector bodies, advising on procurement, the development of infrastructure and regulation, including the drafting of legal frameworks and enforcement actions. Aviation financing is another key area of focus; the team advises on sales, leases, financings and the establishment of platforms. Hilary Marren, Catherine Deane, Joe Fay and Georgina O’Riordan are the key partners in this space, while senior associate Ian Payne is also noted. Eamonn O’Hanrahan leads both the transport team and the firm’s projects team, and is noted for his expertise in project financing, particularly in the public sector.

Practice head(s):

Eamonn O’Hanrahan

Other key lawyers:

Hilary Marren; Catherine Deane; Joe Fay; Georgina O’Riordan; Ian Payne


‘Collaborative and informative, with keen attention to detail.’

‘Georgina O’Riordan is approachable and has wide industry experience with demonstrable expertise. Ian Payne is practical and keenly focused on achieving the client’s desired outcome.’

‘Given their experience in this industry, they can deliver quickly without detriment to quality when we are working under much pressure. Their work is outstanding and reliable. Consistent in quality. No time is wasted with communication.’

‘I work with Joe Fay on transactions relating to aviation, which he is very knowledgeable about. This is particularly important in transactions that are subject to critical deadlines, complexity and an extensive amount of paperwork.’

‘McCann FitzFerald have a long relationship with our organisation and as such have a deep knowledge of our wide-ranging activities. This deep knowledge allows the firm to provide insightful advice on matters and any crossover impacts on various other activities. The firm has a broad range of specialist partners that provide advice across a range of matters that impact us.’

‘Eamonn O’Hanrahan has a detailed knowledge of our organisation, the public sector generally and corporate finance transactions. Eamonn’s attention to detail in contractual and legislative matters has been of significant benefit to us.’

‘McCann FitzGerald’s transport team is seasoned and has a breadth and depth of experience which is hard to match in the market. Partner supervision is second to none and the output is always of an excellent standard. There is considerable depth in the team in terms of experienced associates.’

Key clients


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

Calliston GmbH & Co. Beteiligungs KG

CDB Aviation Leasing

Challey Limited

CIAF Leasing

CRA Aircraft Holdings LLC

Credit Agricole

Delaware Life Insurance Company

Deutsche Bank AG

Development Bank of Singapore Ltd


Doric Asset Finance GmbH & Co. KG


Dynam Japan Holding Holdings Co., Ltd

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.


Magnetar Capital

National Transport Authority

NGF Overseas Aircraft Limited

Nordic Aviation Capital

Odeon International Holding B.V.

ORIX Aviation Systems Limited

Pembroke Capital/Standard Chartered Bank

Raglan Air Limited

Road Safety Authority

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

Touax Rail

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Viva Aerobus

Vueling Airlines, S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advising Transport Infrastructure Ireland on the restructuring of the N25 Waterford Bypass PPP project.
  • Advised Touax on all the Irish legal aspects of the refinancing of its railcar division for a total of €180m.
  • Advising the National Transport Authority on initiatives being delivered to commercial bus operators in response to Covid-19.

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox‘s broad transport practice covers matters across the road, rail and aviation sectors, including advising clients on issues at the cutting edge of this area of law. The team is highly active in the asset finance space, with Caroline Devlin, Rob Murphy and Laura Cunningham advising on the financing of aircraft as well as the establishment of leasing platforms and funds. Ruth Lillis was promoted to partner in January 2021 and also focuses on the aviation sector. Beyond financings, the practice acts for transport services companies, airlines and vehicle manufacturers on a range of corporate, commercial and regulatory matters, and also handles the development of transport infrastructure. Aaron Boyle and Niamh McGovern are the key partners in these areas.

Practice head(s):

Aaron Boyle; Caroline Devlin

Other key lawyers:

Laura Cunningham; Rob Murphy; Niamh McGovern; Ruth Lillis


‘Professional, hard working and enthusiastic’.

‘We value Caroline Devlin and Robert Murphy for their knowledge and expertise in helping clients resolve their issues.

‘I attribute Arthur Cox’s success to the team members. I am fortunate enough to engage directly with Caroline Devlin. Caroline has taken the time to understand our business and its intricacies so she may offer the very best in legal advice, compliance, and legal and corporate agreements. The resourcing in strong in Arthur Cox, as when we do not require the high level of expertise that Caroline brings, she introduces us to a relative junior member of the team who can assist with lower-level legal advice and action. Similarly, Caroline introduced our business to Arthur Cox’s Northern Ireland office when we had an out-of-jurisdiction matter to resolve.’

‘Caroline Devlin often engages with our business outside office hours, including Saturdays and Sundays, when dealing with a particularly complex matter. She listens to and breaks down our requirements, so she is sure that she understand the challenge. She is measured, methodical and clear in her responses.’

‘Strong in-depth knowledge of transportation sector and financing.’

‘Every member of the Arthur Cox team working with us is knowledgeable and thus they were very important in the implementation process.’

‘They are committed to the project we are working on. Even though you know that they have many other things going on at the same time for other clients, from their commitment to the process, you would think that they were only working on your transaction.’

‘Aaron Boyle and Niamh McGovern were both excellent. They were able to explain issues simply and succinctly and with an overall commercial mindset.’

Key clients

daa plc

Aer Lingus

Air Europa


Applegreen plc


Bank of Ireland

Braathens Regional Airlines

Braganza AS

Bramora Ltd.

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



Arena Aviation Capital

Work highlights

  • Acted as the primary legal adviser to the daa for many years and advised on every aspect of the development of the second runway at Dublin Airport.
  • Partnered with Vedder Price in advising Arena Aviation Capital on the establishment of a $1.5bn aircraft leasing joint venture with Kennedy Lewis Investment Management.
  • Appointed as general counsel to Ryanair in respect of the operation of its extensive airline business in Ireland, including advising on the impact of Covid-19 (including a legal challenge to the basis for imposing flight restrictions by the state).

Matheson LLP

Matheson LLP has a long track record in the aviation sector, acting for both aircraft lessors and airlines in transactions. The practice has recently been heavily engaged in assisting these clients with their response to the Covid-19 pandemic through financings and refinancings, and it has also handled major restructurings and schemes of arrangement involving companies in this sector. Elsewhere, the practice advises on procurement and project development in the road and rail sectors. Rory McPhillips, Stuart KennedyYvonne McWeeney and Stephen Gardiner, who was promoted to partner in January 2021, are the key figures in aviation and asset finance matters, while Garret Farrelly heads the firm’s projects and PPP team.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Yvonne McWeeney; Stephen Gardiner


‘They know the market inside out, and are friendly, efficient and always willing to go the extra mile to help. Their breadth of experience means that they can assist on any transaction we throw at them.’

‘Super responsive, very user friendly, helpful and fun. We deal mainly with Yvonne McWeeney and Stuart Kennedy but also the team head Rory McPhillips. They are supported by good associates and the whole experience is always positive for us.’

‘We value their responsiveness, availability, quality of work, ability to provide solutions and ideas, reasonable pricing, and practical and commercial approach.’

‘I would like to specifically mention Yvonne McWeeney. She is an outstanding lawyer, with an acute sense of business, tight management of schedules and availability, and a strong ability to provide ideas to solve issues.’

‘The firm has the scale and depth to provide a full all-round service, which is invaluable to our company. The team has supported us in all aspects of the matter from its inception and we have a lot of trust in them which is key. Technically they are very strong and they are also commercially very current in our sector and great at judging the level of handholding required or not in a given transaction.’

‘Yvonne McWeeney leads an exceptional team of associates and paralegals, driving their strengths and capabilities. All transactions are expertly partner-led but with an army of competent professionals backing her up.’

Key clients

ACS Iridium

Allianz Capital Partners

AMP Capital Partners

Arctic Aviation Assets DAC

Aviation Capital Group

Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social (BNDES)

Bank of Communications Financial Leasing Co., Ltd. (BoComm Leasing)


Castlelake, L.P.

Caterpillar Inc.

CCB Aviation

CDB Aviation

Close Brothers Ltd

CMB Financial Leasing (CMB Aviation)

Credit Agricole

CRRC Qingdao Sifang Co., Limited


Dragados S.A.

Drogheda Port Company

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE)

DZ Bank

Export Development Canada

FCC Construcción, S.A.

Fortress Investment Group LLC

Go Ahead Group

Hamburg Commercial Bank (formerly HSH Nordbank)

HSBC Bank plc

ING Bank

Jackson Square Aviation

JP Morgan (Dublin)


Macquarie Investment Bank

Mitsui & Co Ltd

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA.


Tokyo Century

TUI Travel Aviation Finance Limited/TUI Airlines

UK Export Finance (UKEF)

Ulster Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising CRRC Qingdao Sifang Co, the Chinese state rolling stock manufacturer, on the Irish legal aspects of its tender to Irish Rail for the procurement of new electric and battery electric heavy commuter rail vehicles required for the expansion of the Dart network.
  • Advised Dubai Aerospace Enterprise on the establishment of a new joint venture aircraft leasing platform in Ireland.
  • Advising Drogheda Port Company on the development of a new deep-water multi-modal port near Balbriggan, North Dublin.

William Fry

William Fry‘s transport practice continues to be prominent in the aviation sector, handling some of the largest and most complex matters in the Irish market. David Maughan and Mary Ward are well known for their work on the financing of aircraft, while Fergus Doorly and Craig Sowman advise on matters in this sector involving distressed companies, including restructurings. Elsewhere, the firm’s well-established projects and construction teams are frequently engaged on transport projects in the aviation, road and rail sectors; they also handle large projects which include transport infrastructure, such as residential developments. Jarleth Heneghan and Liam McCabe are the key figures in this area. In addition, the practice acts for a number of ride-hailing apps, providing advice on data protection and other regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

David Maughan

Other key lawyers:

Mary Ward; Fergus Doorly; Craig Sowman; Jarleth Heneghan; Liam McCabe


‘We value them for their customer service. We do not get such attentive service elsewhere.’

‘Mary Ward and David Maughan are both extraordinary individuals. They really care for their clients.’

‘They are excellent commercially.’

Key clients

Aer Lingus

Aer Dragon Aviation



Aircraft Purchase Fleet Limited

Asia Aviation Capital

British Airways

Cathay United Bank


Credit Agricole CIB

Dublin Airport Authority

Dublin Port Company

Emirates Airlines

Fingal County Counsel


Goshawk Aviation Limited

Hamden Aviation



Montrose Global Aircraft Leasing and Subsidiaries


Nordic Aviation Capital

Ping An Leasing

PK AirFinance



Landesbank Hessen Thüringen Girozentrale

Work highlights

  • Acting as Irish counsel to Nordic Aviation Capital Group in relation to the restructuring of its $6.8bn debt.
  • Advising Free Now, the provider of Ireland’s leading taxi-hailing app and part of a mobility joint venture between BMW and Daimler, on all aspects of its Irish business.
  • Advising Circle K (formerly Topaz) as preferred bidder in relation to its participation in the Motorway Service Areas PPP Project – Tranche 2, including advising on design, construction, operation and maintenance and financing contracts for service area centres in various locations across the national motorway network.


The ‘extremely knowledgable and competent’ team at Kennedys focuses on acting for transport clients and their insurers in contentious matters. The team is highly active in the shipping sector, counting shipowners and P&I clubs among its clients and representing them in claims involving collisions, ship groundings, cargo damage and personal injury. Practice head Hugh Kennedy also handles matters in the road and aviation sectors, and is praised by clients as ‘very experienced and reliable.

Practice head(s):

Hugh Kennedy


‘An extremely competent and knowledgeable team, with a very pragmatic approach to resolving disputes or potential disputes. The team have taken the time to really learn the nature, idiosyncrasies and culture of our business and are therefore best placed to offer the appropriate advice.’

‘Hugh Kennedy not only has a leading level of knowledge of the industry but also has the personal skills to apply this knowledge in a pragmatic manner that takes into account commercial realities.’

‘The team is very experienced in shipping. Their advice is pragmatic.’

‘Hugh Kennedy is a very experienced and reliable lawyer.’

‘Kennedys have the knowledge, expertise and prompt attention to detail that we require. They are highly competent in our type of work which encompasses all types of marine legalities. Everything is done promptly and it makes a change when dealing with them, as they are very popular in the marine legal world.’

‘We use them because of their knowledge and competency in the marine underwriting market.’

‘An engaging team with proven expertise in dispute resolution in the maritime transport sector.’

‘Hugh Kennedy is a subject matter expert – dynamic and able to work with all stakeholders in a dispute, large or small. His hands-on approach and strategic thinking provides peace of mind and confidence to his clients and their insurers when pursuing or defending claims. Hugh’s personable approach marks him out from other peers.’

Key clients

Irish Ferries

Etihad Airways





TUI Travel PLC

P&O Ferries

World Fuel Services

Standard P&I Club

Gard P&I

British Marine P&I

WE Cox

Northern Marine Underwriters

Irish International Freight Association

Work highlights

  • Instructed by insurers to act on behalf of ship-owner COSCO Shipping Captive Insurance Co following a collision between a COSCO vessel and a French fishing vessel in October 2019 off the coast of Ireland.
  • Retained by Irish Ferries for a variety of matters, including almost all of its passenger and crew personal injury claims.
  • Defending Drogheda Port and its UK insurers in High Court proceedings issued by Arklow Shipping after an Arklow ship went aground in the channel while departing the port.

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP handles work across the transportation sector, with a particular focus on the aviation space. Its recent work in this area includes advising airlines on accessing credit facilities in response to the Covid-19 pandemic; the team is also active in assisting clients with the financing and leasing of aircrafts, with Christine O’Donovan and Barry Walsh leading on this work. In addition, the practice provides ongoing advice to the Commission for Aviation Regulation on regulating the sector, including representing it in contentious matters. Beyond aviation, the team advises clients in the road transport and shipping sectors on matters including anti-competition investigations, solvency issues, corporate transactions and commercial agreements; Rory Kirrane SC is particularly focused on these sectors.

Practice head(s):

Christine O’Donovan; Rory Kirrane SC

Other key lawyers:

Barry Walsh

Key clients

Aer Lingus

Commission for Aviation Regulation

Dublin Airport Authority

Dublin Port Company

Irish Aviation Authority


Work highlights

  • Acting for CNH Industrial, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Iveco Magirus and Iveco S.p.A in the defence of proceedings issued against them for follow-on damages for the alleged breach of EU competition law.
  • Advised IAG/Aer Lingus in respect of a $1.8bn revolving credit facility with a syndicate of banks, which is available to Aer Lingus, British Airways and Iberia.
  • Advised the directors and shareholders of Parkfly, a well-known private bus and carpark company with headquarters at Dublin Airport, on acute solvency issues experienced due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions on the company’s business.