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A&L Goodbody advises corporate clients on engagement with regulators both in Ireland and abroad, internal and external investigations, notifications of criminal wrongdoing and formal complaints leading to prosecutions. Highlights included advising the former chairman of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland's largest media organisation, on high-profile allegations of fraud, market manipulation and data breaches made against him. Kenan Furlong and Joe Kelly lead the team; newly appointed partner Katie O’Connor and Dario Dagostino, who heads the investigations and regulatory risks group, are also noted.

Emer Gilvarry heads the 'very strong' team at Mason Hayes & Curran, which acts for a number of Ireland's leading financial institutions and corporates, advising on internal and external investigations and representing clients in private commissions of investigation and public tribunals of inquiry. In a recent matter, Liam Guidera acted for parties involved in an inquiry following a whistleblower's allegations of police corruption. John O’Leary, who recently made partner, and Colin Monaghan, who joined from Arthur Cox, are also key members of the team. Adrian Lennon left the firm.

McCann FitzGerald's practice has 'strength and depth in swathes' and 'draws on its wide resources from across the firm to ensure the advice proferred is meticulously considered'. The team covers corporate and internal investigations, mandatory reporting and engagement with investigating agencies, and prosecutions, and is also active in the prosecution of regulatory offences for state clients. Sean Barton ('a very brilliant legal mind'), Karyn Harty and Megan Hooper ('adopts your problems as her own and deftly steers you through the world of regulatory and criminal investigations and prosecutions') are advising INM on issues arising from a whistleblower report. Practice head Brian Quigley, Michael Coonan and Audrey Byrne, who specialise in fraud and asset tracing investigations, and Stephen Holst, who handles whistleblowing investigations, are also noted.

Owen O’Sullivan heads the team at William Fry, which counts large corporates, financial institutions, public bodies and high-net-worth individuals among its clients, advising on regulatory investigations, anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing obligations, and internal investigations, among other matters. Other recommended lawyers are Lisa Carty, who is highly active in cases involving the financial services sector; Garrett Breen, who frequently advises regulators, auditors and tax advisers on their statutory obligations; Paul Convery; Derek Hegarty; and consultant Laura Murdock.

The team at Arthur Cox is experienced in advising domestic and international clients on regulatory enforcement and investigations, prosecutions, fraud and asset tracing, anti-bribery, corruption and lobbying. Greg Glynn and Joanelle O’Cleirigh lead the practice; Glynn is defending Irish firm Eurotoaz against accusations of corporate raiding, and O'Cleirigh is acting for Blackrock Hospital in a long-running dispute involving claims of unlawful conspiracy, breach of contract and breach of duty. Richard Willis and newly promoted partner Deirdre O’Mahony are also noted.

The team at Byrne Wallace has 'a unique blend of skills and talents' and 'combines insightful analysis with an outcome focus'. The practice is noted for its strength in regulatory investigations and advising public bodies, although it also acts for companies, directors and private individuals. Among other matters, the team advises state bodies on their enforcement functions, represents clients in public tribunals of inquiry and private investigations, and advises on mandatory reporting requirements, anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing obligations. Jon Legorburu, who 'wears a wealth of experience lightly and is excellent at distilling complex matters down to the essentials', leads the team along with Séan O’Donnell.

The team at Matheson is praised for its 'first-class analysis, forensic identification of relevant issues and focus on solving the problem'; it specialises in advising financial institutions and international companies, covering crisis and risk management, reporting obligations, internal and external investigations, managing information requests, and defending clients against prosecution and regulatory action. Karen Reynolds, who has extensive experience advising clients in the financial services sector, jointly heads the practice with anti-corruption expert Claire McLoughlin. Nicola Dunleavy, who specialises in enforcement actions connected with environmental and planning issues, is also noted.

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