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Arthur Cox
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Banking and finance Tier 1

The members of Arthur Cox's team have 'clear expertise in their field'; they count domestic and international financial institutions such as Bank of Ireland, Ulster Bank, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America Merrill Lynch among their clients. Practice head Grainne Hennessy advised Covanta on the €469m refinancing of the Dublin Waste-to-Energy PPP project, and Kevin Lynch, who is 'commercial and gets to the point quickly', acted for Allianz Real Estate on the €292.5m financing of the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre in Dublin. Ultan Shannon and Orla O’Connor regularly advise on loan portfolio sales.

Capital markets Tier 1

The DCM team at Arthur Cox acts for managers and dealers on Irish-covered bond programmes and trades and commercial real estate loan repackagings. In a recent highlight, Cormac Kissane and Aiden Small advised Citigroup Global Markets and Morgan Stanley & Co International on the public issuance of various classes of notes by Irish special purpose vehicles (SPVs). Glenn Butt specialises in advising Russian issuers. The ECM team acts for many of Ireland's largest listed companies, including Applegreen and Paddy Power Betfair; Stephen Hegarty advised the former on the placing of €46.9m-worth of new ordinary shares, and practice head Maura McLaughlin acted for the latter as Irish counsel on a £500m share buyback programme.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Arthur Cox's 'very focused and yet also very amiable' team handles large Irish M&A transactions and flotations of Irish companies, as well as advising on complex private equity transactions. Chairman Ciarán Bolger acted for Mater Private Hospital on its acquisition by InfraViaCapital Partners; Maura McLaughlin advised Hanover Active Equity Fund on its recommended cash offer for software provider Escher Group Holdings; and Stephen Hegarty assisted Total Produce with its $300m acquisition of a stake in Dole Food Company. Geoff Moore, Pádraig Ó Ríordáin and John Matson, who is a 'star', are also noted.

Construction Tier 1

Arthur Cox was very busy providing non-contentious advice on residential, commercial and mixed-use developments, as well as infrastructure and energy projects. ‘Adopting primarily a non-confrontational approach’, practice head Niav O’Higgins, who ‘has excellent knowledge and experience’, advised new client Spear Street Capital on the construction aspects of the acquisition and development of Cherrywood Business Park. Karen Killoran ‘offers advice in a timely manner’, and advised on a number of wind farm projects, including successfully acting for developer Seahound Wind Developments on several high-value construction contracts.

Dispute resolution Tier 1

The team at Arthur Cox counts Aer Lingus and Facebook among its clients. Practice head Andrew Lenny successfully defended daa in four proceedings relating to the development of a second runway at Dublin Airport and the resurfacing of an existing one, and Isabel Foley acted for Dunnes Stores in an action relating to advertising regulations and judicial review proceedings. Conor McDonnell, David O’Donohoe and Richard Willis are also noted.

Employment Tier 1

Renowned for its ‘first-class service’ and for being ‘commercially astute’, Arthur Cox’s ‘highly professional’ employment team ‘understands the needs of a corporate client in a practical business environment’. Solely focused on the employer side in sectors such as pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, healthcare, education and entertainment, the team covers the full gambit of employment law, advising on industrial actions, whistleblowing claims, senior executive disputes, unfair dismissals, collective redundancies and outsourcings, as well as on the employment law aspects of acquisitions. ‘Exceptional’ and ‘vastly experienced’ practice head Séamus Given helped the Irish Farmers' Association fend off complex, high-profile breach of contract and defamation allegations made by its former director general. Other team members include the ‘always responsiveKevin Langford, Cían Beecher and the ‘excellentLouise O’Byrne.

Energy and natural resources Tier 1

Arthur Cox’s Alex McLean leads the practice and is considered ‘the leading energy law expert in the country, who is vastly experienced across all areas including energy markets, renewable support schemes, contracts and industry codes’. In addition to advising several lenders on a number of wind farm financings, McLean assisted Covanta with its acquisition of BlackRock’s minority stake in the Dublin Waste to Energy project and the ensuing creation of a joint venture with Green Investment Group. The ‘very hard-working’ and ‘hands-onFlorence Loric is ‘exceptional in her field of European competition law, energy and litigation’.

EU and competition Tier 1

Arthur Cox has 'one of the best practices in Dublin', which is particularly strong in investigations, state aid and merger control matters. Richard Ryan, who 'has a good commercial approach to competition analysis', leads the team; he assisted SkyBet with the Irish merger control aspects of its $4.7bn acquisition by The Stars Group. Florence Loric is acting for Aer Lingus in proceedings relating to the recovery of state aid. Patrick Horan was promoted to partner.

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

At Arthur Cox, Colin Kavanagh is active on the life sciences side; his recent highlights include advising medical device manufacturer CR Bard on the Irish aspects of its acquisition by Becton Dickinson. In the healthcare space, product liability specialist Isabel Foley is defending TÜV Rheinland LGA Products against claims that it inadequately conducted assessments of the product conformity of breast implants, and Joanelle O’Cleirigh is acting for clients such as the Irish Blood Transfusion Service on a range of matters. Senior associate Ciara Farrell is noted for her regulatory and compliance expertise.

Information technology Tier 1

Arthur Cox 'always provides pragmatic, well-rounded commercial advice'; practice head Rob Corbet is 'a leader in IT/IP', who 'remains focused yet flexible in his approach', and Colin Rooney is 'very experienced in advising on operational challenges associated with the rapidly evolving IT security landscape'. John Menton is assisting Openmind Networks with a number of software and IT services contracts. The team also advises on data protection and e-commerce matters.

Insolvency and corporate restructuring Tier 1

The level of service is consistently high’ at Arthur Cox, where practice head William Day advised on several receiverships and also acted for Waltzfire on its investment in seven hotel-operating companies in examinership. In the contentious sphere, Day acted for receivers Goldman Sachs and Ken Tyrrell of PwC in injunction proceedings and counter proceedings. The ‘very practical and versatileJohn Donald and senior associate Philippa Mangan, who look ‘at the matter in a holistic’ manner, acted for a number of liquidators.

Insurance Tier 1

Arthur Cox impresses with its ‘quality of advice’ and ‘understanding of the market and the regulator perspective’, with the ‘always reliableElizabeth Bothwell providing ‘very practical and useful’ advice on the non-contentious side. In a recent example, Bothwell advised Swiss Re on the Irish aspects of MS&AD Insurance Group’s acquisition of a 15% stake in Admin Re. David O’Donohoe handles insurance-related litigation; he and Joanelle O’Cleirigh regularly defend solicitors in negligence actions, among other matters. David Strahan is recommended for ‘his professionalism and meticulous attention to detail’.

Investment funds Tier 1

Arthur Cox is noted for its ‘excellent service and extremely knowledgeable and responsive team’, which has been particularly active advising UK-based investment management firms on the establishment of funds domiciled in Ireland. New clients include ICBC and Vanguard; practice co-head Kevin Murphy is advising the former on the establishment of its first UCITS structure in Ireland, and co-head Tara O’Reilly is assisting the latter with the launch of three new sub-funds to Vanguard Funds. ‘Exceptional leaderIan Dillon advised Australian asset management group Channel Capital on the establishment of an Irish AIFM and QIAIF Icav platform. Dara Harrington, Sarah Cunniff and Cormac Commins are also key members of the team.

Pensions and employee benefits Tier 1

Arthur Cox advises public and private sector companies, semi-state bodies and pension scheme trustees on the full gambit of pensions law, from benefit redesign and funding negotiations regarding defined benefits to advising on the impact of GDPR on pension schemes. In one highlight, practice head Philip Smith advised the trustees of the Golden Pages defined benefit scheme on the wind-up of the pension scheme. Catherine Austin is the other key contact; she acted for several major corporate entities on post-acquisition pension rationalisations. Sarah McCague was promoted to of counsel in June 2018.

Planning and environment Tier 1

Clients value Arthur Cox for ‘the resources available to the firm in terms of expertise and knowledge of this subject’. Practice head Deborah Spence successfully defended the company operating Dublin Airport in judicial review and planning injunction proceedings relating to the development of a second runway and maintenance works in relation to the current runaway. Yvonne Scannell and Danielle Conaghan defended the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment in judicial review proceedings concerning the final consent for the operation of the Corrib gas pipeline.

Projects and PPP Tier 1

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.

Public sector Tier 1

Arthur Cox specialises in regulatory law, with extensive experience advising regulatory bodies on statutory investigations. The team is particularly active in the healthcare sector; Gavin Woods is representing the Mental Health Commission in a number of ongoing judicial review proceedings, and Joanelle O’Cleirigh is advising the Irish Blood Transfusion Service on issues arising from defects in a device used before blood donations. Aaron Boyle is also assisting the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board with procurement matters concerning the building of a new children's hospital. Danielle Conaghan and Alex McLean handle environmental and energy-related matters.

Real estate Tier 1

Arthur Cox’s ‘depth of experience’ ensures that the firm is involved in the most significant commercial property transactions and development projects in the country. Among the many standout transactions, Mark Barr and Deirdre Barrett, who ‘is proactive and will always go the extra mile’, advised investor Kennedy Wilson on the acquisition of The Grange, a partially completed apartment complex. Practice head Kenneth Egan and Simon Hannigan are other key team members. Deirdre Sheehan was promoted to partner in March 2018.

Tax Tier 1

Caroline Devlin and Fintan Clancy head the team at Arthur Cox, which is praised for its 'solid experience and expertise balanced against sound business judgement'. Devlin, who stands out for the 'level of passion, depth of knowledge and consideration that she brings to her work', advised Total Produce on the $300m acquisition of a 45% stake in rival fresh product company Dole, and Clancy acted for International Paper on its attempted $11bn bid for Smurfit Kappa. Ailish Finnerty and senior associate David Kilty are also recommended.

Telecoms Tier 1

Arthur Cox is noted for its regulatory and compliance advice, as well as for handling transactional telecoms matters such as mergers and acquisitions, network sharing arrangements, and other joint ventures. Highlights included practice head Florence Loric advising eir on its €3.5bn acquisition by NJJ Group and Xavier Niel, and representing the same client in enforcement proceedings brought by the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) regarding wholesale broadband and voice access. Other clients include Vodafone and Telus International. Colin Kavanagh and new partners Patrick Horan and Maeve Moran are also noted.

Intellectual property Tier 2

Arthur Cox has a busy IP litigation practice, with experienced litigator Gavin Woods defending Coolmore Stud in a copyright infringement case to prevent the sale of a book by a former employee, while Isabel Foley is defending Dunnes Stores in an alleged trade mark infringement action against Aldi relating to comparative advertising. Newly promoted partner Olivia Mullooly and practice head Rob Corbet are active in the non-contentious space, with Corbet advising Trinity College Dublin on a number of copyright and trade mark cases relating to photographic and image rights.

Media and entertainment Tier 2

The team at Arthur Cox takes 'a practical, hands-on approach to all media-related issues'. Practice head Colin Kavanagh handles non-contentious and commercial matters, advising clients including Just Eat, 6 Nations Rugby and Uefa on advertising issues. Gavin Woods leads the contentious side of the practice; he acted for Coolmore Stud, the world's largest breeding operation of thoroughbred horses, in proceedings relating to the sale of a book containing defamatory content published by an ex-employee. Florence Loric, who focuses on media mergers and broadcasting regulation, is assisting eir with the roll-out of the National Broadband Plan, among other matters.

White-collar crime Tier 2

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.

Transport Tier 3

Arthur Cox's practice covers aviation, ports, roads, rail and public transport, and is particularly strong on infrastructure-related matters. The team is advising daa on all aspects of the development of a second runway at Dublin Airport and is also acting for Irish Rail on the National Train Control Centre Project, the largest current investment in the heavy rail sector. Other key clients include Aer Lingus and Applus; practice head Aaron Boyle is advising the latter on the operation of the National Car Testing service concession. Caroline Devlin and Kathleen Garrett specialise in aviation and shipping matters.

The firm: Arthur Cox is widely regarded as the leading law firm in Ireland. The firm is one of the country’s largest and most innovative. Today, it has over 350 lawyers, including almost 100 partners and a total staff of over 750. Arthur Cox is an ‘all-island’ firm, with offices in Dublin and Belfast. The firm also has offices in London, New York and Silicon Valley. Its practice encompasses all aspects of corporate and business law, providing a comprehensive service to an international client base ranging from established global leaders and multinational organisations to government agencies and statutory bodies, public and private companies, banks and financial institutions to new players in emerging industry sectors.

Since Arthur Cox’s establishment in 1920, the firm has been at the forefront of developments in the legal profession in Ireland. From the outset, it has striven to deliver superior levels of service, build relationships that grow over time and develop specialist industry knowledge to help clients achieve their goals. Arthur Cox’s reputation is based on proven professional skills, a thorough understanding of client requirements, sound judgement and a practical approach to resolving commercial problems.

Areas of practice: Recognised as having the largest and most innovative corporate and finance practices in Ireland, the firm’s experience is unsurpassed. A dynamic player in Irish business and law, Arthur Cox has participated in the most important business and financial transactions involving Ireland.

The firm delivers the full range of services which apply to corporate transactions, working with multi-disciplinary teams of lawyers from its specialist groups ensuring a quality, multi-faceted and seamless service for clients.

Arthur Cox’s services include: asset management and investment funds; banking and other lending transactions; commercial property; competition and regulated markets; construction and engineering; corporate (featuring corporate restructuring and insolvency); cyber security; debt capital markets; employment; environment and planning; financial regulation; fintech; food and drink; infrastructure, construction and utilities; insurance and reinsurance; intellectual property; international/FDI; life sciences; litigation and dispute resolution; media and telecommunications; pensions and employee benefits; public law; renewables, energy and natural resources; sports law; tax; and technology and innovation.

Department Name Email Telephone
Mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance Ciarán Bolger
Mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance Geoff Moore
Mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance Stephen Ranalow
Corporate and commercial Brian O'Gorman
Corporate and commercial Maura McLaughlin
Corporate and commercial John Matson
Taxation John Matson
Taxation Caroline Devlin
Taxation Fintan Clancy
Taxation Ailish Finnerty
Banking Orla O'Connor
Banking Ultan Shannon
Banking Kevin Lynch
Financial regulatory Robert Cain
Derivatives Phil Cody
Inward investment John Menton
Inward investment John Matson
Inward investment Phil Cody
Asset management and investment funds Kevin Murphy
Asset management and investment funds Tara O'Reilly
Corporate restructuring and insolvency William Day
Corporate restructuring and insolvency John Donald
Energy and natural resources Alex McLean
Competition and regulated markets Richard Ryan
Competition and regulated markets Florence Loric
Technology John Menton
Technology Rob Corbet
Healthcare Pádraig Ó Ríordáin
Healthcare Joanelle O'Cleirigh
Project and asset finance Grainne Hennessy
Employee share schemes Stephen Hegarty
Employee share schemes Anne Corrigan
Media Colin Kavanagh
Media Gavin Woods
Listings Helen Berrill
Commercial property Kenneth Egan
Commercial property Deirdre Barrett
Commercial property Simon Hannigan
Arbitration Andy Lenny
Litigation and dispute resolution Andy Lenny
Litigation and dispute resolution Eve Mulconry
Litigation and dispute resolution Richard Willis
Professional negligence David O'Donohoe
Fintech Pearse Ryan
Fintech Robert Cain
Insurance Elizabeth Bothwell
Insurance Jennifer McCarthy
Food and drink Isabel Foley
Food and drink Deborah Spence
Food and drink Danielle Conaghan
Employment and industrial relations Séamus Given
Employment and industrial relations Kevin Langford
Employment and industrial relations Cian Beecher
Employment and industrial relations Louise O'Byrne
Pensions Philip Smith
Pensions Catherine Austin
Capital markets Cormac Kissane
Capital markets Glenn Butt
Capital markets Aiden Small
Environment and planning Deborah Spence
Environment and planning Danielle Conaghan
Environment and planning Yvonne Scannell
Telecommunications Conor McDonnell
Telecommunications Florence Loric
Intellectual property Rob Corbet
Intellectual property Gavin Woods
Life sciences Colin Kavanagh
Construction Niav O'Higgins
Construction Karen Killoran
Product liability Isabel Foley
Projects/PPP Alex McLean
Projects/PPP Aaron Boyle
Cyber security Gregory Glynn
Cyber security Pearse Ryan
Cyber security Joanelle O'Cleirigh
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