Arthur Cox > Dublin, Ireland > Firm Profile

Arthur Cox
10 EARLSFORT TERRACE
DUBLIN 2
D02 T380
Ireland

Ireland > Banking and finance Tier 1

Arthur Cox has one of the leading teams in Dublin with a series of highly-rated partners. It continues to lead the market in syndicated lending, acquisition finance, loan portfolio sales and financial regulation. The firm represents many of the top domestic and international lenders, along with a growing number of financial investors and corporate borrowers. Grainne Hennessy is one of the top names in the market, particularly in real estate and development financings. Chair of the firm Orla O’Connor continues to be active in big-ticket financings and loan portfolio transactions and Ultan Shannon  is a key name for acquisition finance and corporate lending. ‘Very clear thinkerKevin Lynch heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Lynch

Other key lawyers:

Grainne Hennessy; Orla O’Connor; Ultan Shannon; Niamh Quinn; David Molloy; Matthew Dunn; Ciara Buckley

Testimonials

‘Technically, but also commercially very experienced and very strong.’

‘Proactive, responsive, extremely pleasant to deal with, strategic thinkers and problem solvers. Value for money.’

‘Once you engage Arthur Cox in a transaction, you know you are getting a high calibre team. If a transaction veers off track and expertise has to be called upon from within different parts of the firm, you are always comfortable that the quality of advice is consistently high across the various departments.’

‘Kevin Lynch is the partner who we have most interaction with. While Kevin has a team beneath him he is always visible in the transaction and can step in easily when his presence is required. He is a very clear thinker and provides concise advice, no waffle. He is highly regarded in the industry and has a reputation for being pragmatic and commercial.’

Key clients

Bank of Ireland

Ulster Bank Ireland DAC

Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c.

Bank of Scotland/Lloyds Banking Group

Kennedy Wilson

Blackstone

Citibank

Goldman Sachs

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

BNP Paribas

Wells Fargo

Deutsche Bank

DWS (real estate investment arm of Deutsche Bank)

PGIM

Ashtead Group PLC

Quadrant Real Estate Advisors LLC

Applegreen plc

Total Produce plc

Greencore Group plc

Flutter Entertainment plc

Apollo Management International LLP

NatWest Markets

Brookfield Asset Management

Alanis Capital

Work highlights

  • Acted for Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland as operator of the Covid-19 Credit Guarantee Scheme.
  • Advised Swissport on all Irish law aspects of its financial restructuring, implemented by way of a debt-for-equity swap under a scheme of arrangement and pre-packaged sale of the business out of administration.
  • Advised Flutter Entertainment, an Irish parent with numerous subsidiaries, on entering into revolving credit, TLA and notes financing structures.

Ireland > Capital markets Tier 1

Arthur Cox has a depth of resources and variety of expertise that has allowed it to target all key areas in the capital markets field, from corporate debt and high-yield debt to green bonds, regulatory capital and RMBS; the firm also has a niche in Russian LPN structures. It has a high market share of ECM deals in the Irish market and represents a large number of Irish business that are listed overseas including on NYSE and Nasdaq. Cormac Kissane  remains a market leader in DCM, along with Aiden Small  and Glenn Butt, and Phil Cody, who heads the New York office, is another key practitioner in the team. Maura McLaughlin and Cian McCourt  are key names on the equity side.

Practice head(s):

Aiden Small; Cian McCourt

Other key lawyers:

Cormac Kissane; Glenn Butt; Phil Cody; Brendan Wallace; Maura McLaughlin; Stephen Ranalow; Chris McLaughlin; Conor McCarthy

Testimonials

‘Technically but also commercially very experienced and very strong. Proactive, responsive, extremely pleasant to deal with, strategic thinkers and problem solvers. Value for money.’

‘Understand their immediate and connected client needs within the deal situations, and well versed in working alongside London Magic Circle firms harmoniously as well which is important for ultimate deal execution.’

‘Cormac Kissane is an experienced and talented partner and an excellent relationship manager. Aiden Small is very well-connected in the London market and popular with clients.’

‘Excellent subject matter experts, really ahead of impending developments in the area, practical and commercially astute’

‘Equity markets – Strength and depth of the team – the leading capital markets team in Ireland.’ 

‘Debt capital markets – the debt capital markets team are at the forefront of any developments within the Irish market. They have a notable wealth of knowledge of the capital markets space and the team are always well informed and responsive. The team always deliver a best in class service.’

‘Phil Cody and the team at Arthur Cox are extremely responsive and attentive. The advice is excellent and based on valuable experience on regulatory matters.’

‘Phil Cody is my go to lawyer in this team, he impresses everyone on the deal with his commercial approach and deep market knowledge while also being superb on technical issues.’

Work highlights

  • Acted as Irish transaction counsel and drafted the prospectus on a bond issued by daa finance plc and guaranteed by daa plc.
  • Advised as to all Irish law and Irish tax aspects on Johnson Control’s second green financing.
  • Advised Dole on its IPO.

Ireland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Arthur Cox‘s longstanding prestigious standing in the corporate and M&A field has not diminished. It continues to advise on many of the landmark and high-value deals involving Ireland. Whether it is public M&A, private M&A, private equity or venture capital, the firm remains at the forefront of the market. It is also noted for inversions and migrations to Ireland, along with other corporate reorganisations. Cian McCourt leads the team and has impressive deal experience, as does Maura McLaughlin, while Geoff Moore is the firm’s managing partner and still a key member of the team. Maeve Moran is amongst the next generation of leading partners, along with Michael Coyle and Conor McCarthy, who are making an impression in the market.

Practice head(s):

Cian McCourt

Other key lawyers:

Maura McLaughlin; Geoff Moore; John Matson; Connor Manning; Stephen Ranalow; Elizabeth Bothwell; Brian O’Gorman; Maeve Moran; Michael Coyle; Conor McCarthy; David Voz

Testimonials

‘Unrivalled legal expertise, combined with a commercially astute and pragmatic mindset make this team the best in the market.’

In-depth knowledge of our business sector. Pragmatic and commercial approach focused on problem solving.’

‘Maura McLaughlin provides pragmatic and commercially savvy advice and is an excellent sounding board for issues. She is clear and confident and poised. She also knows when to step in and when to leave things to her excellent associate.’

‘Stephen Ranalow – probably the finest M&A lawyer in the country – an extraordinary talent, with a client service mindset that is unrivalled.’

‘Maura McLaughlin – really deep subject matter expertise, with a hands on, can do approach that makes client engagement a pleasure.’

‘Conor McCarthy – really strong M&A lawyer, who makes it his business to really understand his clients’ business and key issues, really enhancing the value of the legal support he provides – one to watch.’

‘John Matson is extremely good at problem solving. He is a superb lawyer who comes up with excellent solutions to complex issues.’

‘The two stand outs for us are Elizabeth Bothwell and more recently David Voz who has the potential to succeed in the industry long term. Elizabeth is our trusted advisor on everything and we trust her to tap into the extensive Arthur Cox network of experts across all of the specialties we need support for.’

Key clients

Aer Lingus

Alkermes plc

Allergan plc

Aon plc

Applegreen plc

Aryzta AG

Avadel Pharmaceuticals plc

Bank of Ireland plc

Blackstone

CapVest

Cool Planet Group

CRH plc

daa plc

Flutter Entertainment plc

Frontline Ventures

Glanbia plc

Greencore Group plc

Johnson Controls International plc

Mallinckrodt plc

Mastercard

National Broadband Ireland

nVent Electric plc

Openet

Pentair plc

Ryanair

Seagate Technology plc

Strongbridge

Biopharma plc

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd

Trane Technologies plc

Total Produce plc

Truata

Vodafone

we.trade

Work highlights

  • Advised Dole plc on the combination of Total Produce plc with Dole Food Company Inc.
  • Advised Flutter Entertainment plc on its acquisition of the 37.2% minority interest in FanDuel Group Parent LLC.
  • Advised Further Global Capital Management on its acquisition of the AA Ireland Group.

Ireland > Construction Tier 1

The construction practice at Arthur Cox is highly active in the energy space, advising on the design, construction, and operation of projects including offshore and onshore wind, solar, battery storage and waste-to-energy plants. In addition, the practice is heavily involved in residential and commercial developments, acting for prominent investment funds and developers in this space. Practice head Niav O’Higgins is praised by clients as an ‘exceptional lawyer, while Karen Killoran is highly experienced in acting for the full range of parties in construction matters. Niamh McGovern was appointed partner in January 2021, further strengthening the team at senior level.

Practice head(s):

Niav O’Higgins

Other key lawyers:

Karen Killoran; Niamh McGovern; Sinéad Flanagan; Ciara Dooley

Testimonials

‘Strong team within the construction practice with good market experience. Well resourced. Consistent views from partners and associates.’

‘Good market level experience as they work for both developers and banks.’

‘The construction team at Arthur Cox continue to provide timely, commercially focused and relevant advices across our range of matters. They are always at the end of the phone and provide terrific support both in terms of dispute mitigation and resolution.’

‘Karen Killoran is widely respected as being a readily available practitioner who is familiar with the client organisation’s risk appetite and who can deliver pragmatic advice.’

‘Their strength lies in their vast experience and commercial mindset. They provide practical solutions and alternative ways of doing things. Very good collaboration with other practice areas such as property and procurement to ensure that the context of the advice sought is accurate.’

‘Niav O’Higgins is an exceptional lawyer and an amazing individual. At the top of her game, builds trust quickly and is very personable. Commercial mindset, very practical and sees around corners. Talented at explaining complex matters in plain English, which is much appreciated. Sinead Flanagan is very good.’

‘The team is easy to approach and very friendly. When it comes to the workload it is fast and efficient – a perfect combination.’

‘Karen Killoran and Ciara Dooley are proactive and give sensible solutions to issues that arise. Took the time to know and understand our team and what is important to us as a business.’

Key clients

Facebook Inc

Oweninny Power 2 DAC

Applegreen

Energia Group

Tristan Capital Group

Highfield Solar

Irish Water

Export Import Bank of Korea and Kookmin Bank

National Asset Management Agency

TIO North Docks DAC

Bain Capital Credit

Amundi Asset Management

Premier Green Holdings Limited

Ardstone Capital

Glencar

Archer

Blackstone

Intel

Kennedy Wilson

Spear Street

Land Development Agency

Irish Social Housing Property II S.Á.R.L

Barola Asset Management Ltd

Union Investment (USG)

Work highlights

  • Advising Facebook on its very significant data centre development programme, both in Ireland (at Clonee in Co Meath) and across Europe.
  • Advising Oweninny Power 2 DAC (a joint venture between ESB and Bord na Móna) in relation to all aspects of the development and financing of the 83MW Phase 2 of the Oweninny Wind Farm, Ireland’s largest wind development project.
  • Advising Applegreen on the acquisition of a venture to develop 27 service areas on the New York State Thruway, as part of the development of its US business.

Ireland > Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

The data privacy team at Arthur Cox provides advice to clients across a broad range of sectors on both compliance with regulations and responses to data breaches. The team is frequently instructed by technology companies, including established household names as well as start-ups, and assists clients with entering the Irish market. 'Standout performerRob Corbet is well versed in advising clients on data breaches and is also recognised for his work in the gambling sector. He leads the team alongside Colin Rooney, who is noted for his experience in regulatory investigations, and Olivia Mullooly.

Practice head(s):

Rob Corbet; Colin Rooney; Olivia Mullooly

Other key lawyers:

Ian Duffy; Caoimhe Stafford

Testimonials

‘Arthur Cox is a market leader. The team is excellent at data protection advisory work and regulatory engagement and investigations, with a finger on the pulse of the regulatory landscape.’

‘Rob Corbet is a standout performer and one of the top privacy lawyers in Europe. He sees the big picture but is also a master of the small print. His consistently excellent work in finding solutions is always impressive. Colin Rooney has a very strong specialism in handling high-profile regulatory investigations and has a strong record in getting results (often against the odds). Caoimhe Stafford is a technically strong associate with a big future.’

‘The breadth of experience is evident in the advice that they provide. It is extremely useful to have lawyers who are actively representing clients with the regulator so that they can provide comparison advice on a frequent basis. The outstanding attribute of this team is the commercial legal advice that is provided every time in a way that is digestible and lands well with the business.’

‘Colin Rooney is a very accessible partner. Not only is he available at short notice but he always finds capacity to support his clients. In addition, he is a very pleasant professional to deal with so senior business leaders are willing to take advice from him as he can demonstrate his expertise and commercial acumen with ease.’

‘An excellent team. The advice is good value: concise, intelligent and to the point.’

Key clients

CRH

Musgrave

Vodafone

Flutter Entertainment plc/Paddy Power Betfair plc

Intel

Genuity Science

Egis Road and Tunnel

Indeed

Viridian Group

Trinity College Dublin

Total Produce

University College Dublin

Openmind Networks Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised University College Dublin on a high-profile investigation by the Irish Data Protection Commission pursuant to the GDPR.
  • Advising Viridian Group (including Power NI and Energia) on data protection compliance.

Ireland > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Arthur Cox has an outstanding record in big-ticket cases before the Commercial Court. It is experienced in banking and financial services cases, real estate disputes, contentious tax matters and white-collar/corporate crime. The firm is also at the forefront of financial regulatory investigations. The group has successfully brought through a new generation of partners and associates in the last two years to maintain its high standing in the market. Financial services disputes specialist Eve Mulconry leads the team, which includes senior name Andrew Lenny who continues to be rated for financial regulatory investigations. Joanelle O Cleirigh leads the healthcare and life sciences disputes group. Keith Smith is a leading name in real estate disputes.

Practice head(s):

Eve Mulconry

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Lenny; Joanelle O’Cleirigh; Richard Willis; Keith Smith; Gavin Woods; Amelia Walsh; Sean Carroll; Michael Egan; Ryan Ferry; Kate O’Donohoe

Testimonials

‘Very attentive and full team always very together and on board and available to offer up all resources, advice and help as required in difficult negotiation or court work. Collaborative working at its best.’

‘Best performing practice in the Irish market. Superb depth in team. Very client-focused. Are not cheap but provide value for money.’

‘Keith Smith – business acumen, direct access without delegation, subject matter expertise.’

‘Eve Mulconry is a force. She is cutting edge commercial and drives our commercial objectives though innovative legal strategy.’

‘Joanelle O’Cleirigh & Kate O’Donohoe – excellent knowledge of their brief. Prompt response to any queries.’

‘Ryan Ferry is an extraordinarily shrewd, smart & strategic thinker. His capacity to manage a very large work load is enviable. He is deeply passionate about his work and completely outcome focussed.’

‘Special mention for Richard Willis and Amelia Walsh. Richard leads his team very well and has a great manner with clients. Amelia is very bright and is a real rising star.’

‘Gavin Woods and Sean Carroll, and Michael Egan stand out for me. Their attention to detail is immense and Michael’s ability to comprehend the IT and technical aspects of a litigation case is a really good benefit to our business.’

Key clients

AB Volvo (Publ)

Bank of Ireland

Blackrock Hospital Limited

Central Bank of Ireland

Chanelle Pharma

CRH plc and Roadstone Limited

daa

Davy Target Investments PLC

Dawn Meats Ireland Unlimited Company

Eurotoaz Limited

Facebook Ireland Limited

Hines Real Estate

The Taxback Group

Irish Bank Resolution Corporation Limited (In Special Liquidation)

Island Capital Management Limited (and related entities)

KBC Bank plc

Marlet Property Group

McKesson Corporation

Ulster Bank

MCD Productions Limited

Green Property Group

Breezeglade Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (In Special Liquidation) (IBRC) in proceedings against the former executive director responsible for lending at Anglo Irish Bank.
  • Represented Hines Real Estate Ireland in defending a challenge to the grant of planning permission for Phase 1 of a three-phase development for over 1,300 new homes on a prime brownfield site in Dublin city centre.
  • Represented both CRH plc and various subsidiary companies, and separately acted for a co-defendant CPI (part of the Grafton Group), in the defence of competition proceedings brought by Framus Limited and related companies concerning allegations of anti-competitive practices in the concrete and cement industries in Ireland.

Ireland > Employment Tier 1

Arthur Cox stands out for its 'collaborative and practical approach'. The group covers a range of complex employment issues including litigation, protected disclosures/whistleblowing, employee privacy and data protection, and outsourcing of services for a variety of national and international clients. Kevin Langford heads the practice and handles employment claims relating to unfair dismissal, equality/discrimination, and occupational stress. Séamus Given specialises in industrial relations issues arising in the employer/employee and employer/trade union relationships. Cian Beecher handles transactions and contentious work for an impressive roster of clients. Louise O’Byrne is noted for representing clients before the Workplace Relations Commission and the labour court.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Highly responsive to clients; collaborative and practical approach’

‘Louise O’Byrne – exceptional practitioner; client centred; razor-sharp.’

‘Louise O’Byrne has been a great source of support on tricky cases. Seamus Given is very experienced and has seen it all before.’

‘Arthur Cox’s employment team are dynamic and agile, and all members of the team are knowledgeable, pragmatic and give sensible advice.’

‘Louise O’Byrne takes a vested interest in her clients. She takes a partnership approach and advises on all matters that range from both a strategic and operational perspective, and is a solid sounding board. She is super responsive, and gives real time advice which is critical often in employment matters and her advise is digestible by all. She is my ‘go-to’ lawyer in all employment law matters’

‘First and foremost the team Arthur Cox always demonstrate expert working knowledge in their respective areas of specialty. The team is very accessible and responsive.’

‘Arthur Cox is an excellent law firm for many reasons: lawyers are high quality, experienced, they take a commercial approach, are pragmatic and client oriented.’

‘The standout partner is Seamus Given. He is the top employment law lawyer in Ireland. He is hugely experienced, insightful and client oriented. He is very accessible to clients, commercial in his approach and takes the time to explore all angles of an issue to find the best options and pragmatic solutions. His knowledge of and experience in the employment law area is exceptional. He is responsive and efficient in delivery of his advice. I regularly recommend him to others.’

Key clients

Musgrave Group

IAG Group /Aer Lingus

University College Cork, University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, University of Limerick, Maynooth University, National University of Ireland Galway, Dublin City University (“The Universities”)

Ervia/Gas Networks Ireland/Irish Water/Bord Gáis Energy/Centrica

Bank of Ireland

Fyffes/Total Produce plc

Stryker

MSD/Merck

Vodafone

Flutter Entertainment

Coca-Cola

Work highlights

  • Advised Daft.ie on the obligations of an information society service provider pursuant to the Equal Status Acts.
  • Advised AA Ireland on the sale of its Irish assets.
  • Advised Takeda on the divestment of its Dunboyne Biologics facility to MSD.

Ireland > Energy and natural resources Tier 1

Arthur Cox is noted in the Irish energy sector for the variety of matters that it is involved in, including advising on projects in the renewable and conventional energy sectors, as well as on battery storage and transmission developments. The team provides comprehensive advice to clients on the financing, procurement and construction of projects, and is also active in M&A transactions involving energy assets and companies. Practice head Alex McLean has deep experience in the energy sector across a range of jurisdictions; in addition to advising on Irish projects, he also acts for Ireland-based clients in international developments. Matt Dunn leads the team’s project finance work; the energy practice is also supported by environmental and planning specialist Danielle Conaghan and construction partner Karen Killoran. Niamh McGovern was promoted to partner in January 2021 and is noted for her work on construction and projects contracts.

Practice head(s):

Alex McLean

Testimonials

‘Arthur Cox provide a top-class service, with top-quality lawyers. AC delivered to tight deadlines and turned around documents quickly with a high degree of quality. The team demonstrated depth and a real understanding of our business, while providing top-class commercial advice in difficult negotiations.’

‘Alex McLean stands out as one of the most astute and knowledgeable lawyers I have ever worked with. He knows the energy and infrastructure sectors better than anyone else, has real depth of sector knowledge (particularly in energy), and provides top-class commercial advice, while also having a balanced understanding of all sides of the debate.’

‘I believe Alex McLean is the leading energy lawyer in Ireland: he is both pragmatic and highly effective as a lawyer, but also highly commercial and knowledgeable on energy-specific issues.’

‘The Arthur Cox team have a depth of knowledge and experience, and crucially the ability to communicate that, which has proven to be hugely valuable in the ever-changing planning and environmental landscape.’

‘Danielle Conaghan in particular understands what we as a client need when we seek her advice. She understands all perspectives and her communication style allows her to seamlessly integrate with the broader project team when the need arises.’

‘We have continued to do substantial work with Arthur Cox over the year and have found they have maintained their exceptionally high standards in the quality of the work that they produce, the insight they provide to us on legal matters reflecting on our industry and the quality of their engagement. Despite the complexity and seriousness of some of the issues on which they have worked with us, it is a genuinely enjoyable, and always educational, experience to work with them.’

‘I would particularly identify their ability to explain and communicate complex legal matters to individuals with no or limited legal experience and the clarity – in language and thought – of the written advice they provided as worthy of recognition. They are very available and often proactive, taking the initiative to bring things to our attention which would be of interest. We have a genuine sense that they’re a part of our team and vice versa.’

‘Arthur Cox are leading lawyers in this field in Ireland.’

Key clients

Energia

Ørsted

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

Export Import Bank of Korea and Kookmin Bank

Oweninny Power 2 DAC (JV between ESB/Bord na Móna)

Coillte (Irish Forestry Board)

Department of Housing, Planning & Local Government

Greenlink Interconnector Limited

Corre Energy

Facebook Inc

EirGrid

Arjun Infrastructure Partners

Neoen Renewables Ireland Ltd

Allied Irish Banks Plc

Lightsource bp

NTR plc

AMP Capital Investors Ltd

EPH

Bord na Móna

Ervia

Electroroute

Work highlights

  • Advised Export Import Bank of Korea and Kookmin Bank on the funding of two 100MW Lumcloon battery energy storage projects in Co Offaly, the largest battery energy storage project in Europe.
  • Advised Ørsted on all aspects of the acquisition of Brookfield’s European Renewables platform in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
  • Advised Highfield Solar on the development and project financing of a 282MWp portfolio of large-scale solar projects in Co Wexford, including two of the largest projects to receive support under the first round of the new Renewable Energy Support Scheme.

Ireland > EU and competition Tier 1

Arthur Cox has a fully rounded practice with an especially strong record in investigations, state aid and competition litigation. The firm remains at the forefront of merger control matters, including deals driven by private equity buyers. The firm has landed engagements in the vast majority of Ireland’s major competition investigations. Richard Ryan is head of competition and regulated markets at the firm, and has an outstanding reputation in state aid and competition investigations. He leads a team that represents an array of top domestic and international corporates. Patrick Horan is an emerging talent, as is senior associate Simon Breen.

Practice head(s):

Richard Ryan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Arthur Cox are a top class firm that delivers excellent business oriented advice.’

‘Vast amount of experience, the go-to practice for EU and competition law in Ireland. High level of collaboration with other practice areas that may impact on advices.’

‘The team has deep experience in Irish and EU competition practice and you know they have seen most things before, giving me comfort that they will navigate us through the issues seamlessly.’

‘Very user friendly team with commercial results focused attitude.’

‘Patrick Horan has immense technical knowledge in the area of Competition law and he is an absolute pleasure to work with.’

‘Richard Ryan is thoughtful, a clear communicator, and practical in his advice. Great to deal with.’

‘Richard Ryan – excellent lawyer, very personable, exudes decency. Very responsive and engaging relationship partner. The best in the country for competition law advice, extremely knowledgeable and always contextualises his advice appropriately. Very high level of service, worth the money.

‘Simon Breen – excellent, analytical, personable, one to watch.’

Key clients

Kerry Group plc

KBC Group N.V.

Verizon Communications, Inc.

Frasers Group

Caldic B.V.

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.

Allianz plc

AstraZeneca plc

Procter & Gamble

Orsted

Gilead Sciences

Ryanair

Land Development Agency

Intel

Stripe

Davy

Greencore Group plc

Bunzl plc

Greenergy International

CRH plc

Irish Cement Limited

Roadstone Limited

Flutter Entertainment plc

LN-Gaiety Holdings

Allied Irish Banks plc

Department of Finance

National Treasury Management Agency

Mediahuis N.V. and Mediahuis Ireland

Insurance Ireland

Applegreen plc

Accenture

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation

MCD Productions

Volvo and Renault Trucks

Glanbia plc

Fyffes

Total Produce plc

Green REIT plc

National Broadband Ireland

Bank of Ireland

Ulster Bank

Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company

Johnson Controls International plc

Kennedy Wilson

Work highlights

  • Advised KBC on the contemplated sale of substantially all of the performing loan assets and liabilities of KBC Bank Ireland plc to Bank of Ireland.
  • Represented Ryanair in various sets of High Court proceedings issued against Skyscanner, Vola.ro, Ypsilon.net, Flightbox and Booking.com in relating to screen scraping activities concerning Ryanair’s website, which involve competition law counter-claims.
  • Advised Insurance Ireland on the ongoing European Commission investigation concerning Insurance Ireland’s database, InsuranceLink.

Ireland > Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

Arthur Cox has a fully-rounded healthcare and life sciences practice, noted for its history in corporate transactions and its well-established regulatory team. The firm has been active in relation to access to private hospitals by Covid-19 patients during the pandemic, regulatory investigations in the life sciences sector, and has seen additional growth in IP litigation. The firm frequently works alongside global law firm leaders in the healthcare and life sciences segments, advising some of the biggest names in the industry. In particular, it advises a range of US-based pharmaceutical and biotech businesses on regulatory matters in Ireland. It is also at the forefront of healthcare sector regulation, particularly for private hospitals. Colin Kavanagh leads the team on corporate and regulatory matters in the life sciences sector, and Joanelle O Cleirigh is a leader in dispute resolution and investigations in healthcare.

Practice head(s):

Colin Kavanagh; Joanelle O’Cleirigh

Other key lawyers:

Ryan Ferry; Leanne Dolan; Kerry Corbett

Testimonials

‘We have had dealing with Arthur Cox over many years and, without fail, their service has been of a consistently high standard. Their capacity to adapt to quickly changing circumstances is first class and during Covid their engagement with us was managed in a way that ensured first class service at all times. Their teamwork approach ensures that all necessary departments seamlessly engage in activities relating to any particular issue.’

‘Arthur Cox is very professional and I do have a lot of business with Arthur Cox. They are very precise and clear in the way they deal with us as a customer. We see them as a partner to our business.’

‘Great communication with details of each litigation matter under representation. Sets realistic expectations and looks for solutions that do not always involve spending more money.’

‘Their personal availability to us at all times is highly valued by us as is their seamless interaction between departments and individuals. They have worked with us particularly in the areas of Healthcare, Litigation and property and have managed a low key approach in recent high profile controversies. Joanelle O’Cleirigh is our key contact and has provided us consistently with a wise and valued service.’

‘We have regular catch-ups on litigation matters that are being handled by the team I work with. I always feel that I am in a good place of understanding what we are currently doing and what our next steps are. Joanelle O’Cleirigh, Leanne Dolan and Kerry Corbett work very well together as a team and provide outstanding counsel.’

‘The partner we deal with, Ryan Ferry, gives amazing attention to our company whether it’s day, evening or night. He has a great knowledge of the Pharma and Life sciences industry that we are in. They always give a clear answer and a clear roadmap.’

Key clients

Allergan

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Becton Dickinson

Blackrock Healthcare Group (which incorporates Blackrock Hospital, Hermitage Clinic and Galway Clinic)

Food Safety Authority of Ireland

Gilead Sciences

HSE

Johnson & Johnson

Mallinckrodt

Medical Council

Monsanto

MSD

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland

Novartis

PatientMPower

Regeneron

Religious Sisters of Charity

Sanofi/Genzyme

Stryker

St. James Hospital

TÜV Rheinland LGA Products GmbH

UMPC Group

Valeant/Bausch Health

Leo Pharmaceuticals

Chanelle Pharmaceuticals

Tallaght Hospital

Private Hospitals Association

Stewarts Care

Child and Family Agency (Tusla)

Cofinimmo

Healthhero

National Maternity Hospital

Nursing Home Ireland

Work highlights

  • Advised the Private Hospital Association (PHA) in relation to the negotiation of heads of terms and final agreements in respect of the provision by all the private hospitals in Ireland of their available clinical capacity to the state on a short-term basis in order to address the Covid-19 public health emergency.
  • Acted for Orion Corporation in judicial review proceeding against the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA)
  • Advised BMS on the post-acquisition integration of the Celgene business.

Ireland > Information technology Tier 1

Arthur Cox has experience across a broad range of information technology matters and has close relationships with a number of major Irish companies, advising on commercial IT agreements such as software licensing as well as regulatory compliance. The team is also frequently instructed to advise clients on digital transformation projects, providing assistance with complex outsourcing matters. Data protection is another area of focus for the team. Practice head Rob Corbet has a broad practice in this sector, ranging from handling commercial agreements to advising companies on responding to data breaches. Colin Rooney and Olivia Mullooly, who is particularly noted for her work on issues related to intellectual property, are also key contacts. Ian Duffy, who was promoted to partner in January 2022, is also a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Rob Corbet

Testimonials

‘Arthur Cox has a market-leading practice on information technology and related contracting and outsourcing issues. Their experience, commercial savvy and level of technical expertise are second to none in the Irish market.’

‘Rob Corbet has vital strategic acumen from his many years at the cutting edge of technology deals. Ian Duffy has excellent technical skills, a calm temperament and the capabilities to deliver on complex multi-party mandates. Colin Rooney is also an experienced operator with deep technical expertise and first-rate negotiation skills.’

‘They are knowledgeable, practical and businesslike.’

‘They are always willing to find practical solutions. It’s always about what’s best for the client.’

Key clients

CRH plc

Musgrave

Paddy Power Betfair plc (now Flutter Entertainment plc)

Aryzta

Indeed

Intel

Openmind Networks Limited

Trinity College Dublin

AIB

Work highlights

  • Advised Aryzta on a number of enterprise-level technology projects, including the renegotiation of its global cloud outsourcing agreement and the procurement of a big data solution that aggregates business information from across its European operations.
  • Advising many of Ireland’s large corporations (including CRH, Musgrave and Flutter Entertainment) on software and IT services contracts and technology advisory work, among other matters.
  • Advised AIB on a number of strategically important enterprise-level procurement projects, including the drafting and negotiation of agreements for the supply of novel IT platforms for use in connection with AIB’s mortgage business.

Ireland > Insolvency and corporate restructuring Tier 1

Arthur Cox has an outstanding record in headline restructurings and insolvencies, including both domestic and cross-border engagements. It represents a variety of debtors, investors, creditors and lenders, noteholders and bondholders, and examiners, among others. William Day is one of the most respected names in the market and John Donald has an established profile in domestic cross-border insolvencies and restructurings, including Chapter 11 proceedings and Irish law scheme of arrangements. Senior associates Frances Flynn and Philippa Pierse are also key team members.

Practice head(s):

William Day

Testimonials

‘Strong bench, deep experience, practical advice, user friendly.’

‘The Arthur Cox Restructuring team integrated seamlessly into the wider team so that we could provide cohesive cross-border advice to the client.’

‘William Day has an exceptional amount of experience on Irish insolvency/restructuring matters and the firm brings significant depth in staffing and experience.’

‘William Day is the top of his field. He is hands on and user friendly.’

‘Willie Day and John Donald are best in class in the Irish market. Bags of experience – you know they won’t let you down.’

‘John Donald – exceptional work ethic, client focus and expertise.’

‘Willie Day – A leading practitioner with a wealth of experience. John Donald – A great advocate with experience on large complex restructurings. Frances Flynn – Rising star and really good to work with’

‘Willie Day and Frances Flynn are very easy to work with: responsive, astute and reliable.’

Key clients

Mallinckrodt plc and its Irish subsidiaries

Unsecured creditors of Nordic Aviation Capital DAC Group

Arcadia Group Companies

German ABL Lenders to Hertz Group, led by Credit Agricole

Beachpoint Capital Ireland Lending DAC

Colin Gaynor, Resolute Advisory

KPMG

Creditors of Norwegian Air Shuttle Group companies

Grant Thornton

New Look Retailers Group companies

Work highlights

  • Advised Mallinckrodt Group, including the Irish parent company, Mallinckrodt plc, and its Irish subsidiaries, in relation to the ongoing Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings and proposed restructuring transaction.
  • Advised various creditors of the Norwegian group companies with respect to the Irish examinership process and counterparties to contracts with the companies which are the subject of repudiation applications.
  • Advised unsecured creditors to the Nordic Aviation Capital DAC group on all aspects of an Irish Scheme of Arrangement under Chapter 1 of Part 9 of the Companies Act 2014.

Ireland > Insurance Tier 1

Arthur Cox continues to have a thriving insurance practice, maintaining a strong presence in both contentious and non-contentious matters. It has sustained a buoyant presence in insurance M&A, business combinations and outsourcing arrangements. On the contentious side, the firm remains at the forefront of professional indemnity, liability defence claims and regulatory investigations. Corporate and M&A partner Elizabeth Bothwell has extensive experience in insurance M&A and other financial services transactions. Joanelle O Cleirigh is a key figure in contentious matters, including inquiries and regulatory hearings. Michael Twomey  is also noted for risk management, litigation and regulatory investigations. Former head of insurance and reinsurance Jennifer McCarthy has left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Bothwell; Joanelle O’Cleirigh

Other key lawyers:

Michael Twomey

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable on insurance M&A and the market. Responsive at unsocial hours as well as in the normal working day.’

‘Very flexible and great collaboration between assigned team.’

‘The team made great preparations and provided excellent advice so that during the mediation we were able to walk away with minimal loss and business disruptions. Their work also ensured that our insurance company covered 100% of the claim. They did a wonderful job navigating between the demands of the mediator, our company, and our insurance provider while never losing sight of our interest even until the final minutes of the mediation.’

‘Excellent all round subject knowledge and applies a commercial, practical lens to the advice it provides. Understands the needs and complexities of its clients and tailors its advice accordingly. Always willing to tackle complex legal issues and to engage other colleagues in the firm to address particular issues on your behalf. Great collaboration between the Employment, Pensions, Litigation and Data Protection divisions.’

‘Reliable, contactable, efficient, practical and thorough. I can always pick up the phone with queries large and small and be confident of getting top rate, practical legal advice that can be applied by the business.’

‘Elizabeth Bothwell is an excellent lawyer, well respected and always exceptionally supportive – I would recommend her very highly.’

Key clients

Aon plc

ELG Holding Ltd (ELG)

Covéa Coopérations

Swiss Re

Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings Ltd

Rothesay Life plc

Quilter plc

AIG

Liberty Insurance SE

SCOR

RSA Insurance

Aviva

Electric Insurance Company

RSA Insurance

Aviva Life and Pensions DAC

Intercontinental Adjustors Group

Thornton Group

Ageas

ITX Re DAC

Liberty Insurance

Private Hospital Association

Brown & Brown Inc

Work highlights

  • Acted for ELG Holding Ltd on its proposed acquisition of the European business of the Phoenix Group (Standard Life International DAC and Ark Life DAC) from Phoenix Group Holdings plc.
  • Advised Randall & Quilter II Holdings Ltd on its acquisition of Electric Insurance Ireland DAC from Electric Insurance Ireland Company and subsequent portfolio transfer of EIIDAC to Randall & Quilter’s Maltese carrier, Accredited Insurance European Limited.
  • Advised a number of insurers in defence of an insurance claim issued by AIB plc in the Commercial List of the Irish High Court.

Ireland > Investment funds Tier 1

Arthur Cox has a highly developed investment funds practice, noted for its recent experience in Brexit-driven and ESG fund launches. The team has advised a series of fund managers on the creation of Irish entities, bringing in its renowned financial services regulatory expertise. It continues to be active in the UCITS and non-UCITS segments, including consolidations in the UCITS field. Kevin Murphy and Tara O’Reilly  head the team, having excellent connections to major asset managers, with expertise across a range of UCITS, QIAIFs, ETFs, money market funds and private equity funds. Sarah Cunniff is noted for UCITS and ICAV matters, while Ian Dillon , Dara Harrington, Cormac Commins and Siobhán McBean are also key members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Murphy; Tara O’Reilly

Testimonials

‘Other legal firms would do well to recognise that, more than ever, clients are looking at problem solvers, ideas, solutions, not simply translation of regulation and legislation. Arthur Cox delivers that.’

‘Experienced and proactive team, client oriented and caring for the client’s interests. Useful updates via e-mail – regular distributions as well as focused emails specifying relevance of the updated and timelines. Interesting and useful online seminars – also very focused on key topics, key updates. Just balances to not overdo with the information but keep good level of awareness.’

‘The Investment funds team at Arthur Cox is, I believe, amongst the most knowledgeable in the sector. Whilst that alone would make them a strong choice amongst their competitors, it is the way they deliver their service that stands out. From first engagement, to wrap up of the project, we received proactive assistance rather than solely formulaic legal advice. Proposals that are innovative, or unusual, are often given short shrift in financial services, due to the highly constrained regulatory environment, yet the team at AC didn’t simply dismiss the ideas, rather they worked hard to deliver the outcomes required.’

‘With particular reference to Sarah Cunniff and Tara O’ Reilly, both are dedicated to service excellence and uniquely client focused.’

‘Dara Harrington is a knowledgeable lawyer, with deep understanding of the European and Irish regulatory frameworks.’

‘We have worked with Cormac Commins for several years and really enjoy the business relations with him and his team. We, first of all, appreciate the proactiveness, focus on our needs and priorities but also, which is not less important, quick turnarounds with responses and being ready to provide support when it is needed at hoc. Professionalism and expertise go without saying – we had several complicated matters to resolve, and Cormac’s input and opinion were of real value and help.’

‘Cormac Commins was our first contact in the firm, remained our key adviser, and was responsible for selling the firm to us. From first contact to last, he understood our challenge, understood our constraints and, importantly, was happy to try and take us on the journey, rather than simply act as an adviser. An outstanding lawyer.’

‘Cormac Commins, and his associates, never ducked the issues. Where ideas were unworkable, they would tell us, and they could tell us because they have extensive knowledge and experience.’

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard

AlbaCore

Alter Domus

Amundi

Alprime

Altrinsic Global Advisors

Appian

Antarctica Asset Management

Arrowstreet

Axiom

Baillie Gifford

Bank of Montreal (BMO)

BlackRock

Blackstone

Blackwall

Blue Whale

BNP Paribas

Cafico

CapVest

CBRE

Channel Capital

CIFC

Citadel

Cohen & Steers

Colchester Global Investors

Core Markets

Credit Value Partners

Davy

Dimensional Fund Advisors

Dodge & Cox

Eaton Vance

EG Capital

Egerton

European Investment Fund

Federated Investors

Fine Grain Property

First Eagle Investment Management

First Trust

Formuesforvaltning AS

Franklin Templeton

Global Thematic Partners

Global X

Goldman Sachs

Grantham Mayo Van Otterloo & Co. LLC

Green Property Management

Gulf International Bank

HSBC

Industrial and Commerce Bank of China Limited (“ICBC”)

Intertrust

Invesco

Janus Henderson

Kingnova

KKR

Lazard

Los Angeles Capital

M&G Investment Management

MacKay Shields

Maitland

Morgan Stanley

Mirae Asset Global Investments

Nuveen / TIAA

Oak Hill Advisors

Oasis Asset Management

OMIGSA

Overstone

Pillarstone

PineBridge

Platinum Asset Management

Poste Vita

Progressive Capital Partners

Rize ETF Limited

RTE Pension Fund

RTW Investments

Schroders

Seilern

Shenkman Capital

Sigrun

Somerset

Spear Street

State Street Global Advisors (SSgA)

Stone Harbor Investment Partners

Tabula ETF

Tilden Park

Trafaltin Park

Vida

Waverton

Wells Capital Management

Western Asset

Work highlights

  • Advised on the establishment of a UCITS umbrella fund for First Eagle, its first proprietary UCITS fund in Europe.
  • Advised Baillie Gifford on the establishment of a number of Article 8 and Article 9 funds under SFDR in advance of the 10 March 2021 deadline for the first set of SFDR disclosures.
  • Advised on Universal’s acquisition of Metzler’s Irish management company business, marking Universal Investment Group’s entry into the Irish market.

Ireland > Media and entertainment Tier 1

Arthur Cox has a varied practice in the media and entertainment sphere, with matters ranging from defamation proceedings to commercial licensing agreements. In the defamation space, the practice handles High Court litigation, including acting for internet companies such as Facebook in cases relating to alleged defamatory content on their platforms. The sports sector is another area of focus for the team, which provides comprehensive advice to clients on distribution and broadcast agreements, advertising and other commercial issues. The team is jointly headed by Colin Kavanagh, who focuses on corporate, commercial and regulatory work, and Gavin Woods, who leads the defamation practice.

Practice head(s):

Colin Kavanagh; Gavin Woods

Other key lawyers:

Domhnall Breatnach

Testimonials

‘A good mix of commercial, contractual and litigation lawyers. Overall a strong team that can take matters from start to end, whether commercial or litigation. Part of a good international network of firms.’

‘Domhnall Breatnach has very good experience in IP matters including comparative advertising and blocking injunctions. Very strong on the detail and gives strategic advice while at the same time being aware of costs and the need for resolution. Gavin Woods gives really practical advice around disputes and has good expertise in IP, in particular copyright and trade marks. He is conscious of the need to balance litigation costs against business objectives and required outcomes.’

Key clients

Center Parcs

Coolmore Stud

Facebook Ireland Limited

IAC Search & Media

Rugbypass

The Chester Beatty Library

Trinity College Dublin

Wireless Group plc

2RN

6 Nations Rugby

UEFA

Konami

Fitbit

The Abbey Theatre

Nike

Converse

Work highlights

  • Acting for Facebook Ireland in a number of high-profile matters, including Irish High Court proceedings related to the significant issue of scam advertisements appearing on its platform, whereby false advertisements promote fake news stories about well-known individuals.
  • Assisting Epic Games Inc, the makers of Fortnite, with the jurisdictional aspects of multi-jurisdictional antitrust litigation against Google and other entities arising from the removal of Fortnite from the Google Play Store.
  • Advising Uefa on a range of advertising and promotional issues, in particular sport and alcohol advertising, stadium and surrounding area smoking regulations, and health and safety issues relating to the staging of a number of Euro 2020 games in Ireland and the cancellation of the Irish-based games.

Ireland > Pensions and employee benefits Tier 1

Arthur Cox’s team advises a wide range of trustees of pension schemes and corporate entities on benefit redesign, funding negotiations, restructuring and mergers of benefit schemes, among other matters. It also assists with issues arising from IORPS II Directive requirements. Philip Smith, who leads the practice, advises both trustees and employers on administration, restructuring, mergers, investment, governance, and corporate transactions. Sarah McCague advises on the management of funding deficit issues, the merger of pension schemes, scheme amendments and changes in the Pensions Act and in tax and finance legislation.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Philip Smith gives sound and practical legal advice in clear and concise language with a measure of good humour thrown in which keeps everyone engaged. Sarah McCague gives clear and practical advice and is a pleasure to deal with.

‘The people on the pensions team are subject matter experts. When we ask them a question, their response is considered, comprehensive, timely and useful. They also are careful to make sure that they understand the question we are asking, before starting the work. This means that we get value for money for their services.’

‘The team is very responsive and provide clear advice and guidance. They are readily available for calls to discuss matters and explain them clearly to a non-legal person. They also provide updates which are extremely relevant to and useful for the current evolving pensions environment.’

‘The team provide practical advice and solutions to day to day issues we face. For us this allows us to deal with the issues quickly rather than first having to decipher long legal opinions.’

‘The professionalism and level of expertise that the team can offer to clients enables clients to be confident in the advice that they are receiving.’

‘Excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to distil complex legal matters into succinct opinions/advice. Seamless introduction of new members of the team particularly advent of Sarah McCague as the new promoted Partner on the team.’

‘Being approachable, engaged and responsive to client queries. True understanding of client needs.’

Sarah McCague is outstanding.

Key clients

Trustees of the daa Defined Contribution Retirement Savings Scheme

Trustees of Construction Executive Retirement Savings (ROI)

CRH plc

RTÉ (Trustees)

Bord Gáis Energy

Diageo

Ervia / Irish Water

Trustees of the Zurich Ireland Group Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Bord na Mona General Employees’ Superannuation Scheme

Trustees of the RBS Group Ireland Retirement Savings Plan

Work highlights

  • Advised sponsoring employer on a project to merge DB schemes and buy-out annuities with a captive insurer.
  • Advised the trustees of a semi-state DB scheme on de-risking liability-driven investment management proposals and revision of funding proposal submissions to the Pensions Authority.
  • Advised the financial institution on repatriation of legacy cross-border Irish benefits from UK scheme into Ireland in advance of Brexit.

Ireland > Planning and environment Tier 1

Arthur Cox is highly active in contentious planning work, acting for developers and companies in judicial review proceedings across the energy, heavy industry and residential housing sectors. The team also handles judicial review cases in the environmental sector, including challenges to the granting of industrial emissions licences. Another area of focus for the team is advising public bodies in these sectors on the regulatory issues surrounding developments. Danielle Conaghan leads the team, which also includes consultant Yvonne Scannell, a specialist in environmental law, senior partner Deborah Spence, who handles both planning and environmental disputes, senior associate Jacinta Conway and Laura Rafferty, who was promoted to of counsel in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

Danielle Conaghan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team truly understand their discipline. They offer me a perspective that I do not have and make me consider the advice I am receiving in a well-understood legal context. They make the client and others feel part of the wider team and at no stage do they make you feel you cannot ask any question, no matter how insignificant it may appear to you. They have dealt with us professionally and in a responsive manner, ensuring we stay in control of the situation. The team reflects diversity; there is a strong lead from women and a feeling of equality in the team.’

‘This is a very strong team with the very particular, highly sought-after skill of being strategists for litigation avoidance in this highly litigious area. From our experience, there are a large number of highly skilled practitioners in this area but the ability of this team to anticipate and manage the potential risks of a challenge and to develop comprehensive strategies to avoid litigation puts them way ahead of other practitioners in this field. This team has very strong depth as we never have had to wait for any question or issue to be addressed, which is key when you are dealing with international construction projects.’

‘Danielle Conaghan is a clear star in this area and her continued ability to navigate through complicated scenarios for international clients, who are not familiar with the Irish system or the likely challenges that it can result in, makes her a leader in this area. I would also highly recommend Jeanie Kelly and Jacinta Conway. Jeanie, in particular, has demonstrated very strong leadership through her calm and solution-orientated approach, dealing with very emotional and stressed clients who have project deadlines which Jeanie understands and meets. Trying to explain this complicated area of the law to non-experts and develop strategies to address it is not an easy task but this team have consistently demonstrated their ability to do this.’

‘Laura Rafferty’s advice has been concise and effective. Laura has used her experience and knowledge of recent similar cases to our benefit and has also advised us of other cases with which we will be involved but had not yet been notified of. Laura has demonstrated an interest in our business goals and has worked hard to ensure that key deadlines have been met.’

‘A unique attribute of this team is the depth of knowledge within it. Our business encounters a wide and diverse array of issues on an ongoing basis and we are involved in a most contentious industry. The Arthur Cox planning and environmental team rise to and above the challenge on a consistent basis. Meetings are always facilitated and the necessary people are always available and present. If external parties are required, they are sourced and are present also. There is never a limit on capacity. Collaboration with others is never a problem and is in fact supported, when required or deemed beneficial. However, the Arthur Cox team are the nub of the solution. Access to excellent legal counsel is another unique attribute to the team.’

‘Every person I interact with in Arthur Cox is a pleasure to work with. Some of the issues we deal with can be heavy and sessions can be time consuming, therefore being comfortable in the presence of these people is very important. Each individual has a great depth of knowledge, underscored with a seemingly natural expertise in law itself. Their professionalism is taken for granted at this stage but it is worth mentioning as it is something which should be very much valued. Deborah Spence demonstrates all of the above and her positive influence on the team is very evident. Jacinta Conway is an extremely significant asset to the Arthur Cox team. Jacinta has demonstrated a knowledge capable of dealing with all and any issue presented to her, a really strong professionalism and a willingness to go the extra mile for her clients. Jacinta is also a pleasure to work with.’

‘Laura Rafferty has earned a reputation as the go-to in her field. Her background as a former barrister gives her an extra edge when it comes to managing the increasing amount of planning cases currently in the High Court. But it is her approach to clients that is most exceptional – she understands our business needs, is a clear and comprehensive communicator and develops trusted relationships. Laura is very passionate about achieving the best outcome, and this is evident in the value she brings and successes she delivers.’

‘Deborah Spence is thorough, a great communicator and a true problem solver. Yvonne Scannell is exceptional, an original thinker and with experience that is second to none. Danielle Conaghan is a star – articulate, knowledgeable and highly motivated.’

Key clients

AMC Environmental Ltd

Ballynagran Landfill Limited

Bradán Beo Teoranta

Cellnex

Celtix Connect Limited

Coillte Teoranta

Covanta/Dublin Waste to Energy

CRH/Roadstone

Dairygold

Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage

Energia Renewables

GIG Macquarie

Glanbia

Highfield Solar Limited

Hines Real Estate Ireland (and related ICAVs)

Intel Ireland Ltd

Irish Cement Limited

Irish Solar Farmers Limited

Irish Water

Kilkenny Cheese Limited

Kilsaran International/Kilsaran Concrete Unlimited Company

Knockharley Landfill Limited

Land Development Agency

Malone O’Regan Limited

Marlet Property Group Limited (and subsidiaries)

National Broadband Ireland

Office of Public Works

Seven Hills Wind Farm Limited

Westland Horticulture Limited, Cavan Peat Limited and Westmeath Peat Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Intel Ireland in defending a complex judicial review challenge to its proposed $8bn expansion of its Leixlip campus.
  • Acting for Marlet Property Group in eight separate cases challenging over 1,300 housing units, and in successfully defending the first of only two strategic housing developments to have ever withstood legal challenge.
  • Advising Irish Water on the €1.3bn Water Supply Project, the largest water project in Ireland, to serve approximately 1.5 million people, including on project planning, environmental assessment and consenting.

Ireland > Projects and PPP Tier 1

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

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.

Ireland > Public sector Tier 1

Arthur Cox’s broad public sector practice covers the full range of matters in this space, both contentious and non-contentious. The team particularly stands out for its advice on the establishment of state-sponsored bodies, with Maura McLaughlin leading on this work; her recent activity in this space has included advising on the establishment of organisations in response to the pandemic, as well as providing ongoing advice to these bodies. The practice also assists a number of regulatory bodies with their operations, including representing these clients in judicial review proceedings. Practice head Joanelle O’Cleirigh specialises in contentious matters, such as investigations and judicial reviews; elsewhere, Alex McLean and Aaron Boyle advise on the procurement of infrastructure projects, with McLean focused on the energy sector. Senior associate Kate O’Donohoe advises regulators on corporate governance as well as disciplinary proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Joanelle O’Cleirigh

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is extremely knowledgeable and experienced and very available to clients.’

‘Great client service, expertise and experience. Make you feel confident and secure in their advice.’

‘The Arthur Cox team was very, very professional and competent in bringing the case forward.’

‘Joanelle O’Cleirigh demonstrated huge commitment and determination in progressing the case. It was a case that required not just a high level of legal skills, but also considerable time commitments over a period of time. This was always forthcoming, and huge credit must go to Joanelle for the positive outcome in this case that benefitted not just the client directly concerned, but others as well.’

‘Good knowledge of the public sector.’

‘The team’s strength lies in the broad spectrum of expertise available from those at the top of their field. This is turns facilitates their key capability of drawing from a pool of exceptional lawyers across various practice areas. Vast experience with public sector clients, particularly at the start-up phase. The public procurement law practice is exceptional.’

‘Aaron Boyle is the milkman: he always delivers. Very solution-focused and commercially aware. Very responsive and clear in his advice.’

Key clients

Minister for Finance

Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage

National Treasury Management Agency

EirGrid

ESB

Coillte

daa Plc

Bord na Móna

Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland

Land Development Agency

Child & Family Agency (Tusla)

Irish Blood Transfusion Service

Cork County Council

Bord Iascaigh Mhara

Central Bank of Ireland

Ervia

Office of Public Works

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland

Mental Health Commission

Dental Council

Home Building Finance Ireland

Trinity College Dublin

Irish Rail

An Post

Work highlights

  • Advising the Pandemic Stabilisation and Recovery Fund, providing legal advice on the structuring and documentation of its investments.
  • Providing full legal management services to Tusla and assisting with managing the services of operational law firms nationally, in addition to representing the client before the Tribunal of Inquiry into Protected Disclosures made under the Protected Disclosures Act 2014.
  • Advised the Department of Finance and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage on the establishment of the Land Development Agency and its proposed statutory framework.

Ireland > Real estate Tier 1

The real estate team at Arthur Cox has a strong track record of handling high-value transactions on both the buy and sell-side, including deals involving large-scale residential schemes, portfolios of nursing homes, data centres and energy infrastructure. The team has a particular focus on advising funds on investing in Irish real estate, and also acts for banks in financing these deals. Beyond transactions, the practice receives mandates from clients on landlord and tenant matters, including pre-lets. Key figures in the team include Deirdre Barrett, Kenneth Egan, Simon Hannigan and Deirdre Sheehan, with the firm’s finance, construction and funds partners also providing support in this space.

Practice head(s):

Kenneth Egan

Testimonials

‘Technical expertise combined with good commercial knowledge of the real estate market.’

‘Simon Hannigan combines technical expertise with a real love for the real estate sector.’

Key clients

DWS

Spear Street

Blackstone

Kennedy Wilson

Facebook

Bain Capital

TIO South Dock Fund Ltd

Ronan Group Real Estate

Archer Hotel Group

Hibernia REIT

Phoenix Tower International

Intercom Inc

Davy Target Developments Ltd

Cofinimmo

Union

Work highlights

  • Advised Blackstone on the portfolio acquisition of Burlington Plaza, a 238,000 sq ft office complex predominantly let to Amazon, and Three’s Irish headquarters building.
  • Advised Amundi on the forward purchase of the Fitzwilliam 28 office scheme located in central Dublin, which is entirely pre-let to Slack Technologies, from ESB.
  • Advised Ardstone on numerous high-value private rental sector and social housing investments.

Ireland > Tax Tier 1

Arthur Cox has a large and fully-rounded tax practice featuring a number of highly-respected senior practitioners. This includes partners Fintan Clancy and Caroline Devlin, both of whom continue to impress in corporate tax and M&A-related matters, along with securitisations and tax disputes. The impressive team is at the forefront of corporate tax, financial services transactions, intellectual property structuring, real estate and private equity investments, and tax disputes. The group has worked on a series of major cross-border M&A transactions, corporate redomiciliation and migration matters, and remains a leader in the tax aspects of CLOs and other structured finance/securitisation deals. Other key partners include Ailish Finnerty and David Kilty.

Practice head(s):

Fintan Clancy

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Devlin; Ailish Finnerty; David Kilty

Testimonials

‘This practice has exceptional skill with respect to Irish law and its pertinence to financial services and fund and SPV structures in Ireland.’

‘David Kilty has exceptional expertise in tax matters relating to Irish SPV structures and was quickly able to advise us and our clients on various tax matters relating to our investment vehicle. His advice and quick commercial understanding of the matter significantly helped us execute our business objectives. He is incredibly accessible and always responsive which helps to resolve matters quickly.’

‘Fintan Clancy – pragmatic, cool head and always available to the client.’

Ireland > White-collar crime Tier 1

Arthur Cox is experienced in advising clients facing investigations by regulators, and also assists companies with carrying out internal investigations and ensuring compliance with regulations. The team is also noted for its strength in litigation involving allegations of fraud, as well as handling the first case relating to an alleged ‘raider attack’ to come before the Irish courts. Joanelle O’Cleirigh and Richard Willis jointly lead the practice; O’Cleirigh has deep expertise in investigations and inquires, while Willis has broad experience in complex disputes and investigations.

Practice head(s):

Joanelle O’Cleirigh; Richard Willis

Other key lawyers:

Deirdre O’Mahony; Peter Woods

Testimonials

‘A market-leading team in terms of experience in virtual and paperless hearings. Great use of technology and innovative from a tech perspective. Good collaboration with other firms.’

‘Richard Willis is very accessible, personable and well versed in his subject matter. Peter Woods is also excellent and incredibly hardworking.’

‘I have found this practice to be one of the best firms I’ve dealt with in this field: they not only give you their professional advice, but they also listen to your views and walk along with you. The personal touch really stands out. We will continue to work closely and I can foresee us having a long relationship.’

‘We have been working with Deirdre O’Mahony and find her very professional. She is very knowledgeable in her area and has great communication skills.’

‘I have been really impressed by the level of collaboration. It takes a lot of work and commitment, particularly when there are many stakeholders.’

‘Richard Willis goes out of his way to assist and always makes himself available when issues arise. He is honest, practical and strategic in the advice that he gives, and is always understanding of where his client is coming from and what success might look like from the client’s perspective rather than the lawyer’s perspective. This sets him apart from other lawyers.’

‘Peter Woods is extremely diligent and fully committed to his clients.’

Key clients

Yuzhu Kang (Kang Family Worldwide Group)

Eurotoaz Limited

Deloitte Ireland LLP

Work highlights

  • Acting for a Chinese businessman and founder of Kang Family Worldwide Group as plaintiff in multi-party Commercial Court proceedings claiming the fraudulent misappropriation of a number of his Irish investments, including the five-star Fota Island Resort and four-star Kingsley Hotel in Co Cork.
  • Acting for Irish company Eurotoaz and one of its directors in the defence of Commercial Court proceedings issued by Trafalgar Developments, Instantania Holdings, Kamara and Bairiki Incorporated in relation to an alleged ‘raider attack’ on Russian company PJSC Togliattiazot.
  • Acting for Deloitte & Touche Ireland in the defence of High Court proceedings arising from the infamous Bernie Madoff Ponzi Scheme.

Ireland > Asset finance Tier 2

Arthur Cox has extensive international aviation finance expertise within its senior ranks and strong tax experience within the team. Rob Murphy has exceptional international experience, a former global head of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP‘s asset finance team and previously general counsel at CDB Aviation, the Chinese aircraft lessor. Caroline Devlin brings leading tax expertise to the aviation finance field with a strong focus on Asian clients and US private equity houses. Laura Cunningham is another with impressive international experience and an emphasis on aircraft finance, leasing and related tax-driven structures. Ruth Lillis' recent work has seen her advise on restructurings arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Practice head(s):

Rob Murphy; Caroline Devlin

Other key lawyers:

Laura Cunningham; Ruth Lillis; Fintan Kerrins

Testimonials

‘The team at Arthur Cox provide invaluable advice to get straight to the point and resolve any legal issue that may arise and highlight the main sections within any agreement that needs to be looked at from a commercial point of view.’

‘The individuals on the team have many years experience in the asset finance space and provide the support and knowledge to help you get the deals across the line in a friendly manner.’

‘We were very impressed by the work quality and responsiveness and efficiency of Laura Cunningham. Always on top of things and always in control, even when deals become complex and hectic. Fintan Kerrins offered excellent associate work.

Robert Murphy – vastly experienced, he has seen and done everything and remains committed and enthusiastic. His knowledge is second to none.’

‘Caroline Devlin is a very experienced practitioner who is always calm, pragmatic and to the point in situations that would phase many peers which make her our go to person in Ireland.’

‘Caroline Devlin is a consummate professional. She is able to leverage her tax and corporate background in this specialised field and bring extra value to clients.’

‘Arthur Cox partner Laura Cunningham delivers smart, thoughtful advice in a timely manner. Laura is responsive and takes her clients’ preferences and objectives into account when delivering concise and sensible recommendations.’

‘Robert Murphy has a stellar reputation within the aviation industry. He has amassed an enormous level of experience and knowledge throughout his career. This is always evident on transactions. Rob is always a delight to deal with and fills us with confidence. Laura Cunningham has excellent technical knowledge and considerable experience in aviation. She is incredibly professional and always accessible to clients.’

Key clients

Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Lufthansa

Elix Aviation Capital

Everbright Financial Leasing Co Ltd

Export-Import Bank of China (CEXIM)

Flexam Invest

GA Telesis, LLC

Grupo Lomex

HSBC

ICBC

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

JP Lease

Lobo Leasing No MHR (US)

MUFG Bank Ltd

Nona Trade Corporation Limited

Nord LB

Noteholders to Nordic Aviation Capital

Orix

Ping An

Rabobank

SDH Wings

Silicon Valley Bank

Skyco

Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing Company, Limited

Titan Aircraft Investments

Turkish Airlines

Vallair

Vance Street Capital LLC

Westpac

Worldstar

Work highlights

  • Partnered with Vedder Price to advise Arena Aviation Capital, on the establishment of a $1.5bn aircraft leasing joint venture with Kennedy Lewis Investment Management, a leading opportunistic credit manager.
  • Advised a group of unsecured creditors to Nordic Aviation Capital group on an Irish scheme of arrangement which included a 12-month standstill and deferral of secured and unsecured debt.
  • Advised Aer Lingus on a three-year €150m senior term loan from the Irish Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF).

Ireland > Intellectual property Tier 2

Arthur Cox’s broad intellectual property practice handles both contentious and non-contentious matters in this area. The team advises on the registration of IP as well as on commercial agreements, and is active in sectors including technology, consumer goods and education. It also advises pharmaceutical clients on the patent aspects of new product launches and acts for them in patent litigation. Olivia Mullooly leads the team and handles disputes as well as brand management and commercialisation matters. Gavin Woods and senior associate Domhnall Breatnach are also experienced in litigation.

Practice head(s):

Olivia Mullooly

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Arthur Cox’s copyright and tech department is our only choice for Ireland. Quick, flexible, sharp and close.’

‘Olivia Mullooly has strong knowledge and experience with a client-centric approach. She is always approachable and flexible, and always offers the right practical solutions we and our clients need.’

‘The team comprise a very wide range of specialities, meaning that an expert is available to help in any situation, allowing them to handle corporate matters with cross-border complications in a very efficient and effective manner. Also, the team’s responsiveness is second to none, as is their ability to understand things from a client’s perspective, allowing them to proactively provide the necessary individual client support as well as providing timely and actionable advice to attorneys and company advisers working in multiple jurisdictions.’

‘Olivia Mullooly stood out to me for her professionalism and approachability, and the all-round excellence of her work.’

‘The Arthur Cox IP team has a unique ability to look around corners and resolve potential issues for our business before they have the chance to materialise. Olivia Mullooly and her team consistently provide top-class advice in a clear and concise manner (notwithstanding the tight deadlines which our business often demands). Arthur Cox are the ultimate trusted adviser and clearly value maintaining our strong solicitor/client relationship. The depth of legal knowledge across the firm distinguishes Arthur Cox from other practices. We particularly appreciate their ability to work collaboratively across their departments to ensure we have visibility on, and understand, the full picture at an early stage.’

‘The Arthur Cox IP team have been an excellent support to help us navigate our business through some particularly challenging times recently. Their response time to (often complicated) intellectual property queries sets Arthur Cox apart from other firms. Olivia Mullooly’s focus on maintaining our client relationship and, in particular, her ability to clearly communicate complex legal points is appreciated.’

‘The Arthur Cox IP team are uniquely placed to provide commercial, cutting-edge advice, having advised and litigated extensively in the area. The team provide sound and practical pre-litigation advice which is commercially beneficial to our company as it assists in saving costs and assessing risk.’

‘Gavin Woods is practical and savvy, providing sound direction both in preliminary advice and in litigious matters. I can pick up the phone to Gavin, who is readily available to assist with queries big and small, which I find extremely helpful and which makes him a go-to for me as I trust his approach. Gavin advises private clients and multinationals, making him well placed to assist on complex matters.’

Key clients

Ryanair

Johnson & Johnson

Trinity College Dublin

Origin Enterprises plc

Foundry Innovation and Research 1 Limited (FIRE1)

Dunnes Stores

Coolmore Stud

Facebook Ireland Limited

Converse/Nike

Novozymes

Openet

Work highlights

  • Acting for Johnson & Johnson in a significant patent dispute before the Irish Commercial Court in which the validity of the client’s Irish patent related to the use of an anti-psychotic drug is being challenged by Teva.
  • Acting for Ryanair in proceedings against flight comparison website Skyscanner over so-called screenscraping, as well as in similar proceedings against a number of other websites and online travel agents, including Booking.com, Vola.ro and OntheBeach.co.uk.
  • Advising Kerry Group on the IP aspects of the sale of its high-profile consumer meats and meals brands to Pilgrim’s Pride.

Ireland > Telecoms Tier 2

Arthur Cox is highly active in handling corporate transactions involving telecoms companies, acting on both the buy-side and sell-side of deals. Elsewhere in this sector, the team advises on the development of telecoms products as well as on regulatory issues. Key figures in the team include competition specialist Patrick Horan and Aaron Boyle, who focuses on infrastructure. The pair frequently work alongside the wider firm’s M&A and finance lawyers on telecoms matters.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Horan; Aaron Boyle

Testimonials

‘The breath of experience in the team was invaluable. Arthur Cox have partners to cover all areas of a transaction and we didn’t have to go elsewhere for further experienced people.’

‘The telecoms team at Arthur Cox is superb. The range of skills and knowledge is immense. Telecoms is a complex practice area, full of regulation and very niche issues. The team at Arthur Cox take the time to get the know the complexities of the market, the players and the key issues coming down the tracks, and help ideate and problem solve with the client. They also help us with blue sky thinking and issue spotting. As an in-house lawyer, the support is invaluable.’

‘Aaron Boyle’s attention to detail is noteworthy. He has the stamina to survive long, complex project negotiations and the ability to break it down so that we can bring issues back to the business in bite-size chunks – always with solutions.’

‘The Arthur Cox team are excellent at providing advice in a complex and niche area of the law. The telecoms industry is dynamic and there has been much litigation and regulation in the past five years which Arthur Cox have greatly assisted with. They have a multi-disciplinary approach, providing advice across the regulatory, competition, litigation, employment, infrastructure, construction and utilities areas. The specialised knowledge available across these teams makes Arthur Cox a go-to in this industry.’

‘Patrick Horan is an excellent lawyer who provides competition telco advice to us. This is an extremely specialised and complex area and Patrick provides a clear, risk-based analysis in a easily digestible manner.’

Key clients

Aqua Ventures Limited

Avaya

Cellnex

Cubic Telecom

Eir

Enet

Granahan McCourt

Imagine Telecommunications

National Broadband Ireland

Openet

Phoenix Tower International

Strencom

Telus International

Tetra Ireland

Vodafone

Welltel

Work highlights

  • Advised Welltel (Ireland) on all aspects of its private equity investment by Livingbridge.
  • Advising National Broadband Ireland on the legal and regulatory aspects of the implementation of the €3bn National Broadband Plan.
  • Advising eir Business on all aspects of its €80m acquisition of Evros Technology Group, one of Ireland’s leading IT managed services and systems integration specialists.

Ireland > Transport Tier 2

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

Testimonials

‘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

Applus

Applegreen plc

Avic

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

Aviator

Bank of Communications

China Construction Bank (CCB)

China Merchant Bank

GA Telesis LLC

Keolis UK

Alstom UK

Cubic Transportation Systems Limited

Lufthansa

Ryanair

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).

The firm: Arthur Cox LLP is one of Ireland’s leading law firms. We are an “all-island” firm with offices in Dublin and Belfast. We also have offices in London, New York, and San Francisco. Our practice encompasses all aspects of corporate and business law.

With over 500 legal staff and a total headcount of over 740, we provide a comprehensive service to an international client base ranging from multinational organisations, banks, and financial institutions and established global leaders to government agencies and new players in emerging industry sectors.

Our story has been defined by our progressive outlook. For over 100 years, we have led the way in the legal field in Ireland, and have continuously worked to strive towards our goals. For our clients, we work to deliver the best service and support. With an independent, entrepreneurial spirit of innovation leading the way.

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 LLP 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 LLP’s services include: aviation, 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; ESG, 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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance Cian McCourtcian.mccourt@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1446
Mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance Geoff Mooregeoff.moore@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1000
Mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance Stephen Ranalowstephen.ranalow@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1241
Corporate and commercial Brian O'Gormanbrian.ogorman@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1200
Corporate and commercial Maura McLaughlinmaura.mclaughlin@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1182
Corporate and commercial John Matsonjohn.matson@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1173
Aviation & Taxation Caroline Devlincaroline.devlin@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1224
Taxation Fintan Clancyfintan.clancy@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1190
Taxation Ailish Finnertyailish.finnerty@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1207
Banking and Finance Orla O'Connororla.oconnor@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1181
Banking and Finance Ultan Shannonultan.shannon@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1188
Banking and Finance Kevin Lynchkevin.lynch@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1199
Financial regulatory Robert Cainrobert.cain@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1050
Finance Cormac Kissanecormac.kissane@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1186
Debt Capital Markets Glenn Buttglenn.butt@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1197
Finance Aiden Smallaiden.small@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1072
Asset management and investment funds Kevin Murphykevin.murphy@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1177
Asset management and investment funds Tara O'Reillytara.oreilly@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1787
Corporate restructuring and insolvency William DayWilliam.day@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1172
Corporate restructuring and insolvency John Donaldjohn.donald@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1191
Energy and natural resources Alex McLeanalex.mclean@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1195
Technology Rob Corbetrob.corbet@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1211
Healthcare Colin Rooneycolin.rooney@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1194
Technology & IP Olivia Mulloolyolivia.mullooly@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1060
Employment Kevin Langfordkevin.langford@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1226
Employment Seamus Givenseamus.given@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1210
Employment Louise O'Byrnelouiseobyrne@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1185
construction, energy and infrastructure Niamh McGovernniamh.mcgovern@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1208
Competition and Regulated Markets Richard Ryanrichard.ryan@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1240
Competition and Regulated Markets Patrick Horanpatrick.horan@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1063
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Media Colin Kavanaghcolin.kavanagh@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1196
Litigation, dispute resolution and Investigations Eve Mulconryevel.mulconry@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1155
Corporate and M&A Maeve Moranmaeve.moran@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1029
Healthcare & Life Sciences Joanelle O'Cleirighjoanelle.ocleirigh@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1650
Corporate and M&A Elizabeth Bothwellelizabeth.bothwell@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1670
Insurance and Reinsurance Jennifer McCarthyjennifer.McCarthy@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1167
IP and Media Gavin Woodsgavin.woods@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1136
Asset Management & Investment Funds Sarah Cunniffsarah.cunniff@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1171
Asset Management & Investment Funds Siobhan McBeansiobhan.mcbean@arthurcox.com353 1 920 1052
Pensions Phillip Smithphillip.smith@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1204
Pensions Sarah McCaguesarah.mccague@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1051
Environment and Planning Deborah Spencedeborah.spence@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1150
Environment and Planning Yvonne ScannellYvonne.scannell@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1134
Environment and Planning Danielle Conaghandanielle.conaghan@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1082
Environment and Planning Laura Raffertylaura.rafferty@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1114
infrastructure, procurement, PPP and project finance Aaron Boyleaaron.boyle@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1213
Construction and Engineering Niav O'Higginsniav.ohiggins@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1090
Construction and Engineering Karen Killorankaren.killoran@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1097
Litigation, Dispute Resolution and Investigations Kate O'Donohoekate.odonohoe@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1152
Real Estate Deirdre Barrettdeirdre.barrett@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1100
Real Estate Deirdre Sheehandeirdre.sheehan@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1759
Real Estate Kenneth Egankenneth.egan@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1130
Real Estate Simon Hannigansimon.hannigan@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1098
Real Estate Brian O'Rourkebrian.orourke@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1104
Real Estate Órlaith Molloyorlaith.molloy@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1658
Real Estate Stepehn Hegartystephen.hegarty@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1175
Taxation David Kiltydavid.kilty@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1036
Corporate and M&A Conor Manningconnor.manning@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1040
Aviation Laura Cunninghamlaura.cunningham@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 2045
Aviation Rob Murphyrob.murphy@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 2044
Aviation Ruth LillisRuth.Lillis@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1244
Asset Management & Investment Funds Cormac Comminscormac.commins@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1786
Asset Management & investment Funds Ian Dillonian.dillon@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1788
Asset Management & Investment Funds Dara Harringtondara.harrington@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1206
Finance Phil Codyphil.cody@arthurcox.com+1 212 782 3290
Finance Kathleen Garrettkathleen.garrett@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1174
Corporate Governance and Compliance Thomas B Courtneytom.courtney@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1223
Corporate and M&A Michael Coylemichael.coyle@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1061
Corporate and M&A Ciaran Bolgerciaran.bolger@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1230
Project & Infrastructure Finance Matt Dunnmatt.dunn@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 2020
Finance Darragh Geraghtydarragh.geraghty@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1045
Corporate and M&A Connor Manningconnor.manning@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1040
Corporate and M&A Christopher McLaughlinchris.mclaughlin@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1026
Corporate and M&A Conor McCarthyconor.mccarthy@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1235
Finance David Molloydavid.molloy@arthurcox.com+44 207 832 0207
Finance Deirdre O'Mahonydeirdre.omahony@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1058
Finance Imelda ShielsImelda.Shiels@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1070
Finance Brendan BrendanBrendan.Wallace@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1069
Litigation, Dispute Resolution and Investigations Ryan FerryRyan.Ferry@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1143
Finance Niamh Quinnniamh.quinn@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1189
Litigation, Dispute Resolution and Investigations Keith Smithkeith.smith@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1137
Litigation, Dispute Resolution and Investigations Richard Willisrichard.willis@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1154
Corporate and M&A Group Mark Saundersmark.saunders@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1184
Litigation, Dispute Resolution and Investigations Michael Twomeymichael.r.twomey@arthurcox.com+353 1 920 1139
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Mr Brian O’Gorman  photo Mr Brian O’Gorman Brian is a partner in our Corporate and M&A Group. He has…
Ms Niav O’Higgins photo Ms Niav O’HigginsNiav is a leading Irish construction lawyer with over 25 years’ experience…
Ms Niamh Quinn  photo Ms Niamh Quinn Niamh is a partner in our Finance Group. Niamh has extensive experience…
Ms Laura Rafferty  photo Ms Laura Rafferty
Mr Stephen Ranalow  photo Mr Stephen Ranalow Stephen specialises in corporate and securities law for both listed and private…
Mr Colin Rooney  photo Mr Colin Rooney Colin is a Partner in the Technology and Innovation Group. He advises…
Mr Richard Ryan  photo Mr Richard Ryan Richard is Head of the Competition and Regulated Markets Group. He is…
Mr Ultan Shannon  photo Mr Ultan Shannon A partner in our Finance Group for nearly 15 years, Ultan has…
Ms Deirdre Sheehan  photo Ms Deirdre Sheehan Deirdre joined Arthur Cox in 2006 and has experience acting for domestic…
Ms Imelda Shiels  photo Ms Imelda Shiels Imelda is a partner in the Finance Department. Imelda advises both borrowers…
Mr Aiden Small  photo Mr Aiden Small Aiden is a partner in the Finance Group and leads the Debt…
Mr Keith Smith  photo Mr Keith Smith Keith has considerable experience in dealing with complex commercial litigation, dispute resolution,…
Mr Philip Smith  photo Mr Philip Smith Philip Smith is a partner and specialises in Pensions Law and Charity…
Ms Deborah Spence  photo Ms Deborah Spence Deborah is a Commercial Partner and Head of the Environment and Planning…
Mr Michael Twomey  photo Mr Michael Twomey Michael specialises in commercial and corporate disputes, including financial services litigation, shareholder…
Mr Michael Twomey   photo Mr Michael Twomey Michael specialises in commercial and corporate disputes, including financial services litigation, shareholder…
Mr Brendan Wallace   photo Mr Brendan Wallace Brendan is a partner in our Finance Department and is part of…
Mr John Walsh  photo Mr John Walsh John has wide experience in all aspects of commercial property law including…
Mr Richard Willis  photo Mr Richard Willis Richard is a partner in the Litigation, Dispute Resolution and Investigations Group. …
Mr Gavin Woods  photo Mr Gavin Woods Gavin is a partner in the Litigation, Dispute Resolution, and Investigations Group.…
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