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A&L Goodbody

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Ireland

Asset finance
Asset finance - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

The 'highly experienced, motivated and practical' Catherine Duffy¬†'brings a wealth of sector knowledge' to her role as head of the practice at A&L Goodbody. The team is noted for its expertise in aviation finance; highlights included Duffy and S√©amus √ď Cr√≥in√≠n¬†advising Gecas on the creation of a $2bn global aircraft financing programme with CDPQ, and¬†√ď Cr√≥in√≠n and Maireadh Dale¬†acting for Wave 2017-1 on an asset-backed security (ABS) to acquire a portfolio of 19 aircraft. The practice has a large Chinese client base; Marie O‚ÄôBrien¬†recently¬†assisted Sichuan Development Holding with the establishment of an aircraft leasing joint venture with Standard Chartered and the purchase of a portfolio of aircraft.¬†David Berkery¬†and Maria McElhinney¬†are also noted.

Leading individuals

Catherine Duffy - A&L Goodbody

S√©amus √ď Cr√≥in√≠n - A&L Goodbody

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

The 'highly experienced and very commercial team' at A&L Goodbody¬†has 'market-leading capabilities'; it handles real estate finance, project finance and structured finance, among other matters.¬†Practice head Ciar√°n Rogers¬†acted as Irish counsel to Royal Bank of Scotland as agent on a loan secured against various assets located in Europe, and Peter Murray¬†advised Irish Continental Group on the negotiation of a suite of new facilities valued at¬†‚ā¨526m in total. Adrian Burke, who specialises in loan portfolio sales, and Jack Sheehy¬†are also noted.

Leading individuals

Ciar√°n Rogers - A&L Goodbody

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody's¬†debt capital markets (DCM) practice covers bonds, securitisations for Irish and other originators, and aviation transactions. Peter Walker¬†and Ciar√°n Rogers¬†head the team;¬†Walker advised First Citizen Finance as seller on the first Irish public auto loan securitisation, and Rogers and Gearoid Stanley¬†acted for Ulster Bank Ireland on all Irish aspects of an over ‚ā¨1.2bn residential-mortgage backed securitisation. On the equity capital markets (ECM) side, the team, headed by Paul White, is very active in domestic transactions; Matthew Cole¬†acted for Yew Grove REIT on its dual listing on the Irish and London Stock Exchange, and White and Charlie Carroll¬†assisted Cairn Homes with the first use of the summary prospectus procedure under the prospectus rules to effect an Irish listing.

Leading individuals

Ciar√°n Rogers - A&L Goodbody

Paul White - A&L Goodbody

Peter Walker - A&L Goodbody

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody¬†acts for both domestic and international clients, including US inversion companies such as Endo International and players in the Irish property market such as Cairn Homes. Highlights included¬†head of corporate David Widger¬†advising Euronext on its ‚ā¨137m acquisition of the Irish Stock Exchange;¬†Matthew Cole¬†acting for Cushman & Wakefield on its acquisition of Sherry FitzGerald's commercial property arm; and Richard Grey¬†assisting private equity fund Volpi Capital with its equity investment in Version 1. Head of M&A Mark Ward¬†is¬†also recommended. Eithne FitzGerald retired.

Leading individuals

David Widger - A&L Goodbody

Mark Ward - A&L Goodbody

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

Heralded as ‚Äėthe best construction practice in Ireland‚Äô,¬†A&L Goodbody¬† provides ‚Äėquick and sound advice‚Äô on commercial and residential developments, public infrastructure projects and power plants. Eamonn Conlon‚Äôs work highlights included advising a construction joint venture on its contract for the campus site at Grangegorman PPP project, while ‚Äėcommercial and responsive‚Äô practice head Kevin Feeney¬†drafted and negotiated the development and construction contracts for the employer for the redevelopment of a landmark property in Dublin city centre. Eamonn Gill¬†is ‚Äėoutstanding‚Äô and ‚Äėmost approachable‚Äô associate Killian Dorney¬†is recommended, as is associate Robert Rooney. New partner Conor Owens¬†joined from Maples Group.

Leading individuals

Eamonn Conlon - A&L Goodbody

Eamonn Gill - A&L Goodbody

Kevin Feeney - A&L Goodbody

Next generation lawyers

Robert Rooney - A&L Goodbody

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

'Excellent adviser' Liam Kennedy and David Baxter lead the team at A&L Goodbody, which is praised for the 'practicality, decisiveness and confidence of its advice'. Enda Hurley and newly promoted partner Tom Casey represented the National Asset Management Agency, The Square Management and Indego in Commercial Court proceedings relating to a multimillion-euro commercial development. Eoin MacNeill and Eileen Roberts are also key contacts. 

Leading individuals

Eileen Roberts - A&L Goodbody

Liam Kennedy - A&L Goodbody

Next generation lawyers

Tom Casey - A&L Goodbody

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

The 'brilliant' Vincent Power heads the team at A&L Goodbody, which has been active in merger control, follow-on damages, abuse of dominance and state aid cases, among others, over the last year. Alan McCarthy defended MAN in a large follow-on damages claim relating to the trucks cartel case and advised Comcast on the merger control aspects of its proposed acquisition of Sky. Anna-Marie Curran specialises in EU procurement matters.

Leading individuals

Alan McCarthy - A&L Goodbody

Vincent Power - A&L Goodbody

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody¬†handles a variety of complex contentious and non-contentious matters in the employment area, including boardroom disputes, regulatory investigations, industrial actions and corporate immigration. Team head Duncan Inverarity¬†and associate Ailbhe Dennehy¬†advised NJJ Group on the employment law aspects of its ‚ā¨3.5bn acquisition of a majority stake in eir.¬†Michael Doyle¬†was promoted to partner in May 2018 and Aifric O‚ÄôDea¬†joined the employment department in an internal transfer.¬†Johanne Duignan¬†moved to Ledwith Solicitors¬†in March 2018 and¬†Karen Killalea¬†departed in November 2018.¬†Ciara McLoughlin¬†is now with¬†DLA Piper.

Leading individuals

Duncan Inverarity - A&L Goodbody

Next generation lawyers

Ailbhe Dennehy - A&L Goodbody

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody¬†is highly active in the financing and development of large-scale renewable energy projects, particularly wind farms, with John Dallas¬†and department head Ross Moore¬†advising a syndicate of lenders ‚Äď including the European Investment Bank for the first time - in relation to Oweninny wind farm, potentially the largest wind farm in Ireland. The team was also involved in a number of substantial energy M&A transactions, including assisting HgCapital and Craydal with its sale of a majority stake in a wind farm portfolio with a capacity of more than 220MW to a group of Japanese investors. Kevin Feeney¬†is another key team member.

Leading individuals

Kevin Feeney - A&L Goodbody

Ross Moore - A&L Goodbody

Next generation lawyers

John Dallas - A&L Goodbody

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Healthcare and life sciences
Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

Cliona Christle and David Widger lead the team at A&L Goodbody; clients range from hospitals and clinicians to large listed corporations and emergent biopharmaceutical companies. Christle leads the healthcare side of the practice; she is acting for Baxter in a product liability claim relating to the swine flu vaccination. In the life sciences sector, Widger, Ronan Lyons and New York-based Alan Casey were active in M&A transactions and corporate restructurings, advising Prothena Corporation on an innovative collaboration agreement with Celgene and Nabriva Therapeutics on its redomiciliation from Austria to Ireland.

Leading individuals

Cliona Christle - A&L Goodbody

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Information technology
Information technology - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

The 'responsive' and 'flexible' team at A&L Goodbody specialises in handling M&A transactions with an IP and technology focus and advising on GDPR compliance. Clients include Airbnb, Liberty Insurance and Digital Europe. In the financial services sector, Claire Morrissey and Mark Rasdale are advising Bank of Ireland on its core banking system and PSD2 technology transformation programme, and practice head John Whelan is assisting AIB with the launch of a digital wallet electronic payment facility. John Cahir advises on data privacy matters.

Leading individuals

John Whelan - A&L Goodbody

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Insolvency and corporate restructuring
Insolvency and corporate restructuring - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody‚Äôs team is rated highly for its ‚Äėtechnical and commercial knowledge, and fantastic negotiation and communication skills‚Äô; it ‚Äėalways provides outstanding work‚Äô as well as ‚Äėtimely and value for money advice‚Äô. Apart from being involved in the largest liquidation in Irish history, advising the joint special liquidators of IBRC with Mark Traynor, practice head David Baxter¬†and Marsha Coghlan¬†recently acted for various lenders of two troubled high-profile companies very active in the wind energy sector that went through a successful examinership process.

Leading individuals

David Baxter - A&L Goodbody

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody‚Äôs strength in the non-contentious space is demonstrated by Laura Mulleady¬†and practice head James Grennan, ‚Äėwho always knows the answer‚Äô, advising Liberty Group on the legal and regulatory aspects of the business transfer and merger of Liberty Insurance and Liberty Seguros. The team also advised insurance companies intending to transfer their business from the UK to Ireland as part of their Brexit contingency planning. On the contentious side, Liam Kennedy¬†is defending a subsidiary of Smith & Nephew against product liability claims arising from orthopaedic hip implant devices. Sinead Lynch¬†and senior associate Emma Martin¬†are also noteworthy names.

Leading individuals

James Grennan - A&L Goodbody

Laura Mulleady - A&L Goodbody

Next generation lawyers

Emma Martin - A&L Goodbody

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

At A&L Goodbody, practice head John Whelan is particularly adept at handling patent matters, and acted for clients operating in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors, including defending Boston Scientific in a patent infringement case pertaining to transcatheter heart valves. The team also advised on a number of trade mark matters, with John Cahir and Claire Morrissey assisting Heineken with trade mark protection.

Leading individuals

John Cahir - A&L Goodbody

John Whelan - A&L Goodbody

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 2

A&L Goodbody

The team at A&L Goodbody counts HSBC, Deutsche Asset Management and Hibernia REIT among its clients. Brian McDermott heads the practice; he recently acted for Canaccord Genuity on the establishment and authorisation of a UCITS management company. Michael Barr advised River & Mercantile Group on the set-up of its first UCITS Icav, which had two sub-funds on launch, and, with senior associate Laura Butler, acted for M&G Alternatives Investment on the establishment of its QIAIF unit trust structure. In the ETF space, London-based Stephen Carson advised Wisdom Tree Europe on the establishment of a range of new smart beta and fixed income ETFs.

Leading individuals

Brian McDermott - A&L Goodbody

Michael Barr - A&L Goodbody

Next generation lawyers

Laura Butler - A&L Goodbody

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 2

A&L Goodbody

John Whelan heads the team at A&L Goodbody, where clients include several leading technology companies. Highlights included advising a global cinema group on its European operations and assisting Inflight Dublin with its Irish operations. On the advertising side, John Cahir advised TK Maxx on video advertising content and Claire Morrissey assisted a high-profile brewing company with claims concerning one of its products, the content of television adverts and a proposed new promotional website.

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Pensions and employee benefits
Pensions and employee benefits - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

The team at A&L Goodbody¬†is rated ‚Äėvery highly for the quality of its advice and its people skills'.¬†Head of pensions David Main, David Francis¬†and newly appointed partner Chris Comerford¬†advised numerous trustees on defined benefit plans, as well as dealing with the pension elements of corporate transactions such as Euronext‚Äôs purchase of the Irish Stock Exchange. In the incentives space, Keavy Ryan¬†and senior adviser Rosaleen Boyle¬†advised the Pepper Group on the incentive aspects of the cross-border acquisition of a controlling interest in Pepper by way of a scheme of arrangement by a subsidiary of KKR.

Leading individuals

David Main - A&L Goodbody

Keavy Ryan - A&L Goodbody

Next generation lawyers

Chris Comerford - A&L Goodbody

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody¬†is particularly adept at handling the planning and environmental aspects of significant energy and infrastructure projects. Former partner and now consultant Alison Fanagan¬†is acting for the owner of a wind farm in High Court proceedings brought by local residents relating to noise pollution. ‚ÄėTrusted adviser‚Äô Alan Roberts¬†advised Korean company SK biotek on the environmental aspects of its acquisition of a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant, and is representing Element Power Ireland in three related judicial review proceedings pertaining to planning permissions for wind farms. Jason Milne¬†made partner in May 2018.

Leading individuals

Alan Roberts - A&L Goodbody

Alison Fanagan - A&L Goodbody

Next generation lawyers

Jason Milne - A&L Goodbody

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Projects and PPP
Projects and PPP - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody‚Äôs Ross Moore¬†and John Dallas¬†were very active advising lenders on the financing of projects, especially wind farms. In one such instruction, they advised a syndicate of lenders on the project financing of the first phase of Oweninny wind farm in County Mayo, which upon completion will have a total capacity of 172MW. On the PPP side, practice head Kevin Feeney¬†advised on the development of a ‚ā¨40m housing scheme as part of a PPP project. ‚ÄėReadily available‚Äô associate Jamie Rattigan¬†is recommended.

Leading individuals

Kevin Feeney - A&L Goodbody

Ross Moore - A&L Goodbody

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Public sector
Public sector - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

The team at A&L Goodbody¬†advises on state aid, restructuring and sale of state assets, and data protection, and is particularly strong on public procurement matters. Anna-Marie Curran¬†is acting for Limerick City and County Council on the tender process for the N/M20 Cork to Limerick road improvement scheme;¬†Kevin Feeney¬†is advising a developer on a¬†‚ā¨40m housing development scheme in Dublin as part of a PPP project; and Eamonn Conlon¬†is assisting BAM Building with the construction contract for the New Children's Hospital. Mark Rasdale¬†is also a key contact.

Leading individuals

Anna-Marie Curran - A&L Goodbody

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody¬†advises on matters¬†at the forefront of the Irish commercial property market, including the purchase and sale of distressed assets and the acquisition or refinancing of Nama loans, as well as substantial residential property sales. Practice head Mairead Sherlock¬†advised new client RT√Ȭ†on the sale of prime residential development land to Cairn Homes for ‚ā¨107.5m, and also acted for Indego and Nama on the disposal of one Dublin‚Äôs largest shopping centres for a value of ‚ā¨250m. Other key team members are John Williams, Paul Diggin, Stephen O‚ÄôRiordan, Niamh O‚ÄôSullivan¬†and Ger O‚ÄôToole. Andrew Ion¬†made partner in May 2018.

Leading individuals

Mairead Sherlock - A&L Goodbody

Stephen O'Riordan - A&L Goodbody

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

The tax team at A&L Goodbody has been particularly active in relation to M&A transactions, corporate re-domiciliation projects and capital market transactions. Recent highlights include practice head Paul Fahy advising a developer and its financial backer on the establishment of a joint venture vehicle and the acquisition and development of a site in south Dublin, and James Somerville acting as lead Irish adviser to a lender and arranger group (led by Barclays Bank, Citibank and JP Morgan) on the restructuring of a high-yield bond/term-loan transaction. Peter Maher and New York-based Amelia O’Beirne are also key members of the team.

Leading individuals

Paul Fahy - A&L Goodbody

Peter Maher - A&L Goodbody

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Telecoms
Telecoms - ranked: tier 2

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody provides transactional and regulatory advice to telecoms companies, equipment suppliers and broadcasters, among others. John Whelan heads the group; he acted for a consortium led by NJJ Telecom Europe on the acquisition of a majority stake in eir and advised Bord Gais Networks on a telecoms infrastructure project. The team is also advising Analog Devices on the aspects of its business in Ireland relating to analog and digital signal processing applications. John Cahir, Mark Rasdale and Claire Morrissey are also key contacts.

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody¬†is particularly active in the aviation, roads and infrastructure sectors, and has extensive experience advising on cross-border matters. Catherine Duffy, S√©amus √ď‚ÄôCr√≥in√≠n¬†and Marie O‚ÄôBrien¬†specialise in aviation and transport finance. Infrastructure and construction expert¬†Kevin Feeney¬†advised a developer on an agreement relating to the development of a ring road around Maynooth, County Kildare. The team also acts for a number of ports and shipping companies.¬†Vincent Power¬†is a specialist in maritime matters, particularly in relation to the competition and EU law aspects. Senior associate Mary Townsend¬†was appointed director of aviation and transport finance.

Leading individuals

Catherine Duffy - A&L Goodbody

Vincent Power - A&L Goodbody

Next generation lawyers

Mary Townsend - A&L Goodbody

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White-collar crime
White-collar crime - ranked: tier 1

A&L Goodbody

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

Leading individuals

Joe Kelly - A&L Goodbody

Kenan Furlong - A&L Goodbody

Next generation lawyers

Katie O'Connor - A&L Goodbody

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