Ms Marie O'Brien > A&L Goodbody LLP > Dublin, Ireland > Lawyer Profile

A&L Goodbody LLP
D01 H104

Work Department

Banking & Finance 


Marie O’Brien is a partner in the Finance Department, and Head of Aviation and Transport Finance. Marie is highly experienced in advising in relation to the acquisition, leasing, financing and trading of a variety of asset classes including aircraft, engines, helicopters, ship, rail, machinery and equipment. Marie is also Head of A&L Goodbody’s Chinese Lawyer’s Placement Programme and China Business Group. Marie was listed in the 2020 Top 100 Elite Lawyers in Foreign Firms by China Business Law Journal.


Marie regularly speaks in Ireland and internationally on asset finance and Cape Town Convention related topics. She currently lectures on the Irish Law Society’s Diploma in Aviation Leasing & Finance and on the Banking and Finance Module of the Professional Training Course in the Law Society of Ireland. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Ireland China Institute.

Lawyer Rankings

Ireland > Asset finance

(Leading individuals)

Marie O’BrienA&L Goodbody LLP

A&L Goodbody LLP has one of the largest teams in the market with an outstanding reputation in aviation finance, notably in asset-backed securitisation structures. In recent years, the Dublin team has focused its efforts on developing connections to China and augmenting its Chinese client base, including Chinese lessors. It now has a broad and illustrious client base of lenders, lessors and investors in the aviation sector. Marie O’Brien  leads the department and has played a pivotal role in developing the China business group. Seamus Ó’Cróinín  is another leading practitioner in the field and David Berkery has extensive international experience, including in asset backed securitisation structures, restructurings and private equity investments. Maireadh Dale  left the firm.

Ireland > Transport

(Leading individuals)

Marie O’BrienA&L Goodbody LLP

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