Firm Profile > A&L Goodbody > Dublin, Ireland

A&L Goodbody
INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL SERVICES CENTRE
DUBLIN 1
D01 H104
Ireland

Asset finance Tier 1

A&L Goodbody specialises in aviation finance and is highly experienced in asset-backed securitisation (ABS) transactions. The team's broad client base includes airlines, aircraft manufacturers and lessors, and investment banks, as well as a growing number of Chinese investors. Catherine Duffy leads the team, and Seamus Ó’Cróinín , who regularly advises private equity investors on establishing aviation leasing platforms in Ireland; Marie O’Brien, who specialises in transportation finance involving a wide range of asset classes; Maireadh Dale, who has experience in international finance; and David Berkery, who has a particular focus on ABS transactions and private placements, are other key figures. The team also draws on support from the firm's New York office.

Testimonials

A&L Goodbody is one of the leading, if not the leading, law firm in Ireland, boasting the deepest bench of asset finance lawyers.

Catherine Duffy is one of most respected Irish finance lawyers with broad experience across all types of transactions, including securitisations and leasing transactions.

David Berkery is a rising star in Dublin.

Key clients

Gecas

PK AirFinance

Milestone Aviation Group

ING Capital LLC

Sichuan Development Holding

Wings Capital Partners

Merx Aviation Finance

ICBC Financing Leasing Company

Waypoint Leasing

Macquarie Aircraft Leasing

China Aircraft Leasing Company

Minsheng Financial Leasing

AVIC International Leasing Company

Aergo Capital

ASL Aviation

Aero Capital Solutions

Chorus Aviation Capital

Airbus

Aircastle

MC Aviation Partners

AerGen

Merlin Aviation

Ping An

Och-Ziff Capital Management / Lunar Aircraft Trading

Virgo Investment Group / Zephyrus Aviation Capital

Asahi Aviation

Banking and finance Tier 1

A&L Goodbody's 'very experienced and practical' team is noted for its expertise in international transactions, corporate acquisition finance and property finance, including the financing of real estate portfolio acquisitions and development loans. The practice has also been active in loan portfolio sales, and has advised on high-profile transactions in the energy, projects and aviation sectors. Ciarán Rogers , who is known for his post-financial crisis restructuring advice, leads the practice. Peter Murray recently advised on the financing of an Irish takeover transaction; Jack Sheehy is noted for his 'very good knowledge of the market'; Adrian Burke specialises in non-performing loan portfolio sales; and Maireadh Dale has expertise in real estate and construction finance. Recently promoted partner Niamh McMahon and 'unflappable' senior associate Robbie O’Driscoll are also noted.

Testimonials

Co-ordination across practice areas is excellent, as is their ability to work well with other firms, both in Ireland and outside it. The team we worked with was thoughtful, creative and had excellent communication and coordination skills.

Ciarán Rogers is excellent. Both technical and practical in equal measure, as well as on top of everything in an extremely complicated matter, which also required working with multiple law firms across multiple jurisdictions.

Jack Sheehy has very good knowledge of the market and works in a collaborative way with other Irish lawyers.

Very experienced and practical team with all the technical knowledge to guide a client through difficult areas.

Ciarán Rogers is accessible, practical, extremely commercial and can put his hand to many aspects of law – he is excellent in his field.

Senior associate Robbie O’Driscoll is unflappable, practical and commercial while building an excellent practice in his field of expertise.

Minimal points of contact but a wide spread of expertise. Hugely practical yet unafraid to give an honest opinion. Works extremely well with the business and with the in-house legal team.

The personable, hardworking team stand out for their lack of formality, approachability, commerciality, rigorous analysis, and practical approach.

Key clients

Goldman Sachs International

Ulster Bank Ireland

Battery Ventures

Dalata Hotel Group Plc

Barclays Bank

Morgan Stanley

Ares Management Corporation

Henderson Park Capital

Allied Irish Banks

Wells Fargo Bank

Cairn Homes Plc

Deutsche Bank

Starwood Capital

Capital markets Tier 1

A&L Goodbody's debt capital markets (DCM) team is particularly noted for its strength in residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) transactions and debt capital issuances by US companies following corporate inversions to Ireland. The team also handles transactions in the aviation sector and advises private equity and hedge funds on alternative structures. Ciarán Rogers  and Peter Walker lead on DCM work; Gearoid Stanley is noted for his expertise in asset-backed and high-yield bond financing and financial derivatives; and new partner Sinéad O’Connor has been active in Irish RMBS. On the equity capital markets (ECM) side, the team has been highly active advising on IPOs on the Euronext Dublin market of the Irish Stock Exchange (and London dual listings) and assisting Irish companies with listings on international exchanges. Paul White heads the ECM practice, while Matthew Cole and Charlie Carroll have extensive experience in domestic IPOs.

Key clients

Barclays Bank

Ambac Assurance UK

Ulster Bank

BNP Paribas

Qilin

Adient

Endo International

Permanent TSB

Merrill Lynch International

ABN AMRO Bank

Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Société Générale

The Governor and Company of the Bank of Ireland

Mulcair Securities

Finance Ireland Credit Solutions

Goodbody Stockbrokers

Grafton Group

Glenveagh Properties

Cairn Homes

Dalata Hotel Group

Iterum Therapeutics

Osmotica Pharmaceuticals

UBS

Nabrivia Therapeutics

Davy

Royal Bank of Canada

Numis

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

A&L Goodbody's 'vastly experienced' team has advised on several recent high-profile transactions in the Irish market, and has also handled a number of multi-jurisdictional matters, drawing on the firm's network of offices in the UK and the US. The team has been active advising mid-market businesses on M&A matters, as well as mid-market private equity funds, and has also handled large public company transactions. Areas of strength include the energy, technology, pharmaceutical, financial services and gaming sectors. Mark Ward heads the M&A side of the practice, while David Widger focuses on corporate matters such as finance, governance and restructuring. Sheena Doggett counts domestic and international corporates, funds and financial institutions among her clients; John Coman has particular expertise in inward investments; Richard Grey advises on shareholder arrangements, corporate restructurings and corporate governance; and Berni Hosty is 'terrific'.

Testimonials

Extremely practical and commercial – the team has seen it all. Vast experience. Tough negotiators who you would always want on your side.

Sheena Doggett is excellent to have by your side on any transaction. She is direct talking, and an excellent transaction manager who allocates appropriate resources and always has her client’s best interests at heart.

Key clients

KN Networks

Goldman Sachs

Avantcard DAC

Greencoat Renewables PLC

Battery Ventures

Cushman & Wakefield

Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation

A consortium led by NJJ Telecom Europe

Ethoca Limited

Construction Tier 1

A&L Goodbody has extensive experience in construction transactions and disputes, and is known for acting on Ireland's most significant projects. Areas of expertise include large-scale city centre developments, often involving complex access and neighbour issues; energy, infrastructure and data centre projects; and high-profile construction litigation and adjudications. Property development and infrastructure expert Kevin Feeney leads the team alongside Conor Owens, who is experienced in handling construction and procurement disputes. Eamonn Gill, who is 'always available with sound advice and great commercial acumen', the 'outstanding' Eamonn Conlon, and senior associate Robert Rooney, who has expertise in both contentious and non-contentious construction matters, are also key contacts.

Testimonials

‘A heavy-hitting team, with excellent technical skills backed up by a commercial outlook.’ 

‘Associate Conall McLoughlin is tenacious, hardworking and personable.’

‘Kevin Feeney is a bastion in construction law. He is supremely able and someone you definitely want on your side.’

‘The construction law department of A&L Goodbody is outstanding and rightfully placed as a market leader.’

‘Eamonn Conlon is outstanding and the go-to lawyer for construction law. His knowledge is unrivalled and, combined with a pragmatic, results-driven approach, makes him a formidable operator.’

‘Robert Rooney is a very good construction lawyer, giving clients clear and practical advice on the most complex of matters.’

‘The team is very commercial and solution focused.’

‘Kevin Feeney and associate Jamie Rattigan are excellent in their field and the best construction lawyers in the market. Jamie in particular is a rising star and is very sharp and a strong negotiator.’

‘Great support and knowledge’

‘Eamonn Gill is exceptional in his field, always available with sound advice and great commercial acumen.’

‘An excellent construction practice with a wide range of experience and industry knowledge.’

‘Kevin Feeney understands risk, understands our business, and is experienced, responsive and dedicated.’

‘The unique quality which this team possesses is the ability to communicate in simple English with clients and thereafter communicate in legal terms the key points as required to various stakeholders – there is a very open and approachable manner within this legal construction practice which ensures repeat business.’

‘Conor Owens has a great practical knowledge of the construction industry and also a thorough understanding of how construction businesses works, and can hone in on these specifies in order to reach swift, successful conclusions to legal issues as and when possible.’

‘The construction team work very well as a unit and support each other when the need arises. The team have an excellent knowledge of the current commercial issues in construction and provide practical advice. The team tackle issues head on and have respect within the industry, which allows them to deal with issues in an efficient manner. ALG provides commercially sound, practical advice to its clients.’

‘I have worked with both Kevin Feeney and Jamie Rattigan. Both are excellent examples of the ALG ethos of providing accurate and commercially sound advice in a timely manner. Both are always available when needed and take a personal interest in your project.’

Key clients

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

BAM Ireland

Kells ICAV (Mayer Bergman)

Glenveagh Properties plc

Cairn Homes Properties plc

National Asset Management Agency (NAMA)

TIO South Docks Fund II Limited

John Sisk & Son Holdings Limited

WuXi Biologics Ireland Limited

Aldgate Developments Limited

Irish Aviation Authority

IPUT plc

Irish Water

Hines/BVK Highstreet Retail Liffey Limited

John Paul Construction

Dalata plc

Kennedy Wilson

Glennmont Clean Energy Cooperatief U.A.

Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

John Whelan heads the team at A&L Goodbody, which handles the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious data protection and privacy work. In addition to advising its domestic and multinational client base on General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance, the team is particularly skilled in handling data subject access requests, litigation and regulatory investigations resulting from high-profile data breaches. Other key contacts in the practice are Claire Morrissey, who has particular expertise in advising clients in the financial services sector on GDPR compliance, and John Cahir, who focuses on the multinational technology sector.

Testimonials

They are very up front and highly diligent. Great at getting back to us in very good time and not afraid to call us out if our current road plan may hit a bump or two.

Associate Sinéad Mitchell King is fast, reliable and very interested in our business. She keeps us in the know where needed and points out best practice in her experience. A massive team player and someone we know is looking out for our best interests.

Key clients

Digital Europe

Enterprise Ireland

Symantec Limited

Liberty Insurance DAC

Heineken Ireland

PicMonkey

Transfermate

Aptiv

Ding

Dispute resolution Tier 1

A&L Goodbody counts major Irish and multinational entities among its clients, and has acted on complex, high-profile matters across a range of sectors, including financial services and pharmaceuticals. The team has expertise in handling multi-jurisdictional litigation and acting in regulatory, corporate and other investigations, where it has seen its workload increase. Enda Hurley, who took over as practice head in December 2018, has significant experience in company and securities law, public law, and taxation and real estate disputes. Liam Kennedy acts on domestic and international disputes; Eileen Roberts handles large-scale commercial litigation and has a strong mediation practice; and the 'enthusiastic and dedicated' Tom Casey has experience in matters involving financial services, commercial property and disruptive shareholder activity.

Key clients

Bank of Ireland

Allied Irish Bank plc

Rabobank

Ulster Bank

Permanent TSB Group Holdings plc

Google

Pfizer

Perrigo Company plc

Volkswagen Group

Irish Life Assurance plc

Iput

Renault Group

Irish Bank Resolution Corporation Limited

Nama

Smith & Nephew Plc

Man Trucks

Parma Investments Limited

Endo Pharmaceuticals plc

Osmotica Pharmaceuticals plc

Friends First Life Assurance Company DAC

Baxter Healthcare Ltd

Baxter AG

Glenveagh Properties plc

Cairn Homes plc

Chubb Insurance

Football Association of Ireland

Hammerson ICAV

Allianz plc

State Claims Agency

Allergan

Heineken

Irish Continental Group plc

Marlet Property Group

Employment Tier 1

With the 'strength in depth to work effectively for any size of client and transaction', A&L Goodbody's employment team handles a variety of complex contentious and non-contentious matters. Its ability to handle complex cross-border matters is evidenced by its advice to KN Network Group on the sale of KN Network Services Holdings, an Irish firm with operations in seven jurisdictions. The practice is headed by Duncan Inverarity. Other team members include Michael Doyle, a 'trusted employment law adviser' who is valued by clients for the 'quality and clarity of the advice he gives' and associate Tríona Sugrue, who joined from Eugene F. Collins in October 2019. Ailbhe Dennehy is now with William Fry.

Testimonials

‘An excellent employment team. I have dealt with a couple of partners on the team and always responsive, technically sound, and very commercially-focused.’

‘They have the strength in depth to work effectively for any size of client and transaction.’

‘I have worked with this firm of solicitors for almost 4 decades and without doubt it is one of the most professional firms I have ever worked with.’

‘I have no hesitation in recommending A&L Goodbody. I have always found them to be very knowledgeable and professional. I have primarily worked with A&L on employment matters, but on occasion I have needed advice on other areas of the law, in particular health and safety and data protection. I have complete confidence in the advice they provide and in how they have represented the Company with third parties. There are two things that make A&L stand out to me when compared to other firms I have used in the past. Firstly, their ability to grasp the key points of a case and retain that information so that when it is revisited in the future they can pick up from where we left off. The second thing is their responsiveness. They respond to issues very quickly even after hours or when the individual is out of the office. So much so that, I on occasion decided not to e-mail them after hours because I know they would respond late into the evening, when the next day would have been perfectly acceptable.’

‘Michael Doyle is a trusted employment law adviser. He is responsive, practical and technically expert.’

‘Much of what makes A&L Goodbody stand out is down to the individuals that work in the organisation. The stand out individual that I have dealt with is Michael Doyle, Partner in the Employment Team. The quality and clarity of the advice he gives, the speed with which he responds even out of hours, the professional and friendly way he engages on issues makes all the difference. Occasionally, I may be particularly concerned about a case, but the calm way Michael breaks down a case into its constituent parts and identifies the key issues so that they can be addressed is very reassuring. You know that you are in the hands of someone who is really committed to your case and qualified and experienced enough to make sure that you are getting the best advice possible. Michael has always represented the company with great expertise with third parties.’

‘We value them for their responsiveness, commercially practical advice and depth of knowledge about recent legal developments. Michael Doyle and Aisling Muldowney stand out.’

Key clients

Football Association of Ireland

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Permanent TSB Group Holdings Plc

General Electric

UPS

Citibank

Allianz Worldwide Partners

Heineken

Wells Fargo

Forest Laboritories/Allergan

Energy and natural resources Tier 1

The all-island energy and natural resources practice at A&L Goodbody is frequently instructed in headline matters. As well as specialising in onshore wind projects, the team also has expertise in upstream gas projects, onshore fuel projects, data centres, energy commodity derivatives, offshore wind, energy disputes, waste-to-energy projects, combined heat and power, and emerging technologies. With 'detailed knowledge of the market and the legislative requirements', the highly regarded Ross Moore leads the team, specialising in project finance and M&A. John Dallas acts for sponsors, lenders and developers and Kevin Feeney heads the firm's projects, infrastructure and construction groups. David McElroy, who specialises in project finance for energy companies, is a name to note at associate level.

Testimonials

They go the extra mile to help you get the deal done.

Ross Moore – detailed knowledge of the market and the legislative requirements.

Key clients

Invis Energy

CPPIB

Nord LB

Allied Irish Banks. P.L.C.

BlackRock

Greencoat

ESB

Bord Gais Energy

Energia Group

HRL Morrison

Parkwind NV / Oriel Windfarm Limited

Glennmont Partners

Brookfield

Statkraft

Sustainable Development Capital LLP

EU and competition Tier 1

A&L Goodbody's 'universally respected' team advises on the full range of EU and competition law, including merger control notifications, state aid, public procurement, EU law and competition compliance. The team also has a strong reputation for handling EU and Irish competition litigation and advises clients on dawn raid responses and investigations by the Irish Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) and the European Commission. The practice is led by 'exceptional competition lawyer' Vincent Power, who has extensive experience, particularly in EU transport law. Alan McCarthy specialises in advising on the EU and Irish merger control implications of M&A and joint ventures, and Anna-Marie Curran is highly regarded for procurement matters.

Testimonials

We regularly receive thoughtful, expert advice from the team on a range of difficult competition law questions, including litigation support.

Alan McCarthy can be relied upon for sound advice and commercial judgement.

Associate Jessica Egan is a good support.

The team at A&L Goodbody is peerless in the Irish market. Vincent Power, Alan McCarthy and Anna-Marie Curran are universally respected and between them have more experience than any other competition team in the country. All are exceptionally hardworking and extremely well attuned to their clients’ objectives. If you are confronted with a tricky competition or procurement issue, they are the team to go to.

Vincent Power is an exceptional competition lawyer and arguably the most experienced and respected practicioner in the Irish market. The quality of his advice and judgement is second to none. Vincent has a great ability to navigate the most complex of situations and get a client to their desired objective, no matter what the odds.

Key clients

ESB

Irish Continental Group

Comcast

Renault

Heineken

CapVest

Dalata Hotel Group plc

ABP

Bord Gais Energy

Pernod Ricard/Irish Distillers

Man Bus & Trucks

Permanent tsb

National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA)

eir

Ervia

ABP

Belfast Harbour Commissioners

Capi-Lux

Nutricia Medical Ireland Limited

TII

Future Ticketing Limited

AIB

Beauparc (formerly Panda Waste)

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

A&L Goodbody has extensive experience advising life sciences clients on corporate and capital markets transactions in the sector, including M&A, IPOs and relocations to Ireland. The team counts a number of Irish-listed life sciences companies among its clients, and also has a niche expertise in advising Asian biopharmaceutical companies on setting up operations in the jurisdiction. Other areas of strength include patent litigation; regulatory advice, including on Brexit planning; and life sciences and healthcare sector disputes. The 'very solid' Cliona Christle specialises in product liability and clinical negligence claims and regulatory investigations, while David Widger focuses on corporate transactions, John Whelan handles IP matters, and senior associate Róise Nic Ghráinne has experience in clinical negligence and medical device litigation and mental health law.

Key clients

Iterum Therapeutics plc

Osmotica Pharmaceuticals plc

WuXi Biologics

Temasek Holdings Pte Ltd

Accord Healthcare Limited

Pfizer

Amgen Technology (Ireland) Unlimited Company and Amgen, Inc

Boston Scientific Corporation

Allergan

Baxter Healthcare Ltd

Endo International plc

SK Biotek

Tonix Pharmaceutical Holding Corp

Nabriva

Malin Corporation Plc

Novartis AG

Aralez Pharmaceuticals

BioMarin

Prothena Corporation Plc

Coxon Medical/ Coxon Industry Ireland Limited

Beckman Coulter

Fractyl Inc

Teleflex Inc

Perrigo Company plc

Medtronic plc

Mylan

Becton Dickenson

BioCryst Ireland

Noden Pharma DAC

Nypro Inc

Retrophin Inc

Nutricia

Jazz Pharmaceuticals Inc

Abbott Laboratories

Merk & Co Inc

Gilead Sciences Ireland

Eli Lilly

Takeda Pharmacuticals International and Takeda Ireland

Alexion

Information technology Tier 1

A&L Goodbody's 'client-focused' team is noted for its strength in advising on financial services and public sector technology transactions. The practice counts a number of internet and technology sector companies among its clients, advising on the technology and IP aspects of M&A transactions, outsourcing and managed services, and GDPR compliance. John Whelan handles commercial, regulatory and contentious matters in the sector; the 'practical and responsiveClaire Morrissey specialises in IT contracts and major outsourcings in the financial services sector; and John Cahir acts for several multinational corporations with operations in Ireland. Mark Rasdale departed for DLA Piper.

Testimonials

A&L Goodbody’s information technology practice group takes a very client-focused approach. The firm impresses with their strength and depth and manages to blend this well with accessibility and commerciality. They take the time to understand things from a business and a legal perspective. Advice is always practical, clear and solution-focused.

Claire Morrissey is always available, practical, responsive and solution focused. She ensures that we are kept closely involved in the deal process and that all stakeholders are fully engaged.

Insolvency and corporate restructuring Tier 1

A&L Goodbody handles large-scale insolvency and restructuring matters, including those with cross-border elements. Recent work includes advising Ambac Assurance UK on the restructuring of Ballantyne Re, which established a precedent for Irish schemes of arrangement. The team is also acting for the special liquidators of IRBC on high-profile and long-running liquidation. The practice is led by David Baxter, and also includes Mark Traynor, a specialist in commercial litigation. Marsha Coghlan is also active in significant restructurings.

Testimonials

‘Excellent team dynamic across various disciplines, including restructuring and debt capital markets.’

‘David Baxter is a stand-out restructuring partner, technically excellent, he also has good commercial judgement. Ciaran Rogers is a superb finance partner, responsive and user-friendly.’

Key clients

KPMG

EY

Promontoria

Insurance Tier 1

With a practice spanning all areas of insurance law, A&L Goodbody's recent work includes the redomestication of an insurer between the UK and Ireland, as well as high-value contentious work, particularly in the healthcare sector. The team is jointly headed by Enda Hurley and the 'particularly excellent' James Grennan; the latter has substantial experience of corporate law related to insurance. He is valued by clients for his 'deep knowledge of the law and a commercial and pragmatic approach to legal problems'. The practice also includes the 'exceptional' Laura Mulleady, Liam Kennedy, and Cliona Christle, who is praised for her 'excellent client skills.' Senior associate Emma Martin is another name to note.

Testimonials

‘They are my go-to insurance team in Ireland.’

‘A&L Goodbody are a large firm with fantastic back-up staff for managing big cases.’

‘A&L Goodbody have advised on the lion’s share of transactions and regulator interactions in the market and are the go-to team for complex, high value work.’

‘Darren Nangle and James Grennan have delivered great service on a complex restrucuring. I have worked with James over many years and always found him responsive and creative, with a great knowledge of the insurance sector.’

‘James Grennan is particularly excellent. He is arguably the best insurance lawyer in the Irish market. His experience as a former corporate lawyer is also extremely useful in the context of corporate transactions. James has the perfect mix of a deep knowledge of the law and a commercial and pragmatic approach to legal problems – always seeing the issue from the client’s perspective and finding a solution if there is one to be found.’

‘Laura Mulleady is an exceptional partner: intuitive, technically brilliant and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Cliona Christle is one of the foremost practioners in tort law in particular the area of medical negligence cases, particularly, catastrophic injury cases in Ireland.’

‘Cliona Christle is an experienced medical negligence partner with excellent client skills. Roise Nic Ghrainne has come to the fore over the past few years and gained much knowledge and confidence.

Key clients

Aegon

Allianz

Aon

Arch Capital

Aviva Group

AXA Group

Bupa

Legal and General

Liberty Insurance

Navillus

Intellectual property Tier 1

A&L Goodbody's intellectual property team handles a variety of complex matters in all areas of IP law, including representing clients before the General Court of the European Union. The firm specialises in the technology area, but beyond this it also advises on work involving media, retail, and financial services sector clients. The team is led by John Whelan, while the 'practical, responsive and solution-focused' Claire Morrissey advised the Bank of Ireland on its digital transformation programme, involving IP issues related to software licensing. John Cahir is experienced in both contentious and non-contentious work, and advises large multinational organisations.

Testimonials

‘The firm impresses with their strength and depth and manages to blend this well with accessibility and commerciality. They take time to understand things from a business and a legal perspective. Advice is always practical, clear and solution-focused.’

‘I work closely with Claire Morrissey and her team. Claire is always available, practical, responsive and solution focused. She ensures, that as her client, we are kept closely involved in the deal process. She takes the time to ensure all stakeholders are fully engaged.’

Key clients

Amgen Technology (Ireland)

Boston Scientific Corporation

Accord Healthcare Ltd

Commodores Entertainment Corporation

Diesel SpA

Bank of Ireland

Digital Europe

eStar Gaming

Investment funds Tier 1

A&L Goodbody's 'impressive' team has had an active year advising on Brexit contingency planning, particularly the authorisation of Irish-regulated management companies and investment firms, and on the implementation of new money market funds regulations. In addition to seeing an increase of work in the ETF space, the team has advised on the establishment of a growing number of private equity and venture capital funds in Ireland. Practice head Brian McDermott's recent work includes acting on the establishment of Icavs and super-mancos, while Michael Barr has advised on the AIFMD and UCITS regulations. The team was strengthened at senior level by the arrival of the 'responsive and clued-in' Kerill O’Shaughnessy from Walkers and the promotion of Laura Butler, who has particular expertise in the structuring of real estate and private equity funds.

Testimonials

The team has a solid level of experience at partner level and they are willing to provide commercial guidance to assist the decision-making process.

Kerill O’ Shaughnessy has exceptional attention to detail and consistently goes beyond the brief to provide guidance.

Strong partners who are knowledgeable about their sectors and always available to assist.

Michael Barr and Laura Butler are strong communicators who are up to date in their sectors and always available to assist on short notice.

I like their proactive approach where engagement is based on knowledge and not on fees.

Stephen Carson and associate Nicola McCaffrey are proactive and have become valued partners as we have grown as a firm.

Kerill O’Shaughnessy always shows an exceptional level of commitment in executing transactions and a reassuring amount of client engagement from start to completion of project. A safe pair of hands in what can be quite a time-sensitive and regulatory burdensome environment.

Kerill O’Shaughnessy is responsive and well versed in the areas in which we seek counsel.

Kerill O’Shaughnessy is responsive, clued in and provides targeted solutions based on our business needs. He is also very approachable and a pleasure to deal with.

The team is well resourced and experienced.

Very client-centric, delivery-focused and pleasant to engage with.

They bring a clarity of thought and a practical approach to their advice, which  is very client friendly and easily understood by both lawyers and non-lawyers.

They are aware of the environment in which we operate and pay attention to all the detail. They understand us and our business, are very aware of our needs and work with us in achieving the best result possible.

Very straightforward to deal with. They have a no-fuss approach and are technically excellent.

Impressive full-service team offering expertise in all matters involving asset management in general. Versatile practice, accessible and easy to work with.

Kerill O’Shaughnessy is a great practitioner at the top of his game with deep knowledge of the sector. A great lawyer to deal with, able to make the complex and legalistic simple and understandable.

Key clients

HanETF

Carysfort Capital

WisdomTree Europe

Aviva Investors Liquidity Funds plc

Optimus Capital

M&G Investments

Zurich Invest

Gard AS

HSBC Global Asset Management

Marlborough Group

DWS

Pensions and employee benefits Tier 1

A&L Goodbody's pensions and incentives practice handles a variety of matters. The team is led by David Main, who alongside David Francis and Chris Comerford has comprehensive experience advising companies on their pension arrangements. On the incentives side, Keavy Ryan assists with their share plans, particularly as a part of M&A. The team as a whole is valued by clients for its 'deep and very thorough knowledge of the law' and 'extremely prompt manner'.

Testimonials

‘We appreciate their depth of knowledge, commitment to the client, availability, innovative solutions , and friendliness. They would be my number one choice.’

‘The team consistently goes the ‘extra mile’ for their clients and they respond to queries in an extremely prompt manner.’

‘We work with the A&L Goodbody pensions team across the island of Ireland. They have the strength in depth to work effectively for any size of client and transaction.’

‘Excellent team – our go-to practice for Irish pensions law. Very responsive and easy to deal with. Deep and very thorough knowledge of the law but commercial too.’

‘David Francis and David Main both know the law but are commercial and great with clients at the same time. Very easy to deal with.’

‘David Francis and David Main are the key partners in the Dublin team. The depth of expertise and quality of service is second to none. They are user-friendly to a fault! In addition, Aoife Malone is an outstanding associate in the team. They are a great team to work with on mutual clients as they have a very clear understanding of where the relevant jurisdictions are demarcated, drawing in cross-border advice as and when needed to the benefit of the client.’

‘My main contact is David Francis. His advice, which is valued greatly by clients, is always very clear and thorough – every angle is covered. David is extremely accessible and is very happy to take a phone call outside of the 9 to 5 hours. It is always a pleasure dealing with David.’

‘I deal mainly with David Francis. He embodies all of the attributes set out above and is my yardstick for assessing the firm as a whole.’

Key clients

Irish Airline Pilots Pensions DAC

The Trustees of the Bank of Ireland Staff Pensions Fund

Trustees of the EY pension plans

Heineken Ireland Limited

Scottish & Southern Energy

Tesco

Capita

GE

Planning and environment Tier 1

A&L Goodbody 'excels at providing quick and commercially focused advice and practical solutions' and handles a range of matters for domestic and international corporates, state and local government bodies, private developers and financial institutions. Expanding on its strength in energy and infrastructure projects, the group has recently seen notable instructions relating to strategic environmental assessments and environmental impact assessments; it has also advised on compliance issues for sites licensed by the Environmental Protection Agency. Alan Roberts and consultant Alison Fanagan jointly lead the practice, which also fields 'trailblazerJason Milne, who has experience as an environmental consultant.

Testimonials

This team is providing cutting edge advice. They work so closely with us that we feel they are an extension of our team. Get in the trenches with us.’

Very strong in this niche area.’

The team, and in particular Alison Fanagan, excel in providing quick, commercially focused advice and practical solutions for environmental and planning issues that arise.

Jason Milne and Brendan Curran are trailblazers in this space. Top-class advice delivered quickly in a user friendly way. Simply superb.

Alison Fanagan is very quick to understand the issues and provide practical, commercial advice to enable decisions to be made and strategies to be created. She is excellent at applying her expert knowledge to the commercial realities and advising on the best course of action.’

Key clients

Irish Water

Ballycumber Wind Farm

Exola DAC

Blackstone Group International Partners

Statkraft Ireland Limited

Gas Networks Ireland

Ervia

Green Energy Supply ltd

Blackrock Investment Management (UK) Ltd

Greencoat Capital LLP

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

The Carlyle Group

UPS

Longport Developments Limited

Monteco Holdings Limited

Lagan Asphalt Ltd

Tesco Ireland

Enva Ireland Limited

Brookfield Renewable Ireland Holdings Limited

Derrysallagh Windfarm Ltd

PSA Sugrue Limited

Knockacummer Wind Farm Ltd

Engie Renewables Ltd

Kennedy Wilson Europe Limited

Glenveagh Properties PLC

Patrizia Immobilien AG

Marlet Property Group

Chartered Land Ltd

Airbnb Ireland ULC

Ark Data Centres Ltd

Balfour Beatty CLG Limited

Projects and PPP Tier 1

In addition to its strength in the renewable energy space, A&L Goodbody's 'very knowledgeable and widely respected' projects and PPP team advises on matters ranging from data centres to social housing. Its recent appointment as an adviser on the Dublin Metrolink demonstrates its ability to handle the largest infrastructure projects in Ireland. Kevin Feeney leads the practice and John Dallas draws on his 'excellent knowledge of the renewable energy space' to assist with the financing of projects. Ross Moore leads the firm's energy practice and is another key contact, as is associate Jamie Rattigan, a specialist in PPP and renewable energy projects.

Testimonials

‘A very knowledgeable and widely respected team with excellent insight and relations in the Irish market. The team is also cooperating very well with other practice areas within the firm.’

‘John Dallas has excellent knowledge of the renewable energy space and is very pleasant to work together with. Capable of finding and safeguarding the business logic in the legal challenges. Richard Grey is able to blend the M&A part into the wider project in a very calm and solid matter. Focuses his efforts and time on what is essential and is excellent at following-up on it and making sure it gets implemented.’

Key clients

Transport Infrastructure

Oriel Windfarm

Energia Group

Kilpaddoge Green Energy

Sustainable Development Capital

Asper Investment Management

Nord

Element Power Ireland

Irish Water

NAMA

Public sector Tier 1

A&L Goodbody acts for a wide range of public sector clients, including state agencies, national utility companies, semi-state bodies, government departments and local authorities. The team has been particularly active advising on major infrastructure projects, including the Dublin MetroLink and Greater Dublin Drainage Project, and also handles restructurings and the sale of state assets, claims against public healthcare bodies, and procurement challenges. The 'excellent' Anna-Marie Curran, who specialises in public procurement and state aid matters, leads the team with Eamonn Conlon, whose practice focuses on construction. 'Consummate professional' Cliona Christle is noted for her healthcare expertise.

Testimonials

It is clear that the team is a cohesive unit, displaying seamless communication between members.

Anna-Marie Curran is excellent, and has a wealth of knowledge of procurement law. She always makes herself available to the client to provide practical, sound and quick advice. Her practicality and decisiveness instil great confidence.

A&L Goodbody have an in-depth knowledge of the health sector and a broad range of experts available who are of a very high calibre. Response times and turnaround of requests and documentation is excellent.

Cliona Christle is a consummate professional and retains an encyclopedic knowledge of my organisation. She is always available, irrespective of the time of day, and balanced in her thinking and approach.

Key clients

Department of Finance

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Department of Defence

National Assets Management Agency (Nama)

National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA)

St. Vincent’s Hospital

Mater Hospital

Housing Agency

TG4

Adelaide & Meath Hospital (incorporating the National Children’s Hospital)

The Heritage Council

Belfast Harbour Commissioners

Office of Public Works

Ervia (formerly Bord Gais Eireann)

Irish Water

Irish Rail

Electricity Supply Board

Bord na Móna

University College Dublin

University College Cork

National University of Ireland

Special liquidators to the IBRC

Marine Institute

Irish Airlines Pensions Limited

State Claims Agency

Irish Aviation Authority

St. James Hospital

Coombe Hospital

CIE

National University of Ireland Maynooth

The Pensions Authority

Irish Central Statistics Office

Technological University Dublin

Bus Eireann

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Local Authorities (including Cavan County Council, Cork County Council, Cork City Council, Galway County Council, Kerry County Council, Kildare County Council, Leitrim County Council, Limerick City and County Council, Louth County Council, Mayo County Council, Monaghan County Council, Roscommon County Council, Sligo County Council, Wicklow County Council)

AIB

Bank of Ireland

Ptsb

Real estate Tier 1

A&L Goodbody's Dublin-based real estate practice handles commercial property transactions for clients based in Ireland and internationally, and it has noted an increase in work for foreign investors. Practice head Niamh O’Sullivan is a 'strong leader' with 'admirable expertise'; she has a core focus on real estate investment and property-based lending. Real estate transactional specialist Mairead Sherock and Stephen O’Riordan, who is active in investments and and transactions, are other key names. John WilliamsPaul Diggin and Ger O’Toole are also noted.

Testimonials

Strongly led team – always available – responsive – the A team in every transaction we do.

Niamh O’Sullivan – strong leader, admirable expertise, gets the best deal for her clients.

Key clients

Credit Suisse

Barclays Bank

EPUT

Wells Fargo

IPUT plc

Ario Properties Ltd

Vestas

KDCOR Ireland Ltd

Kennedy Wilson

MetLife

Davy Target Investments

Dalata

Motel One

Goodbody Platform ICAV

Targeted Investment Opportunities ICAV

Mazars

AIB

Glenveagh Living Ltd

TIO South Docks Fund II Ltd

DWS

Henley Bartra

Patrizia AG

Glenveagh Properties Plc

Henderson Park Capital

Bain Capital

Tax Tier 1

A&L Goodbody has been particularly active advising on the tax aspects of M&A and corporate projects. The team also has experience in loan portfolio sales, acquisitions and securitisations, and, with the support of the firm's New York and San Francisco offices, in advising US companies on inward investments into Ireland. On the contentious side, the team handles disputes with the Irish Revenue Commissioners, tax-related state aid investigations, queries and audits. Practice head Paul Fahy specialises in corporate tax; Peter Maher has expertise in inbound investments and cross-border financings and structurings; James Somerville is noted for his strength in financial services and property-related tax; and Amelia O’Beirne, who was previously based in the firm's New York office, has extensive experience in US multinational tax planning and M&A.

Key clients

Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.

Osmotica Pharmaceuticals

Perrigo

PTSB

IPUT

Morgan Stanley

Intermediate Capital Group

Prothena

Elix Aviation Capital Limited

Smartwings

Goldman Sachs International

KN Group

NJJ

Barclays Bank plc

Ulster Bank Ireland DAC

Transport Tier 1

With the largest asset finance practice in Ireland, A&L Goodbody  is internationally recognised for its experience in highly complex and innovative structures, particularly in the aviation finance sector. It has a dedicated team of lawyers who work on PPP and other infrastructure projects across both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Its team has experience advising local road authorities on contractual issues, the defence of claims, and resolution of disputes on most of the large road projects procured in Ireland in the last 15 years. Catherine DuffyVincent Power and Kevin Feeney are key names. Seamus O’Croinin and associate Barry O’Sullivan are also noted.

Key clients

Irish Continental Group plc

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

MAN SE and MAN Truck & Bus Deutschland GmbH (ultimately part of the VW Group)

Limerick City and County Council

Vx Capital Partners with Vx Cargo 2018

Zephyrus

GECAS as seller and Start II Ltd

Smartwings

Waypoint Leasing

MAPS 2019-1 Ltd and MAPS 2019-1 LLC

US Ex-Im / Aircraft Finance Insurance Consortium (AFIC)  / Apple Bank

NCB Capital (DIFC) Limited

Wings Capital Partners

InterGlobe Aviation

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC)

Chorus Aviation Capital (Ireland) Limited

Irish Aviation Authority

White-collar crime Tier 1

A&L Goodbody has extensive experience advising corporate clients on internal and regulatory investigations, whistleblowing complaints, dawn raids, anti-money laundering policies, and export controls and sanctions issues. The team has experience in dealing with the authorities across a wide range of jurisdictions, including the US, the EU, Australia and Russia. Kenan Furlong, who has particular expertise in corporate reputation management, and Joe Kelly, whose practice covers both cross-jurisdictional and local regulatory investigations, lead the practice. Katie O’Connor focuses on bribery and corruption matters, while Dario Dagostino is particularly experienced in investigations and enforcement proceedings in the financial services sector, and associate Louise Byrne advises on government and internal investigations and prosecutions.

Media and entertainment Tier 2

A&L Goodbody has been particularly active advising major social media and internet companies, covering technology-related disputes, data privacy and protection issues, the technology aspects of M&A transactions, the protection of IP rights, and defamation proceedings. The practice is jointly led by John Whelan, John Cahir and Claire Morrissey, all of whom have expertise in technology and privacy matters.

Telecoms Tier 2

A&L Goodbody has advised on several recent telecoms regulatory cases before the Irish Commercial Court, as well as providing regulatory advice to telecoms providers regarding their operations in Ireland. The team also has experience advising on corporate transactions such as M&A in the telecoms sector, commercial agreements, network sharing and outsourcing. Practice head John Whelan and newly promoted partner Andrea Lawler have expertise in regulatory and contentious matters.

Key clients

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Ezetop Unlimited Company t/a Ding

AIB

Stripe

PicMonkey

The firm: A&L Goodbody is internationally recognised as one of Europe and Ireland’s leading corporate law firms. The Dublin and Belfast teams combine to advise on the most challenging and complex assignments for national and multinational corporations, financial institutions and government on an all-island basis. The firm has acted for more than 600 of the world’s leading corporations and advisors interacting with Ireland. This is supported by offices in London, New York, San Francisco and Palo Alto. The lawyers based in these offices provide Irish legal advice to multinational corporations and the international business community.

Areas of practice: A&L Goodbody has the leading mergers and acquisitions and corporate practice in Ireland. The group, which is the firm’s largest, has advised on the most significant M&A, corporate transactions and privatisations in Ireland.

A&L Goodbody’s finance group is the leader in the Irish market, having decades of unrivalled expertise and experience. The group is divided into four main practice groups and sectors: asset finance (including aircraft finance), debt capital markets and structured finance, general banking and projects, and construction finance.

The debt capital markets and structured finance team is one of the best of its kind in the market. The firm’s equity capital markets practice is internationally renowned, and acts for many of the world’s leading public companies, underwriters, sponsors and managers.

A&L Goodbody has Ireland’s largest and most experienced litigation and dispute resolution team providing an all-island service.

The firm’s market-leading tax group is very often at the centre of transactional, finance and advisory activities advising many of the world’s largest corporates.

The restructuring and insolvency team has unrivalled experience in the Irish legal market. This comes from acting on the majority of significant and challenging restructurings and corporate collapses in Ireland in recent years.

The commercial property team is the market leader in Ireland. It is continually at the forefront of the most significant and complex transactions in the marketplace.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate and M&A Mark Ward
Corporate and M&A David Widger
Finance Ciaran Rogers
Litigation and dispute resolution David Baxter
Litigation and dispute resolution Liam Kennedy
Tax Paul Fahy
Employment Duncan Inverarity
Pensions David Main
Pensions David Francis
Energy and natural resources Kevin Feeney
Energy and natural resources Ross Moore
Commercial property Mairead Sherlock
Commercial and technology John Whelan
Asset management and investment funds Brian McDermott
Restructuring and insolvency David Baxter
Capital markets – debt and equity Ciaran Rogers
Capital markets – debt and equity Paul White
Environmental and planning Alison Fanagan
Environmental and planning Alan Roberts
EU and competition Vincent Power
Aviation and transport finance Catherine Duffy
Aviation and transport finance Séamus Ó Cróinín
Insurance James Grennan
White-collar crime Joe Kelly
White-collar crime Kenan Furlong
Healthcare and life sciences David Widger
Healthcare and life sciences Cliona Christle
Telecommunications John Whelan
Construction Kevin Feeney
Outsourcing John Whelan
Outsourcing Kevin Feeney
Regulatory risks and investigations Dario Dagostino
Projects and infrastructure Kevin Feeney
Transport Dr Vincent Power
Transport Catherine Duffy
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