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Asset finance Tier 1
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 Séamus Ó Cróinín advising Gecas on the creation of a $2bn global aircraft financing programme with CDPQ, and Ó Cróinín 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’Brien 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.
Banking and finance Tier 1
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 Ciarán 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 €526m in total. Adrian Burke, who specialises in loan portfolio sales, and Jack Sheehy are also noted.
Capital markets Tier 1
A&L Goodbody's debt capital markets (DCM) practice covers bonds, securitisations for Irish and other originators, and aviation transactions. Peter Walker and Ciarán 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 €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.
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 €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.
Construction Tier 1Heralded as ‘the best construction practice in Ireland’, A&L Goodbody provides ‘quick and sound advice’ on commercial and residential developments, public infrastructure projects and power plants. Eamonn Conlon’s work highlights included advising a construction joint venture on its contract for the campus site at Grangegorman PPP project, while ‘commercial and responsive’ 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 ‘outstanding’ and associate Robert Rooney is also recommended. New partner Conor Owens joined from Maples Group. Killian Dorney, formerly an associate with the firm, joined Beale & Co as a partner in 2020.
Dispute resolution Tier 1
'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.
Employment Tier 1
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 €3.5bn acquisition of a majority stake in eir. Michael Doyle was promoted to partner in May 2018 and Aifric O’Dea 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.
Energy and natural resources Tier 1
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 – 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.
EU and competition Tier 1
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.
Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1
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.
Information technology Tier 1
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.
A&L Goodbody’s team is rated highly for its ‘technical and commercial knowledge, and fantastic negotiation and communication skills’; it ‘always provides outstanding work’ as well as ‘timely and value for money advice’. 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.
Insurance Tier 1
A&L Goodbody’s strength in the non-contentious space is demonstrated by Laura Mulleady and practice head James Grennan, ‘who always knows the answer’, 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.
Intellectual property Tier 1
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.
The team at A&L Goodbody is rated ‘very 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’s 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.
Planning and environment Tier 1
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. ‘Trusted adviser’ 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.
Projects and PPP Tier 1
A&L Goodbody’s 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 €40m housing scheme as part of a PPP project. ‘Readily available’ associate Jamie Rattigan is recommended.
Public sector Tier 1
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 €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.
Real estate Tier 1
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 RTÉ on the sale of prime residential development land to Cairn Homes for €107.5m, and also acted for Indego and Nama on the disposal of one Dublin’s largest shopping centres for a value of €250m. Other key team members are John Williams, Paul Diggin, Stephen O’Riordan, Niamh O’Sullivan and Ger O’Toole. Andrew Ion made partner in May 2018.
Tax Tier 1
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.
Transport Tier 1
A&L Goodbody is particularly active in the aviation, roads and infrastructure sectors, and has extensive experience advising on cross-border matters. Catherine Duffy, Séamus Ó’Cróinín and Marie O’Brien 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.
White-collar crime Tier 1
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.
Investment funds Tier 2
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.
Media and entertainment Tier 2
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.
Telecoms Tier 2
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.
A&L Goodbody > Firm Profile
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.
|Corporate and M&A||Mark Ward|
|Corporate and M&A||David Widger|
|Litigation and dispute resolution||David Baxter|
|Litigation and dispute resolution||Liam Kennedy|
|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|
|White-collar crime||Joe Kelly|
|White-collar crime||Kenan Furlong|
|Healthcare and life sciences||David Widger|
|Healthcare and life sciences||Cliona Christle|
|Regulatory risks and investigations||Dario Dagostino|
|Projects and infrastructure||Kevin Feeney|
|Transport||Dr Vincent Power|
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Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 369
LanguagesDutch English French German Italian Mandarin Spanish
MembershipsInternational Bar Association World Services Group
OtherContact : Julian Yarr (managing partner) Other offices : Belfast Other offices : London Other offices : New York Other offices : Palo Alto Other offices : San Francisco
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Asset finance
- Banking and finance
- Capital markets
- Commercial, corporate and M&A
- Dispute resolution
- Energy and natural resources
- EU and competition
- Healthcare and life sciences
- Information technology
- Insolvency and corporate restructuring
- Intellectual property
- Pensions and employee benefits
- Planning and environment
- Projects and PPP
- Public sector
- Real estate
- White-collar crime