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LK Shields Solicitors LLP
38 UPPER MOUNT STREET
DUBLIN 2
Ireland

Ireland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

LK Shields Solicitors LLP has a sizeable and established team that continues to make its mark in healthcare, technology, financial services, and media and entertainment, among other sectors. It has especially strong connections to Irish businesses and genuine credibility in the international arena. The firm is also active in private equity and venture capital investments; it has advised on a series of headline international and Ireland private equity deals. Gerry Halpenny is chairman of the firm and head of the M&A practice, while Richard Curran leads the corporate and commercial department and has extensive international experience. Jennifer McGuire also impresses.

Practice head(s):

Richard Curran

Other key lawyers:

Gerry Halpenny; Jennifer McGuire; Emmet Scully; Philip Daly

Testimonials

‘Passionate about client service.’

‘Excellent legal knowledge and experience which is explained in a very understandable way. You really feel like you have the best team in your corner. Also extremely nice, friendly people. Seems to be a great culture.’

‘The commercial team’s value to us as our lawyers is their truly commercial approach – they work to find solutions to our challenges that enable us to move forward with our business; they are responsive and useful. Although the relationship is very much partner led, and we have a very good relationship with our client partner, they seem to be efficient in who they allocate work to throughout the team and provide us with speedy, value for money advice. They seem to have adapted well to the pandemic conditions – the transition to working from home seems to have been pretty seamless, which I wouldn’t necessarily have expected from previous experience of law firms and how they tend to work.’

‘Very professional and thorough in their approach. Lay out clear step plans for every engagement before execution.’

‘Gerry Halpenny is just superb. Great experience, extremely personable.’

‘Quick response times and excellent work ethic. Responds very quickly to the needs of our company. Special mention to the partner we have dealt with from the start Philip Daly. Even when he is not directly involved in a piece of work, he will always follow up to make sure the client is satisfied and if not will seek to rectify.’

‘Jennifer McGuire is a standout for us – she knows our business well, is easy to work with and puts time into the relationship. She is very commercially aware and pragmatic in her approach and gets the job done.’

Key clients

Actavo

Arachas Corporate Brokers Limited

D’Amico Group

Digicel

Epic Private Equity

Fitch Ratings

Freudenberg Group

Gowan Group Limited

H&K Manufacturing

Infravia Capital Partners

Keurig Dr Pepper

Randridge International Limited

Shard Capital International Limited

Veolia

Work highlights

  • Acted for Communicorp Group on the sale to Bauer Media Group.
  • Acted for Enterprise Ireland in connection with its investment as joint lead investor alongside the European Investment Fund in University Bridge Fund II, LP.
  • Acted for Platinum Equity on the Irish aspects of the acquisition of Club Car from Ingersoll Rand.

Ireland > Dispute resolution Tier 2

LK Shields Solicitors LLP has a substantial team offering deep levels of specialisation across the dispute resolution segment. Insolvency, IP and TMT, professional negligence and general insurance, and financial services regulatory matters form key parts of the firm’s practice. It has achieved notable growth in shareholder disputes and regulatory cases over the last couple of years. Jill Callanan is head of the litigation and dispute resolution department, and specialises in contentious insolvency and restructuring matters. Former department head Michael Kavanagh left the firm in August 2021 to become a self-employed solicitor.

Practice head(s):

Jill Callanan

Other key lawyers:

Eamon Jones; Ian Lavelle

Testimonials

‘The litigation team has strong links with sensible external counsels who provide a good touchpoint for difficult/awkward points of law that need a second opinion.’

‘LK Shields are an extremely professional firm given the complications and intricacies of dispute resolution. The team were incredibly helpful and available to answer all queries. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to others’

Key clients

Various directors of Oviedo Limited

Scania

Samuel Dennigan (founder, majority shareholder and CEO of Strong Roots)

McDonalds Restaurants of Ireland

Millstreet Equestrian Services

Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland

IESA Limited part of the Electrocomponents plc Group

The Randridge Group

P&S Civil Works Limited/Cleantech UK

Fitch Ratings

Pepper (Chargeholder), Duff and Phelps (Receiver), Anne O’Dwyer (Receiver – Duff & Phelps) and Declan Taite (Receiver – Duff & Phelps)

Veon Limited

Ireland > Employment Tier 2

LK Shields Solicitors LLP has strong credentials acting for leading national and multinational clients from a wide range of sectors, including healthcare, manufacturing, retail, technology and media. The firm routinely advises on corporate transactions and business-critical litigation. The team is led by Aoife Bradley who has a varied workload handling all aspects of employment, equality and industrial relations law. Ciara O’Kennedy focuses on pension-related disputes. Senior associate Elizabeth Mara provides additional support handling complex and sensitive bullying, harassment and whistleblowing investigations.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Excellent client service. Comprehensive coverage of all areas relating to employment law matters. Highly regarded legal practice in Irish market. Very experienced team working in employment and pension issues division.’

‘Aoife Bradley: Very experience practitioner and regarded very highly in Irish market for contentious employment and commercial litigation advice. Very client focused. Consistent advice and follow up. Very quickly understands the brief ( approachable and a good listener). She is solutions driven. Her practical approach combined with excellent negotiation skills delivers optimum outcome for her clients. Best in class service – would highly recommend Aoife and team for employment related matters.

‘Excellent knowledge of the law and legal practice in Ireland.’

‘Ciara O’Kennedy – very responsive and an excellent negotiator.’

Key clients

Hertz Europe Service Centre Limited

Alexion Pharma International Operations UC and Alexion Inc

Dentsu Aegis Media

AutoTrader

CVS (UK) Limited

Irish Relocation Services Limited trading as Dwellworks

GTLK Europe DAC

CCS Fundraising

SaonGroup Limited t/a irishjobs.ie

Work highlights

  • Advised Hertz Europe Service Centre Limited on a large-scale collective redundancy process involving in excess of 200 staff.
  • Advised Bulgari on a restructuring following the restructuring of the accessories element of its business from Ireland to Italy HQ, involving complex TUPE considerations and provided highly sensitive strategic advice regarding employment terminations.
  • Advised Alexion Pharma on a number of complex contentious and non-contentious matters, exit arrangements of two senior executives and avoiding injunctive action.

Ireland > EU and competition Tier 2

LK Shields Solicitors LLP has a well established EU and competition practice with a caseload including follow-on damages actions, and Irish phase 2 merger reviews and transactions notified to the EU Commission. Team leader Marco Hickey has immense experience, having practised in Brussels, London and Dublin, and is a prominent name in the market for advisory, transactional and contentious matters; he is heading the team representing Scania in the headline follow-on damages action linked to the European Commission’s investigation into the truck sector.

Practice head(s):

Marco Hickey

Other key lawyers:

Muireann Granville

Testimonials

‘Each time I have used this practice I have been really impressed with the team’s proactivity and general commercial awareness. The speed of response is always fantastic and makes working alongside them very easy. I have worked alongside and with a number of other Irish law firms but Marco Hickey and the team from LK Shields compares very favourably to them. They are very collaborative and easy to deal with.’

‘What makes the individuals in the team stand out is their general proactivity, commercial awareness and real desire to get the piece of work done correctly and proportionately. I have particular experience of Marco Hickey who is very impressive.’

‘This is a particularly dynamic, pragmatic and straightforward team that puts its outstanding experience to good use in the client’s interest.’

‘Key strength is in relation to handling mergers. Marco Hickey is methodical, enjoys a good working relationship with the CCPC, and is highly responsive.’

‘Our contact is Marco Hickey, who is probably Ireland’s most knowledgeable merger expert and one of the most knowledgeable in any jurisdiction that I ever met. To boot, he has outstanding tactical skills, which benefit our clients from the very first day of a planned transaction.’

‘Marco HIckey is aware that competition challenges are hard to overcome easily and so proactively engages with the client to look at developing strategies that will offer optimum solutions.’

‘Muireann Granville is very nice to work with: reliable, pragmatic and responsive.’

‘Marco Hickey’s commerciality is notable. He has an excellent understanding of overall deal dynamics. That is unusual among competition lawyers in Dublin.’

Key clients

Apex Group

BoyleSports

Denis O’Brien/Communicorp

Fane Valley Co-operative Society

Gowan Group Limited

Kone

Millstreet Equestrian Services

Scania AB

Sofidel

Stobart Group

Reach Plc

The Gardiner Group

Veolia

Viagogo AG

Work highlights

  • Represented Scania in its Irish legal proceedings that followed-on from the Commission’s finding of infringement against MAN, Volvo/Renault, Daimler, Iveco and DAF, as well as the subsequent, and more recent, finding against Scania AB.
  • Advised Fane Valley on the EU and UK merger control implication of the disposal by Fane Valley of a 50% interest in Linden Foods Limited and Slaney Foods International to the ABP Food Group.
  • Advised Denis O’Brien on the sale of his portfolio of radio stations and related assets through the disposal of the Communicorp group to Bauer Media Group.

Ireland > Information technology Tier 2

LK Shields provides ongoing advice on tech-related matters to a range of clients, covering contracts with other businesses and customers, data protection issues and Irish e-commerce regulations. The practice also handles outsourcings and software licensing, acting for both suppliers and customers. Since publication, Jeanne Kelly has left the firm.

Testimonials

‘LK Shields provided excellent services to our company. The team were sensitive to our financial situation while also providing the highly specialised legal assistance we required. This made a huge difference to our organisation as we were able to seek the knowledge and advice we required while being comfortable that the team understood our budgets and resources.’

‘We find them very able to deal with our queries, with a great, approachable manner and excellent knowledge of the law. We find them very responsive and they have a great array of clients.’

‘We have worked with a number of firms in Ireland and we have always found the team at LK Shields to be deep experts in their industry specialisms and that aligns very well with our firm. They are also very user friendly.’

Key clients

AxiomSL

Wiggin LLP

Jones Day

St Patrick’s Festival

IFS (Integrated Facilities Solutions Ltd)

erisberg Holdings Limited

Oberg Associates Ltd T/A Max Benjamin

SurveyMonkey/Momentive.ai

Work highlights

  • Advising St Patrick’s Festival on a sponsorship from TikTok, including media rights, platform terms and related matters, all on an emergency basis given the unique national circumstances in 2021.
  • Advising Wiggin LLP on several cross-border projects involving media and technology law, including for international clients of the firm in the film, TV, publishing and broader technology arenas.
  • Advising Oberg Associates in relation to e-commerce platforms for global sales, including online terms of sales and the corresponding consumer law aspects, data protection, and the rollout of a new cookies compliance framework.

Ireland > Insurance Tier 2

LK Shields Solicitors LLP has made significant inroads into the wider insurance market, building on its history in solicitors’ professional indemnity cases, for which insurance disputes head Shane Neville is a prominent figure. Having leveraged the London connections of Ian Lavelle, who previously practised there for many years, the firm has achieved additional prominence in medical malpractice and construction. Eamon Jones is another senior insurance disputes specialist with extensive experience. Michael Kavanagh  left the firm in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Jill Callanan; Shane Neville

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘LK Shields are an accomplished firm who have assisted us for many years. I have found all of their solicitors are experienced in complex issues and are extremely proactive with our cases.’

‘The LK Shields Solicitors LLP team maintain a client centric approach, representing that of a business partner with the emphasis on adding value by providing the highest quality legal advice and representation in a manner that is commercially focused and tailored to each particular client need. This coupled with the significant experience across the firm presents the optimum solution for each individual client.’

‘The LK Shields Solicitors LLP Insurance Disputes team, led by Shane Neville, demonstrate a clear understanding of insurance company client needs. The extensive experience across the entire team on all matters relating to insurance litigation, both core traditional classes of insurance and emerging insurance products is a key differentiator for the firm.’

‘Shane Neville is an exceptional lawyer who leaves no stone unturned for clients when reviewing matters. You are in safe hands with Shane Neville.’

Key clients

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE

Liberty Seguros, Compañía de Seguros y Reaseguros, S.A. trading as Liberty Insurance

Tokio Marine HCC

Leeson Claims Services Limited (trading as LCSI or Leeson Claims Services Ireland)

R&Q Ireland CLG (a subsidiary of Randall & Quilter and formerly called Solicitors Mutual Defence Fund Limited or SMDF)

CFC Underwriting Limited

Ireland > Pensions and employee benefits Tier 2

Ireland > Capital markets Tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors LLP is building its name in structured products, notably in Irish securitisation vehicles for life settlement portfolios and listed securitisations of student loan portfolios. Much of the practice is driven by funds and fund vehicles. David Williams  is a longstanding member of the structured solutions group with a strong background in listed and unlisted securitisation structures. Trevor Dolan specialises in advising fund promoters, including on the establishment and launch of SPVs for issuing debt and equity. Garry Wynne impresses at senior associate level.

Other key lawyers:

David Williams; Trevor Dolan; Garry Wynne

Testimonials

‘Excellent client focus, extensive expertise and knowledge.’

‘Super smart, understand the problem and have the solution readily available.’

‘Personal service, nothing is too much trouble, really friendly to deal with and prioritise the important stuff well.’

‘Solid knowledge of and document drafting for Irish based investment funds.’

‘Practical business solutions.’

‘The team at LK Shields has a good hands-on approach, it provides practical solutions for transactional queries and is responsive when needed.’

‘David Williams; Trevor Dolan, and Garry Wynne: Always accessible, and deliver on commitments at all times.’

‘Garry Wynne is very knowledgeable when it comes to the capital markets transactions. He goes above and beyond to ensure the client is satisfied and to advise the clients in terms of legal structuring of transactions.’

Key clients

Solargreen Investment Holdings Limited

Corry Capital Advisors, LLC

Alpha Growth plc

Audacia Capital (Ireland) plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Corry Capital on the establishment of a debt securities note programme investing in life settlement policies.
  • Advised Solargreen on the establishment of a section 110 special purpose vehicle for the issue of bonds raising €400m capital to establish the client as a trading company for the purchase of raw gold for refinement and sale on the London Metal Exchange.
  • Advised Audacia on the addition of several collateral obligors to its multi-collateral obligor secured notes programme listed on the Irish stock exchange.

Ireland > Construction Tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors LLP acts for a wide range of parties in the construction space, including developers, contractors and sub-contractors. The team advises on key documentation in the construction process, including design, supply, construction and installation contracts for a range of projects. In addition, the team assists corporations with the construction and fit out of office space. The practice also handles breach of contract disputes, representing developers and suppliers. The team is led by Richard Curran, and is supported by Jamie Ritchie and litigator Ian Lavelle.

Practice head(s):

Richard Curran

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team’s local and international experience provides the perfect blend of knowledge for any serious operator in the Irish market.’

‘Jamie Ritchie’s background in construction and his flawless legal knowledge provides the prefect alchemy for astute legal and commercial advice. Ian Lavelle is a particularly astute commercial operator whose focus on the detail provides for the most advantageous outcome in a dispute.’

‘Well connected in the Irish construction market.’

‘Jamie Ritchie is well informed, and one of the rare construction specialists. He does what he says he’ll do.’

‘The quality of work and service received from Jamie Ritchie and his team is second to none. Jamie is a very thorough practitioner and can quickly understand and grasp any of the issues presented to him. He understands the legal and commercial considerations and how they play off against each other to ensure that the desired results are achieved. In addition to the quality of legal advice received, the manner in which he approaches things strikes a great balance between legal professionalism and straightforward communication. He can make complex and sometimes daunting legal matters simple and digestible.’

‘LK Shields have an extremely strong construction practice. I have had the pleasure of instructing them on matters that require input on the law of both Ireland and Northern Ireland and have worked with their team seamlessly.’

‘Jamie Ritchie is outstanding and my go-to Irish construction lawyer. His depth of knowledge and passion for the topic is second to none.’

‘First class. Jamie Ritchie is approachable, intelligent and will fight, holding back no punches, to get results for his clients.’

Key clients

McMahon Design and Management Limited

CareChoice

Crane Hire Limited

Manufacturing Conglomerate

October Investments

InfraVia Capital Partners

Crosslane

Ameresco

Seabased

Coillte

Work highlights

  • Acting for CareChoice in relation to its ambitious rollout of new build and extension projects.
  • Retained by sub-sea specialist engineering firm McMahon Design and Management in relation to Irish subsea projects.
  • Advising a global manufacturing and production conglomerate on matters arising out of the main engineering, procurement and construction management agreement for a new 330,000 sq ft manufacturing facility in Co Kildare.

Ireland > Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors LLP advises on data protection matters including data sharing and joint control arrangements, the processing of customer data, IT outsourcing transactions and cookies policies. The practice also provides assistance to clients with the development and launch of new products, ensuring compliance with the relevant regulations. Since publication, Jeanne Kelly left the firm.

Testimonials

‘The LK Shields team are excellent, friendly and high performing.’

‘The individuals are experts which means that they are approachable and able to handle even the most complex issue with ease.’

‘A strong roster of partners with deep knowledge in their respective areas.’

‘They are always available and willing to help at a moment’s notice.’

‘A very joined-up and professional firm with in-depth knowledge of the law. It has its finger on the pulse for technology and data protection work, and a great array of very active clients. It is a really excellent, easily approachable, go-to firm with very personable and technically proficient and invested lawyers.’

Key clients

Saongroup

Jones Day

Aidan Garcia, Sabios

Team Obair

IFS (Integrated Facilities Solutions Ltd)

erisbeg Holdings Limited

Oberg Associates Limited T/A Max Benjamin

Work highlights

  • Advised Saongroup on complex data sharing and joint control arrangements with its corporate clients and assisted with its cookies compliance framework.
  • Provided regulatory advice to Team Obair in an operationally significant and time-sensitive context.

Ireland > Energy and natural resources Tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors LLP’s work in the energy space encompasses advising on the acquisition and disposal of energy assets, investments in projects, power purchase agreement contracts and regulatory matters. The practice is led by Philip Daly and focuses on the renewable energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Philip Daly

Key clients

ESB

Seabased AB

Ameresco

Vayu Ltd

TOP Oil

Star Energy Plc

Petronas

Veolia

Coillte

Natural Forces Renewables

Ion Renewables

Work highlights

  • Advising US-based electric energy group Ameresco on its sale of a data centre site and on a number of wind farm acquisitions.
  • Advised Natural Forces Renewables Limited on Renewable Electricity Support Scheme registration issues for community wind farm schemes in Ireland.
  • Advising Coillte in relation to the procurement and contractual aspects of renewable energy projects and ongoing construction operations.

Ireland > Insolvency and corporate restructuring Tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors LLP's strengths principally lie in insolvencies. It is notably active in liquidations and a growing number of examinerships. It also regularly advises directors and other officeholders of distressed companies on insolvency risk, personal liability and corporate rescue options. Jill Callanan leads the corporate insolvency and restructuring team, and was recently made head of the litigation and dispute resolution department. Corporate and commercial partner Ruairi Mulrean provides further senior-level expertise in corporate restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Jill Callanan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team’s strengths are many – I felt they were knowledgeable and informative. They were always available to answer any queries. I felt very confident in their abilities at all times.’

 

Key clients

Pentire Property Finance DAC and Pepper Group

Anne O’Dwyer, Kroll (previously known as Duff & Phelps)

Declan Taite, Kroll (previously known as Duff & Phelps)

Neil Hughes, Baker Tilly

Aidan Garcia, Sabios

James Anderson and Tom Kavanagh of Deloitte

Peter Allen, Deloitte

Veon Limited, IFS Forestry Services Limited, Trevor McHugh, Paul Brosnan

Work highlights

  • Acted for the examiner in the successful examinership of Mosco Plastics (Ireland) Limited – a specialist contractor that designs, engineers and installs specialist façade, roofing and glazing products using the latest 3D and BIM platforms.
  • Acted for the secured lender and fixed-charge receiver appointed to certain assets of Bryan and Derek McGuinness in the Irish High Court proceedings issued by Bryan and Derek McGuinness against both the receiver and the chargeholder.
  • Advised the liquidator of Discount Supplements Limited in respect of a number of matters arising from the liquidation.

Ireland > Investment funds Tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors LLP has a particular niche in the life settlements segments, and is building a greater presence in Brexit-related structures and regulatory compliance. In alternative asset classes, the firm has built a solid record in bespoke structures for mid-level asset managers. David Williams is a senior figure in the market, particularly in relation to the life settlements space. Trevor Dolan and David Naughton provide further senior level expertise.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The people at LK Shields are very proactive and responsive, more importantly they make themselves accessible and provide a pragmatic and reasoned approach on matters.’

‘David Williams – has a great understanding of our business which is unique, he thinks outside the box when it comes to coming up with solutions for us.’

Key clients

G Squared Equity Management LLP

Suir Valley Funds ICAV

SS&C Technologies Inc

TCA Fund Management Group /TCA Special Situations Credit Strategies ICAV

Foley TrasimeneAcquisitionCorp. II

ECI Partners

Epic Private Equity LLP

Goodbody Fund Management Limited

Holborn

Smedvig Asset Allocation AS

Work highlights

  • Advised G Squared Equity Management LLP on the establishment of an ICAV for use as a vehicle to house side car investments offered to investors in the client’s Luxembourg Venture Capital Fund and for the purpose of doing stand-alone VC investments where each investment would be held in a separate segregated sub-fund of the ICAV.
  • Advised on the submission of an application for regulatory approval by the Central Bank of Ireland of the proposed acquisition by client SS&C Technologies, Inc. of 100% of the shares in Mainstream Group Holdings Limited, which is the 100% parent undertaking of Mainstream Fund Services (Ireland) Limited.
  • Advised Smedvig Asset Allocation AS on its QIAIF platform, managing a transaction which involved transferring the AIFM responsibilities to an external AIFM, and included significant regulatory considerations.

Ireland > Projects and PPP Tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors LLP advises on the construction of projects including care homes, manufacturing facilities and residential property, assisting developers and contractors with the drafting of contracts. Richard Curran leads the team, and Jamie Ritchie is also a key partner in this space.

Practice head(s):

Richard Curran

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The quality of work and service received through Jamie Ritchie and his team is second to none. Jamie is a very thorough practitioner and can quickly understand and grasp any of the issues presented to him. He understands the legal and commercial considerations and how they play off against each other to ensure that the desired results are achieved. In addition to the quality of legal advice received, the manner in which he approaches things strikes a great balance between legal professionalism and straightforward communication. He can make complex and sometimes daunting legal matters simple and digestible.’

‘The team is excellent, with solicitors spanning many sectors to bring together many areas of legal expertise within one project team.’

‘Jamie Ritchie is outstanding. His knowledge and passion for the topic are second to none. He always goes the extra mile to ensure the work is complete on time and in budget.’

‘Excellent team. Enjoyed working with them and the breadth of advice. A close-knit team of articulate, passionate and capable lawyers who will get the job done.’

‘Jamie Ritchie is a fantastic lawyer. He provided prompt advice outside of office hours. He is not afraid to communicate the options even if not favourable. A good tactician, negotiator and all-round lawyer. One of the best lawyers I have had the pleasure of dealing with over the last ten years.’

Key clients

McMahon Design and Management Limited

CareChoice

Crane Hire Limited

Manufacturing Conglomerate

October Investments

InfraVia Capital Partners

Crosslane

Ameresco

Seabased

Coillte

Work highlights

  • Advising CareChoice (a subsidiary of Paris-based private equity fund Infra Via) in relation to its ambitious rollout of new-build and extension projects.
  • Retained by subsea specialist engineering firm McMahon Design and Management in relation to Irish subsea projects.
  • Advising a global manufacturing and production conglomerate in relation to ongoing construction deliverables and contractual matters arising out of the main engineering, procurement and construction management agreement for a new 330,000 sq ft manufacturing facility in Co Kildare.

Ireland > Real estate Tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors LLP handles real estate matters across a broad range of asset classes, from commercial and residential property to development sites, including sites located offshore. The team is frequently instructed by developers and investors to handle acquisitions and disposals, and is also highly active in the negotiation of leases. Elsewhere, the team advises on the real estate aspects of corporate transactions, as well as issues arising from insolvencies. Clair Cassidy heads the team, which also includes John Campbell.

Practice head(s):

Clair Cassidy

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team has wide-ranging skillsets and is friendly and open to deal with.’

‘John Campbell is a tenacious and knowledgeable lawyer, with great attention to detail. Someone to have in your corner.’

Key clients

Shannon Group

ADM Mersey plc T/A ADM Londis

Brink’s ATM Services Limited

MNK Partners

Deloitte

SS&C Technologies Holdings Inc.

Monaco Properties Limited

Dentsu Ireland Limited

Eomanna Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised MNK Partners on the acquisition and leaseback of a portfolio of primary health care facilities in various locations throughout Ireland.
  • Advised ADM Mersey on the sale of its office and distribution centre in Johnstown, Naas, Co Kildare, to pan-European investor and asset manager M7 Real Estate.
  • Advised Shannon Group on the sale of a 600-acre land bank in the North Atlantic Deep Water zone at Ballylongford, Co Kerry, to Shannon LNG, which acted in trust for New Fortress Energy.

Ireland > Banking and finance Tier 4

LK Shields Solicitors LLP has a lengthy history in corporate banking, and has an impressive client base of banks, alternative lenders and borrowers. It covers a range of financing transactions, including property acquisition and development finance, general corporate lending, acquisition finance and trade finance. Peter O’Reilly is recommended for property finance and Simon Mahon is an experienced senior associate.

Other key lawyers:

Peter O’Reilly; Evelyn Boyce; Simon Mahon

Testimonials

‘Strong understanding of commercial needs of customer leads the legal approach taken.’

‘The communication skills of LK Shields and the efficient manner in which the solicitors carry out their work have proven to be the attributes, which in my opinion, rank them ahead of other firms in the market.’

‘The team at LK Shields worked with us collaboratively on a difficult transaction that had a number of delays and where the borrower’s side was not represented. We really appreciated the pragmatic approach that LK Shields took to get the transaction across the line. They were hands on, responsive and provided useful guidance on Irish law requirements.’

‘In all the cases I have worked with LK Shields Solicitors on, I have found the people to be outstanding in the manner in which they carry out their work, their knowledge, approachable nature, clear communication skills and always being available to contact when required. Specifically I would like to mention stand-out individuals: Evelyn Boyce and Peter O’Reilly in my dealings with them.’

‘Evelyn Boyce is a top class service provider who is extremely accessible.’

‘Evelyn Boyce is a pragmatic banking and construction lawyer with great stamina to get a deal over the line.’

‘We worked most closely with Simon Mahon who was responsive, clear and helpful.’

Key clients

Renatus Capital Partners & CRS Cold Storage Group

Alcuin Capital Partners and SF Engineering

CareChoice Group

Trustmoore (UK) Limited

Longreach Direct Lending Fund

Bank of Ireland

Home Building Finance Ireland (HBFI)

Allied Irish Banks Group LLP (AIB)

Bank of Ireland (BOI)

DNB Bank ASA

Work highlights

  • Advised AxiomSL on drawing funds of $547m in connection with facilities provided by a lending syndicate arising from private equity firm Thoma Bravo’s acquisition of a controlling interest in AxiomSL.
  • Acted for the Carechoice Group, one of the largest nursing home operators in Ireland, in respect of various amendments and extensions to its existing circa €120m syndicated facilities agreement with a group of lenders.
  • Advised CRS Cold Storage Group and Irish private equity group, Renatus Capital Partners, on secured revolving credit, capital expenditure and acquisition finance bank facilities made available by Allied Irish Banks in connection with the equity investment completed by Renatus Capital Partners in the CRS Refrigeration Group.

Ireland > Intellectual property Tier 4

LK Shields Solicitors LLP counts food and beverage, healthcare and technology companies among its clients in the intellectual property space, providing advice on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Since publication, Jeanne Kelly left the firm.

Testimonials

‘Very friendly and easy to work with. They know their stuff and are very thorough.’

‘There is strength in depth with the LK Shields team and they give commercial, pragmatic advice in a timely fashion. A real extension of our own team.’

‘We find them very able to deal with our queries, with a great, approachable manner and excellent knowledge of the law. We find them very responsive and they have a great array of clients.’

Key clients

Feilte Dhuibh Linne Cuideachta Faoi Theorann Rathaiochta (St. Patrick’s Festival)

Cartier International AG

IESA Limited

Starbucks

FremantleMedia Limited and Simco Limited

CareChoice (Group) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised St. Patrick’s Festival on its sponsorship agreement with TikTok Technology relating to TikTok’s official partnership with Ireland’s first virtual St. Patrick’s Day Festival held in March 2021.
  • Acted for Cartier in High Court proceedings in Ireland brought in order to protect its intellectual property rights from infringement.
  • Acted for FremantleMedia and Simco (co-owners and co-producers of the Got Talent television shows globally) in Supreme Court proceedings protecting the Got Talent brand from infringement in Ireland.

The firm: LK Shields Solicitors is ranked among the leading law firms in Ireland. With over 130 employees, its dynamic business environment enables delivery of solution-focused legal advice across multiple practice areas. The firm maintains close contacts with leading law firms in Europe, the US and other jurisdictions.

Areas of practice
Banking: the firm offers a full range of legal services in banking and finance matters, advising in transactions for clients both domestic and international. It acts for both lenders and corporate borrowers in large asset finance, project finance, structured finance and other corporate banking transactions. The firm regularly provides local counsel advice to both institutional and corporate clients on cross-border finance facilities.

Commercial litigation and dispute resolution: the firm is one of Ireland’s leading litigation and dispute resolution teams specialising in high-stakes commercial disputes. Its large team contains outstanding lawyers recognised as leaders in their fields. It delivers results which fit with its clients’ commercial objectives.

Commercial property: the firm has extensive expertise in all areas of commercial property. It acts for both domestic and international corporate clients in technology, media, retail, utilities, energy and healthcare sectors.

Corporate and commercial: the firm advises a wide variety of Irish and international clients on all aspects of company and commercial law. It advises on the structuring and implementation of all forms of corporate transactions in all main areas, including agency and distribution, building society law, company law, telecommunications, project finance, energy and natural resources, healthcare, inward investment, e-commerce, gaming and gambling, and company secretarial.

Corporate finance: the firm advises on public offerings and private placing of equity and debt securities and is accustomed to working closely with issuers, financial and other advisers in achieving the timetables of debt and equity offerings.

EU and competition: the firm deals with all aspects of EU and Irish competition law, and has handled some of the most high-profile complaints and transactions in recent years. It advises clients on solutions to issues of restrictive practices, dominance abuses and merger control and maintains close relationships with the Irish and EU regulators.

Employment: the firm advises on all aspects of the employer/employee relationship. It represents clients in all employment law forums and has acted in a large number of disputes involving restrictive covenants, unfair/wrongful dismissal claims, redundancy-related disputes, employment injunctions and on health and safety law issues.

Financial services: the firm advises domestic and international investment banks, asset managers and multinationals on regulated and unregulated funding structures in Ireland.

Insolvency and corporate restructuring: the firm has extensive experience with all insolvency and corporate restructuring issues and has acted in many of the country’s high-profile insolvencies over the years.

Intellectual property and information technology: the firm provides transaction, advisory and litigation services in technology, media and data privacy matters and handles all aspects of intellectual property, contentious and non-contentious.

M&A: the firm is a market leader in mergers and acquisitions in Ireland. It consistently represents parties in high-profile acquisitions and disposals of private enterprises and offers for public companies in Ireland and abroad across all market and industry sectors.

Pensions and employee benefits: the firm has extensive experience in all aspects of pension schemes, regulatory and transactional issues, product development and pension disputes.

Public procurement: the firm advises public and private bodies operating in sectors which include transport, energy, healthcare and education in relation to contentious and non-contentious public procurement law matters both on an ad-hoc basis and in the context of projects-type transactions.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Commercial litigation and dispute resolution Jill Callananjcallanan@lkshields.ie
Commercial property Clair Cassidyccassidy@lkshields.ie
Commercial property Pat Ryanpryan@lkshields.ie
Commercial property John Campbelljcampbell@lkshields.ie
Commercial property Peter O'Reillyporeilly@lkshields.ie
Corporate and commercial Richard Curranrcurran@lkshields.ie
Corporate and commercial Emmet Scullyescully@lkshields.ie
EU and competition Marco Hickeymhickey@lkshields.ie
Employment Aoife Bradleyabradley@lkshields.ie
Energy and natural resources Philip Dalypdaly@lkshields.ie
Financial services David Williamsdwilliams@lkshields.ie
Financial services Trevor Dolantdolan@lkshields.ie
Insolvency and corporate restructuring Jill Callananjcallanan@lkshields.ie
Insolvency and corporate restructuring Ruairí Mulreanrmulrean@lkshields.ie
Intellectual property and information technology Jeanne Kellyjkelly@lkshields.ie
Mergers and acquisitions Gerry Halpennyghalpenny@lkshields.ie
Mergers and acquisitions Emmet Scullyescully@lkshields.ie
Mergers and acquisitions Jennifer McGuirejmcguire@lkshields.ie
Pensions and employee benefits Aoife Bradleyabradley@lkshields.ie
Projects and construction Philip Dalypdaly@lkshields.ie
Projects and construction Jamie Ritchiejritchie@lkshields.ie
Projects and construction Ian Lavelleilavelle@lkshields.ie
Projects and construction Seanna Mulreansmulrean@lkshields.ie
Insurance Shane Nevillesneville@lkshields.ie
Insurance Ian Lavelleilavelle@lkshields.ie
Banking and Finance Jenny Ahernjahern@lkshields.ie
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Aoife Bradley  photo Aoife Bradley Aoife is Head of the Employment and Pensions Team. Aoife’s practice is…
Jill Callanan photo Jill CallananJill is Head of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department. She advises…
Clair Cassidy photo Clair CassidyClair is Head of the Commercial Property Department at LK Shields. Clair…
Richard Curran  photo Richard Curran Richard is Head of the Corporate and Commercial Department, having joined the firm as…
Philip Daly  photo Philip Daly Philip’s practice is primarily in the areas of M&A, Corporate, Energy and…
Trevor Dolan  photo Trevor Dolan Trevor advises fund promoters on structuring, establishing and listing investment funds in…
Muireann Granville photo Muireann GranvilleMuireann is a Senior Associate in our Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department.…
Gerry Halpenny photo Gerry HalpennyGerry is regarded as a leading M & A practitioner in the…
Marco Hickey photo Marco HickeyMarco is a senior corporate partner who has advised on many significant…
Eamon Jones photo Eamon JonesEamon became a Partner in LK Shields following the merger between Kilroys…
Ian Lavelle photo Ian LavelleIan is a partner in our Litigation and Dispute Resolution department. He…
Simon Mahon photo Simon MahonSimon specialises in the area of corporate banking, representing international and domestic…
Elizabeth Mara photo Elizabeth MaraElizabeth specialises in the areas of commercial and employment litigation. Elizabeth is…
Jennifer McGuire  photo Jennifer McGuire Jennifer advises leading Irish and international public and private companies and private…
Ruairi  Mulrean photo Ruairi MulreanRuairí practises in the areas of corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate…
David Naughton photo David NaughtonDavid specialises in financial services law. He primarily advises on the authorisation,…
Shane Neville photo Shane NevilleShane acts for national and international companies operating in the insurance, technology…
Jennifer O'Neill photo Jennifer O'NeillJennifer is a Consultant in the Employment, Pensions and Employee Benefits Unit.…
Peter  O'Reilly photo Peter O'ReillyPeter has extensive experience acting for financial institutions in secured lending transactions…
Ciara O’Kennedy photo Ciara O’KennedyCiara is a Partner is our Employment, Pensions and Employee Benefits team.…
Jamie Ritchie photo Jamie RitchieJamie Ritchie is a key member of our Projects’ team and plays…
Emmet Scully photo Emmet ScullyEmmet practices in the areas of corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and…
David  Wiliams photo David WiliamsDavid Williams is Managing Partner at LK Shields Solicitors LLP. David advises…
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