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LK Shields Solicitors LLP

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

LK Shields Solicitors LLP has advised on high-profile recent acquisitions in the Irish market, and has been particularly active in the telecoms, oil and gas, and healthcare sectors. The team has a growing venture capital and private equity practice. Clients include leading domestic businesses, as well as a number of international corporates, private equity funds and investors coming into Ireland. The practice is led by Richard Curran, who handles M&A, private equity transactions and shareholder arrangements. Gerry Halpenny has a 'wealth of experience' across a variety of industry sectors, and Jennifer McGuire often advises on cross-border matters. The team was bolstered by the arrival of Joanne Griffin, who joined in December 2018 following the firm's merger with Kilroys.

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The team had a broad range of skills that allowed us to fulfil our particular needs in a one-stop shop environment.’

Client-focused team who make time to understand the client’s business and business needs.

Flexibility with a strong client focus and desire to understand our business.

Solution-oriented, open to direction and feedback, knowledgeable and take the time to understand the client’s brief.

The firm has dedicated teams, which allows all elements of a transaction to be dealt with efficiently. Each assignment is partner led.

LK Shields never fail to deliver advice that is timely, relevant, informed and, most of all, commercial. They know what it takes to get the deal done while protecting the client at all times.

Jennifer McGuire is competitive, always looking to gain every advantage for the client while leaving a well-structured deal with something in it for all parties.’

Gerry Halpenny is very practical, with a wealth of experience. He can get straight to what matters commercially and where risks lie, and is always available.’

Associate James Byrne is great to deal with – patient and always happy to explain in layman’s terms the meaning and impact of the documents in a practical manner, ensuring an informed decision every time.’

Work hard to understand the objectives and issues, responsive and open.

Commitment and professionalism.

Key clients

InfraVia Capital Partners

CareChoice Group

Top Oil

Dussman Group

Ndevor Systems

Designer Group

Smith & Williamson

Dwellworks LLC

Reach plc (Trinity Mirror)

Sure Valley Ventures

Kernel Capital

Renatus Capital

Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

LK Shields Solicitors LLP counts a number of leading Irish corporates and multinationals with Irish operations among its clients, as well as an increasing number of companies active in the foreign direct investment space. The team advises on GDPR compliance, data subject access requests, cross-border data transfers and data processing arrangements. It also assists with data breaches and regulatory investigations. The practice is led by Peter Bolger, who has particular expertise in advising on the data protection aspects of technology agreements, especially in relation to fintech, while Jeanne Kelly is also a key contact.

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Firm chairman Michael Kavanagh heads the team at LK Shields Solicitors LLP, which is experienced in litigation across a wide range of areas, including banking and finance, energy sector, pensions, insolvency and commercial disputes. The team has also been increasingly active in IP and technology litigation, construction litigation and regulatory investigations. 'Standout professional' Ciarán Markey has expertise in contentious technology and IP; Jennifer Clarke in banking and financial litigation; Ciara O’Kennedy in contentious employment matters; and Amy Bradley, who is praised for her 'great leadership skills', in construction disputes. The team was bolstered by the arrival of Eamon Jones, who has extensive experience in commercial litigation and regulatory investigations, as well as niche expertise in export credit insurance matters, following the firm's merger with Kilroys in December 2018.

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Amy Bradley is able to grasp both the legal and technical complexity of construction and engineering disputes. She has great leadership skills, and is always calm, hardworking and able to multitask.

Very supportive and helpful. Available outside hours and at short notice. Extremely pleasant to deal with and appreciative of client input.

Ciara O’Kennedy and associate Muireann Granville were very knowledgeable and pleasant at all times. They provided excellent research and understanding at all stages of the process and were very supportive.

The team were considered and responded quickly to our needs. Ciarán Markey was a standout professional.

Key clients

Fremantle Media Limited and Simco Limited

State organisation controlling the horse racing industry in Ireland

Members of the Retired Aviation Staff Association of Aer Lingus

TAL Management Ltd/Fachtna O’Ceallaigh

Ervia Irish Water

United Parcel Service of Ireland Limited



Pepper Asset Servicing

Employment Tier 2

LK Shields Solicitors LLP handles the full range of employment matters for a number of clients, including large multinationals such as Alexion Pharmaceuticals and Hertz Europe. The firm also acted in a number of stand-alone employment matters, representing both employers and employees in cases involving breach of contract, whistleblowing, bullying and harassment. The practice is led by Aoife Bradley, a 'very knowledgeable' practitioner experienced in advising clients on sensitive investigations. The team also includes Ciara O’Kennedy, who led on advising Digital Marketing Institute on the departure of a senior executive, consultant Jennifer O’Neill who specialises in TUPE law, and senior associate Elizabeth Mara.

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‘I particularly appreciate and respect their ability to be tough with clients (who are not experts) but at the same time sensitive to needs and individual and groups pressures in our own organisation. There is no chance the team will be swayed by ill-informed client demands in return for a quiet life and short term favour – the team always has the long term benefit of the client, not themselves, as the goal.’

‘They hold a strong insight to our business and culture. They understand our risk appetite.’

‘Aoife Bradley is very knowledgeable in all areas of Irish employment law and provides good and responsive advice.’

‘Sincerity, openness, reliability and appropriate acceptance are great qualities of the team and these virtues are all great builders of trust – which is completely essential when dealing in complex environments and situations with potentially very damaging outcomes. Aoife Bradley embodies all of the above. Easily the most thorough, thoughtful and no-nonsense lawyer I have dealt with in over 30 years of working internationally. She combines it also with humility and the huge ability to get close to clients and allay their fears when they find themselves in unchartered waters. She is able to do this because she has the innate ability to fully align her team with the right, not just desired, outcome.’

Key clients

Alexion Pharma International Operations

Hertz Europe Service Centre

Universal Music Ireland

Fiat Chrysler


Bemis Healthcare Packaging

EU and competition Tier 2

LK Shields Solicitors LLP provides 'top-notch competition advice' on contentious and non-contentious matters, including merger control (relating to cross-border and domestic transactions), competition litigation, state aid and complaints of infringement of EU and competition law. The team has particular experience advising on merger control matters involving Chinese state-owned enterprises investing in, or acquiring, Irish businesses. Clients are drawn from a wide range of sectors, including healthcare, energy, media and gaming. Marco Hickey, who is noted for his 'great commercial awareness combined with a first-rate competition brain', leads the practice.

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Their experience of CCPC processes and precedents is very valuable. It allows them to provide proactive advice, which is received with confidence.

Very pragmatic in their dealings with the CCPC, always focused on the client’s best interests. Great understanding of deal structure and client objectives integrated with top-notch competition advice.

Marco Hickey has great commercial awareness combined with a first-rate competition brain.

Key clients

Reach plc

InfraVia Capital Partners

SS&C Technologies

Scania AB

Irish Petroleum Industry Association

Designer Group



Tedcastles Oil Products

Millstreet Equestrian Services

Information technology Tier 2

Foreign direct investment-related IT procurement projects, fintech and regtech, and electronic payments are key areas of expertise for LK Shields Solicitors LLP. The team is also active advising on transactional work in the technology sector, including M&A and fundraisings; GDPR compliance projects; and digital content licensing, particularly for gaming and media sector clients. Peter Bolger leads the practice and has extensive experience in the implementation of large-scale IT projects and in IP and AI matters, while Jeanne Kelly counts leading domestic and international corporates among her clients.

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MDM Consulting Engineering

Media and entertainment Tier 2

LK Shields Solicitors LLP has notable experience in advising film and TV production companies and studios on production, financing and distribution matters. Other key areas of expertise include music publishing, recording and merchandising deals; media regulation, particularly in relation to broadcasting and on-demand services; betting and gaming matters; and media-related disputes. Peter Bolger leads the practice; Jeanne Kelly has expertise in rights management and IP and IT issues in media mergers; and associate Aideen Burke has extensive experience in broadcasting regulation.

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Key clients

Carnaby International Sales and Distribution Plc

Pensions and employee benefits Tier 2

LK Shields Solicitors LLP's pension practice forms a part of its broader employment, pensions, and employee benefits team and is led by Aoife Bradley. The team works alongside other practices within the firm to advise on the pensions aspects of corporate transactions. In addition, the group handles contentious matters including representing pensioners of the Irish Airlines Superannuation Scheme in high-profile litigation against the Irish state. Associate Gillian Dully is also experienced in advising on share plans and pensions.

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‘Very supportive of and helpful to the plaintiffs and clients. Available outside hours and at short notice. Extremely pleasant to deal with and appreciative of Client input. They selected strong knowledgeable counsel to make up the full legal team. Prepared to put in the necessary work to meet deadlines.’

‘The team of Ciara O’Kennedy  and associate Muireann Granville were very knowledgeable and pleasant at all times. They provided excellent research and understanding at all stages of the legal process especially during the analysis of historical documents and during discovery. They were very supportive of plaintiffs and witnesses explaining the legal processes as necessary. They located and secured the services of excellent subject matter experts.’

‘They are solutions oriented, flexible, open to alternative ideas, work well as part of a wider team of professionals, and are engaged. They take the time to clearly understand the clients brief.’

Key clients

Merc Partners

Infravia Capital Partners

Dussman Group


CareChoice Group

Alexion Pharma International Operations

Banking and finance Tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors LLP is active on the borrower and the lender side, with clients including the Irish pillar banks, alternative lenders and large domestic corporates. Property finance is a key area of expertise, and the team has advised on acquisition and development finance projects in the healthcare, student accommodation and infrastructure sectors. The team also advises on corporate banking transactions, particularly those involving cross-border funding arrangements. The 'first-class' Andrew Power took over as practice head in January 2019.

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Partner involvement, commerciality and accessibility in all aspects of a transaction.

Strong team that deliver excellent client support.

The team are always available to provide support at short notice. They will manage the process on behalf of the client as much as possible.

Practical, easy to deal with, knowledgeable and decisive

Andrew Power is a highly experienced and personable lawyer, exhibits strong negotiation skills and is extremely thorough.

With LK Shields you get the impression from the leadership that their priority is to do good work for their client, to treat the client fairly and to let the rewards follow.

Andrew Power is a first-class lawyer. I would call on him for any type of legal advice and know his opinion counts to me and to his contemporaries.

Guided us through a minefield of legal obstacles and difficult individuals to a successful conclusion

Always accessible, knowledgeable, pragmatic, down to earth, proactive

Key clients

Bank of Ireland


Ulster Bank

ESB Pension Fund

Tedcastles Oil Products Group

Infravia Capital Partners

Allenfield Care Homes Limited

Crosslane Group – Student

Accommodation Developments

Bank of America

Beacon Private Hospital

Cignal Telecommunications Group

Gardiner Group

Clanmil Ireland Housing Association

ISS Group

Elkstone Capital Partners

Causeway Capital

October Investments (Ireland) plc

BVP Investments Limited

Capital markets Tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors LLP's 'responsive and quality-driven' DCM team has developed a particular expertise in structures relating to repackaged loans, life settlements and green bonds. The team also advises on securitisation structures for a range of asset classes, including loan receivables and ABS transactions. Adrian Mulryan returned to the firm from an in-house role to lead the practice, and has extensive experience in cross-border matters; David Williams is noted for his expertise in bespoke securitisation structures; and Trevor Dolan advises on the establishment and listing of debt issuance programmes on the Irish Stock Exchange.

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They listen to and understand the client’s requirements, with fulfilment of services at a good value.

David Williams and associate Garry Wynne executed the mandate very efficiently.

A very responsive and quality-driven group.

Key clients

MBA Community Loans plc

Camber 4 plc

Camber 7 plc

LTI Notes Series 1 DAC

CCA Longevity DAC (Corry Capital Advisors)

Alpha Growth plc

Audacia Capital

Gentium Global

Veritas Group

Energy and natural resources Tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors LLP handles transactional and investment work for Irish and international clients, developing a niche in advising on wind farms; the practice handled US-based Ameresco Inc's investments in wind and solar energy projects. Oil is also a focus, with the practice acting for Tedcastles Oil Products on its sale to a Canadian company. Other clients include Vayu, Veolia and Coillte, as well as representative bodies including the Irish Petroleum Industry Association. Philip Daly heads the team and advises on investment in energy projects.

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Key clients


Seabased AB


Vayu Ltd


Star Energy Plc




Insolvency and corporate restructuring Tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors LLP is active in contentious and non-contentious restructurings and insolvencies. In addition to advising practitioners from the Big 4 accounting firms, the firm also handled a number of standalone matters in this area. The practice is headed by Jill Callanan, who specialises in litigation and dispute resolution, and Ruairi Mulrean, who specialises in advisory work.  Peter O’Reilly was promoted to partner in 2019.

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Key clients



McStay Luby

Ernst and Young


Insurance Tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors LLP provides 'commercial and pragmatic advice' to insurers, particularly in relation to professional indemnity, product liability, and construction-related claims. The firm has strong links to the London insurance market as it has a branch office there and its practice was bolstered by the arrival of Ian Lavelle from Weightmans LLP in November 2018. The firm's merger with Kilroy Solicitors in 2018 added experienced professional negligence specialist Eamon Jones and consultant Tom Simpson to the insurance team. The practice is headed by Michael Kavanagh, and also includes commercial litigators Shane Neville and Ciaran Markey.

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‘I’m a UK jurisdictional lawyer and most of my insurance clients are insurtech businesses. This team is unusual in Ireland for its ability to apply traditional insurance law to new and technical disruptive businesses. I’ve been impressed by the commercial and pragmatic advice I’ve received alongside a clear depth of knowledge and experience in Irish insurance law.’

Key clients

Allianz Global Corporate and Speciality SE

R&Q Ireland CLG

Tokio Marine HCC

Leeson Claims Services

Liberty Insurance DAC

Legal Protection Group

Intellectual property Tier 3

Led by the 'technically excellentPeter Bolger, LK Shields Solicitors LLP's intellectual property team handles contentious and non-contentious work. The firm is particularly strong in the media sector, but the diversity of its practice is evidenced in its work for Mars in a patent case related to pet food products and its management of Starbucks' trade mark portfolio. Ciaran Markey is particularly specialised in contentious matters, while Jeanne Kelly is 'sharp' and is particularly active for clients in the media sector.

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‘The team is very proactive, commercial, and easy to deal with. They are responsive and have good strength in depth.’

‘Good IP lawyers who know their stuff, are friendly and charge a fair and reasonable price.’

‘Technically outstanding. Our ‘go to’ in Ireland.’

‘Peter Bolger is technically excellent, commercial, astute, and a thoroughly nice person to work with.’

‘Peter Bolger is very user friendly. Easy to talk with, happy to help and knows his stuff.’

‘Peter Bolger is always on the button! Jeanne Kelly is great fun to work with, bright and sharp.’

Key clients


JT International


Digital Marketing Institute

Giant Animation


Ndevor Systems

Dublin County Board

Carzone / Auto Trader

Projects and PPP Tier 3

Led by Richard Curran, LK Shields Solicitors LLP's projects and PPP practice is engaged on large-scale projects across the sector. A particular highlight was its work for MDM/Deep Sea Fibre Networks in relation to a fibre-optic cable system between Dublin and Southport. The firm is also particularly active in the area of soft infrastructure such as care homes. Other work involves the growing areas of social housing and telecoms.

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Key clients

Infra Via


Clonrose Developments


October Investments




Real estate Tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors LLP's real estate practice is led by Clair Cassidy, who acts for developers, funds, family offices and oil companies. The team is very active in the healthcare sector, advising CareChoice on a complex disposal of its primary care centre and both parties on the acquisition of the Marlay Nursing Home. The firm's merger with Kilroys Solicitors added Patrick Ryan to the team; his clients include high-net-worth private and corporate property investors. John Campbell has expertise in transactions and real estate finance.

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Key clients

Crosslane Student Developments

Rehill family/TOP Oil



Gowan Group


Construction Tier 4

The construction team at LK Shields Solicitors LLP advises both public and private Irish and international clients on all stages of construction projects, from the procurement and drafting of construction contracts to complex disputes. The team has been highly active advising on major construction projects, including mixed-use, hotel and social housing developments, with a particular focus on acting for developers on the borrower side. Practice head Amy Bradley specialises in construction disputes, while Richard Curran has project finance expertise.

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‘Ahead of the pack in terms of the quality of their advice and service.’

‘LK Shields are a practical and progressive legal practice.’

‘Strong expertise and strategic advice.’

‘Very responsive’

‘A strong team with the unique ability to simplify complex legal issues with a commercial approach.’

‘Associate Jamie Ritchie has a thorough understanding of construction contracts and his knowledge and expertise shines through when he is working on transactions.’

‘Jamie Ritchie is quickly becoming a go-to lawyer in Dublin for contentious and non-contentious construction issues.’

‘Richard Curran is a projects lawyer who has the ability to provide clear, intelligent and commercial advice on construction projects. An excellent lawyer.’

Key clients

Infra Via


Clonrose Developments (a subsidiary of Lagan Specialist Contracting)


October Investments






Seabased AB

Investment funds Tier 4

LK Shields Solicitors LLP's 'pragmatic and commercial' team has been active in niche areas, including family office funds, life settlement funds and funds targeting US investors that are not domiciled in the US. In addition to advising on the formation of UCITS funds, the team has seen an increase in work in real estate, private equity, and credit and loan origination funds. Brexit planning is also a key area of expertise. The team was bolstered by the arrivals of Adrian Mulryan, who has extensive experience in the ETF space, from an in-house role and David Naughton from William Fry. David Williams has expertise in life settlement and property funds, and the 'fantastic' Trevor Dolan's practice covers structured UCITS, hedge funds, real estate and private equity funds.

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Very good problem solvers who think outside the box to deliver solutions that work. Very good at mediating between parties.

David Williams assists in finding a way forward rather than reasons why not.

Succinct advice

They have a very good complement of backgrounds

Very pragmatic and commercial

Adrian Mulryan’s understanding of the business is exceptional.

Commercial awareness and the ability to convey the legal requirements in plain language. Affordable and practical solutions to issues. Approachable and available to help.

Trevor is a fantastic partner to our team and is our go-to for any questions relating to our activity in Ireland. He’s reliable and easy to engage with.

Senior associate Garry Wynne has built a great relationship with our in-house counsel. He is easy to engage with and always available to assist.

Key clients

Usonian Investments LLC

MUFG Fund Services (Ireland) Limited

Brown Brothers Harriman

Globaleye Pte Limited / AEON Funds ICAV

Corry Capital Advisors LLC / CCA Life Settlements Fund II ICAV

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Blueglen Investment Partners Ltd / Blueglen Funds ICAV

SS&C Technologies, Inc

TCA Fund Management Groups / TCA Special Situations Credit Strategies ICAV

Globaleye Pte Ltd / Aeon Funds ICAV

South River Global Funds plc

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking Richard Curran
Banking Neil O'Keeffe
Commercial litigation and dispute resolution Michael Kavanagh
Commercial litigation and dispute resolution Edmund Butler
Commercial property Clair Cassidy
Commercial property John Campbell
Corporate and commercial Richard Curran
Corporate and commercial Emmet Scully
Corporate finance Richard Curran
Corporate finance Andrew Power
EU and competition Marco Hickey
Employment Michael Kavanagh
Employment Aoife Bradley
Energy and natural resources Philip Daly
Financial services David Williams
Financial services Trevor Dolan
Insolvency and corporate restructuring Jill Callanan
Insolvency and corporate restructuring Ruairí Mulrean
Intellectual property and information technology Peter Bolger
Intellectual property and information technology Jeanne Kelly
Mergers and acquisitions Gerry Halpenny
Mergers and acquisitions Emmet Scully
Pensions and employee benefits Aoife Bradley
Public procurement Philip Daly
Public procurement Seanna Mulrean
Number of lawyers : 50+
Contact : Emmet Scully (managing partner)
Other offices : London
Other offices : Galway