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LK Shields Solicitors LLP
38 UPPER MOUNT STREET
DUBLIN 2
Ireland

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

The team at LK Shields Solicitors LLP is highlighted for its 'focused, commercially practical and useful' advice. It has particular strengths in M&A and private equity transactions in the telecoms, healthcare, technology and financial services sectors. The firm counts international private equity funds, as well as large Irish and multinational companies, as key clients. Newly appointed firm chair Gerry Halpenny heads up the M&A practice, while Richard Curran leads the corporate and commercial department. The 'remarkable' Jennifer McGuire is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Richard Curran

Other key lawyers:

Gerry Halpenny; Jennifer McGuire; Emmet Scully

Testimonials

‘The approachability of the team is second to none and they are incredibly easy to work with. We have instructed LK Shields across many disciplines and have found their advice to be focused, commercially practical and useful. They have worked to get to know us well as a client and to understand what we need from them and consistently deliver us a high-quality service (without the top-tier firm fees).’

‘Jennifer McGuire is a remarkable lawyer – her depth of knowledge, coupled with her commercial approach, is very much valued by the team. She has also facilitated our working closely with various subject matter experts across the firm in a seamless fashion and we value her as a standout resource to the in-house team.’

Key clients

Actavo

Advanced Computer Software Group Limited

Brink’s

Cellnex Telecom

Communicorp Group

Deloitte

Ding

Dussman Group

Fitch Ratings

Freudenberg Group

Gowan Group

H&K Manufacturing

Halewood International Beverages (Ireland) Limited

Indigo Telecom Group Limited

Infravia Capital Partners

Keurig Dr Pepper

OASIS Group

Polypipe

TravelSky

Veolia

Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

Led by Jeanne Kelly and Peter Bolger, LK Shields Solicitors LLP's specialised data privacy and data protection team acts for a growing client base of prominent, international clients. The team advises on the launch of new products, including those involving novel areas of privacy law, as well as assisting with the data privacy aspects of corporate transactions. It also provides advice on GDPR compliance and responses to any data breaches that may occur.

Practice head(s):

Jeanne Kelly; Peter Bolger

Key clients

Ndevor / Phorest

Prudential / Pramerica

Facteus (formerly ARM Insight)

Baily Labs

Indigo Telecom

Lantale Limited

Integrated Facilities Solutions

Max Benjamin

Dispute resolution Tier 2

LK Shields Solicitors LLP is increasingly active in representing clients in construction disputes, particularly in acting for contractors. The team is also active in technology and IP litigation, such as matters involving piracy, counterfeiting, and cyber-squatting, as well as white-collar crime work. Michael Kavanagh leads the team, while Eamon Jones is a key partner with a broad practice. Jill Callanan is active in contentious insolvencies and restructurings, while Ciarán Markey focuses on IP claims. Amy Bradley recently departed for a senior in-house role.

Practice head(s):

Michael Kavanagh

Other key lawyers:

Eamon Jones; Jill Callanan; Ciarán Markey

Key clients

629 Pensioner members of the Retired Aviation Staff Association (RASA) of Aer Lingus

Scania

United Parcel Service of Ireland Limited (UPS)

The secured lender and fixed charge receiver appointed to certain assets of Bryan and Derek McGuinness

Leopardstown Club Limited / Horse Racing Ireland

Renewable Energy Technology Companies

FremantleMedia Limited and Simco Limited

Pepper Asset Servicing

BrewDog

McDonald’s Restaurants of Ireland

Leeson Enterprises SA and Jose Alfredo Hernandez Ortega

Elkstone Partners

Employment Tier 2

Led by Aoife Bradley, LK Shields Solicitors LLP's team offers clients 'clear advice which is grounded in good legal practice'. The practice provides ongoing support on both contentious and non-contentious employment issues to a wide range of Irish and international companies. Bradley has over 20 years of experience in the employment arena. The 'incredibly responsiveCiara O’Kennedy is particularly focused on pensions-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Aoife Bradley

Other key lawyers:

Ciara O’Kennedy; Jennifer O’Neill

Testimonials

‘I have worked with a couple of legal firms over the years, but in my honest opinion, I have found the team at LK Shields to be fantastic. I have worked a lot with Ciara and she has been a great support to our business in relation to anything employment-related. LK Shields as a firm are very supportive and will do their best to resolve and advise on any tricky situations that we have found ourselves in.’

‘I have worked with Ciara O’Kennedy on a couple of employment-related situations over the last couple of years, Ciara is excellent at what she does, she has a great understanding of our business and how we operate, she will do her best to advise on how to approach very tricky situations and is quick to find the best solution for our business. She is easy to deal with and very approachable, there is no such thing as a silly question with Ciara, which is always appreciated. ’

‘Very responsive. Clear advice which is grounded in good legal practice and balanced with practical and commercial considerations.’

‘Ciara O’Kennedy is incredibly responsive and provides advice on interpretation of the law which is very useful and practical when operating a commercial business; she does not just recite the law.’

‘The experience and skills are of the highest quality I have encountered  They have huge patience dealing with an often very difficult client and maintaining genuine, firm guidance in extremely challenging conditions. I believe many practices would have underachieved in such circumstances, but LK Shields overachieved.’

‘For the same reasons mentioned above plus partners and associates able to demonstrate empathy to guide the client in its sometimes contrary opinion. Influence for good – not manipulation for practice benefit. Aoife Bradley and Einde O’Donnell are the finest practitioners I have worked with in 30 years of international business.’

Key clients

CVS (UK) Limited

Hertz Europe Service Centre Limited

Saongroup Limited t/a irishjobs.ie

Universal Music Ireland Limited

Carechoice (Group) Limited

Alexion Pharma International Operations UC and Alexion Inc.

Autotrader/Carzone.ie

InfraVia Capital Partners

Irish Relocation Services Limited t/a Dwellworks

Nelipak – formerly Bemis Company Inc.

News UK & Ireland

Alltech Inc

CCS Fundraising

Kylin Prime Group

New Measured Power Limited t/a Pinergy

EU and competition Tier 2

LK Shields Solicitors LLP has significant experience of merger control in a range of industries, particularly the energy, media, healthcare and gaming sectors, in addition to acting in competition litigation and follow-on damages claims. The team also advises on state aid and compliance with EU regulations. Practice head Marco Hickey has a strong track record in contentious and non-contentious EU and competition matters.

Practice head(s):

Marco Hickey

Key clients

Scania AB

Reach plc

Viagogo AG

Boylesports

Gowan Group Limited

Millstreet Equestrian Services

TOP Oil

Designer Group

CareChoice Group

Information technology Tier 2

LK Shields Solicitors LLP advises on corporate and commercial transactions in the technology space, such as M&A transactions involving technology companies and service agreements. The practice additionally advises on data protection matters as well as the development of new technological products, such as e-commerce platforms. The team is also noted for its experience in the betting and gaming area, and is frequently sought out to assist with regulatory issues. Practice head Peter Bolger specialises in technology-related IP matters. Ciaran Markey leads on contentious matters, including disputes involving technological patents. Jeanne Kelly is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Peter Bolger

Other key lawyers:

Jeanne Kelly; Ciaran Markey

Key clients

Ndevor/Phorest

Prudential/Pramerica

&Open Gifts Limited

Baily Labs

Indigo Telecom

Lantale Limited

Integrated Facilities Solutions

Max Benjamin

Media and entertainment Tier 2

Led by Peter Bolger, LK Shields Solicitors LLP has a varied media and entertainment practice including advising on the financing and production of film and TV, as well as handling music licensing and media regulation.

Pensions and employee benefits Tier 2

LK Shields Solicitors LLP's pension practice advises on the pension and employee benefits aspects of corporate transactions, as well as acting for pensioners in litigation. The team also provides ongoing advice to the trustees of pension funds. Aoife Bradley leads the team, and frequently acts alongside partners from the firm's corporate and commercial team.

Practice head(s):

Aoife Bradley

Key clients

Renatus Capital Partners

Pensioner Member of Retired Aviation Staff Association of Aer Lingus

Capital markets Tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors LLP focuses on DCM work and is particularly experienced in acting for issuers of bonds backed by portfolios of life settlement policies. The team also advises on green bonds, bespoke securitisation structures for a range of asset classes and regulatory issues. Key contacts include practice head Adrian Mulryan and managing partner David Williams.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Mulryan

Other key lawyers:

David Williams; Garry Wynne

Key clients

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

Construction Tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors LLP's construction practice advises on contentious and non-contentious matters across projects ranging from wind farms, to manufacturing plants, to healthcare facilities. Non-contentious work, including procurement, design and construction is handled by corporate partner Richard Curran and newly promoted partner Jamie Ritchie, while practice head Amy Bradley and Michael Kavanagh handle contentious work. Bradley is particularly active in representing construction clients in adjudication.

Practice head(s):

Amy Bradley

Other key lawyers:

Jamie Richie; Michael Kavanagh; Richard Curran; Seanna Mulrean

Testimonials

‘The LK Shields Construction team has very good construction law experience and knowledge. In particular it has good experience of how to engage in, resolve, and avoid construction disputes, all with a view to affording maximum costs exposure protection to the client and maximum recovery from their contracts.’

‘The lawyers I have worked with show very good knowledge, have very good communication skills, and a tremendous appetite for work, including working all hours necessary to fulfil deadlines and get the job done to a very high standard.’

Key clients

Manufacturing Conglomerate

Carechoice

McMahon Design & Management (MDM)

Ameresco

Crosslane

Coillte

Energy and natural resources Tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors LLP is noted for its work on wind energy projects, advising on financings as well as transactions in this area. The team also handles corporate and commercial transactions involving conventional energy, particularly in the oil sector. Philip Daly leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Philip Daly

Key clients

ESB

Seabased AB

Ameresco

Vayu Ltd

TOP Oil

Star Energy Plc

Petronas

Veolia

Coillte

Insolvency and corporate restructuring Tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors LLP’s restructuring and insolvency practice is increasingly active in advising officeholders of distressed companies on matters including debt restructuring and the sale of distressed assets. The firm also advises fixed and floating charge receivers on contentious and non-contentious matters. The practice is led by Jill Callanan, with Ruairi Mulrean another key partner in the team.

Practice head(s):

Jill Callanan

Other key lawyers:

Ruairi Mulrean

Key clients

PwC

Deloitte

McStay Luby

Ernst & Young

KPMG

Insurance Tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors LLP is highly experienced in insurance litigation, acting on product liability claims, construction-related professional negligence cases and claims against solicitors and accountants. The firm has also recently established a non-contentious practice, headed by regulatory specialist Adrian Mulryan, who regularly advises new entrants to the Irish insurance market. Litigators Michael Kavanagh, Shane Neville and Eamon Jones are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Michael Kavanagh; Shane Neville; Adrian Mulryan

Other key lawyers:

Eamon Jones; Ian Lavelle

Intellectual property Tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors LLP advises domestic and international clients on the full range of IP matters. The team is especially active in the media and entertainment sector, where it advises on trade mark infringements, passing off disputes, and copyright clearances, among other matters. The group is also active in advising consumer goods and food and beverage companies. The practice is led by Peter BolgerCiaran Markey handles contentious work and is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Peter Bolger

Other key lawyers:

Ciarán Markey; Jeanne Kelly

Testimonials

‘Our two main points of contact are Peter Bolger and Jeanne Kelly. They are not only our solicitors but have become friends of our business. During the pandemic, they organised multiple casual catch-ups to ensure that our business and our employees were all doing well. They are advocates for our business which as a start-up is incredibly valuable.’

‘Led from the front by Peter Bolger. Friendly, easy to deal with, approachable, bright and knows his stuff. We primarily use him for Irish trademark work.’

‘They have real strength in depth. Every member is very commercial, pragmatic and great with clients.’

‘Peter Bolger is great on technology matters and very easy to deal with. Jeanne Kelly is also extremely strong on tech and fintech and very bright.

‘Practical solutions offered.’

Key clients

FreemantleMedia Limited and Simco Limited

Cartier

C&F Tooling Limited

Starbucks

Investment funds Tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors LLP is experienced in advising international investment firms on their establishment and activities in Ireland, and has significant expertise in life settlements, ETFs and limited partnership structures. The team also assists international and domestic institutions with regulatory compliance. Practice head Adrian Mulryan is well known for his ETF experience. Managing partner David Williams, who has notable expertise in alternative investments, Trevor Dolan and David Naughton are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Mulryan

Other key lawyers:

David Williams; Trevor Dolan; David Naughton

Testimonials

‘The team has a commerciality that it combines with in-depth knowledge of the Irish financial system.’

‘Adrian Mulryan stands out for me because he is approachable, knowledgeable and can be relied upon to listen actively and find a creative solution to a legal issue.’

‘They provide clients with a tailored service specific to their needs. Very good as mediators in contract negotiations as well as with the regulator.’

‘David Williams has been our lead partner – he is very good.’

Key clients

Usonian Investments LLC

MUFG Fund Services (Ireland) Limited

Brown Brothers Harriman (BBH)

Apex Fund Services (Ireland) Limited

CCA Life Settlements Fund II ICAV / Corry Capital Advisors LLC

Aberdeen Standard Investments

SS&C Technologies Inc

TCA Fund Management Group /TCA Special Situations Credit Strategies ICAV

Holborn

GSO / Blackstone

Katko

Projects and PPP Tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors LLP advises clients on contractual matters for the development of energy, residential property, healthcare, and telecoms projects. The team also advises lenders on the financing of these projects. Richard Curran leads the team, with consultant Seanna Mulrean another key contact. Jamie Ritchie was promoted to partner in July 2020.

Practice head(s):

Richard Curran

Other key lawyers:

Seanna Mulrean; Jamie Ritchie

Key clients

Ameresco

McMahon Design and Management (MDM)

CareChoice

Coillte

Crosslane

Real estate Tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors LLP handles real estate transactions involving a variety of asset classes, including residential property, manufacturing facilities, care homes and retail parks. The team acts for Irish and international clients, including investors and corporations. Practice head Clair Cassidy has experience in advising on matters involving commercial property, as does John Campbell. Patrick Ryan is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Clair Cassidy

Other key lawyers:

John Campbell; Patrick Ryan

Testimonials

‘Very thorough.’

‘Good to work with and strong at managing costs.’

Key clients

Infravia Capital Partners

Keurig Dr Pepper

Brink’s ATM Services Limited

OASIS Group

SS&C Technologies Holdings Inc

Deloitte

CareChoice Group

Galway Harbour Company (The Port of Galway)

Monaco Group

Tool and Plastic Industries Limited

Banking and finance Tier 4

Andrew Power leads LK Shields Solicitors LLP's 'very strong and commercially-focused' team, which is particularly experienced in property finance and corporate banking transactions. It advises both lender and borrower clients, including major domestic banks and corporates.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Power

Testimonials

‘Always accessible, unflappable, knowledgeable and friendly.’

‘Very strong and commercially-focused team who can cut through the waffle and get to the substance of the transaction and associated risks very quickly.’

‘Andrew Power is my principal contact – it’s great to be able to use him as a sounding board before you even begin to put a shape on a transaction to understand the items to watch out for and mitigate against. Very approachable and a very good communicator.’

‘Availability, experience, and attention to detail.’

‘Andrew Power is personable and good to have on your side.’

‘Pragmatic and commercial team. Translated legal issues to allow for efficient decision making. Thought through potential issues well. Always came up with solutions and not just flagging problems. Proactive in their approach to managing the process and other side’s solicitors. Negotiated key points well.’

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 and finance Andrew Power apower@lkshields.ie
Commercial litigation and dispute resolution Michael Kavanagh mkavanagh@lkshields.ie
Commercial litigation and dispute resolution Jill Callanan jcallanan@lkshields.ie
Commercial litigation and dispute resolution Edmund Butler ebutler@lkshields.ie
Commercial property Clair Cassidy ccassidy@lkshields.ie
Commercial property Pat Ryan pryan@lkshields.ie
Commercial property John Campbell jcampbell@lkshields.ie
Commercial property Peter O'Reilly poreilly@lkshields.ie
Corporate and commercial Richard Curran rcurran@lkshields.ie
Corporate and commercial Emmet Scully escully@lkshields.ie
EU and competition Marco Hickey mhickey@lkshields.ie
Employment Aoife Bradley abradley@lkshields.ie
Energy and natural resources Philip Daly pdaly@lkshields.ie
Financial services Adrian Mulryan amulryan@lkshields.ie
Financial services David Williams dwilliams@lkshields.ie
Financial services Trevor Dolan tdolan@lkshields.ie
Insolvency and corporate restructuring Jill Callanan jcallanan@lkshields.ie
Insolvency and corporate restructuring Ruairí Mulrean rmulrean@lkshields.ie
Intellectual property and information technology Peter Bolger pbolger@lkshields.ie
Intellectual property and information technology Jeanne Kelly jkelly@lkshields.ie
Mergers and acquisitions Gerry Halpenny ghalpenny@lkshields.ie
Mergers and acquisitions Emmet Scully escully@lkshields.ie
Mergers and acquisitions Jennifer McGuire jmcguire@lkshields.ie
Pensions and employee benefits Aoife Bradley abradley@lkshields.ie
Projects and construction Philip Daly pdaly@lkshields.ie
Projects and construction Jamie Ritchie jritchie@lkshields.ie
Projects and construction Ian Lavelle ilavelle@lkshields.ie
Projects and construction Seanna Mulrean smulrean@lkshields.ie
Insurance Shane Neville sneville@lkshields.ie
Insurance Ian Lavelle ilavelle@lkshields.ie
Number of lawyers : 50+
English
French
German
Italian
Contact : David Williams (managing partner)
Other offices : London
Other offices : Galway