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Ireland

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors

Richard Curran heads the practice at LK Shields Solicitors, which handles corporate, real estate and project finance, and advises on a range of lending products. The healthcare sector is one of the team's areas of focus: Neil O’Keeffe advised an infrastructure fund on the financing of its acquisition of a hospital group. In the telecoms sector, Andrew Power acted for Cignal Infrastructure on the refinancing of its telecom mast infrastructure.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors

The 'accessible' DCM team at LK Shields Solicitors¬†is headed by David Williams. He recently advised CCA Longevity as issuer on the establishment of a note programme worth¬†$200m¬†listed on the Irish Stock Exchange, and assisted MBA Community Loans with its¬†‚ā¨1bn note programme, arranged by Prodigy Finance, secured by student loans. Trevor Dolan¬†is a 'key part' of the practice.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

LK Shields Solicitors

At LK Shields Solicitors, 'there is strength in depth across the team'. Gerry Halpenny¬†and Jennifer McGuire¬†are singled out for their 'outstanding reputation and ability'; Halpenny advised InfraVia Capital Partners on the¬†‚ā¨500m acquisition of acute healthcare group Mater Private, and McGuire assisted Independent News & Media with the establishment of a joint venture with Caltray. Managing partner Emmet Scully¬†was active in venture capital and private equity transactions, including acting for Ndevor Systems on an investment by Susquehanna Growth Equity Fund. Richard Curran¬†heads the team.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 4

LK Shields Solicitors

LK Shields Solicitors has been involved in a range of construction mandates including commercial, mixed-use and healthcare developments and energy projects. In one work highlight, practice head Richard Curran drafted and negotiated a construction contract for a student accommodation development in South Dublin.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

LK Shields Solicitors

'Top advocate' Michael Kavanagh heads the 'refreshingly client-focused and commercially astute' team at LK Shields Solicitors. Jennifer Clarke, who is 'direct and straightforward in her approach and brings solutions to her clients', successfully obtained orders for judgment against a number of borrowers on behalf of Pepper Asset Servicing. Amy Bradley, the 'hardworking, knowledgeable and pleasant' Ciara O’Kennedy and consultant Edmund Butler are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Edmund Butler - LK Shields Solicitors

Next generation lawyers

Jennifer Clarke - LK Shields Solicitors

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

LK Shields Solicitors

The team at LK Shields Solicitors has been particularly active in merger control matters, including advising newspaper publisher Trinity Mirror (now Reach) on its acquisition of certain assets of Northern & Shell and software provider SS&C Technologies on its acquisition of assets of DST Systems. Practice head Marco Hickey has 'great understanding of deal dynamics and is not afraid to fight for his client when he needs to'.

Leading individuals

Marco Hickey - LK Shields Solicitors

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors

LK Shields Solicitors¬†is¬†said to be ‚Äėexcellent at building that trusting rapport from the outset‚Äô, thereby giving clients the feeling that they are ‚Äėworking with the right people‚Äô. ‚ÄėExceptional‚Äô practice head Aoife Bradley¬†specialises in contentious matters and advised employers and senior employees on a number of termination matters. TUPE specialist Jennifer O‚ÄôNeill¬†is another key member of the practice. Susan Battye is now with Walkers.

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors

LK Shields Solicitors' energy and natural resources team has ‚Äėa great depth of accumulated experience and knowledge of the energy market in Ireland‚Äô. Practice head Philip Daly, who ‚Äėbrings calmness and quiet confidence in an unassuming style and has lots of patience with those less familiar with the nuances of Irish law‚Äô, had a varied caseload; recent instructions included advising US multinational Ameresco on the creation of a joint venture for the development of an energy park, which includes combined heat and power, solar and wind power.

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Information technology
Information technology - ranked: tier 2

LK Shields Solicitors

The team at LK Shields Solicitors advises on IT procurement and acquisition deals, the IT aspects of corporate transactions, and data protection matters including investigations by the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner. It also has expertise in betting and gaming matters. Practice head Peter Bolger and Jeanne Kelly are the key contacts; associates Jane O’Grady, Aideen Burke and Robert Haniver are also noted.

Leading individuals

Jeanne Kelly - LK Shields Solicitors

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Insolvency and corporate restructuring
Insolvency and corporate restructuring - ranked: tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors

LK Shields Solicitors handled a mix of contentious insolvency mandates, including advising insolvency practitioners which were appointed as receivers - such as KPMG, EY and Deloitte - on various properties and companies. The team was also instructed in a number of receiverships, as well as several non-contentious restructurings. Jill Callanan and Ruairi Mulrean are the main contacts.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors

LK Shields Solicitors¬†has a ‚Äėvery knowledgeable team‚Äô, with Shane Neville¬†and Ciaran Markey¬†defending solicitors, accountants and engineers in professional negligence lawsuits. Michael Kavanagh¬†is the practice head. New partner Ian Lavelle¬†joined from Weightmans LLP¬†in November 2018.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors

LK Shields Solicitors¬†is a ‚Äėgood, solid mid-sized firm that knows its way around IP law‚Äô, and its lawyers have¬†‚Äėa real passion for their work‚Äô. Ciaran Markey¬†handles IP litigation, which encompasses patent, trade mark and copyright litigation, and acts for Mars. In addition to being involved in trade mark portfolio management work, department head Peter Bolger¬†advises clients on the IP aspects of various transactions, including licensing and distribution agreements. Jeanne Kelly¬†has expertise in trade secrets.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 4

LK Shields Solicitors

At LK Shields Solicitors, Trevor Dolan and practice head David Williams are noted for their 'succinct and focused' advice; Dolan recently assisted GetBack Baytree Advisors with the structuring of an Icav and its subsequent authorisation by the Central Bank of Ireland. Other clients include Brown Brothers Harriman and Aberdeen Standard Investments. Damien Barnaville is also recommended.

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Pensions and employee benefits
Pensions and employee benefits - ranked: tier 2

LK Shields Solicitors

Led by Aoife Bradley, who is ‚Äėexcellent in the areas of corporate and employment law‚Äô, the team at¬†LK Shields Solicitors¬†handles contentious and non-contentious pension matters. The team is representing 729 pensioners in litigation against the state over its unlawful assistance in reductions made to the IASS pension scheme (the main defined benefit pension scheme of Aer Lingus and daa). In the transaction space, associate Gillian Dully¬†advised the Reihill family on the employee benefits and pension aspects of their sale of Top Oil to Canadian company Irving Oil.

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Projects and PPP
Projects and PPP - ranked: tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors

LK Shields Solicitors advises indigenous and international clients on all aspects of project procurement and delivery in a variety of sectors, including infrastructure, telecoms, transport and energy. Practice head Richard Curran acted for Swedish company Seabased, drafting a complete project agreement for a 100MW wave energy plant in Ghana.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

LK Shields Solicitors

Led by Clair Cassidy, the real estate team at LK Shields Solicitors regularly acts alongside the corporate department, dealing with the real estate elements of transactions; for example, John Campbell advised key client InfraVia Capital on the acquisition of Mater Private. The team was also very active in the nursing home care sector, where it advised CareChoice on the acquisition of two nursing homes and a primary care centre.

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Telecoms
Telecoms - ranked: tier 2

LK Shields Solicitors

Peter Bolger leads the team at LK Shields Solicitors, which advises Irish and international telecoms operators and regulatory bodies on transactional, regulatory and contentious matters. Gerry Halpenny and consultant Seanna Mulrean are also recommended.

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Legal Developments in Ireland

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  • LANDWELL Bulletin: Managing in a Downturn

    As we are all well aware this is the most turbulent climate for business both nationally and internationally, that any of us have experienced. We have therefore focused this bulletin on areas where we believe we can help you take decisive steps to manage the issues that are required to get through the downturn and be properly prepared for the future.
  • The Companies (Amendment) Act 2009

    The Companies (Amendment) Act, 2009 (the ‚ÄúAct‚ÄĚ) was signed into law on 12 July 2009. The Act provides for signifi cant changes to company law compliance and enforcement. It gives increased powers of search and seizure to the Offi ce of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (‚ÄúODCE‚ÄĚ) and expands disclosure obligations with regard to transactions between a company and its directors (including specifi c changes for licensed banks). The Act also relaxes the requirement that at least one director of an Irish company must be resident in the State.
  • New Rules for Acquiring Transactions in the Financial Sector

    In line with EU-mandated requirements, Ireland has introduced new rules governing acquisitions, in whole or in part, of certain regulated financial institutions.
  • Irish Merger Control: Review of Key Developments in 2008

    A 47% Year-on-Year Drop in the Number of Deals Notified: Reflecting the global decline in merger activity, the number of deals notified to the Competition Authority fell to 38 in 2008, a 47% decrease from 2007, when 72 deals were notified, and a more than 60% decrease from the 2006 peak of 98 notified deals.
  • European Communities (Takeover Bids (Directive 2004/25/EC)) Regulations 2006

    The EU Takeovers Directive (2004/25/EC) (the ‚ÄúTakeovers Directive‚ÄĚ) has been transposed into Irish law by the European Communities (Takeover Bids (Directive 2004/25/EC)) Regulations, 2006 (S. I. No. 255 of 2006) (the ‚ÄúTakeovers Regulations‚ÄĚ). The stated aim of the Takeovers Directive is to strengthen the Single Market in financial services by facilitating cross-border restructuring and enhancing minority shareholder protection. Many of the provisions of the Directive are already contained in the existing Irish regime for the supervision of takeovers set out in the Irish Takeover Panel Act, 1997 (the ‚ÄúAct‚ÄĚ), the Takeover Rules, 2001 (the ‚ÄúRules‚ÄĚ) and the Companies Acts 1963 ‚Äď 2005, which will continue to apply. The Takeovers Regulations cater for those areas not already dealt with in the existing regime or areas of the regime that needed to be adjusted as a result of the requirements of the Takeovers Directive.
  • Establishing a Retail Fund in Ireland for sale in Japan Fund Structures and Features

    The issuing of securities of offshore funds for public sale into Japan is governed by a combination of the Securities and Exchange Law of Japan (the "SEL") which is enforced by the Japanese Ministry of Finance ("MOF"), the Law Concerning Investment Trust and Investment Company of Japan (the "Investment Funds Law") which is enforced by the Financial Services Agency of Japan ("FSA").Establishing a Retail Fund in Ireland for sale in Japan Fund Structures and Features
  • Equality before the Law

    Employment Equality legislation in Ireland is to be found in the Employment Equality Act 1998 as amended by the Equality Act 2004. This legislation is extremely detailed but in effect makes it unlawful for employers to discriminate against a person on the basis of gender, marital status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, race, and membership of the traveller community. These are referred to as the ‚Äúdiscriminatory grounds‚ÄĚ.
  • Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Ireland

    The enforcement of judgments between the EU member states is regulated by the Brussels I Regulation (44/2001, OJL 12/1, 16 January 2001) (‚Äúthe Regulation‚ÄĚ). On the 22nd December 2000, the European Council agreed the Regulation to replace the Brussels Convention on Jurisdiction and Enforcement of Judgments 1968 (‚Äúthe Brussels Convention‚ÄĚ). The purpose of the Regulation was to bring the law contained in the Brussels Convention into the main body of EC Law. The Regulation was implemented in Ireland by Statutory Instrument 52 of 2002, European Communities (Civil and Commercial Judgments) Regulations 2002, which came into force on the 1st March 2002.
  • E-Discovery

    Unlike the United States, which is leading the way in relation to e-discovery and where the disclosure of electronic data has become standard procedure, as of yet there is no standard protocol or practice direction issued in relation to e-discovery in Ireland. Despite this fact, Irish lawyers are beginning to appreciate the invaluable nature of electronic data which can be retrieved and used in commercial litigation.
  • Disclosure Requirements with respect to Company Particulars

    Directive 2003/58/EC amending Directive 68/151/EEC (the ‚ÄúFirst Disclosure Directive‚ÄĚ) became effective on 1st April, 2007 having been transposed into Irish law by the European Communities (Companies) (Amendment) Regulations 2007 (S.I. No. 49 of 2007) (the ‚ÄúRegulations‚ÄĚ).