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McCann FitzGerald LLP
RIVERSIDE ONE
SIR JOHN ROGERSON'S QUAY
DUBLIN 2
Ireland

Ireland > Asset finance Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald LLP has a sizeable team dedicated to a full-range of aviation finance transactions, including aviation platforms in Ireland, aviation capital markets transactions, syndicated financing, operating leasing, sale-and-leasebacks, corporate reorganisations, restructurings and aviation M&A. The group has an outstanding reputation in aviation leasing, notably with it advising the majority of  Norwegian Air Shuttle’s aircraft leasing creditors on its recent examinership. Catherine Deane is a longstanding market leader in the sector, while Hilary Marren, Joe Fay  and Georgina O’Riordan are also high-profile aviation finance practitioners. Laura Deignan was promoted to partner in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Deane; Joe Fay; Hilary Marren; Georgina O’Riordan; Richard Gill; Colm Fanning; Laura Deignan

Other key lawyers:

Ronan Murphy

Testimonials

‘Vast amount of experience across all manner of mandates. Fully integrated service with seamless offering across the full spectrum of legal issues relevant to the industry (including, without limitation, regulatory and litigation).’

‘Excellent partner involvement. The team members are very experienced negotiators and efficient project managers.’

‘Collaborative team with strong internal communication networks where everyone is up to speed on where matters stand and client’s instructions etc.’

‘Joe Fay stands out as an exceptional practitioner – an all-rounder in terms of legal expertise, commercial acumen, analytical ability and negotiating style.

‘Hilary Marren has worked on all manner of mandates and has a huge amount of experience to draw from.’

‘Hilary Marren – Hilary’s knowledge of the practice area is second to none. As a client, you get a very personalised experience working with her team.’

‘Joe Fay – Joe is a technically brilliant lawyer whose practice area is very diverse.’

‘Ronan Murphy – Ronan is an excellent associate. He is a very efficient and skilled transaction negotiator and project manager.’

Key clients

AerCap

AerDragon Aviation Partners Limited

AerSale Inc.

Aircastle Advisor LLC

Altavair/Guggenheim

Altitude Investors DACf

Apollo Global Management

ASL Aviation

Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi

BBAM Aviation Services Limited

BOC Aviation Leasing

Calliston GmbH & Co. Beteiligungs KG

CDB Aviation Leasing

Challey Limited

CIAF Leasing

CRA Aircraft Holdings LLC

Credit Agricole

Delaware Life Insurance Company

Deutsche Bank AG

Development Bank of Singapore Ltd

DNB Bank ASA

Doric Asset Finance GmbH & Co. KG

DVB Bank SE

Dynam Japan Holding Holdings Co., Ltd

EMP Aviation Ireland Limited

Fexco

FGL Aircraft Ireland (FUYO)

Fly Leasing Limited

FPG Amentum

Genesis Aircraft Services Limited

GTLK Europe DAC

Guardian Holdings Limited

Haitong Financial Leasing

Haitong UniTrust International Leasing

Jackson Square Aviation Ireland Limited

KKR Altitude Holdings L.P.

KLM

Magnetar Capital

MUFG Bank, Ltd

NGF Overseas Aircraft Limited

Nordic Aviation Capital

Odeon International Holding B.V.

ORIX Aviation Systems Limited

Pembroke Capital/Standard Chartered Bank

Raglan Air Limited

Rockton AB

SAIC Holdings Limited

SAS

SATO Aviation Capital

Sculptor Asset Management

Security Benefits Life Insurance Company

Sierra Echo Aircraft Leasing Limited

Sirius Aviation Capital Holdings Limited

Skyworks Leasing (Ireland) Limited

SMBC Aviation Capital

ST Aerospace Resources Pte. Ltd

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Titan Aviation

Trustmark National Bank

Viva Aerobus

Vueling Airlines, S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised AerCap Holdings N.V. on its definitive agreement with General Electric to acquire 100% of GE Capital Aviation Services, a GE business.
  • Advised a number of aircraft lessors and a secured creditor in connection with the Irish examinership of Norwegian Air Shuttle and certain of its Irish incorporated affiliates.
  • Acted as Irish counsel to AerSale, an integrated, diversified global leader in aviation aftermarket products and services, in its business combination with Monocle Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company.

Ireland > Banking and finance Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald LLP has a prestigious history in the banking and finance field. It continues to offer a highly impressive team of leading senior and more junior professionals. It covers the financing product range, and this is complemented by a leading financial services regulatory team; the firm has advised a series of alternative finance providers on their entry into the Irish market. It is also at the forefront of fund finance and has achieved further growth in leveraged development finance, debt restructuring and cashflow transactions. Niall Powderly and Eamon de Valera  are two of the firm’s most senior banking and finance specialists, while Philip Murphy  is also highly rated for acquisition finance and corporate lending. Niall McDowell was promoted to partner in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Georgina O’Riordan

Other key lawyers:

Eamon de Valera; Niall Powderly; Philip Murphy; Stuart McCarron; Tom Dane; Josh Hogan; Niall McDowell; Aidan Gleeson; Judith Lawless; Tom Ó Maolagáin; Eamon O’Cuiv

Testimonials

The team are extremely collaborative and proactive and their depth of knowledge and expertise is impressive. Their ability to assess and advise on novel issues is also impressive.

The team take a partnership approach and are great collaborators as well as being really strong advisors. They get to know you and your business and you can trust them to identify the issues that matter and negotiate for you.

‘McCanns have been our long standing legal adviser in Ireland for many years. They are extremely responsive, trusted and accurate with a particular eye for detail. In terms of billing they are fair and represent good value for money.

‘Philip Murphy sets the standard for corporate banking legal advice in the Irish market. Eamon O’Cuiv and Adrian Farrell are hugely impressive on all fronts but stand out in terms of technical expertise.’

‘Tom O’Maolagain is a trusted advisor. His responsiveness is exemplary and will always complete a task promptly with good explanation of points of law/ recommendations to assist with the optimum strategic choice at hand’

‘Eamon de Valera – Deep knowledge of the topic, astute, commercial – key bridge between commercial concept and legal agreement, experienced. Aidan Gleeson, – responsive, technical, efficient management of process,’

‘Josh Hogan, hands down best regulatory counsel in Ireland.’

‘Judith Lawless – always the brightest person in the room! Although clearly extremely intelligent, always explained complex concepts in easily understandable clear terms. Judith is an exceptional lawyer – really impressive both technically and commercially, in understanding the client’s business.’

Key clients

Activate Capital Limited

Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c.

An Post

Ardstone Residential Partners Fund ICAV

Bain Capital Credit, LP

Bank of America NT&SA

Bank of Ireland

Bank Of Nova Scotia

Bank Of Scotland

Barclays Bank

Bbva Ireland Plc

BCI Finance Limited

Bibby Financial Services Limited

Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies

Broadhaven Credit Partners

Broadlake Capital Limited

Capitalflow

Caterpillar International Finance DAC

Cenergise Limited

Central Bank of Ireland

Cheyne Capital Management

Citibank

Close Brothers Limited

Cortes NP Acquisition Corporation

Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A.

Dairygold Co-operative Society Limited

Deutsche Bank AG

Die Deutsche Kreditwirtschaft

Dunport Capital Management

Elm Corporate Credit DAC

Energy Broking Limited

Esprit Investments Limited

European Investment Bank

Eventbrite Inc.

Finance For You Limited

Fitzwilliam Loan Management Unlimited Company

Flutter Group

Foreign Currency Direct plc

Francisco Partners

Garrison Earlsfort Investments Limited

Global Student Accommodation Group

Goldman Sachs

Haitong Investment Ireland plc

Hayfin Capital Management LLP

HSBC Bank Plc

Hudson Advisors Ireland Limited

International Swaps & Derivatives Association

Intesa Sanpaolo Bank Ireland p.l.c.

IPL Plastics

Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU)

Irish Life Assurance plc

Irish Residential Properties REIT plc

JP Morgan Chase Bank

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co L.P.

Lakeland Dairies

Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen (Helaba)

Legal and General Assurance Society Limited

Link Asset Services

Lioncor Developments Limited

Lloyds Bank plc

Marlet Property Group

Mediolanum International Funds Limited

Metzler Ireland Limited

MetLife Investment Management Limited

Moran Hotel Group

National Treasury Management

NatWest Group plc

NatWest Markets

NKK Finance Limited

Oaktree Capital

Ornua Co-Operative Limited

Oxendale & Co. Limited

PAFS Ireland Limited

Pepper Finance Corporation

Permanent tsb p.l.c

Permira Debt Managers Limited

Promontoria Servicing Ireland Ltd

Quadrant Real Estate Advisors

RELM Loan Opportunities DAC

SCIO Capital LLP

Situs Asset Management (Ireland) DAC

Situs Asset Management Limited

St. Vincent’s Hospital Group

Standard Chartered Bank

Start Mortgages Limited

Starz Mortgage Capital Limited

SunTrust Bank, N.A.

Toronto Dominion Bank

UAE Exchange UK Limited

Ulster Bank Ireland Limited

Urbeo Residential Fund ICAV

Vemada Limited

Vision Blue Holdings Limited

Wells Fargo Capital Finance

Work highlights

  • Advised Marlet as borrower and developer on a landmark €270m development in Dublin 2, at College Green.
  • Advised Rabobank on the Irish law aspects of a $500m five-year committed multi-currency senior secured revolving credit facility for Total Produce plc and its co-borrowers.
  • Advised AIB in relation to its acquisition of a €4.2bn portfolio of performing commercial lending from Ulster Bank, as a result of Ulster Bank’s planned phased withdrawal from the Irish market.

Ireland > Capital markets Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald LLP has a prolific record in DCM, derivatives and structured finance instruments, including debt issuances by Irish corporates and financial institutions, and international debt raisings through Irish special purpose issuing entities. The firm has achieved further prominence in sustainability-linked bond and green bond offerings. While the equity markets have been quiet, the firm has continued to advise on rights issues, share placings and secondary listings. Fergus Gillen has an outstanding reputation having advised on a range of landmark transactions and Judith Lawless is a leading figure in OTC and exchange traded derivatives. Adrian Farrell and Hugh Beattie are also key names in DCM. David Byers, Aidan Lawlor, Stephen FitzSimons are notable names on the ECM side, while Gill Lohan is an emerging talent.

Practice head(s):

Aidan Lawlor; Fergus Gillen

Other key lawyers:

Adrian Farrell; Judith Lawless; Hugh Beattie; Éamon Ó Cuiv; David Byers; Stephen FitzSimons; Gill Lohan; Conor O’Dwyer

Testimonials

‘The team are excellent all rounders and collaborators and their depth of technical expertise and experience is very impressive.’

‘The team are very responsive and accessible and very good collaborators. They build trust quickly. They identify the important issues and are excellent problem solvers.’

‘McCann’s team is responsive, thorough and excellent at providing technical legal advice in an easily digestible form. The team is thoroughly personable and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Quick to respond, good depth of knowledge on any issues we raise with them.’

‘Judith Lawless – always the brightest person in the room! Although clearly extremely intelligent, always explained complex concepts in easily understandable clear terms. Judith is an exceptional lawyer – really impressive both technically and commercially, in understanding the client’s business.’

‘Hugh Beattie is a real standout for me. He’s all over the detail and gives the big picture view, as and when needed. He’s a real pleasure to work with and someone I’d always like to team up with on a deal.’

‘Hugh Beattie has always made himself available to assist on any issues.’

Key clients

Minister for Trade, Enterprise and Employment

Kingspan

National Treasury Asset Management Agency (as controller and manager of the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund)

DunPort Capital Management

Bluestone Motor Finance

AIB Mortgage Bank u.c.

Prodigy Finance

Investec Bank

Investcorp

Morgan Stanley

Hammerson

Intesa Sanpaolo

International Swaps and Derivatives Association Inc.

DEPFA Bank

Kingspan Group Plc

Kerry Group Plc

Kenmare Resources Plc

Greencoat Renewables Plc

C&C Group Plc

AIB Group Plc

Irish Residential Properties REIT Plc (I•RES REIT)

Datalex Plc

Hostelworld Group plc

Origin Enterprises Plc

Hammerson plc

Goldman Sachs

J&E Davy

Goodbody Stockbrokers

Work highlights

  • Advised the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment on the establishment and continued operation of the Covid-19 Credit Guarantee Scheme.
  • Advised Hammerson on its €700m issuance of sustainability-linked bonds and advised on its successful listing on the main market for listed securities of Euronext Dublin.
  • Advised C&C Group on its 6-for-23 fully underwritten rights issue to raise gross proceeds of approximately £151m.

Ireland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald LLP has a prolific record in public and private M&A, and has extensive experience in private equity transactions. The firm is noted for its expertise in technology, pharmaceuticals, life sciences, healthcare, energy, financial services, real estate and infrastructure. It has advised on a series of headline M&A and private equity deals. David Byers and David Lydon are senior members of the profession, while Aidan Lawlor has made an impression in big-ticket deals, including in the financial services sector. Valerie Lawlor and Rory O’Malley are key individuals for energy and renewables transactions. Gary McSharry is noted for private equity deals. Stephen FitzSimons leads the department, while Gill Lohan and Brendan Murphy are emerging talents.

Practice head(s):

Stephen FitzSimons

Other key lawyers:

David Lydon; David Byers; Alan Fuller; Conor O’Dwyer; Garreth O’Brien; Rory O’Malley; Ben Gaffikin; Aidan Lawlor; Gill Lohan; Stephen Fuller; Gary McSharry; Niall Best; Brendan Murphy

Testimonials

‘The team provided exceptional support throughout what was a technically complex transaction. They went above and beyond to identify solutions to shared issues for both the buyer and seller to enable the transaction to complete.’

‘The partners in McCann Fitzgerald were extremely responsive and accessible. We found their individual technical expertise to be of the highest standard and they really cared about the outcome of the transaction for their client.

McCann FitzGerald has expertise across the spectrum of the law. The firm provides excellent support and is very responsive. In addition to legal counsel, the attorneys were able to fit their guidance within the context of, and explain, common business practice, which is important support for in-house counsel who represent a global company.

Rory O’Malley is an expert in matters related to M&A and private equity. We were delighted how he skilfully managed our complex financing rounds with multiple investors with finesse. He completed the complex legal documents at an unprecedented pace that closed the deal with high-level investors. Outstanding attorney.

‘Stephen FitzSimons was experienced with deep knowledge on public M&A transactions.’

‘I worked with Brendan Murphy. Brendan is hard-working, grasps issues quickly and is creative and pragmatic when it comes to problem-solving.’

‘David Lydon and Niall Best stand out as two of the most commercially aware external counsel I have worked with. They tailor their advice to work from a practical perspective which the business clients and I appreciate. In meetings with business clients they use clear language to educate them on the legal implications. Their knowledge and experience in our many M&A ventures have proved invaluable in finding appropriate solutions.’

Key clients

AerCap

Beauparc Utilities Holdings Limited (Panda)

AIB

CarTrawler Group

Outsourcing Inc

Brookfield Renewables

Amdocs

IPL Plastics

Greencoat Renewables

Ballytherm

Cellnex Telecom S.A

Vista Equity Partners

EQT Infrastructure

Presidio

Merck

IMMAC AG

Coillte

Capitalflow

Touax Rail Limited

Endava PLC

Elementum Capital Limited

Banach Technology Limited

Ecocem

Irish Life

FMS Wertmanagement

C&C Group Plc

Luminate Capital Partners

Pfizer

Sam McCauley Chemists

EMI-MR

AerCap

Beauparc Utilities Holdings Limited (Panda)

AIB

CarTrawler Group

Outsourcing Inc

Brookfield Renewables

Amdocs

IPL Plastics

Greencoat Renewables

Ballytherm

Cellnex Telecom S.A

Vista Equity Partners

EQT Infrastructure

Presidio

Merck

IMMAC AG

Coillte

Capitalflow

Touax Rail Limited

Endava PLC

Elementum Capital Limited

Banach Technology Limited

Ecocem

Irish Life

FMS Wertmanagement

C&C Group Plc

Luminate Capital Partners

Pfizer

Sam McCauley Chemists

EMI-MR

Work highlights

  • Advised Allied Irish Banks on the purchase of Ulster Bank’s €4.2bn corporate and commercial loan book.
  • Advised Brookfield Renewable Ireland, a developer, owner, and operator of onshore wind farms, on the recent acquisition of it, subject to customary closing conditions, by Ørsted, the Danish multinational power company.
  • Advised Outsourcing Inc., a leading human resources provider headquartered in Japan, on its acquisition of Cpl Resources plc.

Ireland > Construction Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald LLP‘s construction team has a broad practice, acting for some of the most prominent developers and contractors in the Irish market as well as advising public bodies on procurement. The team regularly works alongside other practices in the firm to advise on projects, including handling financings and forward sales. In addition to mixed-use, residential and commercial developments, the team advises on complex projects such as wind farms, assisting with construction, supply, operation and maintenance contracts. Practice heads Kevin Kelly and Barrett Chapman have deep experience in the construction area, including representing clients in mediation and court proceedings. Stephen Proctor and senior associate Jamie McGee, who previously worked as a project manager, are also names to note. Orlaith Sheehy was promoted to partner in May 2021 and focuses on public procurement of contractors.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Kelly; Barrett Chapman

Testimonials

‘McCann Fitzgerald offer a very good holistic service across all areas of development from planning consultancy to site acquisition, construction contracts, professional appointments and dispute resolution. They are a very collegiate and forward-thinking practice, and extremely solution orientated.’

‘Barrett Chapman has been our main contact for many years, but the team who work with him have also demonstrated the company’s ability to achieve a very reliable and consistent level of service. Where we have used other firms occasionally, we have found they often review a contract on our behalf and just give options for how to respond. The McCann Fitzgerald team have always given good, strong advice to help us in negotiations.’

‘What stands out is their desire and focus on getting the best outcome for their client. You get input from the lead partners, not just their presence. The team’s capabilities include a broad range of specialities and an in-depth knowledge of the construction industry. They value relationships and take care to maintain them.’

‘Barrett Chapman is a leader in this field. The respect that he commands is very well deserved. He is commercial, succinct and able to condense complicated scenarios into easy-to-implement strategies. Jamie McGee is a rising star. He is a pleasure to work with and talented in this field.’

‘A very solid team all round, headed by a widely experienced and highly respected partner grouping. The construction practice has built up its team across all levels of seniority and invested heavily in recruiting rising stars in the last couple of years to the benefit of its clients in terms of responsiveness and fee management.’

‘Jamie McGee is a very approachable, logical, pragmatic and open individual with a friendly personality, making it very easy to discuss issues and agree on a suitable way forward.’

‘Stephen Proctor is very pragmatic and will always look for a solution to any perceived difficulty in legal agreements.’

‘Kevin Kelly is excellent.’

Key clients

Activate

AIB

An Post

Ardstone Partners ICAV

Bain Capital Credit LP

Ballymore Group

Bank of Ireland

Bartra Capital Property Group

Billings Design Associates

Blackstone

Bord Na Móna plc

Clancy Construction

Collen Construction

Dublin City Council

Ervia/Aurora

ESB

Grangegorman Development Agency

Hammerson/Allianz

Helaba

Housing Finance Agency

HSBC

Irish Water

John Sisk

Jones Engineering

Lioncor

Macquarie Capital

Marlet Property Group

National Development Finance Agency

National Paediatric Hospital Development Board

Office of Government Procurement

Office of Public Works

Orpea Groupe

Project Management Group

Quintain Ireland and Various Lone Star Funds

Roche Ireland Limited

Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Walls Construction

WeWork

Work highlights

  • Advising Ballymore on the development with Diageo of 12 acres of Diageo’s complex at St James’s Gate in central Dublin, which is to become Dublin’s first zero carbon district, at a reported commercial value of €1bn.
  • Advising Hammerson on the major redevelopment of a mixed retail, office and residential scheme at Dublin Central, a large block formerly known as the Carlton site, at a projected estimated cost in excess of €1bn.
  • Advising the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board on contractual matters arising during the construction of the new Children’s Hospital, including providing assistance in adjudication and conciliation procedures and court proceedings.

Ireland > Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

A capable, commercial, knowledgeable practice’, McCann FitzGerald LLP has broad expertise in the data privacy space, providing assistance to clients on the processing and transfer of data as well as on responding to data subject access requests. The team is active in fast-growing areas of data privacy, such as issues related to software-as-a-service agreements, and also handles the data-related aspects of M&A transactions and corporate reorganisations. Practice head Paul Lavery acts for private and public sector clients on data protection issues, and Adam Finlay has an equally broad practice. Doug McMahon is another key figure in the team with specialist expertise in the technology space.

Practice head(s):

Paul Lavery

Other key lawyers:

Adam Finlay; Doug McMahon; Mark Ellis; Catherine Walsh

Testimonials

‘Paul Lavery is a standout lawyer in this area. He has vast experience earned over many years of practice and he is extremely adept at navigating the most complex of privacy matters and gives excellent, understandable and quick assistance whenever required. He is extremely approachable and everybody enjoys working with him and respects the quality and nature of the services he provides. We have also worked with Mark Ellis and Catherine Walsh and they are excellent.’

‘A capable, commercial, knowledgeable practice which we rely on to get our data protection position right. Billing wise, this department at McCann FitzGerald have come in under their quoted fee for us a couple of times, which gives them credibility and makes them great value for money.’

‘Adam Finlay is exceptionally calm and knowledgeable, fantastic at knowing and predicting industry trends, pragmatic and generally a pleasure to deal with. There is never any fuss with Adam. He knows his stuff, pure and simple. He will always return a call, and within a reasonable timeframe. No matter how small the matter, we feel we have his full and prompt attention. He is highly trusted by our business.’

‘McCann FitzGerald provides a first-rate service to our organisation. The depth and scale of the expert resourcing which they continue to make available to us, and the efficiency with which they have delivered work products and key outputs, has been of huge assistance with major projects. The team really listen to our requirements and take on board what we are asking them to do – nothing is too much for them. Their technical skills and expertise are market-leading, particularly in understanding the complex ecosystem within which we operate, and their knowledge of the prevailing technology industry and the regulated environment in this area is excellent.’

‘Paul Lavery is a highly experienced data protection expert. He is highly collaborative and goes above and beyond in meeting the requirements of our organisation, no matter what the request and how challenging the timing may be. He is exceptionally pleasant to deal with and his client first attitude means working with him is always a pleasure.’

‘Doug McMahon and Paul Lavery are both down-to-earth people and understand our business inside out. They are the type of individuals who you would spend time outside work with. They are also on top of their game and very knowledgeable.’

‘The McCann FitzGerald team provide expert, fully current and wide-ranging legal opinions and assessments for our business. We depend on continuity of partners and associates within the firm who have built up a detailed knowledge of the particular aspects of the range of business and associated legal complexities involved. The Knowledge Network and Knowledge Hub portal is also a very valuable resource for legal updates and webinars across several key legal areas which are relevant to our business.’

‘McCann FitzGerald have a wide and diverse range of legal experts, access to which is a key consideration for our business. Adam Finlay and Doug McMahon in particular have guided us through several complex projects and have provided invaluable assistance and opinions. Their knowledge and availability (often at short notice) is highly valued.’

Key clients

Alkermes

Ervia

Law Society of Ireland

Corporate Transaction Support

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

International Law Firms

Navi Group

Vhi

ESB

GDPR Representative Services

Primark

Work highlights

  • Advising the Law Society of Ireland on a range of data protection matters.
  • Advising Ervia on data separation and transfer concerns regarding the complex separation of Ervia from Irish Water by 2023.
  • Advising Hostelworld on all aspects of its data protection compliance, including in relation to international data transfers, email marketing, record retention, cookies and user generated content.

Ireland > Dispute resolution Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald LLP has a long history of engagements in major litigation, arbitration, regulatory and white-collar crime investigations and other contentious proceedings. It continues to be recognised for its strength in insurance and financial services cases, contractual disputes, product liability matters and public law cases. The sizeable team has a wide variety of engagements spread across the individual partners and other team members. Helen Kilroy is a leading figure in commercial litigation and mediation, including shareholder disputes and breach of warranty claims. Rosaleen Byrne is another with outstanding experience in big-ticket disputes. Former partner Sean Barton  has moved into a consultancy role with the firm.

Practice head(s):

Terence McCrann

Other key lawyers:

Seán Barton; Michelle Doyle; Ciara Ryan; Rosaleen Byrne; Helen Kilroy; Brian Quigley; Audrey Byrne; Catherine Derrig; Michael Coonan; Karyn Harty; Fiona O’Beirne; Shane O’Brien; Amy Brick

Testimonials

‘The Dispute Resolution practice in McCann FitzGerald has extensive experience and knowledge across the board in terms of the various areas that make up a dispute resolution practice. The team provides considered yet practical advice and is quick and dynamic in advising and assisting clients in legal proceedings. A particular strength of the practice is the Project Services Group who are excellent and well versed in assisting clients with large scale discoveries or other document review projects.’

‘Stand out individuals include Fiona O’Beirne, Rosaleen Byrne and Amy Brick. Fiona O’Beirne has extensive experience and in-depth knowledge and is a pleasure to work with. Rosaleen Byrne is extremely experienced and has a practical, client friendly approach. Amy Brick is excellent – she is extremely diligent, very approachable and provides good practical advice.’

‘Rosaleen Byrne – significant in depth experience of our sector from extensive advices and representation over a decade. Strategic and effective. Catherine Derrig – a trusted and sought after advisor by our non-legal in-house colleagues. Timely strategic and effective Amy Brick – a very knowledgeable, diligent advisor.’

‘Michelle Doyle is excellent in so many ways.’

‘Shane O’Brien and Fiona O’Beirne are two partners who really go the extra mile for clients. Responsive and courteous, they are always available to deal with matters that arise unexpectedly in litigation. Superb on the law but also extremely practical. Amy Brick is an associate worthy of special mention. Amy is highly efficient and effective.’

‘Brian Quigley, Catherine Derrig, Rosaleen Byrne, Michael Coonan and Karyn Harty are all top-flight litigators and unquestionably experts in this area. Brian Quigley is a leader in his field in commercial litigation, particularly relating to insurance law, and brings a wealth of experience and pragmatism to bear on any dispute. Michael Coonan has an ability to drill down into the most complex fraud and cross-border matters and never fails to develop a strategy to meet his client’s objectives.’

‘Brian Quigley really stands out as a leader in terms of litigation practice. His engagement both with clients and in terms of the substance of the legal and commercial issues is exceptional. Catherine Derrig is also extremely capable.’

‘Karyn Harty is simply brilliant. Very bright, a great technical lawyer, a good tactician. As hard-nosed as it is possible to be when necessary. But also great fun. Super client friendly. You can’t go wrong with Karyn – she is the safest of safe pair of hands.’

Key clients

Hypertrust Limited (part of the Loyola Group), Aberken Limited (part of the Chris Kelly Group( (the FBD test case)

The Government of the United States of America

Twitter International Company

Data Protection Commission

Central Bank of Ireland

Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg)

DePuy International Limited

Kinross Gold Corporation and Tasiast Mauritanie Limited Société Anonyme

Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority

Everyday Finance DAC

Trafalgar Trafhold Limited, Instantania Holdings Limited, Kamara Limited and Bairiki Incorporated

National Asset Loan Management DAC

DAF Trucks NV and DAF Trucks Deutschland GmbH

The Voluntary Health Insurance Board

Mediahuis Ireland Group Limited (formerly Independent News and Media Group Limited and formerly Independent News and Media plc)

National Transport Authority

Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (In Special Liquidation)

Industrial Development Authority

Davy Hickey

CHC Helicopter

Work highlights

  • Instructed by the claimants in two of the four much-publicised test cases heard by the Commercial Court over 3 weeks in October 2020 relating to policy holders’ entitlements to business interruption cover under policies held with FBD Insurance plc following the outbreak of Covid-19.
  • Represented Trafalgar Holdings Limited, Instantania Holdings Limited, Kamara Limited and Bairiki Incorporated claiming to be subject to a raider attack with the aim of defrauding the clients of their shares and arresting control of the target in Russia.
  • Acted for a number of current and former directors of Mediahuis Ireland Group Limited (formerly Independent News and Media Group Limited and formerly Independent News and Media plc) in respect of protected disclosures made by two senior executives, leading to regulatory challenges, including an investigation by the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement.

Ireland > Employment Tier 1

The employment practice at McCann FitzGerald LLP acts for major national and multinational companies from a wide range of sectors, including financial services, technology, pharmaceuticals as well as public sector enterprises. It assists with the employment law aspects of high-profile corporate transactions, often with a cross-border element, and also represents employers in mediations, as well as matters before the WRC and the High Court. Terence McCrann heads the practice and provides strategic advice on workplace investigations. Mary Brassil handles issues related to M&A, TUPE, restructurings, cross-border mergers and redundancies. Whistleblowing expert Stephen Holst is another key partner.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Super responsive, understand the “real world” within which we operate.’

‘McCann provide a very balanced view and are strong and confident in their responses. They never sit on the fence and provide me with very specific guidance to ensure next steps are clear and well thought out. Continuity in the team resourcing is a real plus for us as they understand our business and our approach to employment law.’

‘Team members are extremely responsive, knowledgeable whilst being practical in their advice.’

‘Mary Brassil is exceptional, extremely knowledgeable whilst being practical in her advice.’

‘McCann’s offer a very professional and timely service. Their advice is always considered and practical.’

‘Every one I have dealt with in the team is friendly, professional and thorough.’

Key clients

Aer Lingus

Vhi

CHC Ireland Limited

Roche Pharmaceuticals

Sanofi/Genzyme

Boston Scientific

Merck Sharpe and Dohme

National Transport Authority

Science Foundation Ireland

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Road Safety Authority

Work highlights

  • Advised Allied Irish banks plc on the employment aspects of its acquisition of Ulster Bank’s commercial loan book for €4.2bn.
  • Represented Aer Lingus in High Court proceedings issued against it by multiple former employees in connection with the restructuring of the Irish Airlines Superannuation Scheme, which was in €707m deficit.
  • Represented Kellstrom Aerospace/Vortex Aviation Ireland Limited in relation to High Court restrictive covenant litigation concerning the client’s former Managing Director and a number of of other former key employees.

Ireland > Energy and natural resources Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald LLP acts for major players in the energy sector, advising project sponsors, lenders and state bodies on a variety of complex matters. The sizeable team is able to offer clients support across the full process of project development, including financing transactions, planning and environmental issues, and the drafting of construction contracts. The practice also stands out for the breadth of its energy expertise, spanning onshore and offshore wind, solar, natural gas and grid infrastructure matters, including advising on the proposed electricity interconnector between Ireland and Wales. Practice head Valerie Lawlor focuses on M&A transactions in the oil, gas and renewables sectors, while Brendan Slattery leads on environmental and planning matters. Colm Fanning is the key contact in the project finance space, and is supported by Éamon Ó Cuív in the firm’s London office.

Practice head(s):

Valerie Lawlor

Testimonials

‘They offer legal expertise married with market insight and commerciality.’

‘Valerie Lawlor leads an impressive energy team that can handle complex multi-jurisdictional energy transactions.’

‘The team have great knowledge of the industry and provide a high-legal quality service with detailed, apt advice. They are a pleasure to deal with, explaining technical issues clearly, and provide very quick responses to queries.’

‘Valerie Lawlor provided us with excellent advice on a number of very challenging matters. She was always available, had quick turnaround times, was very engaged and provided us with very detailed and high-quality advice. She exceeded expectations and delved deeper into many matters than expected, while clearly explaining technical European legislation and other complex legal matters. Valerie’s legal drafting and attention to detail are very impressive.’

‘The lawyers are very approachable and offer practical solutions. They listen prior to proposing solutions rather than dictating a solution. Their people and their collaboration skills are their greatest strengths.’

‘McCann FitzGerald’s energy team has industry knowledge and experience that is unrivalled anywhere in the Irish market.’

‘Valerie Lawlor is the top energy practitioner in the Irish market; she combines expertise in the sector with real corporate acumen.’

‘Valerie Lawlor’s knowledge of the integrated single electricity market and its rules is outstanding.’

Key clients

Brookfield Renewable Ireland Limited

Coillte

Greencoat Renewables

Energia

Shareholders of Cnoc Wind Farm

Bord Na Móna

Bank of Ireland/European Investment Bank

Gore Street Energy Storage Fund Plc

Apollo

Greenlink

PSE Kinsale

Statkraft

Work highlights

  • Advised Brookfield Renewable Ireland on the recent acquisition of its renewable energy portfolio of 538MW in operation, under construction and advanced development assets and 1GW of pipeline assets by Ørsted.
  • Advising Greenlink on its proposed 500MW electricity interconnector between Ireland and Wales, assisting with securing regulatory approvals in Ireland, including the strategic infrastructure development consent and the foreshore approval.
  • Advising Coillte on all aspects of its proposed 50:50 joint venture with ESB to develop renewable energy generation facilities in Ireland (Project Pearl), covering the regulatory aspects, legal structure, and all corporate and commercial transaction documentation.

Ireland > EU and competition Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald LLP is another Dublin firm with an estimable record in merger control, obtaining CCPC clearance in a number of complex engagements, including those in the banking and insurance sectors. Cartels and private enforcement are also fortes for the firm, along with competition litigation where it notably represented DAF Trucks in the headline follow-on damages claim resulting from a European Commission competition infringement decision. Philip Andrews has immense experience and leads the team, which includes Laura Treacy, an experienced figure in state aid, merger control and cartels. The litigation expertise of Rosaleen Byrne and Catherine Derrig provide the team with additional heft in state aid disputes and follow-on damages claims.

Practice head(s):

Philip Andrews

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Deep competition authority understanding and relationships with the CCPC. Ability to schedule meetings and calls with the CCPC. Fee flexibility to align phasing of merger authority process with client spend. Available at short notice. Innovative approach to messaging in a competition authority objection.’

‘Very professional. Always available. Sound advice. Great service.’

‘Catherine Derrig and Rosaleen Byrne are market leaders in the area of EU and competition law. Rosaleen is a brilliant litigator and second-to-none in the Irish market in terms of her competition law knowledge – she should be the first port of call for any client. Catherine Derrig excels in the most complex competition law disputes and can formulate strategy with the benefit of a combination of legal knowledge and commercial nous.’

‘Sean O’Dea gave very high quality detailed competition law advices to us. He was a pleasure to deal with, giving very knowledgeable and thorough advices in a timely manner.’

‘Philip Andrews is a go-to in this area. Technically excellent whilst being pragmatic and focused on client business needs.’

‘Philip Andrews has shown thoroughness, precision and utter competence in responding to our needs on competition law and EU State aid rules.’

‘Laura Treacy – great partner with a great manner.’

‘Laura Treacy is excellent at distilling complex EU legal issues in an understandable way.’

Key clients

Coillte

Brookfield

DAF Trucks

Bord na Móna

ComReg

Vodafone

Cemex/Readymix

ESB

Dublin Airport Authority

Irish Life Group AIB

Work highlights

  • Advised Coillte on renewable energy transactions including a renewable energy joint venture with ESB which was cleared by the CCPC subject to commitments following a Phase 2 investigation.
  • Represented Dublin Airport Authority in its defence of allegations of abuse of a dominant position under the Competition Act, 2002 made by Easirent.
  • Acted for DAF Trucks in follow-on damages claims in Ireland arising from a Commission decision of infringement of competition law rules.

Ireland > Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald LLP has a multi-faceted healthcare and life sciences practice, with notable experience in corporate transactions, IP disputes and product liability cases. It has represented some of the biggest names in the industries over the years. It has achieved an especially large market share of major product liability cases and patent disputes over the last couple of decades. The firm is also increasingly prominent in regulatory matters. Fiona O’Beirne  has some 30 years experience in IP and commercial disputes in the life sciences segment, and Roddy Bourke  is a leading name in product liability cases. David Lydon has extensive experience in life sciences transactions.

Practice head(s):

Roddy Bourke; Fiona O’Beirne; David Lydon

Other key lawyers:

Paul Lavery; Garreth O’Brien; Shane O’Brien; Catherine Derrig; Mark Ellis

Testimonials

‘The team is excellent and demonstrates great availability and resourcefulness. The firm has also been very creative in its billing practices.’

‘The McCann FitzGerald Competition, Regulatory and Company Secretarial teams have all provided excellent advice in an efficient and swift manner. Their use of technology to overcome the difficulties experienced over the last couple of years has been beneficial.’

‘The lawyers we work with in McCann FitzGerald are very knowledgeable, helpful and supportive of our needs in this area. Paul Lavery is our lead contact and he and his team work with us on a variety of matters in this area. In addition to the qualities already mentioned they are all very hard working, turn material around very quickly and make themselves available for discussions/consultations at very short notice.’

‘What is really helpful and which can be overlooked is the ability to be able to speak to non-lawyers and explain complex legal matters in a way that doesn’t have to be amended. Solution driven and not afraid to make a decision on grey areas. The individuals I have spoken to have been incredibly approachable, responsive and well received by non-legal stakeholders too.’

‘David Lydon and Niall Best (New York) stand out as having key industry knowledge and expertise in this sector. For us, their advice is tailored with the pharma industry in mind which makes it easier for clients to digest. Their practical approach is highly valued as is their ability to explain and provide complicated information to a varied audience . They are reliable and accessible. A positive feature is that they are are in different timezones (Dublin and new York offices) which is great for time sensitive matters when they can act as a team to keep the work moving or for dealing with our US based colleagues.’

‘Shane O’Brien – Efficient, experienced in pharma patent litigation, knowns the business, pragmatic approach, experience in collaboration with counsel in multi-jurisdictional disputes, open to discussion, responsive.’

‘I have worked closely with the McCann Fitzgerald team (Shane O’Brien and Fiona O’Beirne) on several matters, including recent patent/SPC litigation. I have been really impressed. They were both a pleasure to work with, extremely collaborative and providing excellent input at all stages. Their calmness and experience always gave the impression that the case was in good hands. I was especially impressed by their eagerness and ability to get deep into the technical details of a complex pharma case.’

Key clients

IMMAC

Sam McCauley Chemists

Pfizer

Reckitt

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Viatris

PCI Pharma Services

Adapt Pharma

SISK Healthcare

Novo Nordisk

BTG plc

Gilead Sciences

Chiesi Farmaceutici SpA

Science Foundation Ireland

Grunenthal GmbH

Boehringer Ingelheim

Alkermes

Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association

Work highlights

  • Represented BMS and Pfizer in the defence of two Commercial Court patent/SPC revocation actions brought by Teva related to BMS and Pfizer’s medicine Eliquis.
  • Advised clients in supporting them through the Covid crisis by advising them on a myriad of legal issues including those arising from the use of remote working technologies, testing of staff and executing legal documents in a digital environment.
  • Advised Pfizer on the Irish aspects of the spin-off of its established medicines business and the combination of that business with Mylan to form Viatris Inc.

Ireland > Information technology Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald LLP is highly active in advising on commercial transactions in the IT space, including master services agreements, software licensing and development deals. The practice’s work in this area includes handling transactions involving cutting-edge technology, such as software-as-a-service and blockchain matters, and it acts for both public and private sector clients. The team is also frequently instructed on acquisitions, disposals and joint ventures involving technology companies. Paul Lavery leads the team and is supported by Adam Finlay and Doug McMahon. Senior associate Mark Ellis is also praised by clients as ‘consistently excellent.

Practice head(s):

Paul Lavery

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The McCann FitzGerald information technology practice is very strong. McCann FitzGerald has a very good level of experience in this area of law and we always feel we receive very practical and helpful advice.’

‘The team are on top of every legal development in this area, very knowledgeable and very business orientated. The advice is very practical and not overly legalistic. I feel like they have my back and they always answer the phone, day or night. My first call is to them when I have a problem. They stick to quotes and I never have any billing surprises.’

‘Doug McMahon and Paul Lavery are both down-to-earth people and understand our business inside out. They are the type of individuals who you would spend time outside work with. They are also on top of their game and very knowledgeable.’

‘The McCann Fitzgerald IT team is top class across the board, providing consistently pragmatic, commercial and sensible advice coupled with vast technical knowledge (both in respect of the subject matter and the law surrounding it).’

‘Paul Lavery is pragmatic, commercially minded, highly professional and an absolute expert in his field. Mark Ellis is consistently excellent – pragmatic, concise and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Commercial, pragmatic approach taken, with the advice tailored to the client’s specific circumstances. Managed fast turnaround times and multiple vendors to support our timeline.’

‘Adam Finlay provided excellent support on a recent project. He was always calm and collected. His depth of experience was apparent from the outset and was a great asset in a time-pressured, constrained set of negotiations, supporting us in our risk management.’

‘Doug McMahon is a very strong partner. He is an expert at what he does but also commercial and practical in his approach. The team itself is strong and the advice is always commercial and provided in a timely manner.’

Key clients

AerCap Ireland Limited

CarTrawler

Roche Products (Ireland) Limited

Vhi

CapitalFlow

Alkermes

Irish Life

Navi Group

Visa Europe Services

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

IOB

Ervia and Irish Water

National Transport Authority

BWG Foods

Hostelworld

CreditLogic

Ulster Bank

Córas Iompair Éireann (CIÉ)

Kingspan

International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA)

Work highlights

  • Advising Transport Infrastructure Ireland in connection with various large-scale technology and outsourcing agreements for managing and improving the national road network.
  • Acting as lead adviser to Alkermes on its IT and commercial agreements, including on new and amended contractual arrangements with various IT providers in Europe and the US.
  • Advising Vhi, Ireland’s leading health insurer, on the full range of commercial issues, which includes advising on the contractual structure and drafting, reviewing and negotiating of IT agreements.

Ireland > Insolvency and corporate restructuring Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald LLP reinforced its senior bench with the promotion of corporate restructuring and insolvency specialist David O’Dea to the partnership in May 2021. He is part of a team that continues to impress in US Chapter 11 filings, examinerships and Irish schemes of arrangement. The group has landed key roles in aviation restructurings and insolvencies. Michael Murphy and Lisa Smyth are also highly rated by clients.

Practice head(s):

Michael Murphy

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Smyth; David O’Dea

Testimonials

‘Breadth and depth of expertise across not just corporate restructuring but other departments. The ability to bring in those other departments where projects/issues span multiple areas of expertise – Commercial, user friendly, responsive, dedicated and practical. Ability to understand business, industry and the situational context in a very compressed, time pressured environment is impressive and was fundamental to the level of support they provided.’

‘Agile, commercial and insightful. Succinct client updates and keen understanding of client’s instructions/needs.’

‘Lisa Smyth and Michael Murphy are committed, commercial, practical, supportive and clearly experts in their fields – Their expertise and experience in corporate restructuring is almost taken as a given but their ability and willingness to understand the business, industry, the context and as a result provide practical, tactical advice is what what makes the difference. Equally dedicated and committed to securing a positive outcome for our business as we were which was both reassuring and a key reason we achieved the outcome we did.’

‘Lisa Smyth is commercially focused with keen attention to client’s needs. David O’Dea is approachable and offers practical and sound advice.’

‘Lisa Smyth – Lisa is a leading insolvency and restructuring lawyer in the Irish market. Lisa has a deep understanding of the law but always seeks to understand the problem at hand and the client’s views before providing her valued advice.’

‘Key Partner – Lisa Smyth – demonstrated keen awareness and expertise of relevant legal issues to be managed by client. Right sizing of team – only involved partner level when required for key legal advices/discussions and presentations and otherwise entrusted to colleagues on team, making it more cost effective for clients. Expert advices delivered in clear manner. Key associate – David O’Dea, since promoted to partner. David was our key contact for the project and was excellent to work with – available, thoughtful and considered advice, collaborative, personable.’

‘Michael Murphy and Lisa Smyth work very well together, and when appropriate, they also bring dedicated subject matter experts from other parts of the practice to help advise on complex situations.’

‘Michael Murphy – Michael is an excellent insolvency and restructuring lawyer, who brings a calming presence to what can be very fraught situations during an insolvency case. Michael has a wealth of experience but also brings a very commercial approach to all situations. Michael is now one of the leading go to insolvency lawyers in the market.’

Key clients

Kieran Wallace, Eamonn Richardson and Shane McCarthy, KPMG

Stephen Tennant, Grant Thornton

Ken Fennell and Mark Degnan, Deloitte

John McStay and Jim Luby, McStay Luby

Ken Tyrell and Declan McDonald, PwC

Nordic Aviation Capital DAC

David Cotter, CFO, Car Trawler

National Asset Management Agency

Hammerson Group Management

Hostelworld Group Plc

Work highlights

  • Acted for a number of aircraft leasing companies and creditors in the examinership of NAS, a dual process that took place in both Norway and Ireland, with the main insolvency proceedings being carried out in Ireland.
  • Acted for DEPFA and the DEPFA group in the successful use of an Irish scheme of arrangement to implement the redemption in full of its remaining Asset Covered Securities.
  • Acted for the Joint Liquidators of the company, an airline which operated scheduled and chartered flights.

Ireland > Insurance Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald LLP‘s sizeable and experienced team has an extensive record in M&A, business combinations, joint ventures, portfolio sales, regulatory engagements and contentious matters, including professional indemnity claims. It has continued to add a number of major international insurers to its client base. In the contentious field, the firm has been active in business interruption cover cases. Darragh Murphy leads the insurance group and has an outstanding reputation in the regulatory field. Brian Quigley and Roddy Bourke are prominent figures in insurance litigation, including professional indemnity claims and regulatory investigations.

Practice head(s):

Darragh Murphy; Brian Quigley; Roddy Bourke

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Derrig; David Hurley; Seán Barton; Alan Fuller; David Lydon; Gerard Sadlier; Donnchadh O’Collatain

Testimonials

‘My go-to law firm in Ireland for insurance and regulatory.’

‘They have commercial vision, significant experience in complex transactions, depth of team, financial services and insurance expertise as well as extensive knowledge of the Irish financial services regulatory environment. They are creative in their thinking in terms of finding solutions and handle any cross border aspects of transactions with confidence, ease and commerciality.’

‘Darragh Murphy is extremely service oriented.’

‘Darragh Murphy has acted for us in numerous matters. He was pragmatic and very commercial on a reinsurance treaty negotiation. There were a number of complexities with this matter which were skilfully handled and a deal was reached without delay. Donnchadh O’Collatain, an associate, has supported Darragh on a number of matters. He is also very commercial and knowledgeable.’

‘I have been involved with Brian Quigley and his team in a complex myriad of cases relating to business interruption cases against a host of Insurance Companies. Their in-depth knowledge of complex matters and focus on keeping the client fully appraised, has been a breath of fresh air.’

‘I have instructed all the large firms in Ireland, but Brian Quigley of McCann Fitzgerald stands head and shoulders above the rest, for his no-nonsense and commercial approach to complex litigation.’

‘Alan Fuller was excellent as the lead partner on a joint venture matter. He was very responsive and commercial and kept the momentum on the transaction. Claire Gillett, an associate, supported this transaction. She was also very commercial and responsive.

‘Both David Lydon and Sean Barton are experienced, competent and user friendly.’

Key clients

Loyola Group and Chris Kelly Group

MetLife Europe dac and related companies

Irish Life Assurance plc and related companies

Aviva Insurance Ireland DAC

CBL Insurance Europe dac

The Voluntary Health Insurance Board (Vhi)

State Claims Agency

Qover SA

MML Growth Capital Limited

Apax Partners – acquisition of PIB Group

Zurich Insurance and related companies

Hansard Europe DAC

Generali Insurance AG

XL Insurance Company SE

Monument Re

Chubb Insurance Company of Europe SA

White Horse Insurance Ireland dac

AIG Europe SA

Allianz plc

Work highlights

  • Acted as lead counsel to the Great West Lifeco Group in the proposed establishment of a life and pensions joint venture with Allied Irish Banks plc.
  • Engaged by Aviva to provide it with detailed regulatory advices on the amendments to consumer insurance contracts pursuant to the Consumer Insurance Contracts Act and the effect this would have on Aviva’s business and process flows.

Ireland > Intellectual property Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald LLP’s intellectual property team has expertise in both contentious and advisory IP matters. Fiona O’Beirne and Shane O’Brien specialise in litigation, handling patent and trade mark infringement claims across sectors including pharmaceuticals, consumer goods and entertainment. On the non-contentious side, Paul Lavery and Adam Finlay are highly active in assisting clients with the IP ownership of research and its commercialisation. The practice also acts alongside the firm’s corporate department to advise on the IP aspects of M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Fiona O’Beirne; Paul Lavery

Other key lawyers:

Shane O’Brien; Adam Finlay

Testimonials

‘Very commercial in all their dealings.’

‘Responsive, friendly and professional.’

‘Provides excellent, commercially focused advice. Quickly develops an understanding of the issue and relevant considerations of the client. Practical advice on how to progress matters to achieve the desired outcome for the client. Advice is appropriately risk assessed on the basis of the client organisation’s culture.’

‘Adam Finlay has an excellent ability to ensure the client achieves the best outcome. He has an exceptional ability to explain complex areas so everyone at all levels in the organisation understands and is empowered to progress the matter.’

‘Shane O’Brien is efficient, experienced in pharma patent litigation, knows the business, and has a pragmatic approach to collaboration with counsel in multi-jurisdiction disputes. He is open to discussion and responsive.’

‘The team has great knowledge of practice and procedure before the Irish courts and uses this to provide timely commercial advice. The team is very experienced in working as part of an international team on multi-jurisdictional cases and, as well as managing cases in Ireland, contributes to the development of the case internationally. The team is very responsive and is able to provide straightforward explanations of the complexities of litigating in Ireland.’

‘Shane O’Brien has great experience of acting before the Irish courts and uses this to efficiently navigate clients through the litigation process.’

‘Fiona O’Beirne is a great litigator, combining both commercially driven strategy with expansive procedural knowledge.’

Key clients

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Vodafone

Chiesi Farmaceutici

Etraveli Group AB

Science Foundation

Globoforce

IPL Plastics

Maynooth University

National Transport Authority

Gilead Sciences Inc

Alkermes

Bristol Myers Squibb and Pfizer

Pfizer

Work highlights

  • Representing Gilead in defence of patent infringement proceedings and a counterclaim for invalidity in the Commercial Court brought by ViiV Healthcare Company and Shionogi & Co in respect of Gilead’s medicine Biktarvy, which is used for the treatment of HIV.
  • Representing Bristol Myers Squibb and Pfizer in the defence of two Commercial Court patent and supplementary protection certificate revocation actions brought by Teva related to the anticoagulant medicine Eliquis, and related infringement actions against Teva.
  • Advising Science Foundation Ireland in relation to the updating of its general grant terms and conditions and the grant terms and conditions for its Discover programme.

Ireland > Investment funds Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald LLP has achieved considerable growth in private equity, real estate and infrastructure funds. The core investment funds group works closely with colleagues in other departments such as derivatives specialist Judith Lawless. Mark White is an authority in the UCITS field and Iain Ferguson is another leader in the market, notably in the private funds segment. Darragh Murphy provides further experience in regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Mark White

Other key lawyers:

Iain Ferguson; Darragh Murphy; Hugh Beattie; Tony Spratt; Anna Moran; Morgan Dunne; Clare Gillett; Andrew McGovern

Testimonials

‘They are always attentive and will respond immediately to our queries. They will describe the action plan they propose taking but more importantly they will start work on it exactly to our demands and are conscientious and work well with timescales and to given deadlines. We feel that we are given good treatment and appropriate priority. When one team member is away the rest of the team work out appropriate cover to avoid slippage and ensure consistency of service.’

‘Responsive and helpful team, well connected in the industry.’

‘While I have worked mainly with our partner, the other staff we have worked with are very competent, very responsive and helpful.’

‘Mark White, Anna Moran and Andrew McGovern all provide excellent service. They all demonstrate remarkable specific knowledge and understanding of the issues that affect our funds and are able to explain clearly potential solutions.’

‘Mark White makes an effort to be available whenever possible and pulls the resources of the firm together to provide a holistic service.’

‘Iain Ferguson is exceptional to work with. He has deep industry knowledge and experience with the relevant regulator. He has a pragmatic approach that helps us turn problems into real-world solutions.’

‘Darragh Murphy and Clare Gillett are the epitome of professional – collegiate, knowledgeable and very helpful. They are ready to assist when and wherever possible.’

‘The team is excellent but Clare Gillett is a stand out for me with McCanns. She’s personable, knowledgeable and always willing to lend an ear to sound out something for a client before taking it further and incurring cost.’

Key clients

BlueCove Limited

ValueAct Capital

Nordea Asset Management

Metzler Bank

Urbeo Residential

Brookfield Asset Management

Aon Hewitt

Ardstone Capital Homes Limited

UBS Global Asset Management

Irish Life Investment Managers

Hewlett Packard

Insight Investment

Goodbody Stockbrokers

Equity Trustees Fund Services

Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation

Fund Partners

AMP Capital

JO Hambro Capital Management

The Asset Management Exchange

Willis Towers Watson

Findlay Park Partners

UBS Wealth Management – Zurich

Brandes

Pzena Investment Management, LLC

HFR Asset Management

Impax Asset Management

Davy

Ireland (Irish State)

UBS Investment Bank

Fairfax (Hamblin Watsa)

M&G Investment Management

Coupland Cardiff Asset Management

Dragon Capital Management

Investcorp Credit Management

ABC arbitrage Asset Management

Marathon Asset Management

Alvarium Investments

PEAL Capital Partners

FFF Partners

Work highlights

  • Advising AMX, a fund platform established by Willis Towers Watson in 2017, on the launch of multiple funds, including common contractual funds and ICAVs, constituted as UCITS and AIFs.
  • Advised UBS on its fund offerings including UBS Wealth Management on its global private equity offering (STRIPE programme), UBS investment bank (with its complex structured UCITS offerings) and UBS Global AM (with various aspects of its Irish business).
  • Advised Alvarium on bringing its new ICAV platform to the market in late 2020 (and subsequent launches in 2021).

Ireland > Media and entertainment Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald LLP frequently represents Irish and multinational media outlets in high-profile, complex defamation proceedings and also handles non-contentious work, particularly advising media companies on joint ventures. The team’s work in the gambling sector is also noteworthy, with Alan Heuston focusing on this area and advising clients on a range of regulatory, commercial and tax issues. Karyn Harty leads the team and is well known for her media defence practice, acting for traditional media companies as well as internet-based outlets. The team’s associates are also praised by clients, with Lesley Caplin particularly noted.

Practice head(s):

Karyn Harty

Other key lawyers:

Alan Heuston; Lesley Caplin; Ciara FitzGerald; Jamie Flattery; Harry Oulton

Testimonials

‘Karyn Harty is a wise practitioner. You feel she is genuinely interested in her clients and is very on side. She is not dogmatic and is up for discussion.’

‘In what is such a niche and specialist industry, we take great comfort in knowing the advice we are receiving from McCann Fitzgerald is of the very highest standard. The MCF team’s knowledge of how we operate both as an individual entity and as part of the wider group is invaluable. They are conscious of the fit and the appropriate measures to be taken to ensure we stay aligned to the operations of the wider group. Their understanding of our thinking behind commercial decision making ensures we align and achieve the deired outcomes time and time again.’

‘Alan Heuston’s forensic knowledge of the betting and gaming industry is unrivalled across the Dublin firms. The familiarity with our business and knowledge of the wider landscape ensures the advice we are receiving is airtight. As a niche business within a niche industry, for a partner in a firm to have the knowledge of our business that Alan does is unheard of.’

‘There are multiple factors allowing me to recommend the media and entertainment practice group at McCann FitzGerald but the first which was immediately obvious to me is the depth of the team’s analysis of our company’s issues and the clarity with which they present their thinking. Whether in writing or presented orally, the McCann team provides me with the information and analysis I need without significant extraneous detail. As a busy head of legal at my company, I need to move the conversation along at my pace and quickly get the information I require to make an informed decision. McCann excels at this. I much appreciate the weekly summary I receive of our case. I can quickly make sure McCann and I are in sync as to next steps and action items.’

‘I would like to specifically mention both Karyn Harty and Lesley Caplin for the quality of their work. They provide everything I expect from a first-rate law firm and I now use them as the benchmark to which I hold other law firms.’

‘Karyn Harty is a standout partner. Our go-to lawyer on Irish law matters. She has an excellent knowledge of the media industry and is approachable, efficient and has a practical approach.’

‘Strong commercial focus with a perceptive and hands-on approach to problem solving, Alan Heuston’s sectoral experience lends this team an unbeatable edge when seeking advice in the betting, gaming and lotteries sector. We have used an array of secondees from the firm and all have been a valuable addition, delivering high-quality outputs.’

‘Alan Heuston has a diverse array of skills with a dual qualification in tax and a history of in-house advisory in the betting and gaming industry. His sectoral experience, proactive problem-solving approach and nuanced approach to communications ensures he is our go-to adviser. He consistently delivers. The firm generally provides reliable, high-quality output.’

Key clients

BBC

Channel 4 Television

Guardian News & Media

Independent News & Media plc (now Mediahuis)

Buzzfeed

ITN

Twitter

Cable News Network, Inc.

British and Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM)

Soundreef

Reach plc

32Red Limited

William Hill

LeoVegas AB

Addison Global

Banach Technologies

Bethard

LV Bet

Amazon

Huuuge Games

ComReg

Association of Irish Racecourses

Work highlights

  • Advising Mediahuis Ireland Group and many of its former board members in an investigation by the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement, an inspection by inspectors appointed by the High Court pursuant to the Companies Act and investigations by the Data Protection Commission into INM plc.
  • Defending Twitter in a defamation claim brought by self-help ‘guru’ Tony Robbins arising from the alleged re-publication of a series of articles by BuzzFeed News reporting allegations of sexual misconduct made against Mr Robbins.
  • Advising the BBC, Channel 4 and ITV on the application of the notification of a media merger under the Irish Competition Act to the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

Ireland > Pensions and employee benefits Tier 1

Led by Eleanor Cunningham, McCann FitzGerald LLP's team advises on pension litigation, GDPR-related breaches and complaints both before the Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman. Clients include multi-national corporate organisations, major domestic bodies, state and semi-state entities, SMEs and start-ups. In addition, it also advises on pension issues arising from Covid –19 such as scheme funding and governance, pension scheme benefits and accrual and death in service benefits. Consultant Catherine Austin has extensive expertise in the pensions aspects of M&A, IPOs and transfers of employees under TUPE.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Aer Lingus

Pfizer Pension Plan Trustees

ESB Committee

VHI

Merck Sharpe and Dohme/MSD

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Boston Scientific

Allied Irish Banks p.l.c.

Work highlights

  • Advised Allied Irish Bank plc on all pensions aspects arising from its acquisition from Ulster Bank/NatWest of Ulster Bank’s commercial banking division including its €4.2 billion corporate and commercial loan book and €2.8 billion of undrawn commitments together with related staff.
  • Advised ESB Defined Benefit Pension Scheme Committee and the in-house pension group in ESB on an on-going basis on various disputes, IDRs, Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman complaints and other contentious matters relating to member benefits.
  • Advised Aer Lingus Limited on multiple sets of High Court proceedings issued against it, Ireland, the Attorney General, the Trustee of the Irish Airlines Superannuation Scheme, SR Technics, and Dublin Airport Authority.

Ireland > Planning and environment Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald LLP handles the planning and environmental issues surrounding high-profile, complex developments, advising on planning proposals and representing clients in challenges to projects, including appearing in the High Court. The team is highly active in the energy sector, where it advises on developments involving both renewable energy and conventional energy, and in the transport sector, acting for public bodies and local governments in the development of substantial infrastructure projects. Brendan Slattery is currently advising a number of major developers on large-scale residential developments, while Michelle Doyle is noted for her expertise in avoiding challenges to planning proposals. Senior associate Sinéad Martyn stands out for complex offshore energy matters.

Practice head(s):

Brendan Slattery; Michelle Doyle

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Brendan Slattery is excellent.’

‘Experts in the area of planning and environmental law. Informed and up-to-date and willing to share their expertise and know-how.’

‘Available on request, informative and easy to work with. They stick to time lines when coming back with advice.’

‘The breath of knowledge and experience within MCF is outstanding. Their ability to draw on multiple disciplines within their organisation makes for a highly efficient engagement which is good for our business.’

‘Go the extra mile, fantastic service, always available, extremely accommodating.’

‘Brendan Slattery has excellent experience and gives good, clear and helpful advice, combined with strong input on key documents. He is well supported in his team.’

Key clients

Greenlink Interconnector

Bord na Móna plc

Energia Group

New Fortress Energy

Galway County Council

National Transport Authority

Wicklow County Council

Ardstone Homes

Bartra Capital

Park Developments

Hines

Lioncor

Marlet

Ballymore

Hammerson

Panda Waste

AIB

Rabobank

Statkraft

ESB

Greencoat

Apollo Global Management

Brookfield

Roche Ireland Ltd

PSE Kinsale Energy

Work highlights

  • Advising Ardstone on a range of matters including planning applications and litigation.
  • Providing legal support to Galway County Council on its application to develop the N6 Galway City Ring Road.
  • Providing legal support to Greenlink on its application to develop a 500MW electricity transmission line between Ireland and Wales.

Ireland > Projects and PPP Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald LLP has a full-service offering in projects and PPP, advising clients on the financing of projects as well as handling planning, regulatory issues and the drafting of contracts. The team has a particular specialism in advising public sector bodies on the procurement process for transport, energy, education and housing developments, including advising on PPPs. Practice head Eamonn O’Hanrahan is well known for his work on project financing; Colm Fanning is another name to note in this area, while Brendan Slattery is highly regarded in the environment and planning space.

Practice head(s):

Eamonn O’Hanrahan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team has extensive knowledge of the residential development sector and provides excellent advice and support where required.’

‘Colm Fanning and all the members of his team are attentive and respond to all queries in a very short timeframe, which is the key to providing an excellent service.’

Key clients

Allied Irish Banks PLC

Apollo Global Management, LLC

Bank of Ireland

Bartra Capital Property

Bord na Móna PLC

Brookfield Renewable Partners

Department of Education

Dublin City Council (DCC)

Electricity Supply Board

Ervia/ Gas Networks Ireland (GNI)

European Investment Bank (EIB)

Galway County Council

Global Student Accommodation

Greencells Group

Greencoat Capital LLP/ Greencoat Renewables PLC

Hammerson

Home Building Finance Ireland (HBFI)

Housing Finance Agency (HFA)

Housing Infrastructure Services Company (HisCo)

Irish Water

John Sisk & Son

Jones Engineering

Macquarie Group

National Development Finance Agency (NDFA)

National Paediatric Hospital Development Board

National Transport Authority (NTA)

National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA)

Office of Government Procurement

Office of Public Works

Rabobank

Road Safety Authority (RSA)

Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland

Touax

Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII)

Walls Construction

Ward and Burke Limited

Wicklow County Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Transport Infrastructure Ireland on the proposed restructuring of the N25 Waterford Bypass PPP Project.
  • Advising Bord Na Móna on the pre-finance phase of an energy infrastructure project, and advising Bank of Ireland and the European Investment Bank on the finance phase.
  • Advising the National Transport Authority on all aspects of the BusConnects Core Bus Corridors Infrastructure Works.

Ireland > Public sector Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald LLP leverages its expertise across a range of areas of law to provide a comprehensive service to public sector clients. The team is highly active in advising on the procurement of services and projects, ensuring that clients comply with competition and state aid regulations. The practice is also frequently engaged by regulators to advise on investigations and enforcement, as well as judicial review proceedings. Eamonn O’Hanrahan is a key name in the public transport space, particularly in project finance and development. Michelle Doyle is also engaged in projects-related work, with a specialism in assisting clients with avoiding judicial reviews of their decisions, while Rosaleen Byrne and Catherine Derrig focus on contentious matters. Consultant Seán Barton advises a number of public bodies on their functions and the exercise of their powers.

Practice head(s):

Eamonn O’Hanrahan

Testimonials

‘Excellent advice – very strategic, timely and well informed.’

‘Rosaleen Byrne has significant experience. She is strategic and effective. Catherine Derrig is a trusted and sought-after adviser for our non-legal in-house colleagues.’

‘Excellent, thorough understanding of public sector organisations. Practical and comprehensive advice taking into account the wider concerns of the organisation.’

‘Eamonn O’Hanrahan provides excellent advice, seeing around corners for potential future problems.’

‘I would consider the team to have a particularly diverse skillset and given the broad and varied advice we require, they are a perfect fit to help us as an organisation to deliver key strategic projects. Specific to the public procurement sector, innovations such as a monthly newsletter updating us on relevant recent case law has proved particularly beneficial and allowed us to seek further specific advice in relevant areas.’

‘They have provided essential and highly valuable advice on some particularly complex and high-value public transport infrastructure projects. Such advice has proved to be a very worthwhile investment.’

‘Excellent understanding of the role of public services client and how that might impact on litigation strategy when compared to representing a private business.’

‘Catherine Derrig is a very astute tactician. She is practical, but always very strong in standing up for her client.’

Key clients

An Post

Bord na Móna plc

Central Bank of Ireland

Charities Regulator

CIE/Irish Rail

Coillte Teoranta (the Forestry Board)

Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg)

Commission for the Regulation of Utilities (CRU)

Courts Service

Dublin Airport Authority

Electricity Supply Board

Ervia

Government Departments, including Department of Finance and Department of Justice and Equality

Home Building Finance Ireland (HBFI)

Housing Finance Agency (HFA)

Housing Infrastructure Services Company (HisCo)

Institute of Bankers

Institute of Directors

Insolvency Service of Ireland

Irish Takeover Panel

Local authorities, including Galway County Council, Kildare County Council, Laois County Council, Dublin City Council and others

Maynooth University

National Accreditation Board

National Asset Management Agency

National Development Finance Agency

National Transport Authority

National Treasury Management Agency

Office of Public Works

Road Safety Authority

Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority

Shannon Airport Authority

State Claims Agency

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Trinity College Dublin

United States Government

University College Dublin

Voluntary Health Insurance Board (Vhi)

Work highlights

  • Serving as ongoing adviser to Transport Infrastructure Ireland, providing advice on procurement, regulatory matters and contracts.
  • Providing ongoing advice to the Courts Service of Ireland, in particular providing a full drafting service for the committees responsible for establishing and modernising rules of procedure for the conduct of civil and criminal proceedings in all of the Irish courts.
  • Acting as legal adviser to the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority in respect of the Sea Fisheries Control Regulation and a large number of complaints and proceedings raised by members of the industry in relation to the execution of the SFPA’s control functions.

Ireland > Real estate Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald LLP‘s sizeable real estate team counts some of the most prominent developers in the Irish market among its clients, acting for them in high-profile matters across a range of sectors. The team provides comprehensive advice on the financing and development of major projects, as well as on M&A transactions involving these projects. Shane Fahy leads the team. Richard Leonard focuses on financings, lettings and transactions; Shane Sweeney works closely with a number of international investment and asset management funds; Jennifer Halpin is experienced in financings and loan sales; Donal O Raghallaigh has a broad practice extending to tax and insolvency issues involving real estate; and Emily Mac Nicholas leads on much of the team’s work in the highly active housing sector. Other key contacts include senior partner Jim Murphy.

Practice head(s):

Shane Fahy

Testimonials

‘McCann Fitzgerald’s real estate team have gotten up to speed incredibly quickly on the key issues of our matter and have provided high-quality advice.’

‘Commercial nous is key in the real estate sector, which requires finding solutions as opposed to problems. Shane Sweeney is an exceptional solicitor for bringing a number of solutions to the client when a problem arises, which is rare in this field.’

‘The team is very strong and has the capacity to absorb an impressive workload and turn things around very quickly. The lawyers are always available and provide insightful advice. What I found most impressive was the way they anticipated questions that we would have had at a later stage. It stands out compared to other firms we have worked with in Ireland.’

‘The real estate team delivers a high level of client service. They provide guidance and advice that is tailored to the needs and circumstances of our business. Their key strengths are their responsiveness and commercial awareness and vision.’

‘Extremely knowledgeable and solution driven with good partner engagement. Extremely strong at working to tight deadlines.’

‘Shane Fahy is a standout partner. He has provided exceptional client care and legal advice to give myself, as client, the advantage in negotiations. He is focused on protecting and adding value.’

‘Richard Leonard is very approachable; he understands our business and the issues we deal with and he is always able to provide different solutions in order to ensure the best outcome for our business.’

‘What stands out is their availability. The team are always on hand to discuss relevant issues and able to offer credible solutions. They have ownership of a matter and an in-depth understanding as to the detail of the specific transaction together with a professional manner and approach.’

Key clients

AIG

Allied Irish Banks plc

An Post

AXA Real Estate Investment Managers

Ballymore

Brookfield Renewables

Cellnex Telecom

Central Bank of Ireland

Coillte / Bank of Ireland

daa (previously Dublin Airport Authority)

Electricity Supply Board

EQT Partners

Bank of Ireland

Hammerson Plc

Lioncor Developments

M&G

Mapletree Investments

Marlet Property Group

MSD (also known as Merck)

National Asset Management Agency

Orpea SA

PHP REIT

Quintain

St. Vincent’s Healthcare Group DAC

Urbeo

VicAsset Advisors UK (previously Sabal Financial)

Irish Family Office

Vodafone Ireland

Apollo Global Management

Work highlights

  • Advising Ballymore Group on one of the largest single mixed-use developments to ever be developed in Dublin at the iconic St James’s Gate, with a value in excess of €1bn.
  • Advising Hammerson Plc on Dublin Central, a high-profile development with a value well in excess of €1bn.
  • Advising Marlet Property Group on a series of related real estate finance deals for its substantial portfolio of significant development sites in Dublin.

Ireland > Telecoms Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald LLP is highly active in the telecoms sector, with experience handling both contentious and non-contentious matters. The practice has a particular specialism in advising on the competition elements of transactions such as acquisitions and joint ventures. In the disputes space, Rosaleen Byrne is frequently instructed on matters involving ComReg, acting for the regulator in litigation as well as providing advice to clients facing investigations into alleged non-compliance with regulations. Byrne co-heads the practice alongside regulatory specialist Philip Andrews and corporate partner David Lydon. Laura Treacy returned to the Dublin office from Brussels in 2020 and is another name to note, with a focus on competition law.

Practice head(s):

Philip Andrews; David Lydon; Rosaleen Byrne

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Derrig; Amy Brick

Testimonials

‘Excellent, strategic, responsive and highly informed.’

‘Rosaleen Byrne has significant, in-depth experience of our sector from extensive advice and representation over a decade. She is strategic and effective. Catherine Derrig is a trusted and sought-after adviser for our non-legal in-house colleagues. Amy Brick is very knowledgeable and diligent.’

‘Great experience of regulatory litigation in the telecoms sector, good hindsight and understanding of the client’s constraints, objectives and long-term goals. Provide wise and sound advice.’

‘Very bright and on the ball, Rosaleen Byrne helps you safely navigate the pitfalls of litigation and is there for you. Excellent client service. Catherine Derrig is clear-sighted and has your back – a pleasure to work with.’

‘Approachable. Practical and tailored advice.’

Key clients

ComReg

BBC

Vodafone

BT Communications Ireland Ltd

Cellnex Telecom S.A.

Colony Capital Ireland

Work highlights

  • Advising the BBC, Channel 4 and ITV on the notification of a media merger under the Competition Act 2002 to the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.
  • Providing telecoms infrastructure provider Cellnex with competition and telecoms regulatory advice on its acquisition from CK Hutchison of Three Ireland’s towers business, comprising 2,399 Irish telecoms sites.
  • Advising ComReg on a number of matters in the fixed-line telecoms sector, including acting for the client in a High Court appeal brought by Eircom of decisions made by the client in relation to Eir’s universal service obligations funding applications for the financial years 2010 to 2015.

Ireland > Transport Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald LLP is highly active in the transport space, advising clients on matters across all areas of this sector. The practice particularly stands out for its work for transport-related public sector bodies, advising on procurement, the development of infrastructure and regulation, including the drafting of legal frameworks and enforcement actions. Aviation financing is another key area of focus; the team advises on sales, leases, financings and the establishment of platforms. Hilary Marren, Catherine Deane, Joe Fay and Georgina O’Riordan are the key partners in this space, while senior associate Ian Payne is also noted. Eamonn O’Hanrahan leads both the transport team and the firm’s projects team, and is noted for his expertise in project financing, particularly in the public sector.

Practice head(s):

Eamonn O’Hanrahan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Collaborative and informative, with keen attention to detail.’

‘Georgina O’Riordan is approachable and has wide industry experience with demonstrable expertise. Ian Payne is practical and keenly focused on achieving the client’s desired outcome.’

‘Given their experience in this industry, they can deliver quickly without detriment to quality when we are working under much pressure. Their work is outstanding and reliable. Consistent in quality. No time is wasted with communication.’

‘I work with Joe Fay on transactions relating to aviation, which he is very knowledgeable about. This is particularly important in transactions that are subject to critical deadlines, complexity and an extensive amount of paperwork.’

‘McCann FitzFerald have a long relationship with our organisation and as such have a deep knowledge of our wide-ranging activities. This deep knowledge allows the firm to provide insightful advice on matters and any crossover impacts on various other activities. The firm has a broad range of specialist partners that provide advice across a range of matters that impact us.’

‘Eamonn O’Hanrahan has a detailed knowledge of our organisation, the public sector generally and corporate finance transactions. Eamonn’s attention to detail in contractual and legislative matters has been of significant benefit to us.’

‘McCann FitzGerald’s transport team is seasoned and has a breadth and depth of experience which is hard to match in the market. Partner supervision is second to none and the output is always of an excellent standard. There is considerable depth in the team in terms of experienced associates.’

Key clients

AerCap

AerDragon Aviation Partners Limited

AerSale Inc.

Aircastle Advisor LLC

Altavair/Guggenheim

Altitude Investors DAC

Apollo Global Management

ASL Aviation

Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi

BBAM Aviation Services Limited

BOC Aviation Leasing

Calliston GmbH & Co. Beteiligungs KG

CDB Aviation Leasing

Challey Limited

CIAF Leasing

CRA Aircraft Holdings LLC

Credit Agricole

Delaware Life Insurance Company

Deutsche Bank AG

Development Bank of Singapore Ltd

DNB Bank ASA

Doric Asset Finance GmbH & Co. KG

DVB Bank SE

Dynam Japan Holding Holdings Co., Ltd

EMP Aviation Ireland Limited

FGL Aircraft Ireland (FUYO)

Fly Leasing Limited

FPG Amentum

Genesis Aircraft Services Limited

GTLK Europe DAC

Guardian Holdings Limited

Haitong Financial Leasing

Haitong UniTrust International Leasing

Jackson Square Aviation Ireland Limited

KKR Altitude Holdings L.P.

KLM

Magnetar Capital

National Transport Authority

NGF Overseas Aircraft Limited

Nordic Aviation Capital

Odeon International Holding B.V.

ORIX Aviation Systems Limited

Pembroke Capital/Standard Chartered Bank

Raglan Air Limited

Road Safety Authority

Rockton AB

SAIC Holdings Limited

SAS

SATO Aviation Capital

Sierra Echo Aircraft Leasing Limited

Sirius Aviation Capital Holdings Limited

Skyworks Leasing (Ireland) Limited

SMBC Aviation Capital

ST Aerospace Resources Pte. Ltd

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Titan Aviation

Touax Rail

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Viva Aerobus

Vueling Airlines, S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advising Transport Infrastructure Ireland on the restructuring of the N25 Waterford Bypass PPP project.
  • Advised Touax on all the Irish legal aspects of the refinancing of its railcar division for a total of €180m.
  • Advising the National Transport Authority on initiatives being delivered to commercial bus operators in response to Covid-19.

Ireland > White-collar crime Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald LLP is engaged in some of the most high-profile white-collar crime matters in the Irish market, including cross-border cases. The team’s work encompasses representing clients in litigation and regulatory investigations, as well as handling internal investigations and providing advice on compliance. In addition to acting for private companies, the team is instructed by regulators to handle investigations and enforcement. Terence McCrann leads the team as well as the wider dispute resolution practice. Other key names in the white-collar crime team include Karyn Harty, who handles investigations and fraud-related litigation, and Megan Hooper, who is often engaged by clients in the financial services sector. Brian QuigleyAudrey Byrne and Michael Coonan are also noted for their expertise in this area.

Practice head(s):

Terence McCrann

Testimonials

‘This is a niche area of practice in Ireland but McCanns have dedicated senior resources to the team and and have backed that up by allocating further resources and training to a wide range of staff. All told, McCanns are the largest and best-resourced practice in this area in Ireland.’

‘They have a very good grasp of the detail of the case. The scale and the depth of their team is a clear differentiator from the competition. Karyn Harty provides clear guidance to her team, quality briefings to counsel and consistent updates to her client, and is always available.’

‘When dealing with this team you have the sense of dealing with the very best there is in the Irish market.’

‘Audrey Byrne is extremely experienced in this area. The extent of her experience and her calm manner gives much comfort when dealing with seemingly impossible situations.’

Key clients

Mediahuis Ireland Group Limited (formerly Independent News and Media Group Limited and formerly Independent News and Media plc)

Central Bank of Ireland

Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (in special liquidation)

Voluntary Health Insurance / VHI

Road Safety Authority

Charities Regulator

Sea Fisheries Protection Authority

National Asset Management Agency

ComReg

Data Protection Commission

Work highlights

  • Advising Mediahuis Ireland Group on a complex range of regulatory challenges, including the appointment of Companies Act inspectors to the company, an investigation by the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, protected disclosures and a series of large data subject access requests.
  • Acting for the majority shareholders in a Russian chemical company in conspiracy proceedings before the Commercial Court against, among others, Irish company Eurotoaz regarding an alleged ‘raider attack’.

Ireland > Tax Tier 2

McCann FitzGerald LLP has a well developed tax practice, with particular expertise in M&A, disputes with the Irish Revenue, corporate lending and aviation finance-related matters, structured finance and securitisations, and investment funds. The tax team has achieved further recognition for M&A transactions in the financial services sector and additional deals in the renewables segment. It has achieved growth in private equity and gaming. The practice is also gaining recognition in transfer pricing. Chartered accountant Eleanor MacDonagh leads the financial services tax team, and Alan Heuston, an accountant, tax adviser and solicitor, is noted for M&A, reorganisations, restructurings and migrations. Newly promoted consultant Deirdre Barnicle leads the tax compliance group.

Practice head(s):

Eleanor MacDonagh; Alan Heuston; Deirdre Barnicle

Testimonials

‘Excellent ability to convey complex legal and tax matters in a clear and comprehensible way.’

‘Easy to deal with and collaborative in their approach. Simplify the advice to enable strong business decisions.’

‘The practice is unique in that each assignment is individually managed and given one-to-one personal attention.’

‘The individuals are readily approachable and highly technical and commercial.’

‘Very approachable team with common sense tax advice. Take commercial experience, technical expertise and translated into language easily understood by the client.’

‘Deirdre Barnicle has a client-centred approach and provides advice in a timely and easily understandable manner.’

‘The key differentiator for Alan Heuston is his ability to combine technical expertise, commercial understanding and practical experience to solve issues and complete projects. His combination of practice and industry expertise is hugely helpful, reassuring and means he is equally focused on the commercial realities and implementation. His knowledge of the entire Irish tax system is second to none.’

‘Very approachable practical advice given by Alan Heuston. His expertise on the subject matter was easily translated into practical advice, which could be easily implemented by us.’

Key clients

Aufbau Medical Innovations Limited

Activate Capital Limited

AerCap

AIB

Aircastle

Ardstone

Arrow Global Limited

AXA Real Estate Investment Managers UK Limited

Banach Technologies

Bank of America NT&SA

Bank of Ireland

Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi

Bankinter S.A.

BBAM Aviation Services Limited

Bbva Ireland Plc

BCI Finance Limited

Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc

Broadhaven Credit Partners

Brookfield Renewables

BWG Foods

Calypso AI Limited

Capitalflow

CarTrawler Group

Central Bank of Ireland

Citibank

Coillte

Conexim Advisors Limited

Cortes NP Acquisition Corporation

Deutsche Bank Ag London Branch

Dunport Capital Management

Electricity Supply Board

Elm Corporate Credit DAC

Emerge Capital Partners

Enva Group

European Commission

Evolution Gaming Limited

Faber & Faber

Fly Leasing Limited

FPG Amentum

Generali Insurance

Global Student Accommodation

Goldman Sachs

Greencoat

Haitong UniTrust International Leasing

Harvest Warehouse & CLO Platform

Housing Finance Agency

Huuuge Games

Ig Group Plc

IMMAC Holding AG

Investec Bank (UK) Limited

Irish Life Investment Managers

Irish Residential Properties REIT

Jones Engineering (Holdings) Limited

Karv Developments Limited

KBC Asset Management NV

Kosmos Management LLC

LeoVegas Gaming Plc

Lioncor Developments

Magnetar Financial (UK) LLP

Mapletree Investments

Mitsubishi Electric Europe Bv

Monument Re

MUFG Bank Ltd

National Lottery

Nordic Aviation Capital

Oaktree Capital

Paddy Power Betfair (now known as Flutter Entertainment Plc)

Pepper Finance Corporation (Ireland) DAC

Pollen Street Capital

Primary Health Properties REIT

Premier Lottery Limited

Probe Investments Limited

Prudential Plc

Rabobank Dubln

Security Risk Advisors International Limited

Silvercloud

SMBC Aviation Capital Limited

Susquehanna International Group Limited

The Barry Family (the shareholders of Dubray Books Limited)

UBS Investment Bank

Ulster Bank Ireland Limited

Urbeo Residential ICAV

Viva Aerobus

Vodafone Ireland Limited

WeWork

William Hill

Willis Towers Watson plc

Work Human

The firm: With over 600 people, including almost 450 lawyers and professional staff, McCann FitzGerald LLP is one of Ireland’s premier law firms.

McCann FitzGerald LLP offers expert, forward-thinking legal counsel to clients in Ireland and internationally. The firm’s deep knowledge spans a range of industry sectors, enabling tailored solutions to fit your specific needs.

Clients are principally in the corporate, financial and business sectors but the firm also advises government entities and state bodies.

McCann FitzGerald LLP is based in Dublin (the firm’s principal office), London, New York and Brussels (the firm is the only Irish law firm to have an office at the EU’s principal base).

The firm is divided broadly into four main groupings of corporate, finance, disputes and real estate and construction. McCann FitzGerald LLP also operates industry sector and specialist practice groups which comprise professionals from different groupings.

The firm’s legal technology solutions division offers clients a combination of legal expertise, best practice in legal project management and market leading technology solutions. The group delivers innovative, end-to-end services that includes managing high volume data review and reporting, developing technology enabled legal, risk and compliance solutions and provides access to experienced lawyers and technical specialists.

Areas of practice: The firm’s finance group is both pre-eminent among the major Irish law firms and distinguished by the spread of expertise within the department and the complexity of the transactions handled by the firm. Significant specialist areas of expertise within the group include asset finance and leasing, corporate banking, debt securities, financial services regulation, insurance, leveraged and acquisition finance, investment funds, property finance, securitisation and structured finance, tax, derivatives and project finance including public-private partnerships (PPP). The firm’s London office supports clients engaged in international financing, especially in the London market.

McCann FitzGerald LLP has extensive experience in advising on high-profile, complex corporate and commercial transactions, often with a cross-border element. The corporate group has advised on many of the major corporate transactions in Ireland in the recent past, including some of the most complex and innovative M&A transactions and equity offerings. The firm advises on the full range of corporate transactions and arrangements, including restructurings, corporate reorganisations, demergers and related issues, schemes of arrangement, capital reductions and share buy-backs, joint ventures and strategic alliances, commercial contracts/arrangements (including outsourcing) and corporate governance.

McCann FitzGerald LLP’s disputes group acts for a broad spectrum of clients, particularly those in the corporate and financial sectors. The firm is often the first port of call for major corporates who find themselves in a dispute or who want advice on a matter that might become contentious. Understanding legal, commercial and reputational risk, the firm devises optimum strategies that focus on the commercial objectives of clients. With significant large-scale legal and technological resources, McCann FitzGerald LLP is a leader in enabling the fast-tracking of complex commercial disputes through Ireland’s Commercial Court, the dominant force in Irish business litigation.

The firm’s real estate group comprises two main practice areas – commercial real estate and construction. The firm’s commercial real estate group advises across the complete spectrum of property-related issues. The firm advises on complex acquisitions, lettings, restructurings, security, enforcement and tax-based deals and works with specialists across the firm to ensure all of the firm’s clients’ requirements are met to the highest standard.

The firm’s construction group is one of the largest specialist practices in Ireland, encompassing both commercial and contentious expertise. It has advised leading public and private sector clients on a wide variety of projects ranging from construction schemes to highly technical engineering projects that often have a strong project finance element.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Aviation and asset finance Catherine Deane
Aviation and asset finance Hilary Marren
Finance / DCM /Structured Finance Fergus Gillen
Finance Niall Powderly
Commercial real estate Shane Fahy
Commercial real estate Jim Murphy
Competition and EU Philip Andrews
Competition and EU Laura Treacy
Head of Construction Barrett Chapman
Construction Kevin Kelly
Corporate / M&A David Lydon
Corporate / M&A Alan Fuller
Corporate finance / M&A David Byers
Disputes Seán Barton
Disputes Helen Kilroy
Head of Disputes/Employment Terence McCrann
Energy and natural resources / M&A Valerie Lawlor
Intellectual Property / Disputes Fiona O'Beirne
Insurance / FSR Darragh Murphy
Investment funds Mark White
Investment funds Iain Ferguson
Technology and innovation Paul Lavery
Technology and innovation Adam Finlay
Disputes / Planning and environmental Michelle Doyle
Project finance / PPP Eamonn O'Hanrahan
Project finance / PPP Colm Fanning
Restructuring and insolvency Michael Murphy
Restructuring and insolvency Lisa Smyth
Head of London Office / Securitisation and structured finance/Investment Funds Hugh Beattie
Securitisation and structured finance / DCM Adrian Farrell
Tax Eleanor MacDonagh
Aviation and asset finance Georgina O'Riordan
Aviation and asset finance Joe Fay
Construction Stephen Proctor
Finance Stuart McCarron
Aviation and asset finance Richard Gill
Disputes Michael Coonan
Employment Stephen Holst
Intellectual Property / Disputes Shane O'Brien
Technology and innovation Doug McMahon
Corporate / M&A / Capital Markets Aidan Lawlor
Corporate / M&A / Capital Markets Conor O'Dwyer
Tax Alan Heuston
Corporate / M&A Garreth O'Brien
Finance Philip Murphy
Finance Tom Dane
DCM/Finance Éamon Ó Cúiv
Pensions and Incentives Eleanor Cunningham
Corporate /Capital Markets Gill Ronan
Head of Corporate / Capital Markets Stephen FitzSimons
Corporate / M&A Niall Best
Disputes / Product Liability Roddy Bourke
Employment Mary Brassil
Disputes / White Collar Crime Audrey Byrne
Disputes / White Collar Crime Megan Hooper
Disputes / Competition Law / Telecoms Rosaleen Byrne
Disputes / Competition Law / Telecoms Catherine Derrig
Finance Eamon de Valera
Corporate / M&A Ben Gaffikin
Real Estate Jennifer Halpin
Disputes / Defamation / White Collar Crime Karyn Harty
FinTech / Regulatory Josh Hogan
Disputes David Hurley
Finance / Derivatives / DCM Judith Lawless
Real Estate Richard Leonard
Real Estate Emily Mac Nicholas
Head of New York Office/ Corporate / M&A Gary McSharry
Corporate / M&A Brendan Murphy
Corporate / M&A / Energy Rory O'Malley
Real Estate Donal O Raghallaigh
Disputes Brian Quigley
Disputes Ciara Ryan
Planning & Environmental Brendan Slattery
Real Estate Shane Sweeney
Managing Partner Barry Devereux
Construction / Procurement Orlaith Sheehy
Aviation and asset finance Laura Deignan
Corporate/M&A John Neeson
Corporate/M&A Stephen Fuller
Finance Niall McDowell
Restructuring & Insolvency David O'Dea
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Mr Niall Best  photo Mr Niall Best Niall is a partner in our New York Office and specialises in…
Mr Roddy Bourke  photo Mr Roddy Bourke Roddy’s practice includes: commercial disputes, including international and jurisdictional issues defending product…
Ms Mary Brassil  photo Ms Mary Brassil Mary is a partner in McCann FitzGerald’s Employment Group. She advises employers…
Mr David Byers  photo Mr David Byers David is a corporate lawyer, specialising in mergers and acquisitions, public company…
Ms Rosaleen Byrne  photo Ms Rosaleen Byrne Rosaleen is a partner in the firm’s Dispute Resolution and Litigation Group.…
Ms Audrey Byrne  photo Ms Audrey Byrne Audrey’s practice centres on commercial disputes and investigations, with a focus on…
Mr Barrett Chapman  photo Mr Barrett Chapman Barrett is a partner of the Construction Group practising in all areas…
Mr Michael Coonan  photo Mr Michael Coonan Michael represents and advises clients in the resolution of a variety of…
Ms Eleanor Cunningham  photo Ms Eleanor Cunningham Eleanor is a Partner and Head of the Pensions & Incentives Group.…
Mr Tom Dane  photo Mr Tom Dane Tom works in the Corporate Banking Team and acts for both lenders…
Ms Catherine Deane  photo Ms Catherine Deane Catherine specialises in aircraft transactions and acts for many leading aircraft lessors,…
Ms Laura Deignan photo Ms Laura DeignanPartner
Ms Catherine Derrig  photo Ms Catherine Derrig Catherine’s practice involves advising clients in a wide range of contentious matters…
Mr Barry Devereux  photo Mr Barry Devereux Barry is Managing Partner of McCann FitzGerald. He joined McCann FitzGerald in…
Ms Michelle Doyle  photo Ms Michelle Doyle Michelle specialises in advising on the preparation and execution of major infrastructural…
Mr Shane Fahy  photo Mr Shane Fahy Shane is Head of the firm’s Real Estate Group. Having previously worked…
Mr Colm Fanning  photo Mr Colm Fanning Colm handles a range of general banking and financial work but has…
Mr Adrian Farrell  photo Mr Adrian Farrell Adrian advises on all aspects of banking and finance matters, including corporate…
Mr Joe Fay  photo Mr Joe Fay Joe specialises in banking and asset finance transactions and has advised many…
Mr Iain Ferguson  photo Mr Iain Ferguson Iain is a partner in our Investment Management Group. He trained and…
Mr Adam Finlay  photo Mr Adam Finlay Adam is a partner in the firm’s Technology & Innovation Group and…
Mr Stephen FitzSimons  photo Mr Stephen FitzSimons Stephen is Head of our Corporate Group and specialises in mergers and…
Mr Stephen Fuller photo Mr Stephen FullerPartner
Mr Alan Fuller  photo Mr Alan Fuller Alan’s practice includes mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital, joint…
Mr Ben Gaffikin  photo Mr Ben Gaffikin Ben has been a partner in McCann FitzGerald’s Corporate Group since 2005,…
Mr Richard Gill  photo Mr Richard Gill Richard is a Partner in our New York Office. Richard has extensive…
Mr Fergus Gillen  photo Mr Fergus Gillen Fergus focuses on a wide range of debt finance work, with a…
Ms Jennifer Halpin  photo Ms Jennifer Halpin Jennifer specialises in advising on the sale, purchase and leasing of commercial…
Ms Karyn Harty  photo Ms Karyn Harty Karyn’s principal area of practice is complex commercial disputes. Karyn advises on…
Mr Paul Heffernan  photo Mr Paul Heffernan Paul’s work spans the broad range of corporate activity including mergers and…
Mr Alan Heuston  photo Mr Alan Heuston Alan works on the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, reorganisations, restructurings,…
Mr Josh Hogan  photo Mr Josh Hogan Josh is a partner who specialises in Financial Services Regulation and Fintech.…
Mr Stephen Holst  photo Mr Stephen Holst Stephen advises clients on critical workforce issues, transactional and contentious issues in…
Ms Megan Hooper  photo Ms Megan Hooper Megan is an experienced commercial litigation solicitor and has, since February 2009,…
Mr David Hurley  photo Mr David Hurley David has a wide range of experience in the defence of tort,…
Mr Kevin Kelly  photo Mr Kevin Kelly Kevin Kelly leads the firm’s Construction Group. He has advised private sector…
Ms Helen Kilroy  photo Ms Helen Kilroy Helen’s practice is in the field of commercial litigation, mediation and related…
Mr Paul Lavery  photo Mr Paul Lavery Paul is the head of the firm’s Technology and Innovation Group and…
Ms Judith Lawless  photo Ms Judith Lawless Judith has broad experience in general banking & financial services and has…
Mr Aidan Lawlor  photo Mr Aidan Lawlor Aidan is a partner in the firm’s Corporate Finance Group and specialises…
Ms Valerie Lawlor  photo Ms Valerie Lawlor Valerie is a partner in our Corporate Group and  Head of the…
Mr Richard Leonard  photo Mr Richard Leonard Richard has extensive experience in the purchase, financing, letting and disposal of…
Ms Gill Lohan  photo Ms Gill Lohan Gill specialises in equity capital markets and in particular IPOs and equity…
Mr David Lydon  photo Mr David Lydon David has considerable experience across the whole range of corporate transactions and…
Ms Emily Mac Nicholas  photo Ms Emily Mac Nicholas Emily advises on all aspects of the acquisition, disposal, leasing and financing…
Ms Eleanor MacDonagh  photo Ms Eleanor MacDonagh Eleanor has been practicing since 1992 and specialises in taxation law. She led the expansion of…
Ms Hilary Marren  photo Ms Hilary Marren Hilary is a partner in the firm’s Finance Group, specialising in asset…
Mr Stuart McCarron  photo Mr Stuart McCarron Stuart is a partner in the Finance Group. Stuart has specialist knowledge…
Mr Terence McCrann  photo Mr Terence McCrann Terence is Head of the firm’s Dispute Resolution and Litigation Group. He advises…
Mr Niall McDowell photo Mr Niall McDowellPartner
Mr Lonan McDowell  photo Mr Lonan McDowell Lonan is a consultant and has led many of the most significant…
Mr Douglas McMahon  photo Mr Douglas McMahon Doug is a partner in the firm’s Technology and Innovation Group. He…
Ms Anna Moran  photo Ms Anna Moran Anna has specific expertise in advising domestic and international fund promoters, asset…
Mr Brendan Murphy  photo Mr Brendan Murphy Brendan advises clients on a wide range of corporate matters with a…
Mr Darragh Murphy  photo Mr Darragh Murphy Darragh is a partner in the firm’s Finance Group, specialising in regulatory…
Mr Jim Murphy  photo Mr Jim Murphy Jim is widely recognised as one of Ireland’s leading practitioners in the…
Mr Michael Murphy  photo Mr Michael Murphy Michael is Head of McCann FitzGerald’s Restructuring & Insolvency Group. He has…
Mr Philip Murphy  photo Mr Philip Murphy Philip is a partner in our Finance Group with particular expertise in…
Mr John Neeson photo Mr John NeesonPartner
Mr Éamon Ó Cuív  photo Mr Éamon Ó Cuív Éamon advises clients on a wide range of finance matters including debt…
Mr Donal O Raghallaigh  photo Mr Donal O Raghallaigh Donal is experienced in all aspects of commercial real estate. He has…
Ms Fiona O'Beirne photo Ms Fiona O'BeirneFiona has practised for over 25 years in the area commercial litigation…
Mr Garreth O'Brien photo Mr Garreth O'BrienGarreth is a partner in our Corporate Group and has overall responsibility…
Mr Shane O'Brien photo Mr Shane O'BrienShane trained in McCann FitzGerald and is a member of our Dispute…
Mr Conor O'Dwyer photo Mr Conor O'DwyerConor is a partner in the firm’s Corporate Finance Group and has…
Mr Eamonn O'Hanrahan photo Mr Eamonn O'HanrahanEamonn leads our Projects Group, and has particular experience in project finance,…
Mr Rory O'Malley photo Mr Rory O'MalleyRory advises on a broad range of corporate matters, including mergers &…
Ms Georgina O'Riordan photo Ms Georgina O'RiordanGeorgina is Head of our Finance Group and her practice focuses on…
Mr David O’Dea photo Mr David O’DeaPartner
Mr Niall Powderly  photo Mr Niall Powderly Niall is Head of our Corporate Banking Group. As a transactional lawyer…
Mr Stephen Proctor  photo Mr Stephen Proctor Stephen specialises in construction law and acts for both public and private…
Mr Brian Quigley  photo Mr Brian Quigley Brian specialises in commercial disputes with a focus on financial services disputes…
Ms Ciara Ryan  photo Ms Ciara Ryan Ciara has a broad range of litigation and dispute resolution experience advising…
Ms Orlaith Sheehy photo Ms Orlaith SheehyPartner
Mr Brendan Slattery  photo Mr Brendan Slattery With almost twenty years’ experience in the areas of environment, planning and…
Ms Lisa Smyth  photo Ms Lisa Smyth Lisa has experience of advising in restructuring, examinership, receivership, liquidation and personal…
Mr Tony Spratt  photo Mr Tony Spratt Tony advises clients on the structuring and establishment of every type of…
Mr Shane Sweeney  photo Mr Shane Sweeney Shane deals with all facets of commercial property work in Ireland. He…
Ms Laura Treacy  photo Ms Laura Treacy Laura is a partner in our Brussels office. She advises on all…
Mr Mark White  photo Mr Mark White Mark is Head of the Investment Management Group. He advises a wide…
Mr Eamon de Valera  photo Mr Eamon de Valera Eamon specialises in the areas of acquisition finance, property and development finance…
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At McCann FitzGerald we recognise equality, diversity and inclusion as key drivers of high-performing organisations and of effective and positive relationships. Two partners have responsibility for the strategic development and oversight of relevant initiatives.

We engaged the Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion at Dublin City University to conduct an anonymous firm-wide D&I survey to gather quantitative data and learn about relevant experiences/issues within the firm.  This proved a worthwhile and insightful exercise, providing baseline data allowing us to set goals in priority areas and track progress moving forward.  The partners are committed to introducing next generation D&I policies and initiatives reflecting the outputs of that research and any deficiencies identified.

The outputs of our current D&I initiatives include:

  • Our female representation at partner level is 30% and in senior management is well in excess of this number.
  • We are an all equity partnership and so our 30% figure is high by industry standards.
  • Our female representation at senior associate level is 62%
  • Our solicitor pipeline is 58% female.
  • Our Evolve coaching programme supports female employees transitioning back to work from maternity leave and feeds the female leadership pipeline through retention and growth of talent.
  • Our structured mentoring programme and agile working initiatives seek to address the gender imbalance at senior levels and to support work/life integration.
  • We have developed inclusive recruitment processes that acknowledge the diversity of applicants/candidates to the firm and aim to alleviate unconscious bias.  Our recruitment strategies are designed to reach candidates regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability or socio-economic background.
  • We have engaged with Diversity In Law, a network focused on supporting and developing the talent of minority Law students of high potential, irrespective of their personal or economic barriers and is a response to the lack of representation of minority lawyers in Ireland.
  • We encourage cognitive diversity in the management of the firm generally and endeavour to structure decision-making and strategy to leverage the diverse skills, strengths, experiences and perspectives across the firm.
  • We have an active Gender Pay Gap Committee that meets regularly to review our action plans and we are well prepared for implementation of the Gender Pay Gap legislation.
  • We host/support a range of events to support International Women’s Day.
  • We partner with BeLonG to during Pride Week and are founding members of the Outlaw Network, whose mission is to promote and drive the inclusion of LGBT+ people across the Irish legal community.
  • In September 2020 the firm held its first Anti-Racism Programme. We anticipate it will be an annual event.
  • Chinese New Year and other cultural events during the year are celebrated.
  • We have Gender Neutral and Accessible Toilets.
  • Our pro bono work has a focus on gender and diversity issues in terms of the initiatives the firm supports and pursues. The firm is one of three sustaining partners of Public Interest Law Alliance which itself partners with not for profit organisations, community groups and independent law centres that work on issues benefiting marginalised and disadvantaged people.

McCann FitzGerald LLP are Irish law specialists offering expert, forward-thinking legal counsel to clients in Ireland and around the world on a broad range of cross-border work.

Our Head Office is in Dublin and we have international offices in London, New York and Brussels, ensuring real time on the ground assistance when clients need it.

Our practice is not confined to the jurisdictions in which we have offices. We invest in building and maintaining relationships with local law firms for the benefit of our clients. We believe that local firms with specialist expertise and a good knowledge of the local personalities (be it regulators or judges) can often achieve better results.

Our Brussels office has close ties with European Commission officials and other relevant EU institutions, including France, Germany, The Netherlands, and Spain.

We work with the best law firms around the globe on a daily basis. The firm is not tied to fixed law firm relationships – this ensures we can source the best service, value and legal partner that is appropriate to specific transactions. We seek to foster open, transparent and collaborative relationships with all firms with whom we work.

We understand the cultural and legal challenges that cross border work can pose, particularly where it is essential to have consistency of approach across all jurisdictions. Key to the success of this type of co-ordination is a strong lead firm that can work alongside local counsel collaboratively, incorporating processes that are working well while also driving the agenda on behalf of the client, to achieve best outcomes.

Relevant assignments

We undertake a wide range of cross-border transactional, regulatory and contentious work, involving different jurisdictions and across different legal systems. Sample recent assignments include advising:

  • AerCap Holdings N.V. (in conjunction with Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP and Nauta Dutilh NV) on its definitive agreement with General Electric to acquire 100% of GE Capital Aviation Services, a GE business.
  • FMS Wertmanagement AöR on the successful redemption, through the novel use of an Irish scheme of arrangement process, of covered bonds thus accelerating the wind-down strategy of the DEPFA Group and unlocking the sale of DEPFA Bank to BAWAG PSK Bank
  • DAF Trucks (with De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek N.V.) in follow-on damages claims in Ireland arising from Commission decision of infringement of competition law rules by truck manufacturers.
  • Trinseo on its redomiciliation from Luxembourg to Ireland and the listing of the new Irish holding company, Trinseo PLC, on the NYSE.
  • US Department of Justice on its participation as an amicus curiae in the landmark ‘Schrems II proceedings

We receive regular instructions from various international law firms in relation to data protection matters advising some of the largest international companies including Microsoft, Google, Warner Brothers, MasterCard, DHL, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Adidas, PWC and Credit Suisse.

We are members of the International Fraud Group which is a global network of firms specialising in fraud asset recovery and cyber-crime and we can access specialist advice through member firms at short notice.