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McCann FitzGerald LLP

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McCann FitzGerald LLP’s equity capital markets practice has a track record handling the full range of corporate transactions for financial institutions, corporate issuers, investment managers and investors. Specializing exclusively in Irish law, the group is skilled in IPOs, public offerings, restructurings and corporate governance issues, with key contact Éamon Ó Cúiv  advising on debt capital markets and corporate lending work. Also of note is Hugh Beattie whose practice focuses on finance and funds management matters. He is also experienced in financial regulation.

Practice head(s):

Eamon O Cuiv ; Hugh Beattie

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 on its successful listing on the main market for listed securities of Euronext Dublin.
  • Advised Datalex plc, a leading provider of digital retail technology to the airline industry on its €25m fundraising by cornerstone placing, firm placing and placing and open offer and its associated migration from the official list of Euronext Dublin to Euronext Growth.

Ireland > Capital markets

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


‘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


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


Morgan Stanley


Intesa Sanpaolo

International Swaps and Derivatives Association Inc.


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.

McCann FitzGerald LLP’s London office acts for Irish, UK and international clients on Irish law matters and specialises in investment funds, banking and financial services, debt capital markets and loan sale transactions.

The firm: McCann FitzGerald LLP was the first major Irish law firm to establish offices in London in 1986 to serve the growing needs of clients, and has long been one of the largest London offices of any Irish law firm.

The firm is pioneering change in the delivery of legal services to clients by utilising innovative technology solutions in transactions and disputes. Our Legal Technology Solutions (LTS) group is a pioneering, innovative model for the management of high-volume document review and reporting.

Office head Hugh Beattie has particular expertise in investment funds, structured finance, secured lending, bank/financial services regulation, debt capital markets, securitisation and corporate treasury.

Types of work undertaken:
Banking and financial services: McCann FitzGerald LLP’s finance group advises on the full range of banking and financial activities. Its lawyers work on many of the most innovative financing transactions in the market and advise on the most complex regulatory issues. Its London office supports clients engaged in international financing, especially in the London market. It also acts regularly for banks and financial services providers on issues such as regulatory compliance, enforcement of guarantees and security, negotiation disputes, employment disputes, restructuring and insolvency, breach of confidence and defamation claims, and discovery orders and requests from public inquiries.

Corporate: McCann FitzGerald LLP has extensive experience of advising on corporate and commercial transactions, often with a cross-border element. It has advised on many major transactions, including some of the most complex and innovative M&A transactions and equity offerings. It 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, and has extensive expertise in complex domestic and international M&A transactions.

Dispute resolution and litigation: our Disputes group acts for a broad spectrum of clients, particularly those in the corporate and financial sectors. Understanding legal, commercial and reputational risk, it devises strategies which 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 the commercial courts.

Real estate: McCann FitzGerald LLP’s real estate group comprises two main practices commercial real estate and construction. Its commercial real estate group advises across the complete spectrum of property-related issues. It advises on complex acquisitions, lettings, restructuring, security, enforcement and tax-based deals, and works with specialists across the firm to ensure all of its clients’ requirements are met to the highest standard. The construction group encompasses 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.

Industry sectors: lawyers at McCann FitzGerald LLP specialise in business sectors as well as practice areas for maximum effectiveness. They are organised around selected industries so that they can share the latest research, track competitive dynamics, stay abreast of relevant regulatory changes and track emerging industry trends. In this way, the firm provides tailor-made advice and representation based on industry-specific expertise that enables clients to achieve their commercial objectives.

Other offices: Dublin (head office), New York, Brussels

Managing Partner Stephen Holst
Head of London Office Hugh Beattie
Head of Disputes/Restructuring and Insolvency Michael Murphy
Head of Real Estate Shane Fahy
Head of Construction Barrett Chapman
Head of Finance Georgina O'Riordan
Head of Corporate Stephen FitzSimons
Hugh Beattie photo Hugh BeattieHugh specialises in investment funds, securitisation, structured finance, debt capital markets, restructuring,…
Éamon Ó Cúiv photo Éamon Ó CúivÉamon advises clients on a wide range of financing transactions, including debt…
Number of UK partners : 2
Number of other UK fee-earners : 5