Firm Profile > McCann FitzGerald > Dublin, Ireland

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

Asset finance Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald stands out for its ability to act as lead counsel on complex aviation finance transactions, with a particular focus on advising major global aircraft lessors. Areas of strength for the team include ABS transactions, portfolio trades and the establishment of joint ventures in the aviation industry, as well as major restructuring deals stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic (in which Joe Fay has played a key role) and sale and leaseback transactions. Noted for its 'extraordinary strength in depth', the team also includes Catherine Deane, Hilary Marren, Georgina O’Riordan and senior associate Ian Payne.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Ian Payne; Laura Deignan

Testimonials

‘They are extremely strong at all levels across the full spectrum of work in the aviation sphere, including portfolio sales and acquisitions, and all manners of financing, advisory, regulatory, litigation, restructuring and corporate work.’

‘Very strong capability at all levels of qualification – the consistency of work product is very, very impressive.’

‘Joe Fay is a huge asset to have in your corner. Very bright, technically astute, excellent at identifying key risks and issues in a deal, pragmatic, creative – all round an excellent practitioner.’

‘Hilary Marren has a vast array of experience across all manner of asset finance work. ’

‘Catherine Deane has a tremendous ability to build rapport and trust with all stakeholders in a transaction, coupled with an experience that facilitates discussions and problem solving on those aspects that are genuinely important to getting a deal closed. ’

‘Extraordinary strength in depth and show a real passion for their work. Extremely proactive and great at anticipating and solving problems before they become an issue.’

‘Catherine Deane is second to none and unparalleled in the aviation field.’

‘Ian Payne and Laura Deignan are standout 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

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

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. 

Banking and finance Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald acts for clients on high-profile matters 'at the forefront of the Irish market'. It has wide-ranging expertise in acquisition finance, asset finance, project and infrastructure finance, construction and real estate finance, and fund finance, with particularly significant experience in multi-layered transactions. The firm is also known for its strong financial services regulatory offering, which is led by Josh Hogan. The sizeable team includes the highly regarded Eamon de Valera and Niall PowderlyPhilip Murphy has expertise in the financing of leveraged buy-outs and acquisitions, while Tom Dane is experienced in development finance. Niall McDowell and Aidan Gleeson provide strong support at senior associate level.

Practice head(s):

Fergus Gillen

Other key lawyers:

Eamon de Valera; Niall Powderly; Philip Murphy; Stuart McCarron; Tom Dane; Josh Hogan; Niall McDowell; Aidan Gleeson

Testimonials

‘Philip Murphy is regarded as the gold standard for Irish corporate banking lawyers. He combines superb technical skills with a very strong communication style. He is fair, direct and clearly plays the long game when it comes to dealing with clients.’

‘Niall Powderly has an excellent reputation in my organisation. He is a very fair, no-nonsense lawyer who excels at getting the job done with minimum fuss.’

‘The corporate lending team in McCann FitzGerald has a depth of knowledge in the Irish lending market which is impressive. It has a large team which seems to be involved in most of the significant transactions ongoing at any given time, giving it a depth of expertise and market knowledge that we find to be very beneficial.’

‘The firm mixes legal expertise with a consistent commercial approach which facilitates better transaction outcomes and delivers a superior customer experience ’

‘Very commercial, responsive, competent, solution-focused and proactive.’

‘The team led by Tom Dane and Niall McDowell is a strong blend of experience, commerciality and capability to close out transactions within tight timeframes. I have always had full confidence in being able to throw anything at this team and know that it will be dealt with in the most professional and sensible way, providing us with strong commercial advice and a way forward. The team are unique in my opinion in that they take the time to fully understand our business, our commercial triggers and give us clarity on steps to closing whilst doing this in a timely manner.’

‘McCann FitzGerald are a top firm and leader in the Irish market. They are at the forefront of the Irish market in terms of experience and expertise.

‘For us, Eamon de Valera and Aidan Gleeson are absolutely outstanding. They are approachable, scrupulous in working through detail, and always protect our business. They support the business decision by finding the legal solution, rather than trying to change the business approach to suit a legal solution.’

Key clients

Activate Capital Limited

Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c.

An Post

Ardstone Residential Partners Fund ICAV

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

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

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

Foreign Currency Direct plc

Garrison Earlsfort Investments Limited

Global Student Accommodation Group

Goldman Sachs

Haitong Investment Ireland plc

Hayfin

Capital markets Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald has significant experience in high-profile ECM and DCM transactions in the Irish market. The DCM group is skilled in handling bond issuances, note programme work and securitisations, with notable expertise in sustainable finance-linked transactions such as green bond issuances. Fergus Gillen leads the team, Adrian Farrell has 'excellent experience' in cross-border DCM and structured finance matters, and Judith Lawless has significant expertise in derivatives. The ECM team led by Aidan Lawlor has a strong track record in domestic and international IPOs, share placing and delistings. David Byers, Stephen FitzSimons and Gill Lohan are among the key contacts.

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 is always available and does an excellent job tailoring the advice to the audience and the subject matter. They also do a great job of finding creative solutions to problems and using solid judgement in raising issues to the client.’

‘Stephen FitzSimons provides excellent client service. He works hard and provides outstanding work product, but he also takes the time to understand the client’s needs and even anticipate them. And he excels at finding creative solutions to help the client meet its goals.’

‘Adrian Farrell has excellent experience.’

‘Judith Lawless is an exceptional practitioner. Her diligent, thoughtful and proactive approach is valued very highly by me and my colleagues. Her expertise in the Irish market and derivatives products and documentation is second to none. In particular, Judith makes a special effort to commit her time and expertise to the advancement of important industry projects, initiatives and events. I am very appreciative for all that she does to support our business strategy and objectives.’

‘Derivatives can be a complex legal matter that in-house peers may not have much exposure to on a day-to-day basis depending on the industry they work in. The lawyers at McCann FitzGerald are excellent at explaining this complex area in an easy-to-understand way.’

‘Judith Lawless is an excellent communicator, practical and proactive.’

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Skilled in public and private M&A, McCann FitzGerald's 'efficient, pragmatic and very experienced' team has been particularly active in high-profile transactions in the pharmaceutical, energy and insurance sectors, with notable expertise in advising private equity funds. The group also advises on joint ventures, reorganisations and takeovers, and privatisations. The energy and renewables space is a key area of expertise for practice head Valerie LawlorAlan Fuller and Rory O’MalleyGill Lohan focuses on private M&A and restructurings. Senior associate Stephen Fuller is experienced in insurance M&A. The highly experienced David Byers and David Lydon are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Valerie Lawlor

Other key lawyers:

David Lydon; David Byers; Stephen FitzSimons; Alan Fuller; Conor O’Dwyer; Rory O’Malley; Ben Gaffikin; Aidan Lawlor; Gill Lohan; Stephen Fuller

Testimonials

‘Exceptional professionalism and expertise. They have always serviced my account with very experienced and capable partners and are good at limiting the number of other staff assigned to projects (which in my experience can greatly increase cost with little added value).’

‘Alan Fuller is technically excellent. His very broad experience brings critical insight into issues that arise.’

‘Fantastic service by David Byers, Stephen FitzSimons and the team under tremendous pressure during a high-profile matter. Top-tier lawyers for world-class transactions.’

‘Efficient, pragmatic and very experienced. Great with in-house teams’

‘Valerie Lawlor is a great lawyer, highly motivated for clients and extremely focused on delivery. Rory O’Malley is a great guy, very calm and pragmatic, and a dedicated and knowledgeable lawyer.’

‘Stephen Fuller is very capable.’

‘Gill Lohan is excellent.’

Key clients

Abbvie

Pfizer

Coillte

Greencoat Renewables

Irish Life (Great West Life Co)

Monument Re

Brookfield Renewables

Apollo Global Management

Amdocs

CarTrawler

Construction Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald fields 'a stellar team of seasoned professionals', which handles complex contentious and non-contentious construction matters. The team's work includes advising developers on design and build contracts, assisting contractors with contract management, and acting for the lenders to developments. The practice also receives instructions from public sector bodies relating to the procurement, design and construction of projects, including on issues caused by the Covid-19 pandemic such as the closure of construction sites. Practice head Kevin Kelly has considerable experience in this space, while Barrett Chapman handles disputes and advisory work. Stephen Proctor counts public sector bodies, financial institutions, and contractors amongst his clients.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Kelly

Other key lawyers:

Barrett Chapman; Stephen Proctor; Jamie McGee

Testimonials

‘An excellent team in terms of knowledge, communications and efficiency. The construction team are all very friendly and pleasant to deal with which really makes a difference.’

‘The members of the construction team that we deal with (Jamie McGee, Barrett Chapman, Stephen Proctor, Kevin Kelly) are on top of their game in terms of knowledge and expertise. In addition to all that, they are individually really nice people to work with. Construction can be a very complex part of property transactions and so we really appreciate the time they take with us to explain issues, thinking from a commercial perspective and suggesting possible solutions/compromises.’

‘A very experienced and capable team that understands the complexity of the challenges faced in large-scale projects. They listen well to the client and understand all the issues. They clearly communicate their recommendations and opinions.’

‘They are all strong individuals with key strengths, but what’s really important is how they work together for the client. Strong teamwork with complementary skills.’

‘The construction department has enduring strength and depth, built up over decades. They field a stellar team of seasoned professionals who have a profound grasp of how the industry works in Ireland. They excel both on the contentious construction side and in providing technically superb advice on an integrated basis with other areas of the firm. They are the Rolls Royce of construction law departments in Ireland. ’

‘Barrett Chapman is a consummate professional – hugely competent, responsive, intelligent, a tough and resilient negotiator whose conduct never falls below the highest professional and ethical standards. Stephen Proctor and Kevin Kelly are top class advisers on complex contracts and procurement issues. ’

‘Top class advice on preparation of contracts, ensuring that the client’s best interests are looked after. They have the ability to bring in specialist advisors from other parts of the practice to give the best advice.’

‘Working with Stephen Proctor is a very good experience as he listens to your requests and ensures that any problem or potential problem in the future is resolved or mitigated. Stephen works with clients rather than telling them that he knows best and as a result he gets the best solutions. Always a pleasure getting advice from Stephen.’

Key clients

Ardstone Partners ICAV

Bartra Capital Property Group

Billings Design Associates

Bord na Mona

British Embassy

Central Bank of Ireland

Clancy Construction

Collen Construction Limited

daa plc (Dublin Airport Authority)

ECE Projektmanagement G.m.b.H. & Co. KG

Ellyon Limited

Electricity Supply Board

Ervia/Aurora

Funders including: Housing Finance Agency, Activate Capital, Allied Irish Bank plc, Bank of Ireland, Broadhaven Credit Partners, Quadrant Real Estate Advisors, Deutsche Bank Ag, Rabobank

Grangegorman Development Agency

Global Student Accommodation

Heneghan Peng Architects Limited

Housing Finance Agency

Hudson Advisors Ireland Limited

Jacobs Engineering Ireland Limited

John Sisk and Son (Holdings) Limited

Jones Engineering

Kingspan

Lioncor

Mac Group

Macquarie

Marlet Property Group Limited

National Development Finance Agency

National Paediatric Hospital Development Board

NTM Capital LLP

Office of Government Procurement

Office of Public Works

Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald advises clients from a range of sectors, including state bodies, on data protection and advisory matters. The team is active in assisting clients with ensuring that new products, commercial agreements, and corporate transactions comply with Irish and European data regulations. The practice also collaborates with other international law firms to advise on the Irish aspects of cross-border matters. Practice head Paul Lavery frequently handles GDPR matters, and is praised for his experience dealing with regulators. Adam Finlay 'always has practical solutions on how to broach an issue', and advises technology companies and financial institutions. Doug McMahon is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Paul Lavery

Other key lawyers:

Adam Finlay; Doug McMahon

Testimonials

‘Paul Lavery and Doug McMahon are exceptional communicators, very relatable and efficient. Doug McMahon has been particularly outstanding advising on GDPR related matters.’

‘Calm, sensible, and practical advice, with great application of logic, and an awareness of how to make it work in the real world of a busy financial institution.’

‘Adam Finlay is the standout individual. Nothing phases him. He’s seen it all and he always has practical solutions on how to broach an issue. He’s aware of cost and timing realities. A fountain of calm in the ever-changing world of data protection. He’s simply fantastic.’

‘I consider McCann FitzGerald – and Paul Lavery in particular – to lead the field in the area of data privacy law in Ireland.’

‘Paul Lavery is the leading expert in this field in Ireland – he brings a depth of experience, including in dealing with the regulatory authority – to his advisory practice.’

‘The advice is top notch. The team knows its brief inside out. Advice received is practical and very commercially orientated. When I call this team about a query, I feel that I am calling a friend for advice. I have an enormous amount of trust in this team and they are always my first port of call. They are available 24/7. They are excellent value for money.’

‘The stand-out partners are Paul Lavery and Doug McMahon. I trust them and feel that they have my back. They would answer the phone to me at midnight. They explain the law and offer commercial solutions. They stick to their quotes and I have never had any nasty surprises. The client care is excellent. I actually feel like we are friends.’

‘Excellent, well-informed and current, business context specific legal advice is provided – with access to expert advice in specific areas.’

Key clients

Hostelworld

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Vhi Insurance

Pandora Media

United States Department of Justice

National Transport Authority

Independent News & Media

Alkermes

World Rugby

Law Society

Trace International

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Led by Terence McCrann, McCann FitzGerald's dispute resolution practice covers the full gamut of matters in this sector. The practice is adept at representing clients both in court and in arbitrations. In regulatory disputes, the team acts for companies and state bodies across sectors including transportation, telecoms and utilities. The sizeable team also includes Seán Barton, Michelle Doyle, Ciara Ryan, and Rosaleen Byrne. Helen Kilroy and senior associate Amy Brick are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Terence McCrann

Other key lawyers:

Seán Barton; Michelle Doyle; Ciara Ryan; Rosaleen Byrne; Helen Kilroy; Amy Brick

Testimonials

‘Stand out individuals include Rosaleen Byrne and Amy Brick. I value their specialist knowledge and their judgement. ’

‘A key attraction of this practice is the fact that they are actively involved in many of the high profile matters occurring in this space. This means that they are fully up to speed in all that is happening in this field and have insights above and beyond their peers. ’

‘Audrey Byrne excels in her field and provides highly savvy and seasoned business-friendly and practical advice. Her incredible wealth of experience and reasoned and clear advice inspires great confidence in our boardroom and beyond. She’s my first port of call in a storm. ’

‘Ciara Ryan is very approachable and helpful. She has a way of making complicated legal matters and terms clear, easy to understand. Her team, Darragh Murray and Alice Ward, are very approachable and professional, striving to achieve the best outcome. They both give good breakdowns of legal issues and options.’

‘The work output from the dispute resolution practice is consistently excellent. Advices are clear, concise and considered with key issues regarding strategy and net outcomes carefully assessed and factored into every aspect of their communication. The team is very responsive, pleasant and easy to work with.’

‘Ciara Ryan is an excellent lawyer. Her attention to detail and granular knowledge of the file is impressive and is consistently demonstrated through her very focused and effective handling of contentious litigation. Ciara is also very approachable and responsive to client needs – be that advice on legal strategy or mechanisms to help address or control/deal with costs. Alice Ward is a very efficient associate, who is responsive, thorough and always helpful in her approach. ’

‘My experience with this firm is second to none. I found their attention to detail unrivalled. Their correspondence is direct and to the point without being aggressive. What amazed me was their ability to reply to litigious correspondence almost immediately while keeping to the highest standards. I was particularly impressed by the analytical review of a case and their ability to call an important determination. I would highly recommend.’

‘I found Brian Quigley’s ability to furnish a quick and accurate prognosis of my case unrivalled. He thinks very like a counsel and his in-depth knowledge of the law and process was top class. He came highly recommended and exceeded those recommendations. Solicitor Gerard Sadlier’s ability to correspond on important litigious matters in a most detailed and direct manner sets him aside from other solicitors at his level. I have little doubt that he will become one of the top litigators in Ireland in years to come. I highly recommend him. Solicitor Patrick Longworth is a very hard worker who will benefit from working under such a strong team of senior solicitors and partners. He never failed to return a call and was always to the point. One to watch.’

Key clients

Independent News & Media plc

Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (In Special Liquidation)

Government of the United States of America

DAF Trucks NV and DAF Trucks Deutschland GmbH

Central Bank of Ireland

Vhi Healthcare

National Transport Authority

National Asset Management Agency

DePuy International Limited

Vodafone Group

Twitter International

CarTrawler

Permanent TSB P.L.C.

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

Employment Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald handles the employment aspects of corporate transactions, and on the contentious side, it represents employers in mediations, as well as matters before the Workplace Relations Commission and the High Court. The team's clients include both public and private sector employers. The practice is led by highly experienced litigator Terence McCrannMary Brassil advises on employment issues arising from M&A, outsourcings and restructurings. Whistleblowing expert Stephen Holst is another key partner. Senior associate Donal Hamilton is active in contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Terence McCrann

Other key lawyers:

Mary Brassil; Stephen Holst; Donal Hamilton

Key clients

Road Safety Authority

Cartrawler

Aer Lingus

Sanofi / Genzyme

Boston Scientific

Deutsche Bank

VHI

National Transport Authority “NTA”

Transport Infrastructure Ireland “TII”

CHC Helicopter Rescue Service

Borg Warner

Cardinal Health

Milestone

Apollo Global Management

Amdocs

Broadcom

Energy and natural resources Tier 1

'Hugely experienced in energy and natural resources', McCann FitzGerald is deeply involved in regulatory energy work, particularly in the renewables space, as well as advising on financings and transactions involving energy projects. The team has recently been especially active in the growing area of offshore wind. The practice is led by Patricia Lawless, who is experienced across a wide range of energy sectors. Valerie Lawlor is a 'first-class energy transactional lawyer'; Brendan Slattery is active in advising on planning and environmental matters; and Rory O’Malley is noted for his work in both transactions and equity fundraisings. Éamon Ó Cuív, who specialises in financing, is able to provide additional support from the firm's London office.

Practice head(s):

Patricia Lawless

Other key lawyers:

Valerie Lawlor; Brendan Slattery; Rory O’Mallen; Éamon Ó Cuív

Testimonials

‘Efficient, pragmatic, huge industry knowledge, fully focused on delivering on clients objectives, and in any deal they always seem way ahead of other side in solutions and planning for next steps and eventualities. They are proactive leaders.’

‘Valerie Lawlor is a tour de force in driving deals and project managing large scale transactions; she is so experienced and has great industry knowledge.’

‘Deep knowledge of the sector and the history of its development in Ireland.’

‘Patricia Lawless and Valerie Lawlor are outstanding in this field.’

‘The McCann FitzGerald team is hugely experienced in energy and natural resources. They have particular expertise in all aspects of regulated utilities and are the go to firm for these sectors.’

‘Patricia Lawless is a pre-eminent practitioner in this sector and deserves her inclusion in the Hall of Fame.’

‘McCann Fitzgerald have unrivalled strength-in-depth in Ireland in the energy and natural resources space. Their partners have industry experience second to none and they combine this with encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and commercial nous.’

‘Patricia Lawless is probably Ireland’s leading energy lawyer. She knows the sector backwards and is very forthcoming with her experience. Valerie Lawlor is a first-class energy transactional lawyer.’

Key clients

Coillte

Hazel Shore Limited

Brookfield Renewables Ireland

SUSI Partners AG

Greencoat Renewables

PSE Kinsale

Allied Irish Bank/Derrysallagh Wind Farm

Ervia

UniInstitutional Infrastruktur SICAV-SIF, a fund managed by Union Investment

Gore Street Energy Storage Fund plc

New Fortress Energy

Bord na Móna

Statkraft

Apollo

EU and competition Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald has 'great depth of coverage' across all areas of EU and competition law, but is particularly strong in merger control, regularly advising on high-profile domestic and cross-border M&A, as well as cartel investigations and private enforcement actions. The team is also experienced in advising multinationals and Irish state bodies on complex state aid issues, an area where Laura Treacy, who was previously head of the firm's Brussels office, has particular expertise. The 'exceptional' Philip Andrews leads the team, which also includes associate Seán O’Dea, who regularly advises on competition law compliance.

Practice head(s):

Philip Andrews

Other key lawyers:

Laura Treacy; Seán O’Dea

Testimonials

‘In our view, the McCann FitzGerald group is the most commercial team in the Irish market covering this space. Philip Andrews and Seán O’Dea are a pleasure to work with. They find creative solutions on complex matters, have excellent relationships with regulators and key influencers and the ability to simplify complex matters. Fair billing and good risk alignment.’

‘Philip Andrews is an exceptional competition partner. He has deep expertise, excellent regulatory relationships, and provides a balanced analysis and a creative way of conveying issues in regulatory submissions. Seán O’Dea is a highly capable associate with excellent client-facing skills and regulatory process management abilities.’

‘Philip Andrews is extremely responsive and easy to work with. Laura Treacy understands the client’s needs.’

‘One of the top practices in the country without question. Great depth of coverage across cartels, abuse of dominance, mergers, regulatory and litigation matters.’

‘Philip Andrews is one of Ireland’s leading competition practitioners.’

‘Laura Treacy and her associate Seán O’Dea were helpful, clear and responsive in their advice. Laura repeatedly made herself available at short notice to fit our schedule and took the time to talk through the issues in a practical context rather than simply sending long technical advice notes.’

‘Highly attentive to detail but very pragmatic, fabulous work ethic, stamina and great problem-solving ability. Work very well with in-house teams and are happy to lead commercial teams or liaise through in-house legal so are very respectful of internal legal teams and requirements.’

‘Seán O’Dea gave our team excellent detailed advice on state aid and the general block exemption regulation.’

Key clients

Coillte

Exponent Private Equity LLP / Enva Group

Vhi

Vodafone Ireland plc

Commission for Communications Regulation

Electricity Supply Board

DAF Trucks

Bord na Móna

Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association

BWG Foods

Dublin Airport Authority

Cemex

Lakeland Dairies

National Asset Management Agency

National Treasury Management Agency

BBC

Bristol Myers Squibb

Oaktree

Sisk

Sysco

Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (in special liquidation)

Irish Life

Gas Networks Ireland

Brookfield

Deutsche Bank

London Stock Exchange

EQT Partners

Volkswagen

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

The 'very capable' team at McCann FitzGerald has extensive experience in litigation in the healthcare and life sciences sectors, with particular expertise in product liability disputes and patent litigation. The team also handles a range of non-contentious matters, including corporate transactions for leading pharmaceutical companies and regulatory issues, particularly in relation to pricing and reimbursements and medical devices. The practice is led by Roddy Bourke, who is highly regarded for his product liability expertise; Fiona O’Beirne, who has extensive experience representing originator companies in patent litigation; and David Lydon, who handles corporate matters.

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

‘Very broad scope. Experienced lawyers.’

‘Roddy Bourke stands out for his dedication to the case and the client. He is very experienced.’

‘Very capable team with an ability to be an adjunct to the in-house team and having a great insight into the business. Strong players at every level.’

‘David Lydon is superb as a partner to the business, is innovative and understands the broader commercial picture. Roddy Bourke is highly pragmatic.’

‘Great team. Amongst the best at life sciences in Ireland. Shane O’Brien is very easy to work with and provided good, practical advice.’

‘They are able to handle complex regulatory questions in the healthcare and life sciences sector, such as patient support programmes, advertising and clinical studies.’

‘Shane O’Brien has an in-depth sector expertise and is able to tackle a wide range of regulatory matters in the life sciences sector under local laws. I appreciate that he is prompt to answer any queries we may have and provides advice that is clear, actionable from a business perspective, but at the same time nuanced and showing the risks that a business may incur in case of non-compliance with the advice he provides.’

‘It has been a pleasure working with Fiona O’Beirne and Shane O’Brien. I have been particularly impressed by the level of detail with which they engaged with the technical (scientific) aspects of the case, including all of the expert evidence. Fiona and Shane have also been extremely diligent and responsive.’

Key clients

Pfizer

Adapt Pharma

SISK Healthcare

Novo Nordisk

BTG plc

Gilead Sciences Inc

Chiesi Farmaceutici SpA

Science Foundation Ireland

Grunenthal GmbH

Inflection Biosciences

Alkermes

Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association

Information technology Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald's information technology practice spans the full gamut of work in this sector, and the group acts for domestic and international companies as well as public sector bodies. The team provides regulatory and contractual advice, and also advises on some of the highest value procurement and outsourcing agreements on the market. Practice head Paul Lavery is 'very pragmatic and solutions focused'; Adam Finlay and Douglas McMahon also have broad practices and are other key names.

Practice head(s):

Paul Lavery

Other key lawyers:

Adam Finlay; Douglas McMahon

Testimonials

‘Incredibly responsive and always available. Very solutions focused. Technically strong with good commercial accumen. ’

‘Paul Lavery is very knowledgeable and excellent at breaking things down and explaining complicated matters in a very clear, easy to understand way. Very pragmatic and solutions focused, very good negotiating style, always available and always very pleasant to deal with. ’

‘Paul Lavery provides practical solutions to complex problems. ’

‘The advice is top notch. The team knows its brief inside out. Advice received is practical and very commercially orientated. When I call this team about a query, I feel that I am calling a friend for advice. I have an enormous amount of trust in this team and they are always my first port of call. They are available 24/7. They are excellent value for money.’

‘Paul Lavery and Doug McMahon’s advice is top notch. They explain the law and provide commercial solutions. They would answer the phone to me at midnight. They are very friendly and their client care is excellent. They have never missed a deadline. I would be lost without them.’

‘Well rounded practice with a broad range of expertise in areas such as IT contracts, data protection, outsourcing and commercial contracts, fintech, advertising, pharma etc. There is always a focus on practical advice and enabling business. ’

‘I work mainly with Doug MacMahon. Doug is very responsive and provides helpful and practical advice quickly and efficiently. It is a pleasure to deal with him. ’

Key clients

AerCap Ireland Limited

CarTrawler

Roche Products (Ireland) Limited

Vhi

CapitalFlow

Alkermes

Irish Life

Navi Group

Visa

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Institute of Banking

Ervia and Irish Water

National Transport Authority

BWG Foods

Hostelworld

CreditLogic

Ulster Bank

Córas Iompair Éireann (CIÉ)

Kingspan

Insolvency and corporate restructuring Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald advises on matters across the spectrum of the insolvency and restructuring area. In 2020, the team received a number of instructions from distressed companies affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly in the aviation, tourism and hospitality sectors, advising on restructurings. The practice is also active in the growing area of Irish companies restructuring under US Chapter 11 filings. Michael Murphy leads the team and Lisa Smyth is praised as 'commercial, technical and helpful'; both have broad expertise in this area.

Practice head(s):

Michael Murphy

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Smyth

Testimonials

‘Great local law contacts and technical skills.’

‘Lisa Smyth is commercial, technical and helpful.’

Key clients

Ken Fennell, Deloitte

Nordic Aviation Capital DAC

Asia Pulp and Paper

David Cotter, CFO, Car Trawler

National Asset Management Agency

Assured Guaranty (Europe) Plc and Assured Guaranty Corp

Kieran Wallace, Eamonn Richardson and Shane McCarthy, KPMG, partner

Hostelworld Group Plc

Paul McCann and Stephen Tennant, Litigation Receivers: Grant Thornton

Ken Tyrell and Declan McDonald, of PwC

Spicers (Ireland) LimitedPernix Ireland Limited

Luke Charleton and Andrew D’Oliver, EYGaelectric Holdings

H.I.G. Capital, Fortress Investment Group and Ken Fennell (Deloitte)

Insurance Tier 1

Highlighted for its 'good technical knowledge' and 'strong commercial practicality', McCann FitzGerald has extensive experience in M&A and group restructurings and reorganisations in the insurance industry, in addition to handling complex insurance disputes. Darragh Murphy leads the non-contentious side of the practice, which covers regulatory and corporate matters including cross-border transactions and Brexit planning. Roddy Bourke and Brian Quigley are among the key contacts for contentious matters, acting on coverage disputes (including two high-profile test cases relating to business interruption cover), professional indemnity claims and regulatory investigations.

Practice head(s):

Darragh Murphy; Roddy Bourke; Brian Quigley

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Derrig; David Hurley; Gerard Sadlier

Testimonials

‘Good technical knowledge, coupled with strong commercial practicality.’

‘Darragh Murphy is a practical lawyer with strong technical, regulatory and commercial experience.’

‘The team has in-depth knowledge of the regulatory environment for insurance in Ireland and is able to apply that knowledge to the facts in a clear, practical and efficient manner.’

‘Darragh Murphy couples expertise with pragmatism in order to get the right outcome for clients.’

‘My experience with this firm is second to none. I found their attention to detail unrivalled. Their correspondence is direct and to the point without being aggressive. What amazed me was their ability to reply to litigious correspondence almost immediately while keeping to the highest standards. I was particularly impressed by the analytical review of a case and their ability to call an important determination.’

‘I found Brian Quigley’s ability to furnish a quick and accurate prognosis of my case unrivalled. His knowledge of insurance contracts and the law of insurance is second to none. He thinks very like a counsel and his in-depth knowledge of the law and process was top class. He came highly recommended and exceeded those recommendations.’

‘Gerard Sadlier’s ability to correspond on important litigious matters in a most detailed and direct manner sets him aside from other solicitors at his level. I have little doubt that he will become one of the top litigators in Ireland in years to come. Highly recommended.’

‘Good corporate insurance team with transactional expertise.’

Key clients

Great West LifeCo Inc./Irish Life Assurance plc and related companies

MetLife Europe dac and related companies

Zurich Insurance Company Limited and related companies

The Voluntary Health Insurance Board (Vhi)

Generali AG

CBL Insurance Europe dac

State Claims Agency

White Horse Insurance dac

Canada Life Assurance

XL Insurance Company SE

Monument Re

Beazley

MML Growth Capital Limited

Loyola Group and Chris Kelly Group

Intellectual property Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald is known for its work in complex patent litigation. In 2020, the team's caseload included acting for telecoms companies on breaches of copyright by their customers, and handling related Norwich Pharmacal orders, as well as representing clients in multi-jurisdictional disputes involving pharmaceutical patents. Fiona O’Beirne leads on contentious IP matters, while Paul Lavery handles non-contentious work including IP registration and licensing. Shane O’Brien also handles IP litigation, and is praised by clients as 'excellent in every way'. Adam Finlay is noted for his work on commercial agreements concerning the use of intellectual property assets.

Practice head(s):

Fiona O’Beirne; Paul Lavery

Other key lawyers:

Shane O’Brien; Adam Finlay

Testimonials

‘I was very impressed with the speed by which my inquiry was processed. The matter was delicate and required sensitivity. I was impressed with the speed in which the query was handled and the depth of analysis that came back.’

‘I worked with Shane O’Brien. He was excellent in every way, in particular his communication skills were superb.’

‘Top tier for complex patent litigation in Ireland. A great user friendly team ’

‘Fiona O’Bierne and Shane O’Brien make a fantastic team – approachable, pragmatic and client friendly.’

‘McCann FitzGerald have done a great job working with us on SPC litigation matters for our common client. It has been a pleasure working with Fiona O’Beirne and Shane O’Brien. I have been particularly impressed by the level of detail with which they engaged with the technical (scientific) aspects of the case, including all of the expert evidence – this has been a refreshing change compared with working with other Irish firms, where there has been a tendency to rely on UK solicitors for technical input. Fiona and Shane have also been extremely diligent and responsive and although I did not attend the Irish trial, I know that the client was impressed by their contribution and support for the advocates.’

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

Investment funds Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald's 'responsive and commercially minded' team acts for a number of leading asset managers, most notably in the private equity and infrastructure spaces. It has seen a recent growth in work involving private equity, real estate and particularly credit funds, and is also active in advising on Brexit-related regulatory matters. Mark White, who has significant expertise in UCITS funds, leads the team. Other key contacts include the 'outstanding' Iain Ferguson, consultant Tony Spratt, who is particularly active in the alternative fund sector, and regulatory specialist Darragh Murphy. Consultant Anna Moran and 'exceptional' senior associate Morgan Dunne provide strong support.

Practice head(s):

Mark White

Other key lawyers:

Iain Ferguson; Darragh Murphy; Hugh Beattie; Tony Spratt; Anna Moran; Morgan Dunne

Testimonials

‘Highly experienced team with a good balance of senior and junior members and low staff turnover.’

‘Iain Ferguson is an outstanding investment funds partner whose experience as a former in-house lawyer has given him a deep commercial understanding of clients’ needs that is rare among private practice lawyers.’

‘Iain Ferguson has fantastic industry knowledge and is very client service focused.’

‘The McCanns team really works exceptionally well with my team in delivering thorough and considered advice, in a timely manner. Their comprehensive knowledge of the subject matter is conveyed in clear and understandable terms, with confidence. The team is extremely professional and diligent, and their advice always strikes the right balance of legal and commercial.’

‘Mark White provides my team with balanced, clear, objective and professional advice. He delegates where needed and fully trusts his team to follow his high standards. Morgan Dunne is an associate in the team – he is an exceptional individual who is focused on advising, challenging and protecting his client. His work ethic is top class, as are his client management skills.’

‘Responsive and commercially minded team providing pragmatic solutions to issues. Well plugged in to the current regulatory trends and a good relationship with the Central Bank.’

‘Mark White is a good communicator providing clear and actionable advice.’

‘Swift turnaround, concise answers, seamless backup – my favourite outside legal counsel to work with.’

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

Media and entertainment Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald's media and entertainment practice handles a broad range of matters in this area, with a particular focus on media defence. The practice acts for both traditional and new media clients in defending against defamation claims. Practice head Karyn Harty leads on many of these matters. The team also has a particular focus on advising gambling companies on regulatory matters, an area of work led by Alan Heuston.

Practice head(s):

Karyn Harty

Other key lawyers:

Alan Heuston

Testimonials

‘McCann FitzGerald’s media and entertainment team is long established and benefits from the strength in depth this brings. But they are also one of the few larger Irish firms that has actual expertise in media defence work and taking cases to trial. They are led very capably by Karyn Harty, whose knowledge and experience is preeminent. She is more than ably supported by the members of her team including media defence specialists such as senior associates like Lesley Caplin, Jaime Flattery and Ciara FitzGerald as well the more junior members of the team such as Harry Oulton.

‘Karyn Harty is always around when needed but also allows her team to get on with things.  When it comes to the senior associates Lesley Caplin, Jaime Flattery and Ciara FitzGerald as well the more junior Harry Oulton, I can’t sing their praises highly enough. They all work tirelessly and offer insight and commercial expertise on many difficult media litigation issues. ’

‘Reliable, available at all times and sound commercial sense’

‘Alan Heuston and Rory O’Malley are very thorough and are interchangeably available when we need them to address any queries or turn around work quickly. They are very fair and reasonable on how they bill for their work output.’

Key clients

BBC

Channel 4 television

Guardian News & Media

Independent News & Media plc

Buzzfeed

ITN

Twitter

Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO)

British and Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM)

Soundreef

Web Summit

Penguin Random House

Reach plc

32Red Limited

William Hill

LeoVegas AB

Addison Global

Banach Technologies

Bethard

LV Bet

Huuuge Games

Pensions and employee benefits Tier 1

Led by Eleanor Cunningham, McCann FitzGerald provides ongoing advice to trustees of large pension schemes as well as assisting with alterations to these schemes. The team is also involved in handling pension issues arising from insolvencies, as well as the establishment of new schemes. Consultant Catherine Austin is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Eleanor Cunningham

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Austin; Clementine Farrell

Testimonials

‘A capable, knowledgeable team with nous and market understanding as well as legal know how.’

‘Good quality advice, efficiently delivered and reasonably priced.’

‘Eleanor Cunningham is extremely diligent, very accessible and provides good practical advice.’

‘The team commits to being available 24/7/365 and the team delivers on that commitment.’

‘Catherine Austin is an exceptional lawyer who brings her extensive experience and expertise in the area of pensions to provide solution-focused advice.’

‘Eleanor Cunningham is always available, very knowledgeable, easy to work with, and provide high quality advice in a very clear manner. Ably supported by her team.’

‘Strong team at every level, from junior associate to partner. Very responsive.’

‘Catherine Austin and Eleanor Cunningham both provide structured advice that targets the key points and consider things from a practical business perspective.’

Key clients

Aer Lingus

Pfizer Plans Trustees

ESB Committee

Ford Trustees

Steel Company of Ireland Trustees

Planning and environment Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald advises on a varied range of projects, including residential property, energy and transportation developments. The team represents clients in the planning process, including seeking planning permission and challenging decisions through judicial review, and also advises on compliance with environmental regulations. Practice head Brendan Slattery acts for a client base spanning developers, investors and public bodies. Michelle Doyle has experience of both judicial review proceedings and non-contentious environmental matters. Associate Sinead Martyn specialises in environmental law; in addition to assisting clients with the environmental aspects of planning applications, she frequently provides workshops and lectures on this area of law.

Practice head(s):

Brendan Slattery

Other key lawyers:

Michelle Doyle; Sinead Martyn

Testimonials

‘Pragmatic, sharp advice. Overall strategic advice is thoughtful, commercial and pragmatic.’

‘Brendan Slattery provides sharp strategic advice. Always able to give clear advice even where there is complexity in the situation (i.e. willing to take a view).’

‘Works diligently and tirelessly to achieve the best results for clients. ’

‘In the area of general planning, I worked with Michelle Doyle. She has a superb ability to develop optimal strategies, and the determination and capability to successfully follow through to ultimate delivery of the desired outcomes. Brendan Slattery similarly provided excellent advice across a number of planning issues, with superb insight into the key issues underlying the relevant matters.’

‘In-depth knowledge of both the planning process and environmental regulations within the same team/individuals. Ability to clearly explain the ramifications of different strategies and approaches when compared versus these regulations.’

‘Excellent knowledge and, as important, the ability to impart and explain that knowledge to non-SMEs. Excellence in defining the requirements for the particular case being addressed.’

Key clients

Bord na Móna plc

Kildare County Council

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Roche Ireland Ltd

Galway County Council

daa plc

National Transport Authority

PSE Kinsale Energy

Irish Water

Greencoat

Bartra Capital

Statkraft

Saorgus Energy

New Fortress Energy

Apollo Global Management

Greenlink Interconnector

Enva

Ballymore

Ardstone Homes

Westridge Real Estate

Office of Public Works

Projects and PPP Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald has a proven track record of advising on projects across a range of sectors. The team is adept at advising state bodies on the procurement of infrastructure, particularly transport projects, and is also experienced in advising on the financing, refinancing and development of private sector projects. Practice head Eamonn O’Hanrahan handles financing and development work; Stephen Proctor is a key name for construction contracts; Brendan Slattery provides environmental and planning advice; and Colm Fanning is noted for his work on financing.

Practice head(s):

Eamonn O’Hanrahan

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Proctor; Brendan Slattery; Colm Fanning

Testimonials

‘I found that it was most helpful to be able to deal with experts in each individual field eg property, planning, tax, procurement, etc.’

‘They all allow the client to provide feedback and suggestions.’

‘The firm has exceptional capabilities in the area of projects and PPP practice, providing an excellent service for clients and seeking to ensure that they obtain the optimal outcomes in all cases.’

‘Vast knowledge of relevant key topics and solid verifiable advice given set out in terms that are easily understood.’

‘Accessible, approachable, engaging, knowledgeable. ’

‘The McCann FitzGerald team have an in-depth knowledge of PPP contracts. This allows for an efficient and informed response to any matters raised on which assistance is required. McCann Fitzgerald adopt a proactive approach in terms of flagging any emerging legislative/regulatory matters that require consideration in terms of potential impacts on PPP contracts. The accessibility of key staff members to discuss matters arising on PPP contracts is invaluable.’

‘I work closely with Eamonn O’Hanrahan. Eamonn’s attention to detail when preparing documents, contracts etc is second to none. Eamonn is particularly good at setting out the 360-degree view on matters, which is very beneficial in contract negotiation settings and in resolving contractual disputes. The timeliness of responding to matters is important to my firm and McCann Fitzgerald are consistently good on this front.’

Key clients

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

National Transport Authority

Road Safety Authority

Housing Finance Agency

Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c.

Housing Infrastructure Services Company

Apollo Global Management, LLC

Office of Public Works

National Paediatric Hospital Development Board

National Development Finance Agency

Department of Education

Ervia/Gas Network Ireland (GNI)

Bord na Móna

Greencoat Renewables

Brookfield Renewable Ireland

Public sector Tier 1

The 'exceptional' team at McCann FitzGerald has significant expertise in advising major public bodies on their statutory powers and functions, regulatory issues, public procurement, planning and environmental matters, and public investigations. The team also has notable experience in the construction of major public transport and infrastructure projects, which is a particular area of strength for Eamonn O’Hanrahan and Michelle Doyle. Practice head Seán Barton has a strong track record in public law investigations and enforcement actions, with a focus on the justice, education and charity sectors. Rosaleen Byrne also handles regulatory disputes, particularly in the financial services and telecoms sectors.

Practice head(s):

Seán Barton

Other key lawyers:

Eamonn O’Hanrahan; Michelle Doyle; Rosaleen Byrne; Brendan Slattery; Kevin Kelly; Ciara Ryan

Testimonials

‘Rosaleen Byrne is excellent.’

‘My experience is that the firm is very professional and responsive.’

‘Seán Barton is very personable, extremely dedicated and has a high level of expertise.’

‘Experts in guiding large public sector companies through the minefield of regulation.’

‘They are on the same level as me. They treat in-house counsel as an integral part of the team. I would call out Michelle Doyle for special mention – she is truly outstanding.’

‘The firm has exceptional capabilities and experience in the area of public sector practice, providing an excellent service for clients and seeking to ensure that they obtain the optimal outcomes in all cases.’

‘Eamonn O’Hanrahan gave us top-class service and was dedicated and professional at all times, with a depth of insight and knowledge in relation to the public sector and administrative law that is unrivalled.’

Key clients

Bord na Móna plc

Central Bank of Ireland

Charities Regulator

CIE/Irish Rail

Coillte Teoranta (the Forestry Board)

Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg)

Courts Service

Dublin Airport Authority

Electricity Supply Board

Ervia

Government departments including the Department of Finance and the Department of Justice and Equality

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

United States Department of Justice

University College Dublin

Real estate Tier 1

The real estate team at McCann FitzGerald acts for prominent financial institutions, corporations, and commercial real estate companies, among others. The team advises on matters involving residential, commercial, and industrial properties. Practice head Shane Fahy has a particular specialism in acting for investors in transactions. Donal O’Raghallaigh has more than 21 years' experience acting for a range of clients in this sector, with Jim Murphy, Richard Leonard, and Shane Sweeney also well respected. Senior associate Neil Bourke provides additional support in landlord and tenant matters.

Practice head(s):

Shane Fahy

Other key lawyers:

Donal O’Raghallaigh; Jim Murphy; Richard Leonard; Shane Sweeney; Neil Bourke; Edel Corry; Jennifer Halpin; Denise Dockery; Philip Flaherty; Ruairi Stewart; Kevin Kelly; Maeve MacDermot Casement; Tom Dane; Niall McDowell; Claire Cregan; Tereza Kostova

Testimonials

‘Neil Bourke is very hard-working and is diligent in all aspects of his role. Prepared to go the extra step to get issues resolved. We are always satisfied that our lending interests are well protected.’

‘The real estate team are leaders in their field compared to some other law firms. They are highly knowledgeable and experienced which provides us with a lot of confidence and support. Typical of McCann Fitzgerald, the real estate team are all so pleasant and approachable to work with (from Bank and Borrower perspective). This makes transactions run all the more smoothly.’

‘Donal O’Raghallaigh, Edel Corry, and Jennifer Halpin have all played a huge part in helping us close some very large and important transactions. Their attitude, knowledge, commercial approach and efficiency is excellent. ’

‘One stand-out partner would be Shane Sweeney. Shane’s ability to understand the brief to bring a commercial sense to the legal component and his hands on approach which lead to a very responsiveness engagement.’

‘Stand-out individuals in the team include Donal O’Raghallaigh, Denise Dockery and Philip Flaherty. I value their specialist knowledge and their commercial, pragmatic and solutions focused approach. They are very client-centred and responsive. ’

‘The teams work very efficiently across different departments with strong relationships evident between Real Estate, Construction, Banking/Finance and Corporate. The ability for anyone of these departments to host and chair a transaction call with vendors, banks and investors has proved indispensable’

‘The working relationships I have formed with all of the team in McCanns has been excellent. It is also fantastic to see the growth of the associates and the trust placed in them by the partners in turn providing confidence to their clients. Shane Fahy and Ruairi Stewart in Real Estate, Kevin Kelly and Maeve MacDermot Casement in Construction, Tom Dane, Niall McDowell and Claire Cregan in Banking all stand out for their commitment to their clients needs’

‘The main people I work with are Jennifer Halpin, Siobhan Lafferty, and Tereza Kostova from Property and Ciara Ryan from Litigation. I find them second to none in terms of their availability and dedication in getting the job done. They collaborate and work together to find solutions to get matters completed efficiently. I have confidence in the level and ability of the people I work with and I know that they will seek assistance from their seniors as and when required. I have struck up a working relationship with them that is both professional and friendly, which I believe is key.’

Key clients

Lone Star/Hudson Advisors/Quintain

MSD (known as Merck in the US)

Salesforce

Primary Health Properties REIT

WeWork

Irish Life

Axa Real Estate Investment Managers

Ashleaf Shopping Centre

Ardstone

Global Student Accommodation

Vhi

St Vincent’s Hospital Group

Irish Forestry Unit Trust

Fidelity

Boston Scientific

Urbeo

Housing Finance Agency

Davy

Electricity Supply Board

Deutsche Bank

Citibank

Lioncor Developments

LloydsPharmacy

McDonald’s

The Collective

Apollo Global Managers

Lakeland Dairies Co-Operative Society

Dublin Airport Hotel

Union Investment

Hines

An Post

ESB

Davy and Jayfield Investments

Vodafone Ireland

Prime Living AB

Mapletree Investments

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Telecoms Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald is active in handling contentious telecoms matters, acting for telecoms companies against both ComReg and other telecoms providers. The team also acts for ComReg in defence of proceedings brought by telecoms companies. On the non-contentious side, the team advises clients on corporate matters, including acquisitions and joint ventures in the telecoms space. The practice is led by Philip Andrews, who focuses on regulatory matters, David Lydon, who handles telecoms M&A, and Rosaleen Byrne, who is noted for her work in litigation.

Practice head(s):

Philip Andrews; David Lydon; Rosaleen Byrne

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Derrig

Testimonials

McCann FitzGerarld’s reputation in telecoms is driven by Rosaleen Byrne, who is highly experienced and very well regarded in telco regulation in Ireland. She has a reputation of combining an in-depth legal knowledge of the sector with a strategic and practical approach, which clients appreciate. Byrne has extensive experience of advising both regulators and private clients, which gives her an excellent perspective on how to deal with legal issues in this complex sector.’

Key clients

Vodafone

Three Ireland

BT Ireland

Electricity Supply BoardNova Networks

Commission for Communications Regulation (“ComReg”)

Transport Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald is highly active in the development of road and rail infrastructure projects, advising a number of state authorities on procurement, finance and construction issues. The firm also has a strong aviation finance practice, with extensive experience in ABS, aircraft portfolio acquisitions and leasing transactions, and handles litigation in the aviation and shipping sectors. Practice head Eamonn O’Hanrahan specialises in transport finance, while Hilary Marren, Catherine Deane, Georgina O’Riordan, Joe Fay and senior associate Ian Payne are key contacts for aviation finance, and David Hurley has expertise in maritime disputes.

Practice head(s):

Eamonn O’Hanrahan

Other key lawyers:

Hilary Marren; Catherine Deane; Georgina O’Riordan; Joe Fay; Richard Gill; Ian Payne; Colm Fanning; David Hurley

Testimonials

‘The firm is particularly experienced in the area of transport, having being involved with all PPP transport schemes in Ireland over the last two decades and with a unrivalled wealth of specialised knowledge in all areas of transport.’

‘Eamonn O’Hanrahan is a guru on transport legislation in Ireland, with an unrivalled knowledge of this area of legislation – he is our go-to person for all issues which are transport related. Eamonn has provided us with world-class service, which is dedicated and professional at all times, with a depth of insight and experience that is unmatched.’

‘The aviation team in McCann FitzGerald has superb strength in depth from partner level down. They are a team of problem solvers and working with them is a real pleasure.’

‘I have great faith and trust in the McCann FitzGerald team to get things done. Catherine Deane is simply brilliant and unparalleled in her level of expertise. Ian Payne also stands out.’

‘Their deep knowledge allows for a proactive and informed approach in considering matters of concern to us. They are readily up to speed in terms of considering matters and the attention to detail in their preparation of documentation or advice on commercial matters has proven to be of great benefit.’

Key clients

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

National Transport Authority

Road Safety Authority

Touax Rail

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

CIAF Leasing

CRA Aircraft Holdings LLC

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

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

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

Viva Aerobus

Vueling Airlines, S.A.

White-collar crime Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald's white-collar criminal law practice has a proven track record in  complex, high-stakes work for clients in both the private and public sectors. Recent work has included cross-border litigation involving allegations of criminality, conducting internal investigations for companies, and representing clients in investigations by regulators. The practice is led by Terence McCrann, who also leads the firm's dispute resolution team. Brian Quigley has broad experience in this area and is currently advising on a number of multi-jurisdictional matters; Karyn Harty, Sean Barton, Michael Coonan, and Megan Hooper are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Terence McCrann

Other key lawyers:

Brian Quigley; Karyn Harty; Sean Barton; Michael Coonan; Megan Hooper; Audrey Byrne

Testimonials

‘A key attraction of this practice is the fact that they are actively involved in many of the high profile matters occurring in this space. This means that they are fully up to speed in all that is happening in this field and have insights above and beyond their peers.

‘Audrey Byrne excels in her field and provides highly savvy and seasoned business-friendly and practical advice. Her incredible wealth of experience and reasoned and clear advice inspires great confidence in our boardroom and beyond. She’s my first port of call in a storm.’

‘Understanding of clients’ requirements and personalities resulting in bespoke as well as corporate engagement. Legal and technical skill top rate but equally important an ability to judge the ‘players’ on the other side and develop a holistic approach to the issues.’

‘Karyn Harty is highly experienced technically. High degree of empathy and patience deployed to mentor and advise clients who see the world primarily through business transactions and struggle with the archaic and inefficient legal processes in Ireland. Strong personal commitment to the person not just as a client but a person. Creative in case management and negotiation pushing the boundaries to the benefit of not just the client but the legal processes and ultimately justice.’

Key clients

INM 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

Tax Tier 2

The 'highly technical and commercial' team at McCann FitzGerald has particular expertise in the tax aspects of financial, corporate and real estate transactions. The practice also advises on tax compliance and inward investments in Ireland, and has a tax dispute resolution group. Eleanor MacDonagh, who is noted for her strong real estate tax practice and expertise in international tax structuring, leads the team with Alan Heuston, who has a specialism in tax issues in the betting and gaming sector. Head of compliance services Deirdre Barnicle is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Eleanor MacDonagh; Alan Heuston

Other key lawyers:

Deirdre Barnicle

Testimonials

‘Alan Heuston specialises in Irish tax law, and has extensive experience in guiding teams through proper compliance with Irish law. His expertise provides us with a framework that allows us to operate within the guidelines and helps us avoid potential pitfalls that others have experienced. His work is truly outstanding. He is sharp, experienced and well versed in dealing with us as a client.’

‘Alan Heuston is perhaps the best attorney that we have encountered in Ireland and abroad. His work is flawless in regards to tax. He ensures that our company can create the right amount of value and savings by following the spirit and letter of the law. We value his knowledge of the law, his expertise in explaining complex tax code to our team, and his personal attitude with the clients. Our experience has been A+. I without reservation give Alan Heuston my highest recommendation. He is in the top 1% of solicitors.’

‘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.’

Key clients

Aufbau Medical Innovations Limited

Activate Capital Limited

AerCap

AIB

Aircastle

Ardstone

Arrow Global Limited

AXA Real Estate Investment Managers UK Limited

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

Probe Investments Limited

Prudential Plc

Rabobank Dubln

Security Risk Advisors International Limited

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 is one of Ireland’s premier law firms.

McCann FitzGerald 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 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, dispute resolution and litigation and real estate and construction. McCann FitzGerald 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 banking and financial services 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 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’s dispute resolution and litigation 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 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Aviation and asset finance Catherine Deane
Aviation and asset finance Hilary Marren
Head of Finance/DCM Fergus Gillen
Banking and financial services 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 and commercial David Lydon
Corporate finance, M&A Alan Fuller
Corporate finance, M&A David Byers
Dispute resolution and litigation Seán Barton
Dispute resolution and litigation Helen Kilroy
Employment and pensions Terence McCrann
Head of Corporate / Energy and natural resources Valerie Lawlor
Intellectual Property/Disputes Fiona O'Beirne
Insurance Darragh Murphy
Investment funds Mark White
Investment funds Iain Ferguson
Technology and innovation Paul Lavery
Technology and innovation Adam Finlay
Dispute Resolution / Planning and environmental Michelle Doyle
Project finance/PPP/PFI Eamonn O'Hanrahan
Project finance/PPP/PFI Colm Fanning
Restructuring and insolvency Michael Murphy
Restructuring and insolvency Lisa Smyth
Head of London Office / Securitisation and structured finance Hugh Beattie
Securitisation and structured finance Adrian Farrell
Tax Eleanor MacDonagh
Aviation and asset finance Georgina O'Riordan
Aviation and asset finance Joe Fay
Construction Stephen Proctor
Banking and financial services Stuart McCarron
Aviation and asset finance Richard Gill
Dispute resolution and litigation Michael Coonan
Employment Stephen Holst
Intellectual Property / Disputes Shane O'Brien
Technology and innovation Doug McMahon
Corporate/Capital Markets Aidan Lawlor
Corporate/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
Capital Markets/Corporate Stephen FitzSimons
Corporate Niall Best
Dispute Resolution/IP/Product Liability Roddy Bourke
Employment Mary Brassil
Dispute Resolution & Litigation Audrey Byrne
Dispute Resolution & Litigation Megan Hooper
Dispute Resolution & Litigation/Competition Law Rosaleen Byrne
Dispute Resolution & Litigation/Competition Law Catherine Derrig
Finance Eamon de Valera
Corporate Ben Gaffikin
Real Estate Jennifer Halpin
Dispute Resolution & Litigation Karyn Harty
FinTech/Regulatory Josh Hogan
Dispute Resolution & Litigation David Hurley
Finance/Derivatives 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
Dispute Resolution & Litigation Brian Quigley
Dispute Resolution & Litigation Ciara Ryan
Planning & Environmental Brendan Slattery
Real Estate Shane Sweeney
Managing Partner Barry Devereux
Construction/Procurement Orlaith Sheehy
Asset Finance Laura Deignan
Corporate/M&A John Neeson
Corporate/M&A Stephen Fuller
Banking & Finance Niall McDowell
Insolvency and Restructuring David O'Dea
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Mr Éamon Ó Cuív  photo Mr Éamon Ó Cuív Éamon advises clients on a wide range of finance matters including debt…
Mr Philip Andrews  photo Mr Philip Andrews Philip is Head of the firm’s Competition, Regulated Markets, EU and Trade…
Ms Catherine Austin  photo Ms Catherine Austin Catherine is a Consultant in our Employment, Pensions and Incentives Group. She…
Ms Deirdre Barnicle  photo Ms Deirdre Barnicle Deirdre specialises in Irish taxation law and practice and leads the firm’s…
Mr Sean Barton  photo Mr Sean Barton Seán is Head of the firm’s Dispute Resolution & Litigation Group. He…
 Hugh Beattie  photo Hugh Beattie Hugh is the lead partner in the London Office of McCann FitzGerald.…
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 David Clarke  photo Mr David Clarke David is a consultant in the firm’s Dispute Resolution & Litigation Group.…
Mr Michael Coonan  photo Mr Michael Coonan Michael represents and advises clients in the resolution of a variety of…
Mr John Cronin  photo Mr John Cronin John is one of Ireland’s leading lawyers and has many years’ experience…
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 Louise Delahunty  photo Ms Louise Delahunty Louise is a Consultant in the firm’s cross departmental Investigations Group. Her…
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 a partner in the Corporate Finance Group and specialises in…
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 is Head of the Banking & Financial Services Group. He focuses…
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 in the firm’s Finance Group. His main areas…
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 Patricia Lawless  photo Ms Patricia Lawless Patricia is a partner in the Corporate Department and heads the firm’s…
Ms Judith Lawless  photo Ms Judith Lawless Judith has broad experience in general banking & financial services and has…
Ms Valerie Lawlor  photo Ms Valerie Lawlor Valerie is Head of the firm’s Corporate Group. She advises on corporate…
Mr Aidan Lawlor  photo Mr Aidan Lawlor Aidan is a partner in the firm’s Corporate Finance Group and specialises…
Mr Richard Leonard  photo Mr Richard Leonard Richard has extensive experience in the purchase, financing, letting and disposal of…
Ms Barbara Linehan  photo Ms Barbara Linehan Barbara is a solicitor qualified in Ireland, England & Wales.  She is…
Ms Gill Lohan  photo Ms Gill Lohan Gill specialises in equity capital markets and in particular IPOs and equity…
Mr Ambrose Loughlin  photo Mr Ambrose Loughlin Ambrose’s practice is concentrated on regulated financial services including many of the…
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 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…
Mr Gary McSharry  photo Mr Gary McSharry Gary is the lead partner in the New York Office of McCann…
Ms Anna Moran  photo Ms Anna Moran Anna has specific expertise in advising domestic and international fund promoters, asset…
Mr Philip Murphy  photo Mr Philip Murphy Philip is a partner in our Finance Group with particular expertise in…
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 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’Beirne Fiona has practised for over 25 years in the area commercial litigation…
Mr Shane O’Brien  photo Mr Shane O’Brien Shane trained in McCann FitzGerald and is a member of our Dispute…
Mr Garreth O’Brien  photo Mr Garreth O’Brien Garreth is a partner in our Corporate Group and has overall responsibility…
Mr Conor O’Dwyer  photo Mr Conor O’Dwyer Conor is a partner in the firm’s Corporate Finance Group and has…
Mr Eamonn O’Hanrahan  photo Mr Eamonn O’Hanrahan Eamonn leads our Projects Group, and has particular experience in project finance,…
Mr Rory O’Malley  photo Mr Rory O’Malley Rory advises on a broad range of corporate matters, including mergers &…
Ms Georgina O’Riordan  photo Ms Georgina O’Riordan Georgina’s practice focuses on banking and asset finance transactions. She advises leading…
Mr Roy Parker  photo Mr Roy Parker Roy is a leading expert in banking law whose expertise and experience…
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…
Mr Michael Ryan  photo Mr Michael Ryan Michael is a consultant and provides tax advice to a variety of…
Ms Ciara Ryan  photo Ms Ciara Ryan Ciara has a broad range of litigation and dispute resolution experience advising…
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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Number of lawyers/professional staff : 450

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.