Firm Profile > McCann FitzGerald > Dublin, Ireland

McCann FitzGerald

Asset finance Tier 1

'Industry veteran' Catherine Deane leads the team at McCann FitzGerald, which has extensive experience of aviation finance. The practice advises on the establishment of aviation platforms in Ireland, aircraft portfolio sales and acquisitions, aircraft portfolio securitisations, leasing transactions, and M&A and joint ventures in the aviation sector. The team, which is also supported by the firm's New York office, includes Hilary Marren, who has particular expertise in cross-border asset financing and large-scale aviation M&A transactions; the 'commercial and astute' Georgina O’Riordan; and Joe Fay, who regularly advises foreign and domestic aircraft owners and lessors on registration in Ireland. 'Technically accomplished' associate Shauna Maguire has significant experience advising on the sale, purchase or leasing of aircraft, and joined Norton Rose Fulbright in March 2020.


The asset finance team has great depth with a number of very experienced partners. The associates are well trained and the work output is consistently of an excellent standard. McCann FitzGerald often acts as lead transaction counsel as well as local counsel on deals so the breadth of experience is second to none in the Irish market.

Catherine Deane is an industry veteran who is an insightful and pragmatic lawyer.

Georgina O’Riordan is commercial and astute.’

Up-and-coming associates include Laura Deignan, Shauna Maguire, Ian Payne and Eoghan O’Sullivan.

The team combines outstanding technical prowess with great market knowledge and a user-friendly, can-do attitude. They have real strength in depth. The partners are very hands on and have a superb team of associates. I can’t fault them; the whole team is a pleasure to work with!

Georgina O’Riordan is a fantastic lawyer. She has a keen sense of what the client needs and never loses sight of the broader deal. She is technically accomplished and incredibly user friendly, handling even the most challenging transactions with a smile and humour.

Catherine Deane is a real star performer: a go-to lawyer for the most innovative, complex and challenging transactions in the sector and a great negotiator who understands her client’s needs and addresses them with technical rigour.

Senior associate Ian Payne is a star of the future. He combines excellent technical skills with a strong commercial awareness and a pragmatic approach.

Shauna Maguire is an associate to watch. A technically accomplished lawyer, she exhibits commercial judgement in excess of her years. She’s more than a match for many partners!

They have considerable depth and great aviation experience.

Great client service.

Unrivalled knowledge of the Irish leasing market, highly responsive, rigorous attention to detail.

They are a very skilled and reliable partner in transactions.

Joe Fay and Richard Gill (New York) are very pleasant persons to deal with. They are long-trusted partners and always provide solid and quick advice.

I would highly recommend the McCann FitzGerald team for their expert, client-focused service, which always seeks to complement our aircraft leasing in-house capabilities, supporting on the Irish law aspects in a fuss-free, friendly and efficient manner.

The team led by Joe Fay and Richard Gill are extremely efficient, knowledgeable and courteous. They attend to our Irish law advice needs without any fuss, and in a manner that allows us to execute our transactions smoothly.’

Unparalleled team in terms of strength and depth. The solicitors and associates are all very strong for their level of qualification. The partners are technically excellent and also possess strong commercial acumen and industry knowledge, as well as an understanding of us as a client and our goals. All of this makes for much more effective and tailored advice.

Joe Fay is a superb lawyer. He is technically outstanding yet commercially minded and sensible in his approach to legal issues. One of the best we have worked with.’

Hilary Marren is a very strong lawyer. She has an in-depth understanding of the industry and is very commercially aware of her client’s goals. Very responsive and never misses a deadline.

Key clients

Accipiter Holdings DAC


AerDragon Aviation Partners Limited

AerSale Inc

Airbus Group Bank

Aircastle Advisor LLC


Altitude Investors DAC

Asia Aviation Capital

ASL Aviation

Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi

BBAM Aviation Services Limited

BOC Aviation Leasing

Calliston GmbH & Co. Beteiligungs KG

Challey Limited

CIAF Leasing

COPA Airlines S.A.

CRA Aircraft Holdings LLC

Credit Agricole

Delaware Life Insurance Company

Development Bank of Singapore Ltd


Doric Asset Finance GmbH & Co. KG


Dynam Japan Holding Holdings Co., Ltd

EMP Aviation Ireland Limited


Fly Leasing Limited

FPG Amentum

Genesis Aircraft Services Limited

Germania Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH


Guardian Holdings Limited

Haitong Financial Leasing

Haitong UniTrust International Leasing

KKR Altitude Holdings L.P.


Magnetar Capital

MUFG Bank, Ltd

NGF Overseas Aircraft Limited

Nordic Aviation Capital

Odeon International Holding B.V.

Orix Aviation Systems Limited

Pembroke Capital/Standard Chartered Bank

Raglan Air Limited

Rockton AB

SAIC Holdings Limited


SATO Aviation Capital

Security Benefits Life Insurance Company

Sierra Echo Aircraft Leasing Limited

Sirius Aviation Finance Company Limited

Sky Aviation Leasing International Limited

Skyco (Ireland) Financial Leasing Company

Skyworks Leasing (Ireland) Limited

SMBC Aviation Capital

ST Aerospace Resources Pte. Ltd

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

The Toronto Dominion Bank

Trustmark National Bank

Viva Aerobus

Vueling Airlines, S.A.

Banking and finance Tier 1

The 'well-respected and knowledgeable' team at McCann FitzGerald counts international and domestic financial institutions, corporates and state bodies among its clients. The team is highly active in acquisition finance and real estate finance, restructurings, and loan portfolio sales, as well as corporate lending. Fergus Gillen leads the practice; Niall Powderly specialises in corporate financing and debt restructuring; Eamon de Valera has extensive experience in secured and unsecured lending; and Philip Murphy has particular expertise in multi-layered financings relating to leveraged buy-outs and acquisitions. The team also includes Tom Dane, who has been active in development finance matters.


McCann FitzGerald is easy to deal with, and has a well-respected and knowledgeable team with experience right across all sectors of banking and finance. McCanns also operates as one practice, ensuring that they can provide experts from other areas.

Stuart McCarron is well respected in the industry for both his legal knowledge and commerciality. Stuart has the ability to quickly understand complex transactions and identify a way to navigate difficult issues. He is fully involved in all aspects of the transaction and available at any time to ensure deadlines are met. I would rate Stuart as one of the best banking partners currently operating in the Irish market.

I would regard McCann FitzGerald’s banking and finance practice as the best in town. A “one firm” approach is very much in evidence with the banking and finance partners skilfully harnessing the expertise in other departments to deliver a seamless and consistent service. Partners are focused on getting the deal done rather than engaging in point-scoring with the other side.

Philip Murphy is one of (if not the) best banking lawyers in town. He is technically superb, has excellent interpersonal skills and consistently demonstrates his commitment to develop long-term relationships with his clients. Niall Powderly is cut from similar cloth with a no-nonsense, let’s-get-it-done modus operandi.

This is a responsive, collegiate, and commercial practice. The legal advice and solutions offered are relevant, practical and helpful. Where advice requires cross legal disciplines, the firm displays strong and positive working relationships, to get the right advice for the client.

In the field of regulatory advisory, Josh Hogan stands out: he is balanced and measured, with an ability to question, identify and clearly highlight issues on regulatory matters as they apply to the business.

The banking and finance regulatory advice unit stand out for their collaboration. They will really take time to talk through a solution, and are also extremely calm and considered in their dealings. I never have a sense that anything would faze them.’

Josh Hogan is personable and easy to deal with. A clever, considered lawyer with a commercial and collaborative approach and a great tone.

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


Caterpillar International Finance DAC

Cenergise Limited

Central Bank of Ireland

Cheyne Capital Management


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

Foreign Currency Direct plc

Garrison Earlsfort Investments Limited

Global Student Accommodation Group

Goldman Sachs

Haitong Investment Ireland plc

Hayfin Capital Management LLP

HSBC Bank Plc

Hudson Advisors Ireland Limited

International Swaps & Derivatives


Intesa Sanpaolo Bank Ireland p.l.c.

IPL Plastics

Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU)

Irish Life Assurance plc

Irish Residential Properties REIT plc

JP Morgan Chase Bank

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co L.P.

Lakeland Dairies

Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen (Helaba)

Legal and General Assurance Society


Link Asset Services

Lloyds Bank plc

Mediolanum Asset Management

Metzler Ireland Limited

Moran Hotel Group

National Treasury Management

NatWest Bank

NatWest Markets

NKK Finance Limited

Oaktree Capital

Ornua Co-Operative Limited

Oxendale & Co. Limited

PAFS Ireland Limited

Pepper Finance Corporation

Permanent tsb p.l.c

Permira Debt Managers Limited

Quadrant Real Estate Advisors

RELM Loan Opportunities DAC

Royal Bank Of Scotland plc

SCIO Capital LLP

Situs Asset Management (Ireland) DAC

Situs Asset Management Limited

St. Vincent’s Hospital Group

Standard Chartered Bank

Start Mortgages Limited

SunTrust Bank, N.A.

Toronto Dominion Bank

UAE Exchange UK Limited

Ulster Bank Ireland Limited

Urbeo Residential Fund ICAV

Vemada Limited

Vision Blue Holdings Limited

Wells Fargo Capital Finance

Capital markets Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald covers the full range of DCM transactions, including public bond issues, bank capital raisings, securitisation transactions, repackagings, and structured products. Roy Parker is highly regarded for his expertise in issuances of Irish covered bonds; Fergus Gillen has extensive experience advising on funding platforms; Adrian Farrell is particularly strong in cross-border DCM and structured finance matters; Judith Lawless specialises in derivatives; and Éamon Ó Cuív's experience includes advising on the launch of Ireland's first sovereign green bond. The ECM team has been active advising on IPOs, redomiciliations, restructurings, listings on Irish and international stock exchanges, and privatisations. Aidan Lawlor leads the team, which also includes David Byers, who has significant experience advising on takeovers of Irish-quoted companies, the 'excellent' Conor O’Dwyer and Stephen FitzSimons, and 'very strong up-and-coming partner' Gill Lohan.


Very experienced and give pragmatic advice. Good strength and depth in the team.’

David Byers is a class apart in equity capital markets.

Stephen FitzSimons is excellent.

Gill Lohan is very strong up-and-coming partner with a great ability to think on her feet.

The team have very good knowledge of our business and approach their work with a strong level of commerciality.

The partners have a great sense of our business, are very familiar with our industry and are very proactive in how they deal with matters. Éamon Ó Cuív and Fergus Gillen are excellent and provide real value add for our business.

Significant expertise in capital markets transactions, both equity and debt. Trusted advisers who go beyond the call of duty to provide support.

Conor O’Dwyer is an excellent adviser, very measured and an excellent sounding board. His whole team, particularly associate Gillian Boyle and Gill Lohan, have in-depth expertise, great attention to detail and are easy to work with as a team.

Incredibly easy to work with, and also have good humour in the midst of tight deadlines and significant transactions.

Very experienced and top-quality senior partners

Key clients

Electricity Supply Board

Gas Networks Ireland

SMBC Aviation Capital

National Treasury Management Agency

Magnetar Capital

DunPort Capital Management

AIB Mortgage Bank

EBS Mortgage Finance



UniCredit Group

Intesa SanPaolo

Credit Suisse, HSBC, Merrill Lynch, Investec, Shore Capital, Davy and Goodbody

IPL Plastics

Irish Residential Properties REIT

Greencoat Renewables

Mainstay Medical International

Kingspan Group

Hostelworld Group

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald's 'first-class' team has acted on M&A transactions involving some of Ireland's leading businesses, as well as advising on joint ventures, restructurings, investments and corporate migrations. Areas of expertise include the energy, real estate, agri-food and drink, life sciences and healthcare, and financial services sectors. Practice head Valerie Lawlor is noted for her 'fantastic industry-specific knowledge', particularly in the energy sector. The team also includes David Lydon, who regularly advises US clients on complex cross-border matters; David Byers, whose areas of strength include M&A, public company takeovers, demergers and restructuring; private equity group head Ben Gaffikin, who specialises in the pharmaceutical, technology and retail sectors; Alan Fuller, who is active in M&A, private equity, management buyouts and corporate reorganisations; Rory O’Malley, who has particular expertise in M&A in the renewable energy sector; 'very strong up-and-coming partner' Gill Lohan; and 'standout' senior associate Stephen Fuller.


The team’s knowledge of and expertise in our business makes them stand out in the service they deliver.

Senior associate Stephen Fuller is a standout member of the team. His knowledge of our business, expertise and way of working makes him our first port of call.

Professional, friendly team that is always willing to prioritise for the client

Ben Gaffikin is very competent and finds constructive solutions to issues.

McCann FitzGerald are a first-class legal service. They excel in terms of technical capabilities and are hugely experienced in large, complex deals which they will navigate with ease. They have a depth of experience across the team. McCanns also manage their relationships with their clients with care so you always feel valued.

Aidan Lawlor’s relationship management is valued.

Gill Lohan is excellent and very detailed.

Provides expert advice, highly experienced, very responsive

David Byers is very strong

Aidan Lawlor is innovative and pragmatic

Conor O’Dwyer is a highly experienced professional

Very deep knowledge, professionalism and responsiveness

Mark White and Conor O’Dwyer both demonstrate outstanding subject matter expertise and commercial acumen.

Brendan Murphy is exceptional – I would go into any legal battle with him!

Excellent advice and a strategic value-add approach

Valerie Lawlor is highly capable, client focused and deal focused. She is highly efficient and responsive, and a savvy lawyer with fantastic industry-specific knowledge.

Senior associate Sara Lynn is a fast, efficient lawyer who is very capable in all aspects of a deal.’

This team have given us excellent legal advice while remaining commercial throughout.

Brendan Murphy is a valued adviser to our company. He understands our business and what we want to achieve in transactions.’

Senior associate Stephen Fuller is very strong. He is a commercially tough enough individual to lead negotiations.

Key clients

AbbVie Inc.

Enva Group

Lakeland Dairies


Sherry FitzGerald

Pollen Street Capital

Adapt Pharma

Pallas Foods – Sysco Corporation

An Post

Apollo Global Management

Vetranio Limited

Novo Nordisk

Hostelworld Group plc

Urbeo Residential

IPL Plastics

Monument Re

Greencoat Renewables

Gore Street Capital



Construction Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald regularly advises on significant Irish construction projects, with expertise ranging from procurement and the drafting of construction contracts to financing, project administration and construction disputes. The team has been particularly active advising on residential rental and co-living, student accommodation and commercial developments, as well as engineering projects in the technology, energy and transport sectors. The team is led by Kevin Kelly, who has extensive experience in construction and procurement law. Other key contacts include Barrett Chapman, who has expertise in construction disputes and regulatory issues; Stephen Proctor, who is experienced in major public projects; and EU and national procurement specialist Barbara Linehan.


Stephen Proctor understands the client’s needs and works very well as part of a team.’

‘Our experience has been very good with McCann Fitzgerald. Their main strength for us is in taking very complicated contractual issues and explaining them in terms we can understand.’

‘The standout person for us is Barrett Chapman. We have worked with him for many years as he progressed through the firm. As he has grown a team with him we have found they provide a similarly comprehensive service.’

‘In-depth knowledge of the client’

Key clients

Activate Capital Limited

Ampbay Limited

Asta Managing Agency Limited

Axis Syndicate 1686

Ballymun Regeneration Limited

Bartra Capital Property Group

Bord Na Mona

Bouygues E&S Ireland Limited

C & C (Ireland)

Cairn Homes Plc

Cannon Kirk Group

Central Bank of Ireland

CHC Ireland DAC

Clancy Construction

Competition and Consumer Protection Commission

Dublin Airport Authority

Electricity Supply Board


Fingal County Council

Genzyme Ireland Limited

Glaxo Smith Kline

Global Student Accommodation Group UK


Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard

Irish Life Assurance Plc

Irish Water

Jacobs Engineering Ireland Limited

John Sisk & Son (Holdings) Limited

Jones Engineering (Holdings) Limited


Mac Group

Marine Terminal Limited

National Asset Management Agency

National Development Finance Agency

National Paediatric Hospital Development Board

National Transport Authority

National Treasury Management Agency

Northside Homecare Services Limited

NUI Maynooth

Office of Government Procurement

Office Of Public Works

Project Management Ltd

Roche Ireland Limited

Sherry FitzGerald

Simmons and Simmons

Sligo County Council

South Dublin Routing 4 Limited

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald's varied client base includes domestic and international companies from the technology, pharmaceutical and healthcare, and financial services sectors, as well as large public and regulatory bodies. Noted for its 'great industry knowledge', the team advises on GDPR compliance, data subject access requests, responses to security breaches, and statutory investigations by the Data Protection Commission. The team is also involved in high-profile international litigation relating to data privacy. 'The godfather of data privacy in Ireland', according to one client, practice head Paul Lavery is highly experienced in advising public and private sector clients on GDPR matters, while Adam Finlay and recently promoted partner Doug McMahon are 'top of their field'.


Timely and practical advice makes this team stand out.

Paul Lavery is the expert in this field and his way of working leads to results when dealing with either contentious or non-contentious matters.

Doug McMahon has an excellent eye for detail and is a pleasure to deal with.’

Their command of the subject matter is excellent and advice is delivered to clients in a very simple and understandable manner.

Doug McMahon is excellent and the best I have dealt with.

Paul Lavery has an exceptional depth of knowledge and experience in his area of expertise and provides advice that is both considered and commercial.

Great industry knowledge, legal knowledge and speed of response.

Paul Lavery is the godfather of data privacy in Ireland and one of the nicest men in the law.

Commercially focused approach to the provision of legal advice. McCann FitzGerald partners apply their excellent knowledge of the law to commercial situations, providing excellent analysis and pragmatic solutions to complex issues.’

Paul Lavery is unmatched in his expert knowledge of data privacy law and the no-nonsense manner in which he communicates with his clients and delivers his advice.

Top-notch technical knowledge along with a very professional output.

Adam Finlay and Doug McMahon are both top of their field. They are smart, get our concerns and don’t get bogged down in legal points. They are practical yet thorough.

Paul Lavery is a consummate professional, who puts me at ease with his calm and knowledgeable approach, and his sensible interpretation and understanding of privacy law.

Doug McMahon has excellent knowledge of the subject and is technically sound, but always explains things in an understandable and relevant way.

Key clients


Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Vhi Insurance

Pandora Media

United States Department of Justice

National Transport Authority

Independent News & Media


World Rugby

Law Society

Roche Pharma

Genomics Medicine Ireland

Trace International

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Described as 'at the forefront of dispute resolution in Ireland', McCann FitzGerald regularly handles high-profile Commercial Court litigation across a range of sectors. The team also has expertise in regulatory disputes, international asset-tracing litigation, product liability claims, and IP and public sector litigation, and handles regulatory and internal investigations. Roddy Bourke has extensive experience in litigation in the pharmaceutical sector; the 'excellent' Helen Kilroy has a particularly strong reputation for mediation; Seán Barton specialises in contentious public and administrative law matters; Karyn Harty  has expertise in complex commercial disputes; and 'class act' Rosaleen Byrne and the 'fantastic' Catherine Derrig are experienced in competition and regulatory litigation.


The team’s knowledge and experience of our business makes it stand out.

Catherine Derrig is a fantastic asset for the team. Her expertise and manner in dealing with complex issues is exceptional and she is a pleasure to work with.

Clear, concise and comprehensive advice without unnecessary complexity.

Clearly knowledgeable in the area, they were able to provide advice within the context of our concerns and considerations directly relevant to the matter, while noting the issues of general applicability.

Rosaleen Byrne is a class act – very smart and client focused.

Fiona O’Beirne is really calm and pragmatic. Very smart.

Senior associate Amy Brick is really smart and very client focused. Gives 100% to the issue.

Most reputable team in Ireland. Deep knowledge and experience.

Roderick Bourke is highly appreciated – he is easy accessible and very skilled.

Senior associate Aisling Morrough is very efficient and supportive.

McCann FitzGerald’s dispute resolution team always provides timely and comprehensive advice to our business. They adopt a risk assessment approach rather than exclusively promoting a “belt and braces” legal approach which may not always be as acceptable commercially.

Catherine Derrig applies her detailed knowledge of our company and its strategy to all her advice, thereby providing holistic and business-appropriate advice.

Excellent defence strategies and advice on legal commercial and reputational risk and all aspects of dispute resolution, particularly mediation and statutory appeals.

Depth of industry sectoral knowledge and public service needs with the ability to contribute to the achievement of economic, competition and regulatory objectives.

Strength and depth. A firm that brings all their experience to bear on proceedings as a collective. A sure set of hands to guide you through all risks in litigation. At the forefront of dispute resolution in Ireland.

Michael Coonan is confident and self assured, and puts your mind at ease.

Karyn Harty makes the biggest problems seem eminently manageable.

McCanns is a standout firm for international disputes with deep experience on cross-border contentious restructurings.

Audrey Byrne brings an often needed common-sense, commercial approach to complex cross-border disputes. Cool and considered in the heat of battle.

Michael Coonan is my go-to Irish litigator for complex, contentious cross-border restructurings. He is the extremely bright, commercially astute, innovative and persuasive negotiator you want on speed dial when the odds are stacked against you.

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


Permanent TSB P.L.C.

Employment Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald handles matters related to all aspects of the Irish employment market, including cross-border work. The firm has been increasingly active in anti-discrimination and whistleblowing cases and recently merged its employment and pensions and incentives teams due to the increasing overlap between the practice areas. The team is led by Terence McCrann, while other key names include Mary Brassil, the 'extremely experienced' Donal Hamilton  and Stephen Holst, who has a 'wide range of expertise'.


‘Not only does this practice have an in-depth knowledge of employment laws, they also have a deep understanding of how these laws are applied in application. This deep understanding helps their clients make informed and pragmatic decisions.’

‘Donal Hamilton is pragmatic and extremely experienced. He gives excellent practical advice that saves his clients time and money while minimizing risks.’

‘My main contact is Stephen Holst. I view Stephen as a key partner to me in my role. I can literally call him at any time and he will always respond, and he always has sound advice. He gets our business context which means he understands the practicalities within which we work, this is invaluable. Stephen knows his stuff, his wide range of expertise across the whole minefield that is employment law means I always come off a phone call with the level of comfort that I need to enable me to make an informed decision.’

‘Aoife Clarke is focused, pragmatic and clearly one to watch.’

‘Superb partners, offering support in a practical sense. All of our contacts in the firm are knowledgeable and professional.’

They are commercial, genuinely understand our business and take the time to understand the personalities so advice will land appropriately. They never over-engineer amendments. They are problem-solvers, not problem-finders!

Key clients

Aer Lingus

Kellstrom Aerospace

Sherry FitzGerald

Independent News & Media


Enva Ireland Ltd

Mota-Engil Engenharia E Construcao S.A.

Road Safety Authority

Maynooth University

Brewin Dolphin

Energy and natural resources Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald has 'excellent knowledge of the sector' and stands out for its 'very strong regulatory component'. Clients include Coillte, Statkraft and Bord na Móna. The practice is handling Gore Street Capital's acquisition of battery storage projects, as well as advising on energy infrastructure. Practice head Patricia Lawless provides 'expert and pragmatic advice' on corporate and regulatory matters. Valerie Lawlor is 'responsive, practical yet focused' and focuses on M&A transactions. Rory O’Malley, Éamon Ó Cuív and Brendan Slattery are also names to note for corporate M&A, finance and environment and planning respectively.


‘Excellent knowledge of the sector, pragmatic approach and understands the client. Valerie Lawlor – responsive, practical yet focused at all times.’

‘William Marshall demonstrates an ability to cover not only everything that you’d expect from a lawyer advising on the energy market (depth of knowledge, abreast of regulations, detail and legal robustness, clear identification of issues and proposed solutions), but also uniquely comfortably manages technical – even algorithmic – detail within energy industry contracts. His ability to take complex technical market concepts and wrap it in a contract that protects your legal and commercial interests is in my experience unparalleled in the Irish energy industry.’

‘They are true industry experts in energy and natural resources. You tend to see them in all the big transactions and they have a very strong regulatory component as well. Valarie Lawlor, Patricia Lawless and Rory O’Malley are all experts in their field. They are steeped in the sector and understand its commercial drivers as well as the law.’

‘Patricia Lawless’ knowledge and experience of the Irish energy sector – and the various stakeholders within it – is unmatched, providing her with a unique ability to “see all the angles” and provide expert and pragmatic advice accordingly.’

‘Strategic value add service, very capable, client focused and results focused, highly motivated and efficient, pragmatic.’

‘They have good support system for multiple company issues faced – contractual, taxation, EU law etc. William Marshal & Jamie McGee – Logical approach to contractual problems and clear interpretation and explanation provided in simple understandable language.’

Key clients



Gore Street Energy Storage Fund plc


Bord na Móna

Mainstream Renewable Power Ltd

PSE Kinsale



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

Greencoat Renewables

Allied Irish Bank/Viridian’s HE CHP anaerobic digestion plant

Electricity Supply Board


EU and competition Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald 'excels in the area of EU and competition law': the team has been highly active in advising on merger control, as well as cartel investigations and state aid. In addition, the team has extensive experience in competition litigation. It counts major domestic and international corporates and state bodies among its clients, with significant expertise in the telecoms and energy sectors. Practice head Philip Andrews has 'vast experience' in complex merger control and investigations. Laura Treacy, who was promoted to partner in May 2019, is based in the firm's Brussels office, while associate Seán O’Dea, who has experience in significant merger control matters, returned to the Dublin office from Gilbert + Tobin.


Unrivalled expertise in this speciality

Philip Andrews has a comprehensive understanding of this speciality. He is a great communicator.

Excellent knowledge and experience of the Irish competition authority machinations

The combination of Philip Andrews’ vast experience in this field with Laura Treacy’s practical on-the-ground experience in Brussels makes them a formidable team. They understand the nuances of EU and competition law and are always fully up to date with the most recent case law as well as prospective developments in the field and can guide accordingly.’

Philip Andrews and Laura Treacy are both extremely thorough and knowledgeable. They leave one in no doubt that all angles have been explored and all risks measured. Equally they are commercially focused and good at translating technical areas of law to the business.

Philip Andrews is a tough negotiator and has excellent knowledge of regulatory provisions and legislation in the area.

Their expertise in the area of EU and competition law was evident from the team’s ability to analyse the facts presented to them to provide clear, reasoned advice tailored to our requirements.

Both Philip Andrews and Seán O’Dea were very responsive in their dealings with us and displayed a genuine interest in the subject matter and willingness to really understand and meet our needs as a client.

Philip Andrews and Seán O’Dea are a top-class team. Besides their in-depth knowledge of competition law, their measured and practical approach brings added value.

Top-quality advice, practical solutions, client focused

They understand competition law and how to engage effectively with the competition agency.

Philip Andrews is a well experienced competition lawyer in Ireland. He shows good leadership and works to achieve workable solutions.

Seán O’Dea is very courteous and professional. His papers are easy to read and understand as he deals with the issues raised in a timely fashion.

McCann FitzGerald excels in the area of EU and competition law. The depth of knowledge of their partners, who are well supported by excellent associate staff and resources, make for an unparalleled offering to clients in this area.

Key clients

BWG Foods


Exponent Private Equity LLP / Enva Group


Lakeland Dairies

National Asset Management Agency

National Treasury Management Agency


Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association

Bristol Myers Squibb

Dublin Airport Authority




Vodafone Ireland plc

Commission for Communications Regulation

DAF Trucks


Electricity Supply Board

Bord na Móna

Information technology Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald advises leading technology companies on transactional, e-commerce and data protection matters, while also assisting corporates from a range of sectors with IT projects and contracts, large-scale outsourcings and the technology aspects of setting up headquarters in Ireland. The 'technically excellent' Paul Lavery leads the practice and has experience in innovative technology supply and implementation agreements and outsourcings. Other 'standouts' include Adam Finlay, who advises on software licences and service agreements, and new partner Doug McMahon, who has expertise in blockchain and cryptocurrency projects.


Paul Lavery is a real professional with whom it is great to deal.

The team are responsive, practical and expert in their niche areas.

Adam Finlay is an expert in data protection and commercial contracts and has provided my organisation with really sound and practical advice at very short notice. Adam is very responsive and efficient and has a wealth of experience which we have benefitted from.

What makes McCann FitzGerald stand out is their legal expertise, coupled with wide range of commercial and business knowledge and experience. It is a powerful combination from which the team can draw on when providing advice on a particular matter.

Adam Finlay and Doug McMahon are the standout partners for me. Both make you feel that you are their only client, such is the quality of their personal service and response times.

Doug McMahon has outstanding knowledge of and insights to the emerging blockchain technology.’

Adam Finlay is, in one word, excellent.

The team are very proactive in their engagement and are commercially focused.

Paul Lavery is an excellent adviser – technically excellent with a strong commercial focus.

Highly professional, flexible, practical and subject matter experts. They go the extra mile when it is required.

Paul Lavery is excellent. He is very clear and lucid in his thinking and in his advice. Paul positions complex legal concepts in an understandable way and applies common-sense solutions to business problems. He is also very accessible. All of our group hold Paul in very high esteem.

We rate Doug McMahon and associate Mark Ellis highly.

Key clients






Transport Infrastructure Ireland


Institute of Banking


Roche Products Ireland





National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA)

National Transport Authority


Insolvency and corporate restructuring Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald is particularly active for corporations seeking to carry out restructurings in Ireland, recently acting for the Asia Pulp and Paper Group, incorporated in Indonesia, on its restructuring through Irish schemes of arrangement. The team also advised Pernix Therapeutics and its Irish subsidiary on its refinancing and restructuring. The team, which is headed by Michael Murphy, has 'immense knowledge in this area'. Lisa Smyth advises on all aspects of restructurings and insolvency, and acts extensively for Nama. Associate David O’Dea is also noted; he advised Assured Guaranty on Ballantyne Re's scheme of arrangement.


‘The McCann Fitzgerald team along with the corporate team worked really effectively for us in what was a challenging transaction.’

‘Michael Murphy has immense knowledge in this area, and guided us through the process with both realism and expertise.’

Key clients


Asia Pulp and Paper

National Asset Management Agency

Assured Guaranty



Grant Thornton

OpenHydro Group

Coast Group


Pernix Ireland

Gaelectric Holdings

Insurance Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald's insurance team works alongside other teams within the firm, including corporate, employment, and disputes, to handle complex matters for insurers. Highlights included advising Assicurazioni Generali on the sale of elements of its pan-European life insurance business and assisting Monument Re with the acquisition of the Irish life insurance undertaking Inora Life DAC. The practice is led by Darragh Murphy, a 'strong and able regulatory lawyer', whose clients include MetLife, Zurich, and Monument Re. Roddy Bourke is head of the contentious side of the practice, while other specialists in contentious litigation include David Hurley and Helen Kilroy.


‘Very practical and commercially astute. Good insight into the operation of the Central Bank of Ireland. Nice mix of transactional and advisory lawyers.’

‘Darragh Murphy is a strong and able regulatory lawyer with good insight into the practical operation of the Irish regulated, financial services industry.’

‘They are responsive, competent, and easy to deal with.’

Key clients

MetLife Group

Great-West LifeCo/Irish Life

Zurich Insurance


Vhi Healthcare

Monument Re

CBL Insurance Europe

State Claims Agency


Allianz Insurance

AA Insurance

Quinn Direct

Intellectual property Tier 1

Offering clients 'strong depth of skills' in intellectual property law, McCann FitzGerald handles contentious and non-contentious matters for public and private sector clients. The practice works on all areas of IP law, including patent, copyright and trade mark infringement. The practice is headed by Fiona O’Beirne, whose approach is 'dedicated, resolute, thorough and forensic' , and Paul Lavery, 'go-to expert in this area'. Recently promoted partner Douglas McMahon is 'excellent' and specialises in advisory work, and Adam Finlay is also highly praised by clients.


‘They have a strong depth of skills in this area and the overall service delivered by the firm in the handling of IP issues has been top class.’

‘What stands out is the team’s legal expertise coupled with their extensive knowledge across a wide range of industries and commercial application. They also have a great ability to quickly understand your needs as a client, McCann FitzGerald has been our external lawyers for 15 years or more and we wouldn’t think of going somewhere else given the quality and consistency of service they provide, along with their deep understanding of our sector and our firm.’

‘We have been working together with Fiona O’Beirne and Shane O’Brien for the past year or so. It has been a pleasure working with them and I have been really impressed. Compared with other Irish counsel I have worked with in the past they have been much more involved in the details of the technical (scientific) aspects of the case. They have immersed themselves in the technical details and made a really valuable contribution in that regard. I have been particularly impressed by the clarity of their drafting and the fact that they have been prepared to “come off the fence” and give direct advice. They are extremely “user friendly” and it has been great working alongside them.’

‘We used Fiona O’Beirne to coordinate Court proceedings (including choice of appropriate barristers to plead in Court) to be brought in the Dublin High Court. The entire team has been exceptionally professional, supportive and helpful in moving onwards and coordinating the Irish matter with other Court proceedings pending abroad.’

‘Over the years I have worked (as a client) with most of the large legal firms in Ireland. Thus far McCann is the best. We have dedicated partners assigned and where their expertise is lacking in a particular area we are quickly moved to another partner. Our key contact and key advisor is Adam Findlay (a partner in the Technology & Innovation Group) who has been excellent both in terms of advice and in terms of dealing/meeting with my clients and collaborators (creating of research agreements, licences and dealing with investors).’

‘Doug McMahon and Adam Finlay are the two partners we most closely work with in relation to IP matters. Their qualities are the ability to quickly understand our particular issue and requirements, their excellent response times, the occasions they will go the extra mile and work late or during the weekend, and the fact that you feel you are their only client.’

‘Paul Lavery is the go-to expert in the area. He is our go-to person and is a pleasure to work with. Doug McMahon is excellent in this area and is developing really well as a partner in the team.’

‘In relation to intellectual property, the main partner involved was Fiona O’Beirne who provided excellent analysis and insight in relation to a difficult litigation case, delivering an approach that was dedicated, resolute, thorough and forensic. Senior Associate Mark Ellis also worked with us on IP issues and delivered an assured, professional service of a high calibre.’

Key clients

Transport Infrastructure Ireland


Science Foundation


IPL Plastics

Maynooth University

National Transport Authority

Gilead Sciences

Media and entertainment Tier 1

Media defence litigation is a key area of expertise for McCann FitzGerald's 'excellent' team, which has a strong client base of international publishing, broadcasting, film and TV production, and internet companies. In addition, the team advises on broadcasting regulation, media mergers, and data protection issues. Practice head Karyn Harty has a strong reputation for representing media clients in defamation actions and other litigation; the 'very knowledgeable' Adam Finlay has particular expertise in new media and advertising and commercial broadcasting agreements; and Alan Heuston heads the growing betting and gaming practice.


Excellent team, very accommodating and delivered quality output

Availability and clarity in advice

Adam Finlay is very knowledgeable on rights issues.

Paul Lavery is very knowledgeable on public interest and privacy issues as they relate to media and entertainment law.

Key clients


Channel 4

Guardian News & Media

Independent News & Media plc




Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO)

British and Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM)


Web Summit

Penguin Random House

Reach plc

32Red Limited

William Hill

LeoVegas AB

Addison Global

Banach Technologies

Bethard (Jean Noel Azzopardi)

Pensions and employee benefits Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald's sizeable pensions team, which is 'always first class with a very good response time', is led by the 'excellent' Eleanor Cunningham. While it is best known for its experience in the state and semi-state space, it has recently handled a number of headline matters in the private sector. Highlights included its work for Pfizer and Aer Lingus on the clients' respective pension plans. The group was further bolstered in 2019 by the arrival of the experienced Catherine Austin, who joined from Arthur Cox as a consultant. Associate Clementine Farrell is another name to note.


‘Their work is always first class with a very good response time.’

‘Eleanor Cunningham is an excellent lawyer. She is very much on top of her brief and is well versed both in terms of the statutory instruments as they apply to the CIE Schemes and in the pension industry in general.’

Planning and environment Tier 1

'Outstanding professionalBrendan Slattery leads the planning and environment group at McCann FitzGerald, which is notably active in renewable energy projects; the group also assists with utilities and waste management issues and acts on matters with an infrastructure and transport element. Slattery regularly advises on the planning and environmental aspects of infrastructure projects, Michelle Doyle, who 'gives top-class advice', focuses on contentious matters; and associate Sinead Martyn handles environmental impact assessment reviews. Key clients include Bord na Móna, Statkraft and Transport Infrastructure Ireland.


Significant depth of expertise and capability across all areas of law. Professional, reliable, competent, focused on achieving good client outcomes.’

There is an immediate sense that the planning and environmental team are extremely knowledgeable of their subject matter and advice is robust and capable of scrutiny. I would say the team is on par with other top environmental and planning legal firms.’

In terms of industry practices and EPA/stakeholder management, McCanns are a very knowledgeable and competent team of solicitors.

I have always found the team to be very approachable, efficient, very knowledgeable and courteous and respectful in their approach.

A depth of experience and knowledge of both environmental defence and prosecution.’

On general strategic advice, project related matters and legislative drafting, we rely heavily on Michelle Doyle, who gave us top-class advice, dedicated and professional at all times.

The team members make themselves available to clients. In particular, Brendan Slattery is immediately responsive and makes himself available for meetings at short notice. The team’s extensive network is evident in their ability to reach out to stakeholders in the environmental and planning space to seek to resolve complex and commercially sensitive matters. Brendan conducts himself with professionalism and deals with people, including his ‘opposites’, with respect and collegiality.’

Brendan Slattery is an outstanding professional who provides legal services with aplomb. He is very approachable and has well-developed communication skills.’

Key clients

PSE Kinsale Energy

Bord na Móna plc

Kildare County Council

Pfizer Ireland Pharmaceuticals

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Roche Ireland Ltd

Shell E&P (Ireland) Limited

Galway County Council

daa plc

National Transport Authority

Irish Water

Engie (formerly GDF Suez)

CEWEP (Indaver Ireland and Covanta Energy)

Bartra Capital


Saorgus Energy

New Fortress Energy

Apollo Global Management

Marlet Real Estate

Greenlink Interconnector

Projects and PPP Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald's projects and PPP team draws on its 'deep and broad-ranging expertise' to advise on large-scale projects across a variety of sectors. The firm handles significant work in the transport sector, particularly for Transport Infrastructure Ireland and the National Transport Agency. Other work includes assisting the National Paedriatric Hospital Development Board with the development of the National Children's Hospital. The practice is led by Eamonn O’Hanrahan, whose 'attention to detail in resolving complex matters is second to none', with Colm Fanning also acting on many projects. Jenny Mellerick departed the practice in March 2019.


‘Their knowledge of construction contracts and the roles of the various stakeholders is second to none.’

‘Kevin Kelly would be considered the go-to specialist in the Irish construction industry.’

‘They have detailed knowledge of my firm’s business and the regulatory framework within which we operate. This in depth knowledge enables McCann Fitzgerald to provide relevant advice and to be proactive in advising of the impact of market developments.’

‘McCann Fitzgerald’s lawyers are well briefed, knowledgeable and well supported with junior staff who carry out research and other supporting activities. They are always very professional in their approach and dealings with us and other parties.’

‘They have deep and broad ranging expertise with a commitment to meeting the client’s requirements. Eamonn O’Hanrahan has successfully overseen complex negotiations across a broad range of commercial matters. Eamonn’s attention to detail in resolving complex matters is second to none. Michelle Doyle has led on various administrative and procurement disputes. Michelle, through her knowledge of the legal process and excellence in planning and scheduling ensures matters are progressed in a structured and orderly means.’

Key clients

National Paediatric Hospital Development Board

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Grangegorman Development Authority

Road Safety Authority

Global Student Accommodation

National Asset Management Agency

Dublin Airport Authority

Public sector Tier 1

Noted for its 'depth of knowledge and expertise', McCann FitzGerald advises public sector clients on their statutory regimes, the prosecution of offences, complaints and enforcement actions, whistleblowing reports and investigations, and data protection and freedom of information issues. The team is assisting with several high-profile infrastructure projects and also advises on energy, healthcare, justice and education-related matters. Practice head Seán Barton is experienced in acting for public bodies in investigations and judicial review proceedings, Eamonn O’Hanrahan has expertise in public transport projects, Michelle Doyle specialises in major infrastructure projects and Rosaleen Byrne frequently handles disputes in regulated sectors.


They are knowledgeable and thoughtful in their approach.

They understand the client’s needs.

Rosaleen Byrne is smart, client focused and very practical.

Of particular relevance in the public sector area, the team take a holistic approach, including understanding the applicable parameters and policies (which go beyond legal matters) and not leaving these as matters entirely for the client.

Depth of knowledge and expertise

Key clients

Bord na Móna plc

Central Bank of Ireland

CIE/Irish Rail

Coillte Teoranta (the Forestry Board)

Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg)

Courts Service

Dublin Airport Authority

Electricity Supply Board


Government Departments (including Department of Finance and 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/ISIF

Office of Public Works

Road Safety Authority

Shannon Airport Authority

State Claims Agency

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Trinity College Dublin

University College Dublin

Real estate Tier 1

The 'dynamic and commercially minded' real estate team at McCann FitzGerald excels in commercial and residential real estate and has a particularly strong real estate finance practice. Shane Fahy leads the team and has a core focus acting for institutional investors. With over 25 years of experience in real estate, Jim Murphy is a key name to note at the practice. A recent work highlight saw Murphy act for Salesforce on its negotiations for an iconic letting at North Wall Quay, which was the largest single office lease in Ireland. Jennifer Halpin, Richard Leonard, Donal O Raghallaigh and Shane Sweeney are other key names.


Highly professional and attentive team. Have always found their advice to be commercial and very responsive to our needs.

The firm work in a collaborative manner with other partners and other advisors.

I have always found the RE team to be consistent with their advice and approach to transactions.

Professionalism & subject matter expertise, comparable with the best in the industry.

Excellent, multi-disciplinary team. Peerless teamwork and technical insight.

The property team in MCFs are dynamic and commercially focused.

Shane Fahy (Partner & Head of RE) and Ruairi Stewart (Senior Associate) have been brilliant to work with over the last number of years for what have been complex RE transactions.

Barrett Chapman led a multi-disciplinary team with great enthusiasm and skill. Patience and technical ability was needed in abundance.

I would recommend Shane Sweeney (Partner) and Finn Considine (associate). Finn was particularly excellent through the last transaction I worked with him on.

Key clients

Lone Star/Hudson Advisors


Primary Health Properties REIT


Irish Life

Ashleaf Shopping Centre


Global Student Accommodation


St Vincent’s Hospital Group

Irish Forestry Unit Trust


Boston Scientific


Housing Finance Agency


Electricity Supply Board

Arrow Global Limited

Deutsche Bank


Lioncor Developments



The Collective

Apollo Global Managers

Lakeland Dairies Co-Operative Society

Tax Tier 1

Noted for its 'ability to provide concise, practical and commercial advice', the team at McCann FitzGerald has expertise in advising on tax-efficient remuneration schemes, VAT and stamp duty structures and acting for clients before the Tax Appeals Commission and the High Court in tax disputes. The team also advises on the tax aspects of corporate transactions and real estate developments, finance tax, investments into Ireland, and transfer pricing. Eleanor MacDonagh, who has extensive experience in international tax structuring through Ireland, leads the team with Alan Heuston, whose expertise includes advising on the tax implications of M&A, reorganisations and corporate migrations. Consultant Michael Ryan has experience advising on major investments projects, and senior associate Deirdre Barnicle heads the tax compliance practice.


McCann FitzGerald has a reputation as a leading law firm and lives up to these exceptional standards. Specifically, their strength is in personally dealing with clients, providing a framework of Irish law, and guiding their clients through the process from start to finish. Moreover, they have an immense number of connections in Ireland and beyond.

Ability to provide concise, practical and commercial advice

The experience gained by Alan Heuston as a senior executive in industry prior to returning to practice comes through in the practical, commercial advice which he provides.

Key clients

Deutsche Bank Ag London Branch

Magnetar Financial (UK) LLP

SMBC Aviation Capital Limited

Viva Aerobus

Urbeo Residential ICAV


AXA Real Estate Investment

Managers UK Limited

Nordic Aviation Capital

Enva Group


Pollen Street Capital

An Post

Lioncor Developments


Arrow Global Limited

Primary Health Properties REIT


Irish Life Investment Managers

Electricity Supply Board

Housing Finance Agency

Telecoms Tier 1

Noted for its 'depth of knowledge and expertise', McCann FitzGerald has a broad client base including fixed line and mobile network operators, as well as innovative over-the-top, internet of things and cloud-based service providers. The team advises on network provision, procurement and rollout; EU and Irish regulatory and licensing requirements; infrastructure agreements; competition and state aid; and corporate transactions such as M&A, joint ventures and private equity investments. It is also active in contentious telecoms matters. Philip Andrews advises on regulatory matters, David Lydon specialises in corporate transactions in the telecoms sector and Rosaleen Byrne has extensive experience in telecoms disputes.


Depth of knowledge and expertise

Key clients


Three Ireland

BT Ireland

Electricity Supply Board

Transport Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald  is a market-leading firm when it comes to the transport field. It has the largest aviation finance practice in Dublin, and has recently introduced a technology-led legal services business division - McCann FitzGerald Legal Technology Solutions, which specialises in project, digital and people services. In one highlight, the group acted as counsel for KGAL in a case concerning the financing and acquisition of two aircraft. Eamonn O’Hanrahan heads the practice, which also includes Hilary MarrenColm Fanning who is a key name for aviation and asset finance, Joyce Cunningham, Georgina O’Riordan and Colm Fanning.


‘The team is closely supervised and the work is always of a very high standard. There is good depth within the team and some of the up and coming associates include Shauna Maguire, Kate Clancy, Ian Payne and Laura Deignan.’

‘The team is extremely efficient and very much commercially minded while at the same time looking to protect the best interests of its clients.’

‘The aviation team is extremely knowledgeable, dedicated and efficient in running transactions. They quickly adapt to the client’s areas of concerns and are able to mitigate them quickly and practically.’

Key clients

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Road Safety Authority

National Transport Authority

Coras Iompair Eireann (CIE)

Touax Rail

Accipiter Holdings DAC


Airbus Group Bank

Aircastle Advisor LLC


Altitude Investors DAC

Asia Aviation Capital

ASL Aviation

Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi

BBAM Aviation Services Limited

BOC Aviation

Challey Limited

COPA Airlines S.A.

Credit Agricole


EMP Aviation Ireland Limited


Fly Leasing Limited

FPG Amentum

Genesis Aircraft Services Limited

Haitong Financial Leasing



NGF Overseas Aircraft Limited

Nordic Aviation Capital

ORIX Aviation Systems Limited

Pembroke Capital/Standard Chartered Bank


Sierra Echo Aircraft Leasing Limited

Sirius Aviation Finance Company Limited

Sky Aviation Leasing International Limited

Skyworks Leasing (Ireland) Limited

SMBC Aviation Capital

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

ST Aerospace Resources Pte. Ltd

The Toronto Dominion Bank

Trustmark National Bank

Viva Aerobus

Vueling Airlines, S.A

White-collar crime Tier 1

McCann FitzGerald's 'impressive' team handles enforcement actions (including cross-jurisdictional matters) for government regulatory bodies and agencies and represents corporate clients in investigations. The practice has expertise in prosecutions for fraud, bribery and corruption and regulatory and internal investigations, as well as providing advice on compliance, whistleblower policies and sanctions. Terence McCrann and the 'outstanding' Megan Hooper jointly lead the team. Other key contacts include Brian Quigley, who has expertise in investigations in the insurance sector; Seán Barton, who has extensive experience in public tribunals and inquiries; the 'superb' Karyn Harty, who specialises in banking investigations and regulatory compliance in the financial sector; and Audrey Byrne and Michael Coonan, who have expertise in civil fraud and asset-tracing investigations and litigation.


A team that is responsive, diligent and ensures your problems are their problems. They stand out for their strength and depth.

Megan Hooper is an outstanding lawyer. She is very approachable and knowledgeable, and straddles the world of civil, regulatory and criminal consequences with ease.

Very impressive. Extraordinary strength in depth. Tactically very good. On top of the detail and the administration of the piece of litigation and the regulation. Very good at hand-holding and taking you through the process.

Karyn Harty is superb. She is on top of everything and you have a real sense of confidence when you’re with her.

Megan Hooper is very user-friendly.

Key clients

INM plc

Central Bank of Ireland

Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (in Special Liquidation)

Voluntary Health Insurance / VHI

Vodafone Ireland Limited

Road Safety Authority

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

McCann FitzGerald has a strong reputation for handling product liability claim and patent litigation in the life sciences sector. The team also advises on corporate matters such as M&A, financing and restructurings; commercial agreements; IP protection; and regulatory issues. Clients include leading pharmaceutical companies, healthcare providers, insurers, universities and start-ups. Roddy Bourke has extensive experience in significant product liability cases; Fiona O’Beirne specialises in handling IP litigation in the sector, particularly patent disputes relating to pharmaceuticals and medical devices; and David Lydon advises on Irish and cross-border corporate transactions.


It has been a pleasure working with Fiona O’Beirne and Shane O’Brien and I have been really impressed. They have immersed themselves in the technical details and made a really valuable contribution in that regard. I have been particularly impressed by the clarity of their drafting and the fact that they have been prepared to come off the fence and give direct advice. They are extremely user friendly.

The team have a very good knowledge of our industry and over time we have developed a good working relationship.

They are available to us and come up with practical solutions that enable us to meet our legal requirements and make our processes streamlined and more efficient.

Key clients


Adapt Pharma

SISK Healthcare

Novo Nordisk

BTG plc

Gilead Sciences Inc

Science Foundation Ireland

Grunenthal GmbH

Inflection Biosciences


Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association

Investment funds Tier 2

The 'highly knowledgeable' team at McCann FitzGerald has extensive experience advising on the authorisation of UCITS management companies, AIFMs, super-mancos and MiFID firms. The launching of investment funds is the practice's key focus, and it has been particularly active assisting with the establishment of private equity, real estate and environmental, social and governance (ESG) funds. The team also advises on Irish-domiciled ETFs, managed account platforms and closed-end funds. Practice head Mark White acts for major domestic and international fund managers and investors; Iain Ferguson's recent work includes advising the Irish state on a number of cornerstone investments; Darragh Murphy specialises in regulatory matters; and consultant Tony Spratt 'enjoys an excellent reputation', particularly in alternative funds. Consultant Anna Moran has experience advising on a wide range of funds, including real estate and money market funds.


McCann FitzGerald is highly knowledgeable in the area of Irish Stock Exchange listings of investment funds as well as Irish incorporated UCITS. In the addition to its technical competence, the firm also has good connectivity to the Stock Exchange authority and the Central Bank of Ireland. Last but not least, the firm delivers timely, good quality advice.

Tony Spratt enjoys an excellent reputation in the area of investment funds. His reputation is well deserved given his vast experience and knowledge, his grasp and understanding of the fast-changing regulatory environment, and his ability to provide pragmatic and practical advice. He is always available and delivers his advice and work in a timely and competent manner. He is a joy to work with.

Key clients

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

AMX/Willis Towers Watson

Findlay Park Partners

UBS Wealth Management – Zurich


Pzena Investment Management, LLC

HFR Asset Management

Impax Asset Management


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

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
Debt capital markets Roy Parker
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
Energy and natural resources Patricia Lawless
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 Michael Ryan
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 John Cronin
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
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Mr Tom Dane  photo Mr Tom Dane
Ms Catherine Deane  photo Ms Catherine Deane
Ms Louise Delahunty  photo Ms Louise Delahunty
Ms Catherine Derrig  photo Ms Catherine Derrig
Mr Barry Devereux  photo Mr Barry Devereux
Ms Michelle Doyle  photo Ms Michelle Doyle
Mr Shane Fahy  photo Mr Shane Fahy
Mr Colm Fanning  photo Mr Colm Fanning
Mr Adrian Farrell  photo Mr Adrian Farrell
Mr Joe Fay  photo Mr Joe Fay
Mr Iain Ferguson  photo Mr Iain Ferguson
Mr Adam Finlay  photo Mr Adam Finlay
Mr Stephen FitzSimons  photo Mr Stephen FitzSimons
Mr Alan Fuller  photo Mr Alan Fuller
Mr Ben Gaffikin  photo Mr Ben Gaffikin
Mr Richard Gill  photo Mr Richard Gill
Mr Fergus Gillen  photo Mr Fergus Gillen
Ms Jennifer Halpin  photo Ms Jennifer Halpin
Ms Karyn Harty  photo Ms Karyn Harty
Mr Paul Heffernan  photo Mr Paul Heffernan
Mr Alan Heuston  photo Mr Alan Heuston
Mr Josh Hogan  photo Mr Josh Hogan
Mr Stephen Holst  photo Mr Stephen Holst
Ms Megan Hooper  photo Ms Megan Hooper
Mr David Hurley  photo Mr David Hurley
Mr Kevin Kelly  photo Mr Kevin Kelly
Ms Helen Kilroy  photo Ms Helen Kilroy
Mr Paul Lavery  photo Mr Paul Lavery
Ms Patricia Lawless  photo Ms Patricia Lawless
Ms Judith Lawless  photo Ms Judith Lawless
Ms Valerie Lawlor  photo Ms Valerie Lawlor
Mr Aidan Lawlor  photo Mr Aidan Lawlor
Mr Richard Leonard  photo Mr Richard Leonard
Ms Barbara Linehan  photo Ms Barbara Linehan
Ms Gill Lohan  photo Ms Gill Lohan
Mr Ambrose Loughlin  photo Mr Ambrose Loughlin
Mr David Lydon  photo Mr David Lydon
Ms Emily Mac Nicholas  photo Ms Emily Mac Nicholas
Ms Eleanor MacDonagh  photo Ms Eleanor MacDonagh
Ms Hilary Marren  photo Ms Hilary Marren
Mr Stuart McCarron  photo Mr Stuart McCarron
Mr Terence McCrann  photo Mr Terence McCrann
Mr Lonan McDowell  photo Mr Lonan McDowell
Mr Douglas McMahon  photo Mr Douglas McMahon
Mr Gary McSharry  photo Mr Gary McSharry
Ms Anna Moran  photo Ms Anna Moran
Mr Philip Murphy  photo Mr Philip Murphy
Mr Brendan Murphy  photo Mr Brendan Murphy
Mr Darragh Murphy  photo Mr Darragh Murphy
Mr Jim Murphy  photo Mr Jim Murphy
Mr Michael Murphy  photo Mr Michael Murphy
Mr Donal O Raghallaigh  photo Mr Donal O Raghallaigh
Ms Fiona O’Beirne  photo Ms Fiona O’Beirne
Mr Shane O’Brien  photo Mr Shane O’Brien
Mr Garreth O’Brien  photo Mr Garreth O’Brien
Mr Conor O’Dwyer  photo Mr Conor O’Dwyer
Mr Eamonn O’Hanrahan  photo Mr Eamonn O’Hanrahan
Mr Rory O’Malley  photo Mr Rory O’Malley
Ms Georgina O’Riordan  photo Ms Georgina O’Riordan
Mr Roy Parker  photo Mr Roy Parker
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Mr Stephen Proctor  photo Mr Stephen Proctor
Mr Brian Quigley  photo Mr Brian Quigley
Mr Michael Ryan  photo Mr Michael Ryan
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Mr Brendan Slattery  photo Mr Brendan Slattery
Ms Lisa Smyth  photo Ms Lisa Smyth
Mr Tony Spratt  photo Mr Tony Spratt
Mr Shane Sweeney  photo Mr Shane Sweeney
Ms Laura Treacy  photo Ms Laura Treacy
Mr Mark White  photo Mr Mark White
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