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Mason Hayes & Curran

BARROW STREET, DUBLIN 4, IRELAND
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11 DUBLIN
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Dublin, London, New York

Ireland

Asset finance
Asset finance - ranked: tier 2

Mason Hayes & Curran

Mason Hayes & Curran has extensive experience in aviation finance; its client list is made up of major commercial airlines, aircraft manufacturers and lessors, investors and financial institutions. Christine O’Donovan, who specialises in international transactions, heads the practice; she recently acted for the Export-Import Bank of China on the $450m financing of two Airbus 380 aircraft for Minsheng Financial Leasing and its group. Senior associate Sarah Harmon, who also handles shipping finance, is recommended.

Leading individuals

Christine O'Donovan - Mason Hayes & Curran

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Mason Hayes & Curran

Mason Hayes & Curran's¬†'very client-focused, commercial' team has expertise in a range of areas, including¬†project finance for energy and infrastructure projects and loan portfolio sales. Practice head¬†Will Carmody¬†acted for a syndicate of five banks on a revolving credit facility to Greencoat Renewables to finance the acquisition of a wind farm, and¬†Neil Campbell¬†and Miche√°l Grace¬†advised Permanent TSB on the sale of a¬†‚ā¨2.4bn residential loan portfolio. Jenny Ahern¬†is praised for her 'encyclopedic knowledge of all banking and property disciplines'. Daniel Kiely moved to an in-house role.

Leading individuals

Miche√°l Grace - Mason Hayes & Curran

Next generation lawyers

Jenny Ahern - Mason Hayes & Curran

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Mason Hayes & Curran

Mason Hayes & Curran's 'very flexible' team is 'available to meet demands at short notice and with little hassle'. Clients include a number of Irish-quoted companies such as Kerry Group, Norish, Ormonde Mining and Origin Enterprises. On the ECM side, practice head Justin McKenna recently acted for new client Group Eleven on a restructuring of its Irish interests, two pre-IPO acquisitions and the Irish law aspects of its IPO on the Toronto Stock Exchange. David Mangan and the 'clear and practical' Paul Egan are also key contacts. Daragh Bohan heads the DCM team; he acted for ETPX as the issuer on establishing its multi-issuance secured notes programme.

Leading individuals

Justin McKenna - Mason Hayes & Curran

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Mason Hayes & Curran

Mason Hayes & Curran counts blue-chip international corporates and Irish businesses such as Groupe Adéquat and the NTMA among its clients. Its sector specialisms include technology, energy and food and drink products: corporate head David O’Donnell acted for Blue Face on its merger with Star2Star; Justin McKenna advised the founder and CEO of Lily O'Brien's on its sale to Colian Holding; and Liam Brazil assisted NTR with the acquisition of the Aeolus wind farm project. Martin Kelleher, head of commercial Philip Nolan and Frank O’Flynn are also noted. Robert Dickson joined from Matheson.

Leading individuals

David O'Donnell - Mason Hayes & Curran

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Mason Hayes & Curran

Mason Hayes & Curran¬†‚Äėdelivers decisive and clear advice‚Äô and handles a steady stream of high-profile instructions. ‚ÄėVery able‚Äô practice head Rory Kirrane, who is also an ‚Äėexcellent advocate‚Äô, leads the team on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Eoin Cassidy¬†is the firm‚Äôs specialist for construction matters in the energy sector. Susan Bryson¬†‚Äėis a top-class negotiator‚Äô; her clients know ‚Äėthey are in safe hands and well represented‚Äô. Bryson and associate Padraig Godfrey¬†‚Äėdemonstrated in-depth knowledge and experience in all areas of construction litigation‚Äô when they acted for SDR Property Owners Management Company in High Court proceedings relating to defects and fire safety issues in the design and construction of a major mixed-use development in the centre of Dublin. Shane Dolan¬†is also ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô.

Leading individuals

Rory Kirrane - Mason Hayes & Curran

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Mason Hayes & Curran

Maurice Phelan leads the practice at Mason Hayes & Curran, which stands out for its 'personal service, integrity, and commercial and practical advice' and its sector specialisms in finance and property. The 'able and experienced' Liam Guidera and 'clear, efficient, and hard-working' senior associate Conor O’Leary acted for shopping centre owner IMRF II Frascati in a dispute with Marks & Spencer. Richard Woulfe and Tanya Colbert are also recommended. Jane Pilkington left the firm.

Leading individuals

Maurice Phelan - Mason Hayes & Curran

Next generation lawyers

Tanya Colbert - Mason Hayes & Curran

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Mason Hayes & Curran

Mason Hayes & Curran's practice 'is strong at every level, from partner right down to associates'. Merger control, investigations and competition litigation are among the team's strengths, particularly in the media, technology and energy sectors. Practice head Niall Collins advised Discovery Communications on its acquisition of ScrippsNetworks Interactive, creating a new precedent in Irish merger control law. Newly promoted partner Michael Madden and senior associate Tara Kelly are also key team members.

Leading individuals

Niall Collins - Mason Hayes & Curran

Next generation lawyers

Tara Kelly - Mason Hayes & Curran

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Mason Hayes & Curran

The ‚Äėincredibly pragmatic and commercial‚Äô¬†Mason Hayes & Curran¬†‚Äėoperates with high degrees of expertise, efficiency and proactivity‚Äô. The team represents a variety of public and private sector players, and acted on a number of significant sexual harassment and protected disclosure cases. Melanie Crowley¬†is ‚Äėsecond to none in the employment law space‚Äô and advises clients in the technology sector such as Dropbox and Facebook. Ian O‚ÄôHerlihy¬†defended Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board in precedent-setting injunction and judicial review proceedings. Other key team members include Ronnie Neville¬†and ‚Äėhighly recommended‚Äô senior associate Orla O‚ÄôLeary, who is not only ‚Äėhighly reliable and trustworthy‚Äô, but also ‚Äėa pleasure to work with‚Äô.

Leading individuals

Ian O'Herlihy - Mason Hayes & Curran

Next generation lawyers

Orla O'Leary - Mason Hayes & Curran

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 1

Mason Hayes & Curran

Mason Hayes & Curran has 'assembled an exceptional team' with an 'in-depth understanding of the industry', and advises major private sector lenders on onshore renewable energy projects. In one work highlight, 'hands-on' and 'assertive' practice co-head William Carmody and construction expert Eoin Cassidy advised Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale on the project financing of the Knockalough wind farm in County Galway, which will have an export capacity of 33.6MW. Other co-head Rory Kirrane acts on energy-related construction disputes. The team also advised on acquisitions in the energy sector; by way of example, Cassidy assisted NTR with its acquisition of Aeolus wind farm. Associate Muireann Hernon 'is an exceptional talent'.

Leading individuals

Eoin Cassidy - Mason Hayes & Curran

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Healthcare and life sciences
Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 1

Mason Hayes & Curran

Mason Hayes & Curran's team is 'direct, knowledgeable, flexible and can always be relied on'. On the healthcare side, Kevin Power handles high-profile clinical negligence litigation; he also represented Allergan in product liability litigation. Martin Kelleher leads the life sciences practice; his recent highlights include advising Sam McCauley Chemists on the sale of the company and its 32 subsidiaries. The 'responsive and helpful' David Mangan, who acted for KCK in Mainstay Medical's 2018 placing, and senior associate Conall Geraghty ('excellent at handling difficult negotiations') are also noted.

Leading individuals

Martin Kelleher - Mason Hayes & Curran

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Information technology
Information technology - ranked: tier 1

Mason Hayes & Curran

Mason Hayes & Curran's practice is noted for its 'incomparable commercial acumen' and 'wealth of regulatory experience'. The team acts for a number of high-profile tech companies, as well as advising other organisations on various aspects of technology law. The 'incredibly attentive' Philip Nolan leads the practice; Robert McDonagh is 'excellent and very thorough'; and San Francisco-based Oisín Tobin is 'incontestably a leader in data protection'. Wendy Hederman is also recommended, as is senior associate John Farrell, who was a new arrival from William Fry.

Leading individuals

Philip Nolan - Mason Hayes & Curran

Next generation lawyers

John Farrell - Mason Hayes & Curran

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Insolvency and corporate restructuring
Insolvency and corporate restructuring - ranked: tier 1

Mason Hayes & Curran

Apart from advising lenders such as Ulster Bank on loan enforcements in the real estate sector,¬†Mason Hayes & Curran‚Äôs ‚Äėavailable‚Äô and ‚Äėstrong team‚Äô also undertakes examinership work, with the ‚Äėpragmatic‚Äô Judith Riordan¬†helping Regan Development defend a petition by Oaktree Capital against the appointment of an examiner. The ‚Äėtechnically strong‚Äô Gareth Steen¬†is seen as a ‚Äėgo-to insolvency lawyer‚Äô. Maurice Phelan¬†is the practice head.

Next generation lawyers

Gareth Steen - Mason Hayes & Curran

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Mason Hayes & Curran

Service is ‚Äėexceptional‚Äô at Mason Hayes & Curran,¬†where the ‚Äėdefining feature is incisiveness‚Äô. The team represents major insurers in professional indemnity and D&O insurance claims, as well as catastrophic injury claims and coverage disputes. ‚ÄėTenacious‚Äô new practice head Rachel Kavanagh, who ‚Äėis one of the most pragmatic and dedicated solicitors‚Äô, has ‚Äėan exceptional team around her‚Äô, comprising of ‚Äėstandout‚Äô Ailbhe Gilvarry¬†and newly promoted partner Deirdre Munnelly, ‚Äėwho provides a quality service time and time again‚Äô. Associate Laura Keane¬†is also highly recommended.

Leading individuals

Rachel Kavanagh - Mason Hayes & Curran

Next generation lawyers

Deirdre Munnelly - Mason Hayes & Curran

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Mason Hayes & Curran

Regarded as ‚Äėgo-to IP lawyers‚Äô, the members of¬†Mason Hayes & Curran‚Äôs team are ‚Äėknowledgeable, responsive and commercial‚Äô. The team is well versed in dealing with contentious matters, especially in the trade mark and patent areas, with new head of IP Gerard Kelly¬†defending Harmony Timber in patent infringement proceedings concerning the construction of a timber frame wall panel product. New partner Brian McElligott, who joined from William Fry¬†in July 2018, strengthens the firm‚Äôs non-contentious IP side.

Leading individuals

Gerard Kelly - Mason Hayes & Curran

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 3

Mason Hayes & Curran

Mason Hayes & Curran¬†has particular strengths in the real estate and private equity sectors and advises a number of UCITS funds; clients include Conseq Invest and Vermeer. The team recently advised¬†FinecoBank¬†on the establishment of a UCITS management company. Other highlights include practice co-head Rowena Fitzgerald¬†and senior associate Sarah Cloonan¬†acting for Heptagon Fund on the establishment of an additional sub-fund, and co-head Conor Durkin¬†assisting the National Treasury Management Agency with the AIFMD regulatory issues of its co-investment with Capital Stage in a ‚ā¨140m fund to develop solar farms in Ireland.

Next generation lawyers

Rowena Fitzgerald - Mason Hayes & Curran

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Mason Hayes & Curran

The team at Mason Hayes & Curran¬†is noted for its 'excellent, practical, business-savvy advice': its lawyers 'understand the role of in-house¬†counsel and try to stand in¬†the client's shoes when providing advice'. As well as traditional media players, the team acts for leading "new media" entities. Philip Nolan¬†leads the practice; Gerard Kelly¬†advised Virgin Media on the rebranding of TV3 News, which was purchased by its parent company in 2015; and Robert McDonagh¬†assisted¬†RT√Č with the drafting and negotiation of contracts for the development of the next generation RT√Č Player. Richard Woulfe¬†handles contentious matters.

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Pensions and employee benefits
Pensions and employee benefits - ranked: tier 1

Mason Hayes & Curran

The ‚Äėfast‚Äô and ‚Äėvery responsive‚Äô team at Mason Hayes & Curran¬†has ‚Äėan exemplary knowledge of pension legislation‚Äô. Stephen Gillick¬†regularly advises on the pension aspects of corporate acquisitions and disposals, such as assisting a private equity fund with the sale of a hotel portfolio. Practice head Peggy Hughes¬†has experience in acting on a broad range of pensions-related matters; recent highlights of hers include advising an employer on an internal project related to the client‚Äôs staff defined benefit pension scheme.

Leading individuals

Peggy Hughes - Mason Hayes & Curran

Next generation lawyers

Stephen Gillick - Mason Hayes & Curran

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 1

Mason Hayes & Curran

The team at Mason Hayes & Curran¬†provides comprehensive advice to state bodies, banks, developers, contractors and engineers on planning and environmental matters, but is particularly praised for its ‚Äėunique experience in the power utility infrastructure area‚Äô. The ‚Äėinherently practical and pragmatic‚Äô Deirdre Nagle¬†was recently promoted to practice head;¬†she demonstrated her ‚Äėimmense practical experience in, and technical knowledge of, all aspects of environmental law‚Äô when she was successful for an electricity provider in High Court judicial review proceedings relating to the granting of planning permission for the North-South electricity interconnector. Eoin Cassidy¬†also acted in a number of judicial review proceedings relating to wind farms.

Next generation lawyers

Deirdre Nagle - Mason Hayes & Curran

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Projects and PPP
Projects and PPP - ranked: tier 2

Mason Hayes & Curran

Mason Hayes & Curran¬†is adept at handling public procurement projects, which is evidenced by Edel Hartog¬†and Robert McDonagh¬†acting for the Irish government on the implementation of its National Broadband Plan. On the financing side, William Carmody¬†was active in the renewable energy sector, acting for Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale on the project financing of Knockalough wind farm, and for AIB on the project financing for Killala community wind farm. Senior associate Anne McCarthy¬†‚Äėshows herself to be very experienced and committed‚Äô.

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Public sector
Public sector - ranked: tier 1

Mason Hayes & Curran

The 'approachable' and 'highly responsive' team at Mason Hayes & Curran advises public bodies on their statutory duties, handles judicial review proceedings, disciplinary procedures and contentious public procurement matters, and advises on data protection and freedom of information law. Catherine Allen is representing the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland in relation to fitness to practise matters; the 'meticulous and practical' Lisa Joyce acted for the Central Bank of Ireland in proceedings relating to a statutory administrative sanctions inquiry; and Niall Michel acted for TransCore in a challenge to a decision of the Irish National Roads Authority. Edward Gleeson heads the practice.

Next generation lawyers

Lisa Joyce - Mason Hayes & Curran

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Mason Hayes & Curran

Mason Hayes & Curran‚Äôs ‚Äėlevel of service is impeccable, highlighted by the team's quick responsiveness, level of professionalism and ability to complete transactions within tight deadlines‚Äô. The team acts for a mix of clients comprising financial institutions, property investors, retailers and international companies. The ‚Äėimpressive‚Äô Vanessa Byrne¬†is advising a financial service provider on the sale of a ‚ā¨2.4bn residential loan portfolio, while Michael Doran¬†acted for new client Hibernia REIT on the sale of a fully let office building to Credit Suisse. Following Kevin Hoy‚Äôs appointment as chair of the firm, Byrne and Doran jointly lead the practice. Tom Davy¬†¬†and associates¬†√Āine Quigley¬†and Laura Cullivan¬†are all recommended.

Leading individuals

Vanessa Byrne - Mason Hayes & Curran

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Mason Hayes & Curran

Mason Hayes & Curran has expanded its client base to include Mylan, Valeant Pharmaceuticals (now operating as Bausch Health Companies) and NTM Capital, and is particularly noted for implementing major group reorganisations. Tax consultant John Gulliver leads the practice; tech specialist Maura Dineen acted as lead counsel to the shareholders of communications service provider Blue Face on a merger with Star2Star, a US hybrid cloud communications company; and Niamh Keogh, who was recently promoted to partner, acted alongside Dineen advising Boparan Holdings on the Irish tax law aspects of the sale of the entire issued share capital of Green Isle Food to Nomad Foods Europe. Tax consultant Robert Henson is now with EY Ireland.

Next generation lawyers

Niamh Keogh - Mason Hayes & Curran

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Telecoms
Telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Mason Hayes & Curran

Mason Hayes & Curran's 'experienced and well-rounded team' has a 'tremendous breadth of knowledge in telecoms matters'. It is particularly known for its work for the regulator; practice head Michael Madden, who 'ensures broad and well-balanced support is always at hand', is advising ComReg on its next big spectrum award involving the 700MHz band. In another highlight, Edel Hartog is advising the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment on the implementation of Ireland's National Broadband Plan. Frank Flanagan and the 'highly skilled' Philip Nolan are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Philip Nolan - Mason Hayes & Curran

Next generation lawyers

Edel Hartog - Mason Hayes & Curran

Michael Madden - Mason Hayes & Curran

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 3

Mason Hayes & Curran

The team at Mason Hayes & Curran is praised for its 'in-depth legal knowledge' and 'ability to interpret the client's requirements', and is noted for its blue-chip client base, which includes Dublin Port Company, Maersk and Uber. Shane Dolan and senior associate Paul Bassett, who provide advice in 'a professional manner but with a personal touch', assisted Hines Ireland with road construction matters at the Cherrywood development. Christine O’Donovan specialises in aviation finance, and Rory Kirrane advises on maritime matters. Daniel Kiely moved to an in-house role.

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White-collar crime
White-collar crime - ranked: tier 1

Mason Hayes & Curran

Emer Gilvarry heads the 'very strong' team at Mason Hayes & Curran, which acts for a number of Ireland's leading financial institutions and corporates, advising on internal and external investigations and representing clients in private commissions of investigation and public tribunals of inquiry. In a recent matter, Liam Guidera acted for parties involved in an inquiry following a whistleblower's allegations of police corruption. John O’Leary, who recently made partner, and Colin Monaghan, who joined from Arthur Cox, are also key members of the team. Adrian Lennon left the firm.

Leading individuals

Emer Gilvarry - Mason Hayes & Curran

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