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Banking and finance Tier 1
William Fry's strengths include advising on real estate finance transactions and acquisition finance deals. Among other highlights, practice head Rachel Stanton advised Hammerson and Allianz on the Irish law aspects of the refinancing of Dundrum Town Centre; Elaine Hanly acted for the European Investment Bank on its financing of the redevelopment of port facilities in Ringaskiddy, Co Cork; and Siobhan Carlin advised Oaktree Capital Management on the structuring and financing of the acquisition of the Parkway Shopping Centre in Limerick. Padraic Kinsella joined from Arthur Cox and Lyn Brennan from Milbank in New York.
Capital markets Tier 1
The team at William Fry is noted for its 'no-nonsense approach to capital markets advice'. David Maughan heads the DCM practice; he advised Guotai Junan Securities on the establishment of an Irish repackaging programme and Eli Global on the issuance of floating rate notes. Elaine Hanly is also active in this area. On the ECM side, clients include Irish and international public companies such as Smurfit Kappa, Allied Irish Banks and Yahoo!. David Fitzgibbon and the 'excellent', 'incredibly well-informed' Mark Talbot advised the Department of Finance on the IPO of a 28% stake in AIB and the re-admission of AIB to the Irish and London Stock Exchanges. Myra Garrett heads the practice. Niamh Dennehy-Maher left the firm and associate Liam Mills joined from Paul Hastings LLP.
The team at William Fry handles domestic and cross-border corporate transactions and has acted on landmark deals in the Irish marketplace: practice head Shane O’Donnell advised two industrial gas companies on a merger of equals, and Eavan Saunders acted for an insurance company on the Irish aspects of its acquisition of an investment company's insurance business. In the healthcare sector, Barbara Kenny and David Fitzgibbon are advising a pharmaceutical wholesaler on the acquisition and financing of a healthcare distribution company. Managing partner Bryan Bourke, Myra Garrett and Stephen Keogh are also key contacts.
Construction Tier 1
The team at William Fry is involved in various noteworthy development projects, with practice head Liam McCabe acting for Nama-appointed receiver Savills on the redevelopment and financing of an approximately 400,000-square-foot mixed-use office, retail and residential space. Bryanna Ryan advised on the development of a new office park at Dublin Airport, while Jarleth Heneghan is advising a pre-eminent medical institution on the procurement and construction of its 30,000-square-foot Education and Research Centre on the Beaumont Hospital campus site.
Dispute resolution Tier 1
The team at William Fry has expanded its client base to include the National Treasury Management Agency. Practice head Owen O’Sullivan is acting for an Irish businessman in constitutional proceedings against the state, and Garrett Breen and consultant Laura Murdock are representing a government department in a commission of investigation into banking transactions. Lisa Carty, Fergus Doorly and Carol Plunkett are also noted.
Employment Tier 1
William Fry ‘will go beyond the brief to ensure that its advice is practical as well as legally sound’. The team acts on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, from advising on senior executive dismissals and the impact of GDPR on employment arrangements to assisting with workplace investigations. New practice head Catherine O’Flynn, who has taken over from consultant Boyce Shubotham, advised Edwards Lifesciences on the employment law aspects of the company’s newly proposed manufacturing plant, while Alicia Compton resolved a case for Boots regarding the statutory definition of dismissal. Louise Harrison and the ‘approachable and practical’ Jeffrey Greene were promoted to partner in May 2018.
Energy and natural resources Tier 1
William Fry’s broad practice advises domestic and international clients such as utilities, lenders and developers in the gas, water and commodities space, as well as the renewable energy sector. Practice head Fergus Devine assisted Belgian developer Parkwind with its investment in an offshore wind development company, which included regulatory advice on offshore wind. Devine’s recent instructions include advising long-standing client Aughinish Alumina on gas supply agreements and electricity contracts. Consultant Louise Eccleston is another name to note.
EU and competition Tier 1
The team at William Fry is 'super responsive, gives thorough and comprehensive advice and is particularly good at handling foreign-based commercial clients'. The practice is known for its strength in merger control matters; 'calm, knowledgeable' team head Cormac Little advised The Irish Times on its acquisition of the Irish Examiner group. Claire Waterson, Sheila Tormey and senior associate Sarah Lynam advised a government agency on a public procurement matter relating to a high-profile state aid case.
Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1
William Fry represents a number of leading global pharmaceutical companies and is noted for its strength in large-scale litigation in the life sciences sector, particularly patent litigation. Laura Scott leads the life sciences side of the practice; she recently acted for a global pharmaceutical company in Commercial Court patent revocation proceedings. On the healthcare side, Fiona Barry and Sinead Keavey represented a medical professionals' organisation in a series of clinical negligence cases, in addition to acting for medical practitioners in fitness to practise inquiries.
Information technology Tier 1
William Fry handled a number of M&A deals in the technology sector, as well as advising technology multinationals on matters such as GDPR readiness, privacy law and IT systems integration. Highlights included practice head David Cullen representing a technology industry association in its successful application to be admitted as an amicus curae in a case in which the Irish Data Protection Regulator is seeking a reference to the CJEU on the legality of international transfers of data. John O’Connor and Leo Moore are also recommended.
Regarded as ‘highly innovative in the insolvency sector’, William Fry’s ‘extremely responsive’ team is a ‘go-to firm’ for restructuring work, particularly examinerships. Fergus Doorly has taken over as practice head following the appointment of Michael Quinn as a High Court judge. ‘Excellent adviser’ Ruairi Rynn, who ‘has terrific judgement’, and ‘exceptionally thorough’ Craig Sowman made partner.
Insurance Tier 1
William Fry has an ever-expanding client list in the non-contentious regulatory sphere, with practice head John Larkin, Naoise Harnett and Eoin Caulfield acting for new client Phoenix on the acquisition of Standard Life Aberdeen’s insurance arm, handling the dialogue with the Central Bank of Ireland. Larkin and Harnett also assisted Beazley, Chaucer, Volkswagen and Sodexo with new Irish authorisations, as well as advising Beazley and Chaucer on Brexit contingency planning. The Medical Protection Society, Dental Protection and the Veterinary Defence Society are key clients when it comes to contentious work, where Fiona Barry is the name to note. Associate Niall Campbell is also recommended.
Intellectual property Tier 1
William Fry covers the whole range of IP work, which is evidenced by Carol Plunkett defending a company in the travel industry in trade mark, copyright and passing-off claims. Adept at handling large-scale trade mark and patent litigation with a focus on the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device areas, Laura Scott is representing a renowned pharmaceutical company in patent revocation proceedings in the Commercial Court. The firm also has a dedicated trade mark and design registration and portfolio management practice. Further team members include Leo Moore and senior associates Charleen O’Keeffe and Colette Brady.
Media and entertainment Tier 1
William Fry acts for a number of key media players. Practice head Fiona Barry, who specialises in defamation and privacy matters, represented a financial adviser in defamation proceedings against his former employer and advised ComReg on an internal report on defamation and fair procedures. Leo Moore advised Bord Gáis Energy on the naming rights and distribution agreement for a well-known building and the sponsorship of the GAA All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship. Sinead Keavey, who has particular expertise in defamation law relating to social media, is also noted.
William Fry impresses with its ‘highly engaged and customised advice’, which makes ‘for thoughtful and efficient discussions and planning of the next stages’. Following the departure of Liam Connellan to Byrne Wallace, Ian Devlin, who joined from Eversheds Sutherland, took over as head of pensions. Pension specialist Michael Wolfe advised The Irish Times on the pension aspects of its acquisition of the Irish Examiner newspaper titles and other media assets of Landmark Media Investments. The 'standout' Maura Roe and newly promoted partner Louise Harrison are advising German-listed company Linde on the share incentive aspects of its $79bn merger with Praxair.
Planning and environment Tier 1
Conor Linehan heads the planning and environment practice at William Fry, which advises a mix of domestic and international clients on pollution control licensing, habitat and protected area controls, environmental impact assessments and contaminated land issues. Linehan's recent work highlights include advising Amazon on all the environmental and green energy issues in respect of a new data centre in North Dublin, and assisting Value Retail with the planning and environmental permissions for a development project in County Kildare. Liam McCabe and Jarleth Heneghan are the other key contacts.
Public sector Tier 1
William Fry has 'unrivalled experience dealing with the public sector', according to one client, and is active in the financial services, employment, telecoms, infrastructure and healthcare sectors. Claire Waterson, Shane Kelleher and Eavan Saunders advised a government department on a high-profile state aid case; Waterson and 'most trusted adviser' Alicia Compton are assisting a state agency with apprenticeship procedures; and Jarleth Heneghan advised the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board on the development of a new children's hospital.
Real estate Tier 1
William Fry’s team acts for a prominent client base comprising major private equity funds and real estate investment trusts, including Lisa McCarthy advising Hines and King Street Capital Management on the pre-lets currently under construction at Cherrywood’s new town centre. Andrew Muckian acted for Hammerson on the €625m refinancing of Dundrum Town Centre with a consortium of lenders, and Karen Sheil acted for Kennedy Wilson on the reorganisation and refinancing of several Dublin-based properties. Edward Spain leads the team.
Tax Tier 1
William Fry provides structuring advice on domestic and international transactions, as well as compliance and due diligence services, and is noted for its tax litigation practice. Highlights included Sonya Manzor advising Linde on its proposed merger of equals with Praxair. Tax consultants Martin Phelan, who heads the team, Ted McGrath, who leads the financial services tax practice, and Brian Duffy are also noted; Anne Harvey joined from PwC Ireland. Smurfit Kappa and UPMC are among the firm's clients.
Telecoms Tier 1
The team at William Fry is noted for its advice on telecoms regulation, acting for Irish and overseas telecoms regulators, as well as private telecoms operators such as Tesco Mobile Ireland. Practice head Claire Waterson and associate Sarah Lynam are advising ComReg on the future regulation of the broadband market in Ireland, and Garrett Breen is representing the same client in an enforcement case against the incumbent telecoms operator. Cormac Little assisted Siro, a joint venture between Vodafone and the ESB, with its shortlisted bid for the National Broadband Plan. Laura Scott is also noted.
White-collar crime Tier 1
Owen O’Sullivan heads the team at William Fry, which counts large corporates, financial institutions, public bodies and high-net-worth individuals among its clients, advising on regulatory investigations, anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing obligations, and internal investigations, among other matters. Other recommended lawyers are Lisa Carty, who is highly active in cases involving the financial services sector; Garrett Breen, who frequently advises regulators, auditors and tax advisers on their statutory obligations; Paul Convery; Derek Hegarty; and consultant Laura Murdock.
Asset finance Tier 2
William Fry handled a number of high-profile aviation leasing and financing transactions for clients including airlines, leasing companies and banks. David Maughan heads the practice; he advised an overseas bank on the financing of the acquisition of a portfolio of aircraft by an aircraft leasing company and its Irish subsidiaries, and assisted British Airways with an approximately $608.7m enhanced equipment trust certificate transaction. Mary Ward acted for a global aircraft leasing company on the lease and financing arrangements relating to the acquisition of two aircraft.
Investment funds Tier 2
Dan Morrissey heads the practice at William Fry, which has been particularly active in the ETF space. James Phelan and the newly promoted Sergey Dolomanov advised ETF Securities on the Irish law aspects of the sale of its ETF platform Canvas to Legal & General Investment Management, and Paul Murray and associate Nicola Doran assisted an investment management company with its acquisition of an ETF provider. In another highlight, Vincent Coyne acted for a bank on a cross-border UCITS merger. London-based Lorena Dunne, who was promoted to partner in 2017, is also noted. In August 2018, John Aherne joined as a partner from A&L Goodbody and consultant Marion Mellett joined as head of global fund registration from BlackRock.
Projects and PPP Tier 2
William Fry is involved in several major PPP projects; Jarleth Heneghan is advising shortlisted bidders on each of the Social Housing Bundle 1 and Bundle 2 PPP projects, while Fergus Devine is advising on the development and financing of a large-scale PPP accommodation project in Dublin. Heneghan and Devine are also advising a bidder on the Motorway Service Areas – Tranche 2 PPP project. Liam McCabe is the practice head and is leading the team advising on the proposed 600MW Celtic Interconnector between Ireland and France.
Transport Tier 2
David Maughan leads the team at William Fry, which stands out for its 'strong legal and market knowledge'. The practice is strong in the aviation sector: Maughan and the 'very astute' Mary Ward advised a global aircraft leasing company on its acquisition of an Irish firm, and Jarleth Heneghan assisted daa with an infrastructure project at Dublin Airport. Logistics, rail, road and shipping are also key areas of focus. Leo Moore is noted for his advice on technology, IP and data protection pertaining to transport matters, and Richard Breen is also recommended.
William Fry > Firm Profile
|Alternative dispute resolution||Owen O'Sullivan|
|Asset management and investment funds||Dan Morrissey|
|Banking and financial services||Elaine Hanly|
|Capital markets||David Maughan|
|Competition and regulation||Cormac Little|
|Competition and regulation||Claire Waterson|
|Corporate and M&A||Shane O'Donnell|
|Corporate and M&A||Bryan Bourke|
|Cyber security||David Cullen|
|Debt recovery||Fergus Doorly|
|Employment and benefits||Catherine O'flynn|
|Employment and benefits||Alicia Compton|
|Energy and natural resources||Fergus Devine|
|Energy and natural resources||Bryan Bourke|
|Environment and planning||Conor Linehan|
|Environment and planning||Liam McCabe|
|Food and agribusiness||Shane O'Donnell|
|Green economy||Ivor Banim|
|Health and safety|
|Insolvency and corporate recovery||Fergus Doorly|
|Insurance and reinsurance||John Larkin|
|Insurance and reinsurance||Eoin Caulfield|
|Intellectual property||David Cullen|
|Intellectual property||Laura Scott|
|Life sciences||David Cullen|
|Litigation and dispute resolution||Owen O'Sullivan|
|Litigation and dispute resolution||Garrett Breen|
|Public sector||Shane Kelleher|
|Public sector||Alicia Compton|
|Regulatory enforcement||John Larkin|
|Regulatory enforcement||Shane Kelleher|
|Retail and leisure||Edward Spain|
|Retail and leisure||Andrew Muckian|
|Transport and aviation||David Maughan|
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Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 320
LanguagesEnglish French German Italian Polish Russian Spanish
OtherContact : Bryan Bourke (managing partner) Other offices : London Other offices : New York Other offices : San Francisco Other offices : Silicon Valley
William Fry, founded in 1847, is a full service commercial law and tax firm with over 310 legal and tax professionals and over 460 staff and offices in Dublin, Cork, London, New York, San Francisco and Silicon Valley, enhancing our international reach. We have many years’ experience in high-profile cross-border mandates, and regularly act on complex, multi-jurisdictional transactions and commercial disputes.
William Fry and its employees are members of many organisations both in Ireland and internationally. We have a large network of international firms and are the Irish member firm of the global tax advisory network, Taxand. With more than 400 tax partners and over 2000 advisors in nearly 50 countries, Taxand is the world’s largest organisation of tax advisors to multinational businesses.
We also have an alliance with Tughans, Northern Ireland’s largest commercial law firm. This allows us to provide our clients with a full legal service throughout the island of Ireland.
We have a proven track record in Inward Investment. We have worked with numerous international clients from a wide variety of sectors, including ICT, pharma and financial services, on cross-border mandates and also on their set up in Ireland, and can offer unrivalled advice on not only the legal and tax aspects of global jurisdictions but also key insights into the Irish marketplace. Our experience enables us to identify the critical issues which may affect our clients’ businesses and allows us to anticipate difficulties encountered by businesses seeking to set up in Ireland.
We maintain strong links with regulators such as the Data Protection Commission, with corporate financiers, the IDA and other relevant Government agencies. This enables us to streamline the process of gathering information to provide clear, pragmatic advice to our clients.
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Banking and finance
- Capital markets
- Commercial, corporate and M&A
- Dispute resolution
- Energy and natural resources
- EU and competition
- Healthcare and life sciences
- Information technology
- Insolvency and corporate restructuring
- Intellectual property
- Media and entertainment
- Pensions and employee benefits
- Planning and environment
- Public sector
- Real estate
- White-collar crime