William Fry > Dublin, Ireland > Firm Profile

William Fry
2 GRAND CANAL SQUARE
DUBLIN 2
Ireland

Ireland > Asset finance Tier 1

William Fry remains a force in aviation finance with a growing team and a particularly strong record in lender-side engagements. It continues to be active in aircraft portfolio financings and securitisations and has handled key mandates in major insolvency situations, including being engaged as counsel to the examiner of Norwegian Air. The team is also at the forefront of ESG-compliant loans and debt financings. David Maughan has some 20-years experience in aircraft financings and is especially known for representing financial institutions in refinancing Chinese lessor portfolios. Mary Ward is becoming an established name in the aviation finance field, representing lessors, lessees and lenders on aircraft transactions. Fergus Doorly provides additional restructuring and insolvency expertise in this area.

Practice head(s):

David Maughan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Efficient, responsive, flexible.’

‘Knowledgable, personable, engaging with industry peers in a meaningful way not limited to legal matters, but also to the bigger picture of the industry. Negotiate hard for the client without ever being unreasonable.’

‘Customer service. We do not get as attentive service from other firms.’

‘Very strong relationship skills, above and beyond attention, quick turnaround, deep domain expertise, strong network, strong reputation.’

‘Strong commercial knowledge.’

‘Mary Ward and David Maughan are both extraordinary individuals who really care for their clients.’

‘Mary Ward. Key contact, very experienced, engaged and responsive.’

Key clients

Bank of Communications Co., Ltd.

China Development Bank

Credit Agricole CIB

DVB Bank

Goldman Sachs

Goshawk Aviation Limited

Hines Ireland

HSBC

Investec Bank plc

ING Bank

KfW Bank

Natixis

Clover Aircraft Leasing Company Limited (formerly Ping An International Financial Leasing)

Societe Generale

Santander

The Korea Development Bank

Development Bank of Japan

Work highlights

  • Advised Landesbank Hessen Thüringen Girozentrale on Irish legal and tax matters relating to a large secured US dollar term loan facility for a wholly owned Irish subsidiary of Minsheng to refinance the costs associated with the acquisition of a portfolio of aircraft on lease to a South Asia based airline.
  • Advised Credit Agricole on Irish legal and tax matters relating to a large secured term loan facility advanced to a wholly owned Irish subsidiary of AerDragon Partners, the proceeds of which were used to refinance a large portfolio of aircraft on lease to various airlines.

Ireland > Banking and finance Tier 1

William Fry has maintained its historically strong presence in the market, achieving further growth in key areas such as funds finance, sustainable finance, tech sector financings and assisting clients with the development of new financing products. The firm has brought through a new generation of partners into the team in recent years, enabling it to remain a key player in big-ticket financings and refinancings, advising a range of domestic and international lenders, private equity investors and corporate borrowers. Siobhan Carlin is a key figure in real estate finance and funds finance, as is Jason Hollis for tech sector financings, and Lyn Brennan and Padraic Kinsella for acquisition and leveraged finance. Elaine Hanly  is now a consultant in the team, having previously been senior partner and head of the department. David O’Shea is a leading senior associate.

Practice head(s):

David Maughan

Other key lawyers:

Elaine Hanly; Siobhan Carlin; Jason Hollis; Padraic Kinsella; Lyn Brennan; Laura Houlihan; David O’Shea; Matthew Cahill

Testimonials

‘The team is exceptionally responsive in office hours and outside office hours. Very knowledgeable of our business segment and our Banking requirements. Working to deadlines and managing of third parties legals ensuring deadlines are meet.’

‘Extremely available, responsive, knowledgeable, never miss deadlines and go beyond their specific role ensuring other legals do not affect delivery.’

‘Strong capability in finance transactions – strong connections in the market and have been involved in a number of key transactions for clients.’

‘Siobhan Carlin – Highly proficient and technically strong in her field.’

‘Padraic Kinsella – notable for his ability to project manage a debt transaction from start to finish in a collaborative and affable way. He is adept at finding common ground and pragmatic solutions with all parties. Padraic is very available and very quick to respond to communication during a transaction – the process is always clear when Padraic is leading.’

‘Jason Hollis is an excellent banking lawyer. Approachable, highly responsive with strong attention to detail and good commercial knowledge. An excellent communicator and negotiator, he works very well with everyone.

‘Laura Houlihan works very hard and is solutions focused. Very responsive and provides clear advice, a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Lyn Brennan is not only a strong technical lawyer, she’s also very commercial and able to provide clear and succinct business advice to sophisticated consumers of legal services.’

Key clients

Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c.

Apollo

Bank of Ireland

Cooperative Rabobank

Deutsche Bank

European Investment Bank

Goldman Sachs

ING Bank

Investec

MML Growth Capital Partners

MUFG

OakNorth

PIMCO

Silicon Valley Bank

Société Générale

Toronto Dominion Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Skillsoft on all Irish law matters related to its successful emergence from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
  • Advised CD&R on its £2.6bn recommended cash offer for UDG Healthcare, financed through a combination of equity and debt financing.
  • Advised Ardagh on all Irish law aspects of the world’s largest green bond issuance (which included an Irish issuer, Ardagh Metal Packaging Finance plc).

Ireland > Capital markets Tier 1

William Fry has fine traditions in ECM and straight DCM transactions, and is building its name in structured finance and securitisation. The firm is widely recognised for its roles as counsel to issuers and underwriters in domestic equity offerings, most notably in the technology, real estate and financial services sectors. It advised on the only listing on Euronext Dublin in 2020 when it represented Trust Stamp on its introduction to the Euronext Growth Market. Since joining in May 2020, Matthew Cahill has helped build the firm's standing in DCM, structured finance and securitisation. He is part of a team that also includes prominent ECM specialists Myra Garrett  and Mark Talbot, along with DCM expert David Maughan.

Practice head(s):

Mark Talbot; Myra Garrett; Matthew Cahill

Other key lawyers:

David Maughan; Brian Butterwick

Testimonials

‘William Fry’s coverage is more coordinated and proactive than our prior legal advisors. The ability to access a top class slate across multiple fields is very helpful.’

‘Mark Talbot is precise, commercial and frequently displays an understanding of our business and transactions that is beyond counterparties’ expectations. I have yet to come across better Irish corporate/capital markets legal advice.’

Key clients

DCC plc

Irish Residential Properties REIT plc

FINEOS Corporation Holdings plc

Smurfit Kappa Group plc

Cpl Resources plc

Mincon Group plc

Uniphar plc

Credit Suisse

Yew Grove REIT plc

J & E Davy

Jefferies International

T Stamp Inc.

Trinity Biotech plc

Veraison Capital AG

Glenveagh Properties plc

Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG

RBC Capital Markets plc

Irish Department of Finance

Goodbody Stockbrokers

Ardagh Group

Conroy Gold and Natural Resources plc

Shard Capital

Pollen Street Capital

BNP Paribas

Allianz Global Investors GmbH

Anima Holding S.p.A.

British Airways

TowerBrook Capital Partners

Deutsche Bank

Coca-Cola European Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised the Department of Finance on the sell-down of part of the state’s shareholding in Bank of Ireland through a pre-arranged trading plan managed by Citigroup Global Markets Limited.
  • Advised Yew Grove REIT on its migration from the Euronext Growth Market of Euronext Dublin to the regulated securities market of Euronext Dublin.

Ireland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

William Fry has maintained its eminent presence in big-ticket M&A and private equity, notably in the insurance, technologies and life sciences sectors. The firm has been especially active in the over €100m deal range, including a number of deals in excess of €1bn. It is historically known for representing Irish clients, though it is building connections with law firms in other jurisdictions and with multinational businesses. Stephen Keogh and Myra Garrett are longstanding leaders in the market, while Andrew McIntyre is building his name, having advised on bulge-bracket deals such as the $1.4bn sale of Navitas. Máire O’Neill is a highly rated next generation partner, particularly in the technology sector.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Keogh

Other key lawyers:

Myra Garrett; Barbara Kenny; Andrew McIntyre; Mark Quealy; Mark Talbot; Máire O’Neill; Elaine Morrissey; Bryan Bourke; Ronan Shanahan; Fiachra Cork

Testimonials

Experience. Longevity of partners and relationship with us as a client. Have taken the time over the years to ask questions about our core business and business strategy to suggest and proactively advise rather than respond and paper instructions. Working to defined financial parameters and managing the client early on potential overruns or delays. In short we see the team at Frys as an extension of our team rather than external advisors.

‘Máire O’Neill works hard for her clients, giving practical legal solutions and she wasn’t afraid to tell us what we needed to hear. She has experience working with tech founders and knows what’s important to make the business succeed. She knows her stuff. She has been both our lawyer and trusted business advisor across several fintechs over many years.’

‘Barbara Kenny is unquestionably the most dependable part of the team. Barbara is always there, on time, within expected budget and yet understands our requirements to be able to negotiate without multiple recourse. Barbara also has the very special skill of being able to see the counterparty’s limits before they are revealed and can therefore advise us on the limits of commercial negotiations to achieve agreement without lengthy argument.’

‘Andrew McIntyre – extremely responsive and great to work with.’

‘Elaine Morrissey is a fantastic technical lawyer – she is always all over the detail of even the most complicated transactions, bringing the whole thing together, and is also very user-friendly and responsive.’

‘The two partners I have extensively dealt with are Bryan Bourke and Ronan Shanahan, respectively a very senior partner, and a newly made up partner. Bryan Bourke epitomises what my company requires from a very senior, trusted and mature adviser, ever calm and astute, with a unique ability to anticipate challenges and strategies posed by our counterparties. In any difficult corporate circumstance I’d be happy to have Bryan Bourke as my lead counsellor. Ronan Shanahan is a young partner displaying great maturity with a calm and unruffled style of operation, even under great pressure. He combines first-class technical skills with commercial realism and a relaxed and engaging manner.’

‘In the corporate team, Mark Quealy and Máire O’Neill consistently deliver and are very responsive to our needs both in terms of clarity of advice and timeliness of providing it. They are representative of our general experience in our broader engagement with the firm. Mark and Máire bring a wealth of relevant experience to our engagement. They are thoughtful in formulating their advice and always operate to the highest professional standards whilst also bringing important and valuable insights gained from their wider experience.’

‘Fiachra Cork is an exceptionally talented and professional individual. He works tirelessly and meticulously to serve the needs of his clients.’

Key clients

Amarenco Solar

Atlantic Bridge Ventures

Celtic Rugby DAC and Pro Rugby Championship DAC t/a GUINNESS PRO 14

Coca-Cola European Partners

DCC plc

Echelon DC Holdings Limited

Edwards Lifesciences

Elavon Financial Services DAC / US Bank Group

Fenergo Group Limited

Glanbia

Horse Racing Ireland

Irish Government

Irish Rugby Football Union

J&E Davy

LSP (Life Science Partners)

Management of Chill Insurance

MML Capital

National Treasury Management Agency (the manager of Ireland’s sovereign wealth fund)

OCP (Orange Capital Partners)

Phoenix Life plc

Pollen Street Capital

Pomo Search (Pointy)

Qorvo US, Inc

Quad Real

Smurfit Kappa Group plc

Société Générale SA

Sublimity Therapeutics

Supply Finance Limited

Sweepr

The Irish Times

Tines Security Services Limited (Tines.io)

Uniphar plc

Vivo Capital

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

Work highlights

  • Worked alongside Clifford Chance and Debevoise & Plimpton, to advise Clayton Dubilier & Rice, the US-based private investment firm, on its £2.6bn recommended takeover offer for UDG Healthcare.
  • Advised IBM on the Irish aspects of its reorganisation and spinout whereby IBM will separate its Managed Infrastructure Services unit of its Global Technology Services division into a new public company.
  • Advised Davy on the entry into of agreements relating to the sale of Davy’s wealth management, capital markets and associated businesses to Bank of Ireland, Davy’s fund management business to IQ-EQ and Davy’s shareholding in Rize ETF to AssetCo.

Ireland > Construction Tier 1

The construction team at William Fry is instructed on some of Ireland’s largest developments, with a focus on advising developers. The team acts across a range of asset classes, including private rental accommodation, mixed-use developments, data centres, industrial plants and infrastructure, and has recently been engaged by clients to provide advice on disputes related to delays and increased costs caused by Covid-19 and associated restrictions. Liam McCabe has more than 20 years’ experience in this space, acting on private developments and PPP projects. Bryanna Ryan is highly experienced in the negotiation and drafting of construction contracts, and Jarleth Heneghan handles both contentious and non-contentious matters in this space. Consultant Cassandra Byrne is also praised by clients for her advice on procurement, construction documentation and disputes.

Practice head(s):

Liam McCabe

Testimonials

‘I found the team extremely knowledgeable, with an understanding of how to appropriately and commercially apply statutory frameworks and allocate risk between the client and the contractor. The team were diligent and thorough throughout, taking an active role in driving all parties to a conclusion on key elements. They were friendly and fun to work with – totally user-friendly. This has been an excellent, successful and smooth experience for all those involved, due to the rigour delivered by the William Fry team throughout.’

‘My primary point of contact has been Cassandra Byrne. I have been a client of a number of top-tier UK law firms and this has been my best experience of working in partnership, by far. Cassandra took extra effort to explain the appropriate Irish contractual forms, examining similarities, differences and consequential risks between these and other construction standard forms. Cassandra’s influence and rapport helped smooth the relationship with the contractor and her strategic perspective helped situate our work within the framework of a related real estate transaction.’

‘The team’s expert knowledge of construction with respect to contracts and its strategic approach in the context of challenging scenarios has provided us with an excellent specialist service. The ability to get to heart of an issue quickly, fully understand it and set out a clear pathway to an effective outcome is also a key strength.’

‘Jarlath Heneghan always provides a clear pathway to overcome significant issues and does so with notable effectiveness. This is a combination of unique ability, experience and highly focused determination to achieve the optimal outcome for his clients as part of a high-quality service. Cassandra Byrne is highly responsive to clients’ needs. Her contractual knowledge and ability has given us, as the client, great confidence in her approach, which ultimately has delivered the results and outcomes that we sought. We can recommend both Jarleth and Cassandra without reservation.’

‘William Fry have great experience and expertise in big construction projects in the Irish market and are good at explaining the issues in layman’s terms.’

‘Jarleth Heneghan is very easy to talk to, and good at providing explanations and helping clients to understand why the paperwork is important, as well as helping with negotiation strategy.’

‘Liam McCabe shows enthusiasm and commitment to the client and the work being undertaken, professionalism at all times, responsiveness, and knowledge of the industry and subject matter.’

‘We value their attention to detail and understanding of the ever-changing regulatory environment. They have the ability to react quickly to events and to stick with the issue until it is satisfactorily resolved. I would like to show particular gratitude to Jarleth Heneghan and Cassandra Byrne for their assistance.’

Key clients

Hines/King Street Capital

Diageo

Department of Environment, Climate & Communications

National Asset Management Agency (NAMA)/Receiver

GA Development Fund ICAV

Hines / Peterson

Edwards Life Sciences

Arora Hotels

Kennedy Wilson

Digital Realty Trust

Dublin Airport Authority (daa) plc

Hines GREIT II Ireland Fund ICAV

Irish Life Assurance plc

Value Retail

Hammerson plc

Fitzwilliam Real Estate Properties Ltd

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

JD Wetherspoons

Biomarin Pharmaceutical Inc

Circle K (formerly Topaz)

National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA)

Blackrock Real Estate

U+I Group plc (formerly Development Securities plc)

Starwood Capital Group

Tesco

Dublin City Council

Fingal County Council

Veryan Medical Limited

MML Growth Capital Partners Limited

Aviva Investors Ireland Limited

Credit Suisse

Allied Irish Banks plc

Yew Grove REIT

Merck Millipore

Curam Healthcare

Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited

Real I.S. AG

Glenmore Generation Limited

Blackpitts Development Limited Partnership

Invesco Real Estate

Bank of Ireland

Red Hat

Work highlights

  • Advising Hines and King Street Capital on the development of a new suburb within a 412-acre site in Cherrywood, south Dublin, which is to contain homes, a retail-led town centre, schools, parks and leisure facilities.
  • Advising Diageo PLC on all aspects of the proposed large-scale regeneration of the landmark St James’ Gate Guinness Brewery site, to be known as Guinness Quarter, a new urban quarter extending to approximately 12.5 acres in central Dublin.
  • Advising the Department of Environment, Climate & Communications on the National Broadband Plan (NBP), the largest infrastructure project in the state, which will ensure all premises have access to high-speed broadband, at a cost of €3bn.

Ireland > Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

The data privacy team in William Fry advises a number of prominent clients from the tech sector and beyond on data-related matters. The team provides advice on compliance with regulations at both an Irish and European level, including assisting clients with the launch of new products. In addition, the practice advises on the data protection elements of commercial matters, including outsourcing agreements. Practice head David Cullen is active both in contentious and non-contentious matters. Leo Moore and John O’Connor are also key names in the team; Moore is noted for his broad expertise across the IP, data privacy and technology spaces, while O’Connor has experience with with novel technologies such as blockchain. The team expanded further at senior level when David Kirton was promoted to partner in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

David Cullen

Other key lawyers:

Leo Moore; John O’Connor; David Kirton; Maggie O’Leary; Rachel Hayes

Testimonials

‘William Fry’s data privacy and data protection practice has great strength and depth across the team. The team resource appropriately and are extremely responsive and proactive in providing advice. They have also been extremely resourceful in the past in terms of providing creative secondment arrangements.’

‘William Fry is the market leader when it comes to fintech.’

‘John O’Connor is a stellar lawyer. I rely on him hugely for GDPR matters but also for general blockchain and tech advice.’

‘Leo Moore is beyond doubt technically gifted and one of the most approachable lawyers in the business.’

‘They take the time to get to know our business and our risk appetite to provide business-driven legal advice and practical guidance.’

‘John O’Connor has a breath of knowledge and in-depth understanding of privacy and data protection which really helps to ensure we have a thorough approach to our contractual obligations in these areas. Maggie O’Leary has been a hugely responsive lawyer who has always responded to queries swiftly and with very useful and practical insights.’

‘The William Fry team have a really strong level of technical knowledge about privacy law and are also able to apply it in practice in a commercially savvy manner. In particular, their associates are noted for being very technically strong with an excellent level of training.’

‘Leo Moore is the standout partner on privacy matters and one of the go-to lawyers in this area in Dublin. Rachel Hayes is excellent with very strong technical skills and a business-focused approach.’

Key clients

BSA | The Software Alliance

Facebook Ireland

Instagram

Tesco Ireland

FREE NOW (formerly MyTaxi)

Smurfit Kappa Group plc

Truata

iCabbi

Momentive

Glanbia

Shop Direct Limited t/a Littlewoods Ireland

Consensys

Zurich Plc

FBD Insurance Plc

Work highlights

  • Advising BSA | The Software Alliance on its successful application to be admitted as an amicus curiae in a significant case before the Irish and EU courts relating to the EU-US Privacy Shield for international data transfers.
  • Advised on several strategic matters for Facebook Ireland in relation to its existing and new EU products which are aimed at young adults and minors.
  • Acting as the lead data protection and privacy adviser to Smurfit Kappa following the successful rollout of its GDPR Readiness programme.

Ireland > Dispute resolution Tier 1

William Fry stands out for its involvement in a range of big-ticket and landmark disputes. The core of the practice is not centred around one or two partners, with a range of senior individuals routinely engaged on significant matters. This includes mainstream commercial litigation, financial services and regulatory enforcement, inquiries, healthcare disputes, and professional negligence. Garrett Breen leads the team and is one of the most senior commercial litigators in the market, while managing partner Owen O’Sullivan, Lisa Carty and Paul Convery are amongst the firm's most recognised disputes partners. Laura Murdock and consultant Deirdre O’Donovan are also key names.

Practice head(s):

Garrett Breen

Other key lawyers:

Owen O’Sullivan; Lisa Carty; Paul Convery; Fergus Doorly; Laura Murdock; Deirdre O’Donovan; Derek Hegarty; Laura Scott; Colette Brady

Testimonials

‘William Fry are, without question, one of the top litigation firms in Ireland. They have an amazing roster of blue chip clients combined with a huge practice acting for the State (and State bodies) in some of the most challenging litigations.’

‘I think the William Fry litigation offering is strong.’

‘Garrett Breen is very perceptive and responsive. His advice is well balanced and he understands both the legal and the commercial aspects of the advice required. His advice is highly valued.’

‘Owen O’Sullivan is, historically, the top litigator in the firm and is now Managing Partner. Fergus Doorly is now assuming that mantle. He is a very good tactician in high-end commercial litigation.’

‘Paul Convery and Garrett Breen both lead litigation teams in claims against HSBC arising out of the Madoff collapse, and lead first class teams of litigators in a complex trial.’

‘Laura Scott is a brilliant litigator – wonderful strategic and tactical senses. What amazes me most is how she ends up being more expert than all the expert lawyers in the litigation no matter what the subject matter. This is the sign of a great lawyer!’

‘Laura Murdock in particular has been extremely engaged in respect of dispute resolution matters on which we have worked bringing a clarity of purpose to strategic discussions while simultaneously maintaining an attention to detail which is second to none.’

‘Colette Brady is a fantastic lawyer, high energy with superb insight.’

Key clients

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

Skyscanner

Hines / King Street Capital

Hines GREIT II Ireland Fund ICAV

Zimmer & Peacock AS /Zimmer & Peacock Limited

Boehringer Ingelheim

Synopsys Inc

Suzuki GB plc

Fingal County Council

Mazepin, UCCU, Uralchem, Bolotnikova & Konyaev

Department of Finance (Government Department)

Kilsaran Concrete

Dr Edmond Harty

Andrena Moynihan

RSM Ireland

PwC Ireland

RSM Ireland

BSA The Software Alliance

Valeo

Uniphar

Work highlights

  • Acted for Hines / King Street Capital in Commercial Court proceedings against Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, a local authority and planning authority in Dublin, in relation to €57m of common infrastructure in Cherrywood, a designated strategic development zone, on the basis that it was entitled to offset that cost against development contributions that are due to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council pursuant to the relevant planning scheme.
  • Represented the Russian billionaire businessman Dmitry Mazepin and other related parties in proceedings relating to an allegation that the defendants have been involved in corporate raiding of a large utilities company in Russia.
  • Represented the Department of Finance and current and former employees before the Commission of Investigation into Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC) formerly Anglo Irish Bank.

Ireland > Employment Tier 1

William Fry has a comprehensive employment law practice that is equally adept at handling restructurings, wind-ups and TUPE as well as related matters including corporate immigration and health and safety. Another key area of practice is employment litigation, where the group's caseload includes unfair dismissals, discrimination claims and senior executive terminations. Practice head Catherine O’Flynn focuses on contentious matters and has significant experience in advising clients on confidentiality matters, restrictive covenants and severance-related matters. Alicia Compton assists private and public sector clients with bullying claims, internal investigations and industrial relations. Jeffrey Greene has particular expertise in the employment law aspects of corporate transactions, especially TUPE matters.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Innovative people strategy with flexible working to attract talent which is clearly working with their excellent team.’

‘Catherine O’Flynn, is excellent and has a well deserved high profile as a leading employment lawyer.’

‘Excellent advice and guidance. Practical solutions. Common sense approach.’

‘Approachable and practical. Major comfort in the knowledge of dealing with a highly informed professional who is acting for your best interest at all times with common sense.’

‘This team’s strengths include the attentive teamwork approach of the particular attorneys involved, and their ability to call upon subject-matter experts in a variety of areas of law that are relevant for an Irish company.’

‘The William Fry Employment Team are trusted advisors to their Clients. They offer practical and thorough advice throughout any challenges faced. Such is the level of their assistance that they feel like part of the wider team within the client. I also notice with great admiration the emphasis they place on diversity within the team and their willingness to offer flexible working to their valued solicitors.’

‘Nuala Clayton is a stand out partner in my view. She is so committed to her work and is hugely devoted to ensuring her clients get the best of advice no matter the time of day. Her unparalleled knowledge combined with her strategic approach to problems ensures clients are really well placed to make the most appropriate judgement in the most difficult circumstances.’

‘Stand out partner is Alicia Compton. Alicia has superior technical knowledge that marks her out versus the competition. She alloys this with a rare ability to put herself in the client’s shoes. This enables her to devise strategies that are legally rock solid and uncommonly client friendly.’

Key clients

L Brands Fashion Retail Ireland

Pointy

Emirates Airlines

Shoe Zone

Aergo Capital Limited

Aldo

Wetherspoons

Primeline Group

Krispy Kreme

Tesco

B&Q

Premier Lotteries

Diageo

Affiliates Management Company

Signet Jewellers

IDOM

NAOS

The Irish Times

SOLAS, The Further Education and Training Authority

Phoenix Group

Boots Retail (Ireland) Limited

Kilsaran Concrete

Trustee Principles Limited

Glanbia Co-Operative Society Limited

Guinness Ireland Group Pension Scheme

Valeo Foods (Ireland)

Sanofi – Aventis

Mayfair Equity Partners

Edwards Lifesciences

Smurfit Kappa plc

Northgate Public Services

Aircraft Purchase Fleet Limited

J&E Davy

Uniphar

Sodexo Limited

Fineos

Phoenix Group

DCC plc

Mincon plc

Sky plc

Lionbridge

Univar Ireland Pension Schemes

Horse Racing Ireland

Ogletree Deakins

Work highlights

  • Acted for a client in the prosecution of a High Court action following successful application for and execution of a rarely granted Anton Piller Order against a former employee who set up in competition with the client.
  • Advised the Board of Horse Racing Ireland on the cessation of employment of the CEO following a significant tenure.
  • Advised DCC Energy Limited on the purchasing of Campus Oil Ltd from Stafford Group and on employment contracts, employment severances and waivers, and TUPE issues.

Ireland > Energy and natural resources Tier 1

William Fry acts for banks, project sponsors and public bodies in the energy sector, advising on the full range of issues involved in the development and construction of energy projects. Beyond project-related work, the practice is engaged in corporate transactions in this area, including M&A transactions involving energy assets, as well as power purchase agreements, with an increasing focus on advising data centres on these deals. The team is also active in the natural resources space through its links to Aughinish Alumina, advising the company on commercial and regulatory issues related to its production of alumina. Fergus Devine serves as practice head and is supported by the firm’s corporate, finance and projects teams.

Practice head(s):

Fergus Devine

Testimonials

‘Fergus Devine provides a very solutions-based approach.’

‘Fergus Devine has many years of experience in all aspects of the energy industry and regulatory affairs in Ireland. Fergus not only focuses on the law but also advises on the commercial areas of the matter due to his vast experience. Fergus becomes fully immersed in the matter at hand and I can confidently say he leaves no stone unturned in dealing with complex matters. Available to client almost anytime.’

‘Fergus Devine is excellent in terms of his strong technical knowledge, commercial focus and responsiveness.’

‘William Fry’s energy team have always been innovative and creative whenever we have dealt with them. They fully understand the complexities of the electricity and gas markets and always work as part of the team whilst providing excellent legal and commercial leadership. I would recommend them to anyone.’

‘Fergus Devine is professional, efficient and very knowledgeable in the energy sector. The complexities and significant constant changes in regulation and legislation do not seem to be an issue and Fergus and his team always provide an excellent service.’

‘Fergus Devine is an outstanding energy lawyer. Not many other law firms have a dedicated energy team with the years of experience of Fergus Devine.’

‘Fergus Devine’s application of both his legal and technical knowledge stands alone in the industry. He has unrivalled experience in the energy sector and has been dedicated to this area for over two decades. Fergus guides clients seamlessly through the heavily regulated energy market and offers both insight and guidance.’

‘Fergus Devine is a great lawyer – very commercial, clued in and pragmatic.’

Key clients

EirGrid plc

Aughinish Alumina (part of Rusal Group)

Amarenco Group

Digital Realty Trust

EngineNode

Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners

European Investment Bank

Department for the Economy (Northern Ireland)

AIB plc

Work highlights

  • Advising EirGrid on the 700MW Celtic Interconnector project, a complex cross-border joint venture with RTE (the French system operator), including advising on complex EU energy and granting legislation, international agreements and cross-border contracts.
  • Advised Digital Realty Trust on its $8.4bn acquisition of Interxion, a major European data centre company, which resulted in the acquisition of a number of strategic data centre assets in London, Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Dublin.
  • Advising Enginenode in connection with all aspects of its proposed data storage campus in Clonee, Co Meath, including advising on obtaining power supply and backup generation for the data storage campus.

Ireland > EU and competition Tier 1

William Fry has maintained a sizeable share of major merger control engagements, along with key roles in the CCPC’s motor insurance investigation and headline follow-on damages claims. The firm is also noted for state aid, regulatory and procurement expertise. Cormac Little SC is one of only two competition specialists to hold senior counsel status in Ireland, thanks to his esteemed record in merger control and the broader competition sphere. Claire Waterson  and Sheila Tormey  are also outstanding practitioners in sectoral regulation and merger control respectively; Waterson was recently appointed by the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications to advise on the roll-out of the National Broadband Plan.

Practice head(s):

Cormac Little SC

Other key lawyers:

Claire Waterson; Sheila Tormey; Sarah Lynam; Eoin Ó Cuilleanáin

Testimonials

‘William Fry are a fantastically responsive, pragmatic and knowledgeable team. Highly recommended – they are our go to firm for Irish competition matters.’

William Fry have provided an array of multi-disciplinary legal services to our organisation over the last 6 years. Across the board, we have found their service to be excellent.

‘Claire Waterson is a real pleasure to deal with. Very clear, collaborative and great with clients.’

‘The team led by Cormac Little has strength and depth.’

‘Cormac Little is an exceptional competition law practitioner and and also a pleasure to deal with.’

‘We have used Sheila Tormey at William Fry on a variety of EU public procurement and state aid matters. We have found Sheila to be extremely professional and diligent in her role. Her knowledge of EU competition matters is excellent, thus her advice is very clear, well considered and thoughtful. Sheila’s responsiveness to our requirements is excellent, she can take complex situations and process them into practical working solutions.’

‘I have worked mainly with Sheila Tormey, a partner in the competition practice. Sheila stands out for her excellent knowledge of CCPC decisional practice in the area of financial services, for her availability, and for being very pragmatic. The work product is always flawless.’

Key clients

Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications

Davy

DCC Energy/Emo Oil

A truck manufacturer

Uniphar plc

Davies Group

Department of Finance

Horse Racing Ireland

Phoenix Group Holdings

TL Mussels Limited

FNZ

Enterprise Ireland

SOLAS

Work highlights

  • Advised the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications on the rollout of the National Broadband Plan.
  • Advised Davy on competition law aspects of the sale of its businesses, including advising throughout the competitive bid process and advising on the CCPC notification in relation to the agreed sale to Bank of Ireland.
  • Advised DCC Energy/Emo Oil on the Irish merger control aspects of its acquisition of another fuel supplier, Campus Oil Limited.

Ireland > Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

William Fry has a well developed life sciences practice with notable strength in transactions, patent disputes and regulatory matters. The firm is also noted for medical negligence and product liability expertise in the healthcare sector. It continues to be a leader in M&A and private equity transactions in both life sciences and healthcare. Laura Scott leads the life sciences group and has an excellent record in patent disputes, while Charleen O’Keefe is an emerging talent in life sciences. Fiona Barry  and Margaret Muldowney  are key names in the healthcare segment.

Practice head(s):

Laura Scott; Fiona Barry; Margaret Muldowney

Other key lawyers:

Charleen O’Keeffe; Colette Brady; Barbara Kenny; Mary Cooney

Testimonials

‘William Fry are well-renowned for their life sciences practice. The team has particular expertise in life sciences patent litigation. They are responsive and highly diligent as well as being friendly to work with. They are often engaged in substantial cross-border patent litigation matters working in close and fruitful collaboration with patent litigation teams in other jurisdictions. They also bring to bear their broader knowledge of life sciences legal issues in conducting patent litigation. The team are also refreshingly diverse in gender in the patent litigation field which can often be dominated by males.’

‘A reliable focused team, they have always provided us with very detailed work. Practical, focused, experienced providing honest advice with strong detailed legal knowledge and guidance. A personable and reliable team with passion and commitment for each case.’

‘Laura Scott and Charleen O’Keeffe are both highly recommended partners.’

‘Laura Scott is a senior partner who is an experienced leader in Irish patent litigation focusing on the life sciences sector. She is very hands-on and takes a deep, keen interest in litigation she is conducting. She is also a pleasure to work with and very collaborative. She is therefore a ‘go-to’ choice when identifying Irish counsel for life sciences patent litigation.’

‘Charleen O’Keefe is an enthusiastic, energetic partner who demonstrates strategic thinking and a keen interest in ensuring that her clients prevail in their litigation. She is sure to be a star of the future in Irish life sciences patent litigation.’

‘I’ve worked with Charleen O’Keeffe over a number of years, she is an experienced partner, personable, reliable, practical, focused, gives honest advice with strong, detailed legal guidance. Shows a true passion and commitment for each case, and is always a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Fiona Barry and Mary Cooney were excellent in accepting instructions in a sensitive and high value case. Their results, under significant time pressures, were first rate.’

Key clients

Genentech Inc

ViiV Healthcare

GlaxoSmithKline

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

LGC

Toman Venture Holdings Unlimited Company

Uniphar PLC

Life Sciences Partners

Eli Lilly

Zimmer and Peacock AS

Work highlights

  • Acted for Genentech in Commercial Court SPC infringement proceedings against Amgen.
  • Acted for ViiV Healthcare in Commercial Court patent infringement proceedings against Gilead and in the defence of Gilead’s counterclaim for invalidity.
  • Acted as Irish legal adviser to leading private equity sponsor Clayton Dubilier & Rice (CD&R), on all aspects of its recommended cash offer for UDG Healthcare plc.

Ireland > Information technology Tier 1

William Fry counts prominent technology multinationals among its clients, providing advice on corporate and commercial matters, including acting on both the customer and vendor sides of outsourcing deals. The practice is also frequently engaged to advise clients on compliance with Irish and European regulation, such as GDPR and other data protection legislation, as well as the EU Copyright Directive. David Cullen leads the team and is supported by Leo Moore and John O’Connor; all three have broad practices in this space. The team’s partnership ranks were also bolstered by the promotion of David Kirton in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

David Cullen

Other key lawyers:

Leo Moore; John O’Connor; David Kirton; Maggie O’Leary

Testimonials

‘The William Fry IT team is the foremost in the jurisdiction. Most of William Fry’s clients are multinationals, so this gives them the edge on other firms in the market.’

‘John O’Connor is a leader in data protection and IT. John always provides pragmatic and commercially and legally sound advice.’

‘The team have continued to offer a top-class service despite the difficulties of the past 18 months. Always available when required, they have surpassed expectations in their ability to work seamlessly regardless of the number of team members involved.’

‘Leo Moore always makes himself available, with great advisory skills across the entire business legal portfolio. He has quarterbacked our work through William Fry. An honorable gentleman.’

‘Leo Moore is practical, excellent technically, composed during negotiations and easy to work with. David Kirton has excellent attention to detail.’

‘They provide attention to detail and consideration for individual business needs. Maggie O’Leary is also extremely responsive.’

‘I would view this team as one of the top technology practices in Ireland. They have a good underlying understanding of technology generally and also deliver their advice in a business-savvy manner. The firm has retained a team of very strong partners despite a lot of flux in the Dublin legal market. The associates are also strong.’

‘John O’Connor is excellent. Very experienced in this space.’

Key clients

Facebook

TikTok

Spotify

Zurich plc

ConsenSys

W3BCloud

Deliveroo

Fenergo

Momentive (previously Survey Monkey)

BSA | The Software Alliance

Truata

Experian

FREE NOW (formerly MyTaxi)

Workday

X-Celeprint

Work highlights

  • Advised Facebook and its associated businesses on data privacy matters, including the launch of new products, procurement of goods and services, and changes to data protection regulations.
  • Advised TikTok on a number of product development matters, including in relation to intellectual property and data protection issues arising from the new EU Copyright Directive and issues related to user-generated content and content moderation.
  • Advising Spotify on intellectual property issues arising under the new EU Copyright Directive and related product development matters.

Ireland > Insolvency and corporate restructuring Tier 1

William Fry has made a further impression in international restructurings and continues to represent an array of stakeholders in big-ticket restructurings and insolvencies, including those in the aviation, manufacturing and retail sectors. It has gathered further experience in Irish law scheme of arrangement processes, US Chapter 11 filings, and examinerships. Department head Fergus Doorly has advised on some of the largest cross-border restructurings and examinerships of recent times. Similarly, Ruairi Rynn and Craig Sowman are highly rated practitioners. The firm also has an impressive bench of senior associates in this field.

Practice head(s):

Fergus Doorly

Other key lawyers:

Ruairi Rynn; Craig Sowman; Niamh Cacciato; Alice O’Connor; Rebecca Martyn

Testimonials

‘Very experienced and professional firm. Provide practical solutions to complex matters. Very reassuring considering the pressurised industry we work in. Always feel in safe hands. Have engaged William Fry on numerous insolvency assignments and will continue to do so.’

‘A very strong insolvency scheme with good strength and depth. Ability to involve other practice areas across the firm.’

‘Fergus Doorly is a market leader in the provision of Insolvency and Restructuring legal advice. He is strongly supported by Ruairi Rynn and Craig Sowman. A very strong team.’

‘Fergus Doorly – A very experienced, calm and knowledgeable insolvency solicitor.’

‘Craig Sowman, Ruari Rynn, Rebecca Martyn and Fergus Doorly. Very experienced and professional. Provide practical solutions to complex matters. Very reassuring considering the pressurised industry we work in. Always feel in safe hands. A pleasure to work with each of them.’

‘We have worked closely with Fergus Doorly, Ruairi Rynn and Craig Sowman who are all very experienced, knowledgeable and good to work with.’

‘Craig Sowman – An excellent insolvency solicitor with good sectoral experience.’

‘Ruairi Rynn – A very able insolvency solicitor.’

Key clients

Kieran Wallace, KPMG

EY

PwC

Baker Tilly

Grant Thornton

Ken Fennell and James Anderson, Deloitte

Duff & Phelps

RSM Ireland

Kirby Healy Chartered Accountants

Sabios

Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c.

Bank of Ireland

National Asset Management Agency

Debenhams

Pointwell Limited

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA and related companies

Montrose Global Aircraft Leasing Limited and subsidiaries

Nordic Aviation Capital

Work highlights

  • Acted as Irish lawyers to NAC Group in relation to its restructuring of its $6.8bn debt.
  • Advised Kieran Wallace, KPMG, as Examiner of Norwegian Air International Limited Shuttle ASA and certain Irish group companies.
  • Advised Pointwell Limited, a member of the Skillsoft Corporation, on a restructuring of multibillion-dollar loan facilities through a Chapter 11 process.

Ireland > Insurance Tier 1

William Fry's outstanding reputation in financial services remains undiminished. The firm's focus on insurance and reinsurance over the decades is renowned and it has continued to set the benchmark in evolving areas such as ESG insurance and insurtech. It represents most of the leading local market insurers and also employs an actuarial consultant within the team to assist with transactional and compliance engagements. Paul Convery leads the insurance dispute resolution team, which is widely recognised for professional indemnity, product liability and D&O claims, among others. Eoin Caulfield and John Larkin co-head the insurance and reinsurance group, and are both noted for their transactional and regulatory expertise.

Practice head(s):

Eoin Caulfield; John Larkin

Other key lawyers:

Ian Murray; Paul Convery; Owen O’Sullivan; Claire O’Connor; Gráinne Varian

Testimonials

‘William Fry have by far the strongest insurance legal team in Ireland. They have provided excellent support for start-ups and the subsequent disposal of 51% of share capital to create a complex joint venture and on all occasions have made it much easier for us the client with professional in-depth advice covering all aspects of business, regulation, company law etc.’

‘The team is one of the leading firms advising on insurance matters in the Irish market. It has a depth of expertise amongst the best and has advised on many of the big ticket transactions in the market in recent years. It is well suited to advising on larger, more complex insurance transactions and regulatory matters.’

‘Eoin Caulfield is the stand out partner in the practice. Originally from a corporate law background he has an excellent combination of transactional experience combined with a through understanding of the law and regulations applicable in the Irish market. In addition, he has excellent international contacts which are very useful in the context of cross-border deals.’

‘Eoin Cauldfield has provided expert guidance at all stages of our development from the initial formation and authorisation of the companies, expansion in to 11 European markets, creation of a joint venture and disposal of 51% of the share capital and all routine aspects. In my latest role as CEO of another company he has provided expert advice and guidance on several matters including for example portfolio transfers in and out.’

Key clients

AXA

Apollo Global Management LLC

Phoenix Group

Companjon Arch

Eni Insurance

SCOR Group

McGill Insurance

Allianz

CNP Santander Insurance

Beazley Group

Chaucer Insurance (part of China Re Group)

Everest Insurance / Everest Reinsurance

Atradius Re

UK General

FCA Capital Re

Chubb Group

Scottish Re

Renaissance Re

RGA

Fairfax

Catalina

Canada Life

Enstar Group

Watford Insurance Company Europe Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Phoenix Group Holdings plc on the recently announced sale of Ark Life Assurance through a competitive bid process.
  • Advised Apollo and its subsidiaries, in particular Irish-authorised insurers Athora Ireland, Catalina Ireland and Aspen (Irish Branch) as well as other Irish regulated group members on the impact under Ireland’s implementation of the Solvency II Directive and the Irish credit servicing regime on restructurings through which relevant Apollo entities have been converted into corporate holdings.
  • Advised Phoenix Group Holdings plc on its acquisition of the ReAssure Group (which includes Ark Life Assurance DAC) from Swiss Re and MS&AD Insurance.

Ireland > Intellectual property Tier 1

William Fry is highly active across the intellectual property space, acting for Irish and international clients from sectors including pharmaceuticals, technology, and food and beverages. Leo Moore and David Cullen lead on the team’s non-contentious work, which includes aiding clients in managing trade mark portfolios, both in Ireland and in other jurisdictions across Europe; it also provides advice on protecting IP rights and the commercial exploitation of these rights. Laura Scott is frequently instructed in patent, trade mark and copyright disputes in the Irish courts, with a particular specialism in the life sciences sector; other key figures in IP litigation include Colette Brady and Charleen O’Keeffe.

Practice head(s):

David Cullen; Laura Scott

Other key lawyers:

Leo Moore; Colette Brady; Charleen O’Keeffe

Testimonials

‘William Fry are well renowned for their IP practice. The team has particular expertise in life sciences patent litigation. They are responsive and highly diligent as well as being friendly to work with. They are often engaged in substantial cross-border patent litigation matters, working in close and fruitful collaboration with patent litigation teams in other jurisdictions. They also bring to bear their broader knowledge of life sciences legal issues in conducting patent litigation. The team are also refreshingly diverse in gender in the patent litigation field, which can often be dominated by males.’

‘Laura Scott and Charleen O’Keeffe are both highly recommended partners. Laura Scott is an experienced leader in Irish patent litigation focusing on the life sciences sector. She is very hands-on and takes a deep, keen interest in the litigation she is conducting. She is also a pleasure to work with and very collaborative. She is therefore a go-to choice when identifying Irish counsel for life sciences patent litigation. Charleen O’Keefe is an enthusiastic, energetic partner who demonstrates strategic thinking and a keen interest in ensuring that her clients prevail in their litigation. She is sure to be a star of the future in Irish life sciences patent litigation.’

‘David Cullen stands out for me within his domain and within William Fry. He has the perfect combination of technology, business and legal knowledge alongside a pragmatic, client-focused, holistic approach to delivering on our needs. He unquestionably has a genuine care for his clients which exceeds that of any other lawyer I’ve ever worked with – his care is authentic. Leo Moore is also a strong partner in the IP domain.’

‘It is a dynamic team which drives innovation and digitalisation within IP. Great to work with. Fast responses. Comprehensive in-depth knowledge and experience. Always provides practical and business-orientated solutions.’

‘Laura Scott is intensely committed to her clients; she has an eye for detail and leaves no stone unturned. Charleen O’Keeffe is a very bright IP lawyer. Colette Brady is a formidable litigator.’

‘The William Fry IP team stand out in the Irish market. They provide a full, 360-degree IP service and we can rely on them on all IP fronts. I find them to be particularly excellent in the pharma and technology (big tech/platforms) sectors with deep experience in food and beverages. William Fry appear to be involved in nearly all the big-ticket IP litigation cases and there is good reason for that given the strength and depth of their team. I also recognise the IP team as leaders in commercial IP cases, advising leading brands on strategic IP asset exploitation. William Fry is my go-to firm in Ireland for IP, without question.’

‘Laura Scott has an impressive patent practice, particularly on the pharma litigation side. Leo Moore is a very experienced practitioner and gives us clear, direct and smart insights on our cases, ensuring positive strategic outcomes; he is very user-friendly and is our go-to lawyer in Ireland. The William Fry team is good to work with, trustworthy and steadfast, which is critical when matters go late into the evening.’

‘I always come away from a meeting with the IP team at William Fry with a clear understanding of any IP issues and with a focused plan as to how to deal with them. As a business owner, this approach is so valuable. It’s never a meeting about a meeting; I feel I learn a lot from every meeting and it allows us to work smart as a business and be proactive around brand strategy as opposed to reactive. I think their PeopleBridge initiative is very interesting too.’

Key clients

Truata Limited

Valeo Food Groups

Diageo

X-Celeprint

Eli Lilly

Skyscanner

Genentech

Viiv Healthcare

Boehringer Ingelheim

Clonmel Healthcare Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Truata on global portfolio management and providing initial advice on a trade mark infringement matter and office actions before the Intellectual Property Office of Ireland and others.
  • Advising Valeo Foods Group on various contentious trade mark infringement and parallel import issues, as well as the ongoing management of its significant trade mark portfolio.
  • Acting for Eli Lilly and Company in the petition for the revocation of a patent held by Novartis and in the defence of Commercial Court proceedings issued by Novartis.

Ireland > Investment funds Tier 1

William Fry has a fine reputation in the market with an impressive client base of the largest global asset managers and the top promoters of Irish domiciled funds, and an extensive record in ETFs and UCITS, along with growth in private equity and ESG/sustainability-linked funds. Dan Morrissey leads the team, which includes ETFs and UCITS specialists James Phelan and Sergey Dolomanov. Vincent Coyne is a key name on the alternative funds front, and Patricia Taylor  and John Aherne lead the funds regulatory side of the practice, and London-based Lorena Dunne plays a key role in ESG and sustainability-related funds.

Practice head(s):

Dan Morrissey

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team are very responsive and seek to find solutions quickly to any queries or issues that arise. The depth of knowledge is very evident, particularly on new directives. Every effort is made to ensure we are ahead of new regulatory requirements.’

‘Lorena Dunne (London) is always very approachable and happy to give her time, even on occasions of short notice. The quality of her work is impeccable and you can be confident in the guidance she provides.’

Key clients

Architas Multi-Managers

AXA Rosenberg

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Barclays Bank Plc

City of London

Davy Funds plc

Equity Trustees Fund Services (Ireland) Limited

Iguana Investments Limited

Lazard Asset Management

Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM)

Natixis I.M.

TowerBrook Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised a  range of leading global and domestic fund providers on compliance with initial, future and ongoing requirements impacting fund managers and funds imposed by the EU’s Sustainable Finance Action Plan, including in particular the obligations outlined by the Sustainable Finance Disclosures Regulation (SFDR).
  • Acted for TowerBrook on the Central Bank application for simultaneous authorisation of four private equity fund ranges.
  • Advised a large global asset manager on the addition of a range of important new sub-funds to its UCITS platforms, including an investment grade addition to its suite of sub-funds investing in the market in convertible securities; a new sub-fund investing globally in small-cap companies as the valuations of those improve in the wake of the Covid-19 market disruption; and a number of new sub-funds to add to its suite of thematic funds.

Ireland > Media and entertainment Tier 1

William Fry is active in contentious and non-contentious matters in the media sector and provides a range of services to media clients, including advising on M&A transactions, regulatory issues, commercial matters and employment disputes. In addition, the team represents media outlets and plaintiffs in defamation litigation. Fiona Barry leads the practice and is focused on contentious work, while Paul Convery is also active in defamation proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Barry

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Horse Racing Ireland (HRI)

BBC

EHM Productions (TMZ)

Irish Rugby Football Union

Smurfit Kappa Group plc

The Irish Times

RTE

Sky

Work highlights

  • Advising the BBC in relation to defamation claim by a solicitor in respect of news reporting around a prominent criminal trial.
  • Advising Horse Racing Ireland on a wide range of telecoms, technology, intellectual property, media rights and sponsorship matters.
  • Advising Communicorp on its sale to Bauer Media Audio.

Ireland > Pensions and employee benefits Tier 1

Led by Ian Devlin, William Fry’s pensions and employment benefits team acts for pension funds and employers in restructuring exercises. It has vast experience in project management of employee share scheme issues in large, multi-jurisdictional transactions. Maura Roe is another key partner and has notable expertise in handling employee share schemes and incentive programmes.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Ian Devlin – I have great respect for him and his team and the work they do.’

Key clients

L Brands Fashion Retail Ireland

Emirates Airlines

Shoe Zone

Aergo Capital Limited

Wetherspoons

Primeline Group

Krispy Kreme

Tesco

B&Q

Premier Lotteries

Diageo

Affiliates Management Company

Signet Jewellers

IDOM

NAOS

SOLAS, The Further Education and Training Authority

Phoenix Group

Boots Retail (Ireland) Limited

Kilsaran Concrete

Trustee Principles Limited

Glanbia Co-Operative Society Limited

Guinness Ireland Group Pension Scheme

Valeo Foods (Ireland)

Sanofi – Aventis

Mayfair Equity Partners

Edwards Lifesciences

Smurfit Kappa plc

Northgate Public Services

Aircraft Purchase Fleet Limited

J&E Davy

Uniphar

Sodexo Limited

Fineos

DCC plc

Mincon plc

Lionbridge

Univar Ireland Pension Schemes

Horse Racing Ireland

Ogletree Deakins

Acumen Aviation

Paysafe

Yew Grove REIT plc

LGC Holdings

Work highlights

  • Advised Fenergo on the treatment of share incentives held by 200 employees in several jurisdictions on acquisitions by a French/UK JV.
  • Advised the trustees of Univar’s Irish DB and DC pension schemes on various legal issues related to the sale by Univar Solutions Inc. of Distrupol to GPD Companies Inc.
  • Advised J&E Davy on its sale to Bank of Ireland and the sale of its fund business to IQ-EQ.

Ireland > Planning and environment Tier 1

William Fry is frequently instructed to provide advice on planning and environmental issues related to project development, particularly in the energy sector. The practice also advises clients on operating energy and industrial plants in compliance with Irish environmental regulations. In the planning space, the team represents clients in the judicial review of planning board decisions. Conor Linehan SC leads the team, handling both contentious and non-contentious work, with senior associate Michelle Martin also highly active in this space.

Practice head(s):

Conor Linehan SC

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Conor Linehan will look at the issue from all sides and is relentless in his pursuit of a positive outcome for his client or in providing alternative approaches. His deliberations on issues are masterpieces of legal analysis.’

‘The team have been excellent in providing urgent, complex advice across multiple novel matters.’

‘Conor Linehan has provided invaluable support as planning and environment partner across a number of complex matters. His detailed and considered advice has been instrumental in identifying solutions to multifaceted legal issues. Michelle Martin has provided clear and pragmatic advice.’

‘They have strong commercial knowledge.’

‘Conor Linehan and Michelle Martin are excellent in terms of technical knowledge and responsiveness.’

‘Conor Linehan’s guidance was invaluable.’

‘Conor Linehan is extremely approachable and available. He explains the process and changes in the process clearly and concisely. Michelle Martin is similarly helpful and knowledgeable.’

‘They offer in-depth environmental knowledge and experience.’

Key clients

Green Biofuels Ireland Ltd

SIRO Ltd

Fingal County Council

Aughinish Alumina Limited

Brookfield Renewable Energy

Diageo

Hines / King Street Capital

Tesco Ireland Limited

Biocore Environmental Limited

Poundland Limited t/a Dealz

Digital Realty Trust

Dulux Paints Ireland

U+I Group plc

Value Retail

XL Group/QBE

EirGrid Plc

EngineNode/SDC Capital Management Limited

Cooley Distillery/Beam Suntory

Progressive Asset Holdings

Work highlights

  • Acting as environmental law adviser to Green Biofuels’ Wexford plant, Ireland’s most advanced biodiesel facility, and advising on Brexit-related changes to its waste management contracts with its UK counter-parties.
  • Representing Biocore in the planning and environmental consenting processes for a large bioenergy park at Castlerea, Co Roscommon.
  • Advising Hines/King Street Capital on all the planning law aspects of the development of Cherrywood, a major new residential and commercial suburb in South Dublin.

Ireland > Projects and PPP Tier 1

William Fry’s projects practice spans sectors including transport, energy, residential and commercial property, and data centres. The team advises some of Ireland’s most prominent developers on contract drafting, and also assists public sector bodies and private companies with the procurement process. Liam McCabe heads the team, while Fergus Devine focuses on the energy sector and Jarleth Heneghan leads on IT infrastructure and PPP matters. Bryanna Ryan advises both Irish and multinational clients on construction contract drafting, and Conor Linehan SC provides assistance on environmental matters.

Practice head(s):

Liam McCabe

Testimonials

‘I deal primarily with Liam McCabe on projects simply for the value Liam brings to a project in terms of years of legal and commercial experience. Acting in the best interest of his client, Liam will always say it as it is, even if his client may not like to hear it.’

‘I appreciate Liam McCabe’s frank and open approach to dealing with problem issues.’

‘The team have their finger on the pulse of current trends in the market. This is combined with a pragmatic and client-focused approach to their services.’

‘Functionally very competent but act as business partners and not just lawyers. They believe in creating a great environment and culture so their employees are empowered to be at their best.’

‘Bryanna Ryan is very capable, with a fabulous personality and very approachable style. This creates a high level of trust and better business outcomes. Liam McCabe is very experienced and can advise at all levels within client organisations right up to board level. He can also change his style and approach based on business demands but in all cases looks after the client’s interests as the number-one priority.’

‘Very much up to date with developments in the construction market, the players in the market and trends. I have found Liam McCabe to be outstanding in this regard and very personable and able to put complex arguments into plain English for me to understand.’

‘I find the team at Frys very approachable and easily accessible. They are available at short notice and provide very quick turnaround on information required. Their technical and legal knowledge around construction contracts is very impressive.’

‘I have always found the practice to be absolutely up to date, with in-depth knowledge of the market. The people are professional, courteous and both approachable and proactive. Their systems, technology and collaborative platforms are very user friendly.’

Key clients

Allied Irish Bank plc

Amarenco Solar

Aughinish Alumina

BlackRock

Bord Gáis

Bord na Móna

Brookfield Renewable Energy Group

Circle K (formerly Topaz)

Department of Public Expenditure & Reform

Department of Environment, Climate & Communications

Department for the Economy

Diageo

Digital Realty Trust

Dublin Airport Authority

Dublin City Council

Dublin City University

Dublin Institute of Technology

Dublin Port Company

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

Edwards Lifesciences

EirGrid plc

Electricity Supply Board

Enginenode Limited

European Investment Bank

Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited

Green Biofuels Ireland

Hammerson plc

Hines

Hines / King Street Capital

Irish Infrastructure Fund

KC Capital Property Group

Louth County Council

MML Growth Capital Partners Limited

National Treasury Management Agency

National Asset Management Agency (NAMA)

Offaly County Council

Office of Government Procurement

Omnes Capital

South Dublin County Council

The Dutch Infrastructure Fund (DIF)

The Governor and Company of the Bank of Ireland

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

University College Dublin

Voltalia, SA

XL Group / QBE

Yew Grove REIT plc

Work highlights

  • Advising the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications on the National Broadband Plan, Ireland’s largest PPP project, which is of strategic national importance.
  • Advising EirGrid on the Celtic Interconnector Project, the proposed 700MW interconnector which will connect Ireland’s electricity network to France via an underwater cable, including advising on the successful attainment of a €530m EU grant for the project.
  • Advising on all aspects of the landmark development of the St. James’ Gate Guinness Brewery site, to be known as Guinness Quarter, a new urban quarter extending to approximately 12.5 acres of redevelopment in central Dublin.

Ireland > Real estate Tier 1

The real estate team at William Fry receives varied mandates from clients including international private equity funds, REITs and some of Ireland’s most prominent developers. The team is active across a range of asset classes, advising on financings and transactions involving data centres, private rental properties, logistics infrastructure and mixed-use developments. Practice head Edward Spain acts for a substantial client base, with a focus on international investors and asset managers, while Brian O’Callaghan specialises in the retail sector. Lisa McCarthy and Conor Treacy are also names to note in the team, acting on transactions as well as lettings, including pre-lettings.

Practice head(s):

Edward Spain

Other key lawyers:

Brian O’Callaghan; Conor Treacy; Lisa McCarthy; Helena Ryan

Testimonials

‘I would like to highlight the quality of the advice, efficiency and billing transparency.’

‘Helena Ryan stands out for her expertise and commitment to clients.’

‘Experienced, pragmatic, commercially driven and highly responsive.’

‘Lisa McCarthy is very commercially driven, always very responsive and has been great source of good advice.’

‘Always attentive to client needs. Fast, friendly and efficient.’

‘Lisa McCarthy runs an excellent team who have the same qualities of attention to detail and client service that she has.’

‘The firm and in particular the individuals provide excellent service and are solutions based.’

‘Their efficiency, proactiveness and solution-based approach makes them stand out from other firms I have worked with.’

Key clients

Hammerson plc

Allianz Real Estate

OCP Capital Partners

NAMA & NTMA

Tesco Ireland Limited

Hines

Irish Life Assurance plc

U + I Group plc

Kennedy Wilson

Real I.S. Investment GmbH

GA Developments

BlackRock

Union Investment

Nuveen Management AIFM Limited

IBM

Qualcomm

Digital Realty

AXA Real Estate Investment Managers

BCP Asset Management

Ballymore Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Diageo on the €1bn redevelopment of the historic Guinness Brewery at St James’s Gate in Dublin into a new urban quarter.
  • Advised leading global investment manager BlackRock on the reported €100m disposal of the Liffey Park Business Campus, owned jointly with O’Flynn Group, to Stoneweg SA.
  • Advising Smurfit Kappa Group on the sub-lease of its premises at Botanic Road, Glasnevin, to the National Council for the Blind for a state-of-the-art training school for the visually impaired in Dublin.

Ireland > Tax Tier 1

William Fry has maintained a dynamic tax practice, most notably in the M&A, private equity, real estate investment, capital markets and structured finance fields. The firm is also at the forefront of tax appeal cases and has a dedicated transfer pricing team led by Declan Lavelle. The highly rated tax structuring specialist Sonya Manzor leads the team, which includes Ted McGrath, who heads the financial services group. Brian Duffy  is a leading figure in tax controversy and tax ligation, while emerging talent Rachel Fox is noted for M&A and capital markets transactions.

Practice head(s):

Sonya Manzor

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘William Fry’s team is exceptional in the market as a result of a senior led service, covering all areas of tax. The M&A offering is particularly strong, providing a higher quality service than the majority of alternatives in the market.’

‘The team have the depth and breadth of technical expertise to handle the novel tax structuring we require, including being able to lead the international advice. They are extremely commercial, responsive and solutions focused and provide excellent client service. They understand our business and have been able to provide innovative solutions to address our business needs. They are the best tax practice that we have dealt with in any of the big Irish law firms. We see them as trusted advisors rather than just another set of lawyers.’

‘Sonya Manzor is a top notch Irish tax advisor and her responsiveness really sets her apart.’

‘Rachel Fox is an exceptional M&A tax partner. Her technical and commercial knowledge is very strong and she allies this with a very noticeable willingness to go above and beyond for her clients.’

‘Rachel Fox is excellent, commercial and solutions-focused with an extremely broad knowledge on tax technical matters, particularly in the area of international tax structuring. She adds real value on projects, looking at the full commercial position rather than focusing just on the narrow application of the law (which is a real differentiating factor compared to many tax partners in other large firms). She goes above and beyond in terms of client care and is very responsive. She can explain very complicated, technical matters in a clear, concise way, which sets her apart from a lot of partners in competitor firms. I would not hesitate to recommend her.’

‘Given my varied business needs I have worked with Brian Duffy and Sonya Manzo from the WF tax team. The WF tax practice is an excellent “one stop” full service tax shop that can address all our tax needs. I have used the tax practices in medium to large accounting practices previously and what sets the WF tax team apart is their partner led personal approach, attention to detail and deeper understanding of the legal considerations (for example, property law) of a transaction and how that interacts with tax law.’

‘Brian Duffy is a stand out tax lawyer and I would have no hesitation in recommending him to others. He is always available and a pleasure to deal with. He considers the legal points and delivers clear, commercial and pragmatic tax advice in a timely manner; he always has the needs of our business in mind. He is particularly strong in the areas of real estate tax, M&A tax support and tax disputes & litigation. He gives good counsel on a variety of legal and tax issues.’

‘Ted McGrath is also excellent. He is very detail-orientated and his advice is always clear, commercial and easy to digest. He has deep knowledge of financial services tax matters and is a real stand-out advisor in this area. On many occasions he has delivered solutions to complex and novel FS tax structuring issues, often working within tight timelines.’

Key clients

DCC PLC

Smurfit Kappa

Afilias

Inditex SA

Linde AG

Silicon & Software Systems Limited

State Street Corporation

U+I Plc

WisdomTree Investments

Ardagh Packaging Group

Smartbox

Accenture

Paine Schwartz Partners

Clanwilliam

Phillips 66

Clayton Dubilier & Rice

Work highlights

  • Advised Cpl, a global provider of talent and workforce solutions, on the recommended cash offer for Cpl by Japanese conglomerate OUTSOURCING Inc.
  • Advised Ardagh Group on Irish tax and legal matters in respect of several bond issuances and purchases as part of its multibillion-euro financing
  • Provided tax advice to LGC, on its two recent Irish acquisitions; the acquisition of Innovapeak Limited, trading as “Safefood 360”, and Technopath Clinical Diagnostics Holdings Limited.

Ireland > Telecoms Tier 1

William Fry is noted for its work on the National Broadband Plan, in which it advises the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications on contractual agreements, regulations and competition issues. In addition, the team advises a range of telecoms clients on commercial transactions, such as outsourcings, and regulatory issues related to the development of new products. Claire Waterson leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Claire Waterson

Testimonials

‘Fantastic team. We work with them regularly and they are very knowledgeable and very easy to work with.’

‘Claire Waterson is very responsive and provides a very high-quality service.’

Key clients

Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications

Horse Racing Ireland

Digicel

Towercom

Work highlights

  • Advising the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications on the rollout of the National Broadband Plan, Ireland’s largest infrastructure project.
  • Advising an international car manufacturer on the telecoms aspects of “connected cars”.
  • Advising Digicel on a range of commercial and digital transformation projects.

Ireland > White-collar crime Tier 1

William Fry‘s white-collar crime practice is frequently instructed by companies facing allegations of criminality, as well as by clients who have been the victims of white-collar crime. The practice is particularly active in the financial services sector, advising clients on responding to investigations by regulators and class action lawsuits; matters involving alleged anti-competitive practices are also an area of focus. Following the appointment of Owen O’Sullivan as firm managing partner in 2020, Laura Murdock and Paul Convery lead the team. Lisa Carty and Derek Hegarty are other names to note in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Laura Murdock; Paul Convery

Other key lawyers:

Owen O’Sullivan; Lisa Carty; Derek Hegarty

Testimonials

‘A hardworking team who put their clients first. Very quick to react and supportive while still being realistic about the recommended approach. Having dealt with a number of members of the team, they were all excellent, committed and focused on the task at hand. Quality of advice provided is first rate with the options clearly outlined. As a firm, one benefit I find is that I can deal with an individual on an issue rather than being forced to deal with a team and the associated costs. Overall, I view William Fry as a partner in our business. They are quick to react when needed and focused on solutions and what is best for our company.’

‘Lisa Carty stands out for her knowledge of the challenges faced by our company, and her ability to remain focused on the preferred outcome while dealing with all the issues that present themselves in a complex case. She was very quick to provide support when we had a particular challenge and needed additional resources. The resources provided were excellent and made a significant difference at a critical time. She is always available and solution focused.’

‘The team are extremely responsive to clients. Their client-focused approach provides incisive analysis of complex issues and clear advice to clients.’

‘Paul Convery is a standout partner. He is superb – he understands his clients’ businesses and priorities. Paul gets to grips easily with complex issues, clearly advises clients and is very available.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a client in respect of losses in excess of €3.5bn incurred as a result of the Madoff Ponzi fraud.
  • Acting for a Russian entrepreneur and others in proceedings alleging corporate raiding.
  • Acting for parties who are the focus of an investigation by inspectors appointed by the High Court to examine an allegation of corporate wrongdoing in a publicly quoted media group and also in a related allegation of a significant data breach at the group.

Ireland > Public sector Tier 2

William Fry is highly active in advising on the development of public infrastructure, acting for government departments, state-owned and semi-state companies, and local councils. The team has a broad practice in this space, handling financing, procurement and construction documents. Elsewhere, practice head Claire Waterson is well regarded for her work advising Irish government bodies on regulatory matters, with a particular focus on EU state aid regulations. Jarleth Heneghan leads on projects-related matters, with consultant Cassandra Byrne also praised by clients for her work in this space.

Practice head(s):

Claire Waterson

Other key lawyers:

Jarleth Heneghan; Garrett Breen; Alicia Compton; Laura Scott

Testimonials

‘The team’s expert knowledge of public sector construction with respect to contracts and by association their strategic approach in the context of challenging scenarios has provided us with an excellent specialist service. The ability to get to the heart of an issue quickly, fully understand it and set out a clear pathway to an effective outcome is also a key strength.’

‘Jarlath Heneghan always provides a clear pathway to overcome significant issues and does so with notable effectiveness. This is a combination of unique ability, experience and highly focused determination to achieve the optimal outcome for his clients as part of a high-quality service. Cassandra Byrne is highly responsive to clients’ needs; her contractual knowledge and ability has given us as the client great confidence in her approach, which has ultimately delivered the results and outcomes that we sought. We can recommend both Jarlath and Cassandra without reservation.’

‘The strength of the team lies in their comprehensive subject matter knowledge and their ability to apply this to our organisation’s requirements in a highly effective and timely manner.’

‘Claire Waterson provides timely, thought-through, consistently relevant and smart advice on all areas under her remit.’

Key clients

European Investment Bank

Department of Finance

Central Bank of Ireland

ComReg

Eirgrid plc

National Asset Management Agency (NAMA)

National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA)

Revenue Commissioners

State Claims Agency

Irish Stock Exchange

National Dairy Council

SOLAS

UCD

Horse Racing Ireland

DCU

DIT

ESB

Bord Gáis

Eirgrid

The Special Liquidators of Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (formerly Anglo Irish Bank)

Bord Iascaigh Mhara

Dublin City Council

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

South Dublin County Council

Laois County Council

Offaly Council

Westmeath County Council

Louth County Council

Fingal County Council

The Pensions Authority

The Arts Council

DECC

Enterprise Ireland

Dublin Airport Authority plc (daa plc)

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Work highlights

  • Advising the Department of Finance on a range of high-profile matters of national and international importance, including the state aid and EU law aspects of the recovery of alleged state aid from Apple and the sale of the department’s remaining shareholdings in the Irish banking sector.
  • Acting as principal legal adviser to Solas, the state further education and training authority, following a competitive tendering process.
  • Advising the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications on the rollout of the National Broadband Plan.

Ireland > Transport Tier 2

William Fry‘s transport practice continues to be prominent in the aviation sector, handling some of the largest and most complex matters in the Irish market. David Maughan and Mary Ward are well known for their work on the financing of aircraft, while Fergus Doorly and Craig Sowman advise on matters in this sector involving distressed companies, including restructurings. Elsewhere, the firm’s well-established projects and construction teams are frequently engaged on transport projects in the aviation, road and rail sectors; they also handle large projects which include transport infrastructure, such as residential developments. Jarleth Heneghan and Liam McCabe are the key figures in this area. In addition, the practice acts for a number of ride-hailing apps, providing advice on data protection and other regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

David Maughan

Testimonials

‘We value them for their customer service. We do not get such attentive service elsewhere.’

‘Mary Ward and David Maughan are both extraordinary individuals. They really care for their clients.’

‘They are excellent commercially.’

Key clients

Aer Lingus

Aer Dragon Aviation

Aergo

Airbus

Aircraft Purchase Fleet Limited

Asia Aviation Capital

British Airways

Cathay United Bank

CityJet

Credit Agricole CIB

Dublin Airport Authority

Dublin Port Company

Emirates Airlines

Fingal County Counsel

FREE NOW

Goshawk Aviation Limited

Hamden Aviation

Hammerson

IAG

Montrose Global Aircraft Leasing and Subsidiaries

Natixis

Nordic Aviation Capital

Ping An Leasing

PK AirFinance

Volkswagen

Porsche

Landesbank Hessen Thüringen Girozentrale

Work highlights

  • Acting as Irish counsel to Nordic Aviation Capital Group in relation to the restructuring of its $6.8bn debt.
  • Advising Free Now, the provider of Ireland’s leading taxi-hailing app and part of a mobility joint venture between BMW and Daimler, on all aspects of its Irish business.
  • Advising Circle K (formerly Topaz) as preferred bidder in relation to its participation in the Motorway Service Areas PPP Project – Tranche 2, including advising on design, construction, operation and maintenance and financing contracts for service area centres in various locations across the national motorway network.

As one of Ireland’s largest law firms, William Fry offers unrivaled legal and tax expertise across the full breadth of the business sector.

The firm: William Fry advises leading Irish and international companies, covering both the public and private sector. It operates a large international practice and regularly acts in cases involving other jurisdictions, including the UK, the US, Asia, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Poland and Eastern Europe.

Strong client relationships and high-quality advice are the hallmark of the business. William Fry is acknowledged by clients and market commentators alike as being a leader in its main areas of work: corporate / M&A, banking and finance, litigation and dispute resolution, asset management and investment funds, real estate, corporate tax, technology, insurance, employment and benefits, EU and competition and projects and construction.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Managing Partner Owen O'Sullivan
Asset Finance David Maughan
Asset management and investment funds Dan Morrissey
Banking and financial services David Maughan
Capital markets David Maughan
Capital Markets Debt Matthew Cahill
Capital Markets Equity Mark Talbot
Commercial David Cullen
Commercial Leo Moore
Competition and regulation Cormac Little
Competition and regulation Claire Waterson
Projects & Construction Liam McCabe
Construction Jarleth Heneghan
Corporate and M&A Stephen Keogh
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
Environment and planning Conor Linehan
Projects & Construction Liam McCabe
ESG & Sustainability Lorena Dunne
FinTech Shane Kelleher
FinTech John O'Connor
Healthcare Laura Scott
Healthcare Fiona Barry
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
Media Fiona Barry
Pensions Ian Devlin
Projects Liam McCabe
Projects Jarleth Heneghan
Real Estate Edward Spain
Public sector Claire Waterson
Public sector Alicia Compton
Regulatory enforcement Shane Kelleher
Retail and leisure Edward Spain
Sports Craig Sowman
Tax Sonya Manzor
Technology David Cullen
Technology Leo Moore
Telecoms Claire Waterson
Transport and aviation David Maughan
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Contact : Owen O'Sullivan (managing partner)
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Other offices : Silicon Valley

International Reach

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.

Inward Investment

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.


Diversity at William Fry
We believe that talent comes in many forms. Fostering a diverse workforce enables us to attract and retain the best, brightest and broadest range of talent. Creating an inclusive environment where people are encouraged to reach their full potential enables us to harness the unique perspectives and experiences of our staff to provide innovative solutions to our clients.

As part of William Fry’s commitment to diversity & inclusion, we have appointed Owen O’Sullivan, Catherine O’Flynn and Rachel Fox as D&I Partners.

We have a staff support network that aims to celebrate diversity and promote inclusion across the firm.

We are members of The 30% Club, a collaborative business-led effort to make real change in Ireland, aiming towards 30% female representation in senior management by 2020. We are also proud members of PWN, a global network of people accelerating gender balanced leadership in business and
society.

We also offer a series of supports aimed at working parents – maternity and paternity coaching, flexible working, etc, to support all working parents – both women and men – which is crucial to achieving gender equity in the workplace.

We are founding members of the OutLaw Network, a group whose mission is to promote and drive the inclusion of LGBT+ people across the Irish legal community.

We are proud to support, and actively recruit from, the Trinity Access Programme and the DCU Access Programme. These programmes work to widen access and participation of under-represented groups at third-level education.

CSR/Pro Bono at William Fry
We aim to make the area in which we work a better place to live and do business. We have a strong history of giving back to the local community through fundraising, donating and volunteering. Our volunteers from across the firm provide support for, and collaboration with, our designated charity partners, pro bono work, skills-based volunteering, fundraising and donations to staff and client-nominated causes.

Through our Social Impact+ pro bono programme, our staff provide legal and non-legal pro bono support to local social enterprises. Through workshops and 1:1 mentorship we help these organisations grow and develop as they aim to impact critical issues like gender equality, neurodiversity, homelessness and sustainability.


William Fry is a recommended firm in the Green Guide EMEA 2022. Learn more about this recognition.