Dillon Eustace > Dublin, Ireland > Firm Profile
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Dillon Eustace > The Legal 500 Rankings
Ireland > Investment funds Tier 1Dillon Eustace is an asset management and investment funds giant, with this area being core to the firm’s business. Its team is comprised of over ten partners and advises a wide range of Irish-domiciled funds and a major market share of unique asset managers. The Irish firm has an additional presence in Cayman, New York and Tokyo, providing it with additional access to global clients and a greater ability to advise on cross-border engagements. Consultant Andrew Bates is one of the most high-profile names in the market, while head of department Donnacha O’Connor and partners Brian Kelliher, Brian Higgins and Brian Dillon are recognised top practitioners. Shane Coveney is an emerging talent.
Other key lawyers:
‘Individualised and personal service – talking to one person that takes personal ownership of the problem/ rather than a team.’
‘Taking the time to understand the unique problem, while being sensitive to billables.’
‘While thus far we have had limited engagement with the firm as a whole – we would point out that during a Central Bank of Ireland authorisation process, Dillon Eustace could often foresee and head off potential delays or problems, and push while being respectful. Upon reflection it is our opinion that Dillon Eustace is perhaps that only firm that possesses the competence to thread the needle of what is a hugely opaque process.’
‘Donnacha O’Connor is a maestro conductor guiding the client through an opaque process; possessing the capability to actually push the regulator, while retaining the relationship on both sides of the table. Mr. O’Connor could foresee and read between the lines of what was being asked of the Firm, and came pre-emptively prepared with work product that was helpful to the firm.’
‘The two partners I deal with most are Shane Coveney and Donnacha O’Connor. The response times have been great and Shane in the past year has really helped us with a new venture and getting clients on quickly through the legal contract process.’
‘The key unique quality of the team and especially Shane Coveney is the absolute integrity and reliability. During the six years we work with Shane Coveney there was of course a great development of experience and seniority but the collaborative approach never changed. The support is down to earth and realistic and paired with creativity to find good solutions.’
‘Shane Coveney is my main partner contact. He is always at the end of the phone and when necessary he will react very quickly in times when this is required. We get a very personal service from Shane as a group always feeling as though we are the priority. In addition Shane is very pragmatic and commercial in his approach to providing advice.’
‘Derbhil ORiordan. An extremely competent and professional service. Great communicator.’
Golub Capital Partners
Infinity Asset Management
Duff & Phelps
Ronit Partners LLP
Saranac Partners Limited
Green Investment Partners Limited
National Bank of Kuwait
Angelo, Gordon, LP
Aon Hewitt No
AXA Investment Managers
BNY Mellon Asset Management
Algebris (UK) Limited
Legal & General Investment Management
Odey Asset Management
Payden & Rygel
Swiss Capital Alternative Investments
- Advice on transitioning of Van Eck’s Irish ETFs to the ICSD settlement system from CREST, necessitated by Brexit.
- Advising AXA Investment Managers Paris on the structuring and establishment of an AIF to investment in global private credit managers.
- Advised on the establishment of KBC’s new Expertease and Sivik (socially responsible) pan-European UCITS fund range.
‘The team has a strong blend of skills, with significant expertise in property-related lending and structures involving ICAVs.’
‘Dillon Eustace is very client focused (regularly seeking client feedback to ensure they are providing a service that meets client expectations).’
‘Extremely proactive, knowledgeable and commercial.’
‘Conor Keaveny has a strong relationship focus, John Hugh Colleran brings a very positive ‘can-do’ attitude to transactions and Keith Robinson is a very experienced practitioner.’
‘John Hugh Colleran and Brendan Cunnane – Their ability to engage with clients and opposite legal teams to bring a transaction forward.’
‘Conor Keaveny and John Hugh Colleran are extremely knowledgeable, professional and commercial. and so, so easy to deal with. They really bring our RMs along with them and invest in making sure they are comfortable with what is happening and understand all of the nuances of the deal. They are also very generous with their “added value” aspect to their panel work and have provided interesting and well attended talks.’
‘Conor Keaveny has vast industry experience. He is very approachable, nothing phases him, and able to turn his hand to every aspect of finance. John Hugh Colleran invests an impressive amount of energy in every job he gets. He has great ability to follow through and combined with his expertise and commercial approach means you know you are in very safe hands getting the deal done.’
‘Mark Thorne has continually excelled in all aspects of service delivery. Unique insights and valuable contributions to negotiations on behalf of multiple funds and fund management company personally delivered in a very easy manner.’
- Acted for StepStone Global in connection with a series of borrowing transactions advising multiple Irish ICAVs and Unit Trusts and Cayman fund structures involving umbrella facilities and revolving multicurrency capital call facilities with separate international Banks
- Advising Principal Systems group of companies in relation to the financing of their acquisition of the Brentech group of companies.
- Acted for AIB in relation to facilitating a management buy-in by a private equity firm of the CRS Refrigeration / CRS Mobile Cold Storage group.
Ireland > Capital markets Tier 2Dillon Eustace‘s significant presence in the investment funds and financial services sectors, provides the basis for a thriving capital markets practice, most notably on the debt side. The firm operates across the structured finance, securitisation and corporate/high yield issuer spaces. Senior name Mark Thorne is an experienced figure in structured finance, including local and cross border securitisations, and asset and structured finance repackaging. Conor Keaveny, Keith Robinson and John-Hugh Colleran are also key team members, while Conor Kiernan impresses at senior associate level.
‘We have worked with the same team of three for over two years now. Part of the team is a partner, a senior associate and a senior consultant. The combination of those three individuals gives us a wide range of knowledge for our multi-issuance platform.’
‘Great work, very efficient, and very available, even at the last minute. We really appreciate working with Dillon Eustace in Ireland.’
‘Efficient and friendly professionals who never fail to deliver a high standard of service.’
‘Conor Kiernan is super efficient, very professional and knows very well the funds practice in Ireland. Conor Keaveny is also very available when we need.’
‘Dillon Eustace employees are go-getters, they go out of their way to give the highest level of service to their clients. Special mention to John-Hugh Colleran.’
Absolute Return Partners
Kinnerton Credit Management
DFC Global Corporation
Lasalle Investment Management
- Provided the tax and legal advice to a large credit fund involved in on-lending on its $5bn asset-backed term note programme.
- Advised an international investment fund on the establishment of an unlisted note programme to be used in connection with the financing of the acquisition of various loan portfolios.
- Represented Deutsche Bank AG (as agent, security trustee and original lender) in providing financing to the Seniors Money group of companies.
Ireland > Dispute resolution Tier 2Dillon Eustace is best known for disputes involving the financial services sector, including insurance, banks and investment funds entities. It handles a high-volume of insurance cases, defending clients against over a 1,000 claims every year. It is a growing force in fraud and investigations, particularly matters involving regulated funds and regulated financial services providers. Property-related disputes and general commercial litigation are also key parts of the dispute resolution practice. Department head John Doyle, Peter Bredin and John O’Riordan comprise an impressive senior bench with Rachel Turner also becoming increasingly prominent. Former department head Kieran Cowhey has left the firm.
‘Desire to understand our business needs and challenges.’
‘Very friendly and professional and ‘batting for our team’ mindset.’
‘From our initial engagement with Dillon Eustace they displayed a strong genuine interest in resolving the legal matter on our behalf.’
‘They have a very strong practical approach. Their work was very clear and timely and explored carefully all options available. Their experience was invaluable to the assessment of those options and allowed me to make a well-informed choice.‘
‘John O’ Riordan takes control of matters from the outset and drives reassuringly forward on all difficult issues to achieve the best available conclusion.’
‘John O’Riordan is excellent and is very experienced. He clearly described the options available and was able to give practical guidance on the probability of success of each one. His responses were detailed and always done on a timely basis. The successful conclusion was reached within the expected timeframe; the whole process was managed very professionally and I would have no hesitation in selecting John for any future work.’
Sunday Business Post
Legal & General (LGIM)
National Asset Management Agency (NAMA)
Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland (MIBI)
Havbell DAC, Seaconview DAC, Tanager DAC
Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman
Irish Daily Mail / Irish Mail on Sunday
State Claims Agency
Pepper Finance Corporation Ireland DAC
Causeway Capital CGP Limited
Odyssey Validation Consultants Limited
Gradual Investments Limited
- Advised an insurer in relation to policy coverage issues relating to claims amounting to approximately €60m by policyholders whose businesses have been closed due to Covid-19.
- Advised PIMCO in relation to a Commercial Court application for approval of a scheme of arrangement under the Companies Act 2014 relating to its migration to a new central securities depository which was required as a result of Brexit.
- Represented an owners’ management company in injunctive and then in consolidated High Court proceedings arising from a series of disputes with the operator of a car park within a multi-unit development.
Other key lawyers:
‘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 Dillon Eustace on insolvency assignments and will continue to do so.’
‘Very responsive so you know they are looking at the matter in question and very often they will know the answer on the hoof. A particular strength is the ability to back-up their instinct with references to legislation.’
‘Jamie Ensor is a very shrewd operator, exceptionally knowledgeable and his command of legislation is particularly impressive. Submissions drafted by him regularly come back from counsel (including senior counsel) without amendment.’
‘Jamie Ensor is an experienced, pragmatic and assured operator. His reputation as being top of his game is deserved. Apart from being a very strong technical lawyer, I have always found him to be much more accessible than some of his competitors. He has always been polite and unflappable.’
‘Jamie Ensor is an experienced insolvency litigator, and has acted on some of the major examinerships. He is highly responsive and provides sound advice.’
‘We value DE very highly. In my view, their key strengths lie in their experience in insolvency centered around Jamie Ensor (Partner). This experience lends itself to a pragmatic and calm approach being taken to difficult issues. DE are very approachable and ideal to work with.’
‘Jamie Ensor is our main point of contact. He is commercially minded and pragmatic. I would rate him very highly, both in terms of the quality of his advice and approachability.’
‘Shane Harron has been running some impressive instructions on his own and would be one to watch in the future.’
Contrarian Funds LLC
Deutsche Bank Trust Company America
Deloitte (David van Dessel and Tom Kavanagh)
Crowe Ireland (Aiden Murphy)
RDI REIT plc
Pepper Asset Servicing
Smith & Williamson
Aidan Garcia Diaz
John Healy (Kirby Healy)
Myles Kirby (Kirby Healy)
Martin Ferris and Patrick McCoy
Havbell No. 2 DAC
AIG (New York)
- Acted for a number of creditors and stakeholders in the examinership of Norwegian Air.
- Acted for the investor in the examinership of Compu b.
- Advising DBTCA in it capacity as Indenture/Security Trustee for several series of unsecured notes totalling over $1bn in relation to the Irish element of the restructuring of a large US pharma multinational.
Ireland > Insurance Tier 2Dillon Eustace's wide-ranging insurance practice covers transactions and contractual arrangements, regulatory matters and insurance defence engagements. The firm is particularly noted for insurance disputes, including professional indemnity claims, maritime and transport-related disputes, and business interruption cover cases. Experienced litigator John Doyle heads the department, which includes consultant Kieran Cowhey, a specialist in aviation and product liability cases. Fellow consultant Andrew Bates and partner Keith Waine are prominent figures in insurance regulatory issues. John O’Riordan and Peter Bredin are key names for professional indemnity, product liability, business interruption and coverage disputes.
John Doyle: Keith Waine
Other key lawyers:
‘They know us well and are very prompt in their delivery of good, informed, and competitively priced, advice.’
‘Their in-depth understanding of our business and their understanding of market practices at peer companies so as to give us their most informed advice.’
‘Strong knowledge and experience and a willingness to refer complex cases / issues for other opinion(s) where this might be of benefit.’
‘David Kavanagh – willing to go the extra mile in terms of client service (attend meetings, provide detailed opinions on side issues to a case, etc.).’
Motor Insurance Bureau of Ireland (MIBI)
Irish Public Bodies (IPB)
Bupa Global DAC
- Acted for an insurer in relation to disputes concerning its liability for business interruption claims amounting to approximately €60m by policyholders whose businesses had been closed due to Covid-19.
- Acted for Travelers in the defence of High Court proceedings taken by the Law Society against a number of insurers.
- Advised We2Sure on an innovative parametric insurance business model, including its acquisition of an insurance intermediary, funding arrangements and distribution plans.
Other key lawyers:
‘We were very pleased with Dillon Eustace’s services. A very friendly and professional attitude.’
‘We worked a lot with David Kavanagh. He is skilled, accessible and attentive.’
Post Publications Limited (The Business Post)
Ireland > Real estate Tier 2At Dillon Eustace, the real estate practice supports clients in the full range of matters in this area, including acquisitions, disposals and leasings. The team is also engaged to handle the financing and refinancing of transactions and developments. The practice is involved in matters involving a variety of types of real estate, with a particular focus on the private rental sector. Practice head Kelly O’Hara has more than 20 years’ experience in this space, Martin Colman leads on property finance transactions and senior associate Brendan Cunnane handles both deals and investigations into titles.
‘The Dillon Eustace real estate team are approachable and excellent at communicating the aspects to be addressed on conveyancing matters.’
‘Clare Lacey is very responsive and is efficient at addressing matters in order to have a smooth process.’
SW3 Capital/Tristan Capital Partners
Round Hill Capital
Greenoak Europe Secured Lending
Aviva Life & Pensions Ireland DAC
Fine Grain Property (Ireland) Limited
Fairfield Real Estate Finance Limited
Garlin Investment ICAV
The Governor and Company of the Bank of Ireland
Abarta Investments ICAV
House Building Finance Ireland
FBD Insurance plc
RoundShield Partners LLP
Homestore & More
- Advised Round Hill Capital and its joint venture partner, Quadreal Property Group, on the forward purchase of 297 private rental sector apartments at Blackwood Square in north Dublin for €123.5m.
- Advising on all matters relating to the leasing of part of the landmark Exo Building, North Wall Quay, Dublin, to the anchor tenant.
- Advised Greenoak on providing finance for the major re-development of the former Clerys department store on O’Connell Street in Dublin and the creation of a new quarter to be known as the Clerys Quarter.
‘The team is responsive, commercial and easy to deal with.’
‘Very commercial and practical approach to deals reducing the execution risk.’
‘We have worked opposite Lorcan Tiernan on many occasions. He is very practical and solution-oriented. Lorcan is highly regarded within the Dublin legal market.’
‘Our partner Lorcan Tiernan and senior associate Catherine Hicks are exceptional.’
Perrigo Company plc
FBD Holdings plc
Maiden Holdings Limited
Nordzucker AG/Nordic Sugar
European Investment Fund
Kuehne & Nagel
Open Text Corporation
- Advising NNIT A/S a Danish listed company on its acquisition of Irish company SL Controls.
- Advised the owners of the independent financial services consultancy firm, Acumen & Trust on its sale to the Irish Life Group.
Dillon Eustace > Firm Profile
The firm: Dillon Eustace was established in 1992 and is one of Ireland’s leading law firms focusing on financial services, banking and capital markets, corporate and M&A, litigation and dispute resolution, real estate, and taxation. Headquartered in Dublin the firm’s international practice has seen it establish offices in Tokyo, New York and the Cayman Islands. In tandem with international development the firm has expanded significantly, particularly in recent years, in the domestic Irish market.
Areas of practice: The firm advises across a wide range of practice areas and disciplines. It is a market leader in a number of its key chosen fields including financial services, banking and capital markets, financial and insurance litigation and regulated and international mergers and acquisitions. In recent years the firm has been involved in many of the most significant transactions forming part of Ireland’s deleveraging and distressed asset disposal processes. It has acted for buyers of in excess of €20bn worth of distressed Irish assets and in some of the most high-profile commercial transactions including the sale by the State of shares in Bank of Ireland and a number of high profile corporate inversion transactions.
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|Commercial Real Estate||Kelly O'Harafirstname.lastname@example.org||+353 1 673 1827|
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|Mr Andrew Bates||Partner and Head of Financial Services||View Profile|
|Mr Adrian Benson||Partner, Corporate and M&A Department||View Profile|
|Mr Cillian Bredin||Partner, Asset Management and Investment Funds||View Profile|
|Mr Peter Bredin||Partner, Litigation and Dispute Resolution||View Profile|
|Mr John-Hugh Colleran||Partner, Banking and Capital Markets||View Profile|
|Mr Martin Colman||Partner, Real Estate||View Profile|
|Mr Kieran Cowhey||Partner, Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution||View Profile|
|Mr Brian Dillon||Partner||View Profile|
|Mr John Doyle||Partner. Specialist areas: Employment / Labour law. Commercial Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation.||View Profile|
|Mr Jamie Ensor||Partner. Acts for insolvency practitioners, companies, creditors, shareholders and company directors in…||View Profile|
|Mr Paul Eustace||Partner, Real Estate||View Profile|
|Mr Brian Higgins||Partner||View Profile|
|Mr David Kavanagh||Partner, Litigation and Dispute Resolution||View Profile|
|Mr Conor Keaveny||Conor is a Partner in Dillon Eustace’s Banking & Capital Markets group.…||View Profile|
|Mr Brian Kelliher||Brian is a partner in Dillon Eustace where he specialises in Asset…||View Profile|
|Ms Grace O'Connor||Partner, Asset Management and Investment Funds||View Profile|
|Mr Donnacha O'Connor||Partner, Head of Asset Management and Investment Funds||View Profile|
|Mrs Kelly O'Hara||Partner, Head of Real Estate||View Profile|
|Mr John O'Riordan||Partner, Litigation and Dispute Resolution||View Profile|
|Ms Derbhil O'Riordan||Partner working in Financial Services, Asset Management and Investment Funds and Derivatives||View Profile|
|Mr Keith Robinson||Partner||View Profile|
|Mr Lorcan Tiernan||Partner, Head of Corporate and M&A Department.||View Profile|
|Mr Keith Waine||Partner, Head of Department||View Profile|
|Mrs Etain de Valera||Partner, Asset Management and Investment Funds||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 90+
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OtherMain Contact Dublin : Donnacha O'Connor (Managing Partner), Donnacha.email@example.com Corporate Contact : Lorcan Tiernan. firstname.lastname@example.org, Ph: +353 1 673 1736 Financial Services Contact : Andrew Bates, email@example.com, Ph: +353 1 673 1704 Other offices : Cayman Islands Other offices : New York Other offices : Tokyo
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