The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon
88 HARCOURT STREET, SAINT KEVIN'S, DO2 DK18, IRELAND
Tel:
Work +353 1 691 5000
Fax:
Fax +353 1 691 5010
DX:
18 DUBLIN
Email:
Web:
www.byrnewallace.com

Ireland

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Byrne Wallace

The 'commercially astute' team at Byrne Wallace¬†is recognised for its 'excellent technical knowledge', particularly in development finance. The 'calm, pragmatic and hugely respected' Mark Kavanagh¬†heads the practice; he¬†acted for Exeter Property Group on the financing of the ‚ā¨35m acquisition of student accommodation in Galway. Eileen Prendergast¬†advised ING Bank on the refinancing of a construction facility secured on a wind farm in Donegal. Deirdre McBennett, Elizabeth Ryan, and Paraic O‚ÄôKennedy, who is noted for his 'outstanding client management', are also key contacts.

Leading individuals

Mark Kavanagh - Byrne Wallace

[back to top]

Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Byrne Wallace

Byrne Wallace¬†is noted for its advice to clients from the natural resources and energy and life sciences sectors, including high-profile listed companies. Head of ECM Gerry Beausang¬†advised Amryt Pharma on the Irish law aspects of its ‚ā¨15m share placing, and also assisted PetroNeft Resources with a $2m loan facility from a Swedish company. Other clients include oil and gas company Aminex and technology company UBiqube. The DCM practice is led by Joseph Gavin.

[back to top]

Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Byrne Wallace

Byrne Wallace stands out for its 'great depth of technical expertise' in the private equity, energy, technology and healthcare sectors in particular. 'Outstanding' practice head Neil Keenan advised Mainstream Renewable Power on a $50m fund facility used for its equity investment in two wind farms, and Gerry Beausang, who is 'personally incredibly committed to each engagement', assisted MML Growth Capital Partners with a significant investment in Irish tour operator Travel Department. Feargal Brennan is now managing partner. Sharon McCaffrey is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Neil Keenan - Byrne Wallace

[back to top]

Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Byrne Wallace

Led by ‚Äėexcellent communicator‚Äô Martin Cooney, the team at Byrne Wallace¬†demonstrates ‚Äėexpertise and knowledge of construction of a very high standard‚Äô with ‚Äėcapabilities in all areas of construction-related activities from purchases through to contract litigation‚Äô. The team regularly advises public bodies, but also acts for private sector clients, where one of ‚Äėpractical and capable‚Äô Cooney‚Äôs instructions included advising Ireland West Airport Knock on procurement issues, consultant appointments and the construction contract for the upgrade and resurfacing of a runaway. Senior associate Deirdre Hennessy¬†specialises in contentious work, and has ‚Äėa wealth of knowledge and business acumen‚Äô.

[back to top]

Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Byrne Wallace

Byrne Wallace's team is noted for its 'proactive approach, sound legal advice and willingness to go the extra mile for clients'. The practice has particular expertise in regulatory investigations, acting for public bodies and handling corporate, IP and property litigation. Jon Legorburu and health and social care specialist Sinead Kearney lead the team. Valerie Hourigan and Séan O’Donnell are also key contacts.

[back to top]

EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

Byrne Wallace

The 'well-experienced, forward-thinking and pragmatic' team at Byrne Wallace advises on antitrust, state aid and merger control matters, among others. 'Outstanding' practice head Joanne Finn provided compliance advice to Maxol and assisted Sam McCauley Chemists, one of Ireland's largest retail pharmacy groups, with the merger control aspects of acquisitions. Legal counsel Elaine Davis is also recommended.

[back to top]

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Byrne Wallace

Byrne Wallace¬†impresses with its ‚Äėunderstanding of the client‚Äôs commercial needs‚Äô, thereby guaranteeing ‚Äėcontinued successful outcomes‚Äô. The team acts for several of Ireland‚Äôs largest employers, with a particular focus on the public sector. Team head Michael Kennedy¬†is known for his ‚Äėstrong experience of industrial disputes‚Äô; some of his case highlights included advising on an employment injunction, a whistleblowing matter and a boardroom dispute. Michelle N√≠ Long√°in, who ‚Äėcombines detailed employment law expertise with a wealth of practical experience of industrial relations‚Äô, is acting as lead counsel to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform on the implementation of a set of new HR policies, which were drafted by the firm. Loughlin Deegan, Emmet Whelan¬†and newly promoted partner Deirdre Lynch¬†are also acting on this matter.

Leading individuals

Michael Kennedy - Byrne Wallace

Next generation lawyers

Louglin Deegan - Byrne Wallace

[back to top]

Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 2

Byrne Wallace

Gavin Blake¬†has been a ‚Äėgood signing‚Äô for the ‚Äėalways available‚Äô team at Byrne Wallace; he¬†now jointly runs the department with Neil Keenan. The team is also recognised for its ‚Äėknowledge of the industry and the participants therein‚Äô, which translated into new client wins such as ING Bank, the Electricity Supply Board and Viridian. Gerry Beausang¬†advised London-based investment trust The Renewables Infrastructure Group on the Irish aspects of the acquisition of a partly operational and partly developed wind farm in County Kerry. Keenan acted for Mainstream Renewable Power on a number of mandates.

Next generation lawyers

Gavin Blake - Byrne Wallace

[back to top]

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

Byrne Wallace

The team at Byrne Wallace is noted for 'its superior level of knowledge, appreciation and understanding of the pharmaceutical industry'. Colin Sainsbury, who is able to 'sort through the complexities of cross-border transactions and to navigate the nuances of Irish corporate law', leads the life sciences side of the practice; he recently advised Amryt Pharma on an in-licence agreement for novel gene therapy treatment from University College Dublin. Newly promoted partner Brendan Gavin and 'stand-out' senior associate Catherine Dowling are also noted. On the healthcare side, Sinead Kearney ('a true innovator and very effective advocate'); Olive Doyle ('a thoughtful, expert practitioner'); and Marie Kinsella are key contacts.

Leading individuals

Colin Sainsbury - Byrne Wallace

Next generation lawyers

Catherine Dowling - Byrne Wallace

[back to top]

Information technology
Information technology - ranked: tier 3

Byrne Wallace

Byrne Wallace's team advises on M&A transactions and fundraisings for technology companies, web development and operational issues, electronic payments and fintech, and also has a growing data protection practice. Darren Daly leads the team; newly promoted partner Brendan Gavin advised a mobile technology solutions provider on the renewal, negotiation and redrafting of a technology services agreement; and Séan O’Donnell handles regulatory matters including investigations by the Data Protection Commissioner.

[back to top]

Insolvency and corporate restructuring
Insolvency and corporate restructuring - ranked: tier 2

Byrne Wallace

Taking ‚Äėa very proactive approach‚Äô, Byrne Wallace¬†is¬†praised for its ‚Äėcommerciality and responsiveness‚Äô; the team was engaged in a range of work including insolvency practitioner work, enforcement of debt, examinerships and receiverships. The firm also advised a number of secured creditors on various matters, including bankruptcy proceedings. Practice head John Fitzgerald¬†and associate Sean Neville¬†are a ‚Äėhighly experienced duo‚Äô with ‚Äėdynamic force‚Äô that ‚Äėwork extremely well together‚Äô.

Next generation lawyers

Sean Neville - Byrne Wallace

[back to top]

Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 4

Byrne Wallace

At Byrne Wallace, dispute resolution expert Jon Legorburu and senior associate Paul Fisher jointly lead the practice, with Fisher advising on insurance and reinsurance matters, including the regulatory aspects. Consultant Louise Holmes acts for retail clients in the defence of personal injury claims and employers’ liability claims. The team also advises on health insurance policies and liabilities in the healthcare sector.

[back to top]

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Byrne Wallace

Bringing a ‚Äėpersonalised involvement to every case that it works on‚Äô, Byrne Wallace¬†has put together ‚Äėan excellent, practical and pragmatic team that focuses on solving problems‚Äô. In the contentious realm, litigator Jon Legorburu¬†was successful for LUK Pan European in thwarting threatened injunction proceedings due to alleged trade mark infringement. Department head Darren Daly¬†advised Codec on copyright and trade mark issues pertaining to brand redesign and brand protection. Brendan Gavin¬†made partner.

[back to top]

Pensions and employee benefits
Pensions and employee benefits - ranked: tier 2

Byrne Wallace

Byrne Wallace’s pension team, which benefits from the support of the firm’s employment and corporate departments, has been bolstered by the arrival of Liam Connellan from William Fry as the new head of pensions. Other team members include Neil Keenan, who advised a number of clients on executive share option schemes. The team also advised on restricted share schemes and cross-border pension schemes affected by rule changes and contracts.

[back to top]

Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 3

Byrne Wallace

At Byrne Wallace, Valerie Hourigan handles the firm’s contentious planning and environmental matters, especially judicial reviews and cases relating to unauthorised use and development in contravention of planning permission, as well as waste management issues for local authorities. Her recent caseload included acting for Curve Devco, as notice party, in judicial review proceedings relating to a decision of the Irish planning board to grant planning permission. Michael Walsh leads the department.

[back to top]

Public sector
Public sector - ranked: tier 2

Byrne Wallace

Byrne Wallace stands out for the 'flexibility of the team and the depth and range of its knowledge': it advises public bodies in a range of sectors, including social care, agriculture, education, tourism and local government, with particular strengths in healthcare and employment. Group head Michelle Ní Longáin is advising the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform on the implementation of new HR policies. Sinead Kearney specialises in health and social care matters; Jon Legorburu and Séan O’Donnell handle litigation; Martin Cooney, who joined from Smyth & Son, advises on construction issues; and Joanne Finn advises on EU and competition law.

[back to top]

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Byrne Wallace

The ‚Äėhugely responsive‚Äô Byrne Wallace¬†put together a ‚Äėvery strong and experienced real estate team‚Äô, which stands out due to its ‚Äėspeed of response and commerciality‚Äô. In addition to its experience in terms of residential developments, the team is noted for its asset management practice, with practice head Michael Walsh¬†acting for Hammerson and Allianz Real Estate, and senior associate Michelle McVeigh¬†advising GL Ireland Icav on asset management in relation to its shopping centre portfolio. Recently promoted partner Derville White¬†is ‚Äėextremely diligent and responsible‚Äô, while ‚Äėtop-class property lawyer‚Äô Alison O‚ÄôSullivan¬†is ‚Äėunflappable‚Äô. Senior assistant Justine Carty¬†is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Michael Walsh - Byrne Wallace

Next generation lawyers

Michelle McVeigh - Byrne Wallace

[back to top]

White-collar crime
White-collar crime - ranked: tier 2

Byrne Wallace

The team at Byrne Wallace has 'a unique blend of skills and talents' and 'combines insightful analysis with an outcome focus'. The practice is noted for its strength in regulatory investigations and advising public bodies, although it also acts for companies, directors and private individuals. Among other matters, the team advises state bodies on their enforcement functions, represents clients in public tribunals of inquiry and private investigations, and advises on mandatory reporting requirements, anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing obligations. Jon Legorburu, who 'wears a wealth of experience lightly and is excellent at distilling complex matters down to the essentials', leads the team along with Séan O’Donnell.

Leading individuals

Jon Legorburu - Byrne Wallace

[back to top]


Legal Developments in Ireland

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • LANDWELL Bulletin: Managing in a Downturn

    As we are all well aware this is the most turbulent climate for business both nationally and internationally, that any of us have experienced. We have therefore focused this bulletin on areas where we believe we can help you take decisive steps to manage the issues that are required to get through the downturn and be properly prepared for the future.
  • The Companies (Amendment) Act 2009

    The Companies (Amendment) Act, 2009 (the ‚ÄúAct‚ÄĚ) was signed into law on 12 July 2009. The Act provides for signifi cant changes to company law compliance and enforcement. It gives increased powers of search and seizure to the Offi ce of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (‚ÄúODCE‚ÄĚ) and expands disclosure obligations with regard to transactions between a company and its directors (including specifi c changes for licensed banks). The Act also relaxes the requirement that at least one director of an Irish company must be resident in the State.
  • New Rules for Acquiring Transactions in the Financial Sector

    In line with EU-mandated requirements, Ireland has introduced new rules governing acquisitions, in whole or in part, of certain regulated financial institutions.
  • Irish Merger Control: Review of Key Developments in 2008

    A 47% Year-on-Year Drop in the Number of Deals Notified: Reflecting the global decline in merger activity, the number of deals notified to the Competition Authority fell to 38 in 2008, a 47% decrease from 2007, when 72 deals were notified, and a more than 60% decrease from the 2006 peak of 98 notified deals.
  • European Communities (Takeover Bids (Directive 2004/25/EC)) Regulations 2006

    The EU Takeovers Directive (2004/25/EC) (the ‚ÄúTakeovers Directive‚ÄĚ) has been transposed into Irish law by the European Communities (Takeover Bids (Directive 2004/25/EC)) Regulations, 2006 (S. I. No. 255 of 2006) (the ‚ÄúTakeovers Regulations‚ÄĚ). The stated aim of the Takeovers Directive is to strengthen the Single Market in financial services by facilitating cross-border restructuring and enhancing minority shareholder protection. Many of the provisions of the Directive are already contained in the existing Irish regime for the supervision of takeovers set out in the Irish Takeover Panel Act, 1997 (the ‚ÄúAct‚ÄĚ), the Takeover Rules, 2001 (the ‚ÄúRules‚ÄĚ) and the Companies Acts 1963 ‚Äď 2005, which will continue to apply. The Takeovers Regulations cater for those areas not already dealt with in the existing regime or areas of the regime that needed to be adjusted as a result of the requirements of the Takeovers Directive.
  • Establishing a Retail Fund in Ireland for sale in Japan Fund Structures and Features

    The issuing of securities of offshore funds for public sale into Japan is governed by a combination of the Securities and Exchange Law of Japan (the "SEL") which is enforced by the Japanese Ministry of Finance ("MOF"), the Law Concerning Investment Trust and Investment Company of Japan (the "Investment Funds Law") which is enforced by the Financial Services Agency of Japan ("FSA").Establishing a Retail Fund in Ireland for sale in Japan Fund Structures and Features
  • Equality before the Law

    Employment Equality legislation in Ireland is to be found in the Employment Equality Act 1998 as amended by the Equality Act 2004. This legislation is extremely detailed but in effect makes it unlawful for employers to discriminate against a person on the basis of gender, marital status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, race, and membership of the traveller community. These are referred to as the ‚Äúdiscriminatory grounds‚ÄĚ.
  • Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Ireland

    The enforcement of judgments between the EU member states is regulated by the Brussels I Regulation (44/2001, OJL 12/1, 16 January 2001) (‚Äúthe Regulation‚ÄĚ). On the 22nd December 2000, the European Council agreed the Regulation to replace the Brussels Convention on Jurisdiction and Enforcement of Judgments 1968 (‚Äúthe Brussels Convention‚ÄĚ). The purpose of the Regulation was to bring the law contained in the Brussels Convention into the main body of EC Law. The Regulation was implemented in Ireland by Statutory Instrument 52 of 2002, European Communities (Civil and Commercial Judgments) Regulations 2002, which came into force on the 1st March 2002.
  • E-Discovery

    Unlike the United States, which is leading the way in relation to e-discovery and where the disclosure of electronic data has become standard procedure, as of yet there is no standard protocol or practice direction issued in relation to e-discovery in Ireland. Despite this fact, Irish lawyers are beginning to appreciate the invaluable nature of electronic data which can be retrieved and used in commercial litigation.
  • Disclosure Requirements with respect to Company Particulars

    Directive 2003/58/EC amending Directive 68/151/EEC (the ‚ÄúFirst Disclosure Directive‚ÄĚ) became effective on 1st April, 2007 having been transposed into Irish law by the European Communities (Companies) (Amendment) Regulations 2007 (S.I. No. 49 of 2007) (the ‚ÄúRegulations‚ÄĚ).