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Maples Group > The Legal 500 Rankings
The team at Maples Group stands out as being 'extremely responsive and practical minded, with high levels of technical knowledge'. It is particularly strong in the life sciences and technology sectors; 'great counsellor and tough-edged negotiator' Colm Rafferty and senior associate Sinead Garnett advised Advanced Manufacturing Control Systems on a series of acquisitions, and the 'outstanding' Deirdre MacCarthy assisted Nuritas with a Series A investment round. Patrick Quinlan 'works through issues with a quick mind and a reasoned approach'. Edward Miller leads the practice.
Construction Tier 1
Maples Group has a strong presence in the contentious sphere, where Kevin Harnett’s caseload included defending Spencer Dock Development Company in High Court proceedings arising out of alleged defects in the cladding, windows and fire prevention systems. Harnett is also defending two construction material suppliers in about 500 ongoing claims arising out of alleged building damage caused by using material containing pyrite. Enda O’Keeffe is the other name to note when it comes to construction disputes. Responsible for handling advisory matters, practice head Mary Dunne advised Tifco on development finance and construction contracts for five significant developments in Dublin, Cork and Galway. Dudley Solan retired.
Investment funds Tier 1
Maples Group’s ‘knowledgeable, proactive and extremely flexible’ team is noted for its extensive Brexit offering; practice head Peter Stapleton, who has ‘incredible knowledge of the law and regulation in funds and financial services’, and Adam Donoghue are advising Marshall Wace on the restructuring of its Irish operations to address the impact of Brexit. Irish funds formation is also a particular focus of the practice; Eimear O’Dwyer acted for an asset management company on the establishment and authorisation of its second Icav. Other clients include Bain Capital, the Blackstone Group and KKR. Stephen Carty, who is ‘excellent in providing technical advice in a commercial way’, John Gallagher and Ian Conlon are also recommended.
Asset finance Tier 2
The team at Maples Group specialises in the aviation sector; it acts primarily for aircraft owners, leasing companies and financiers, but also handles work for airlines. Assisted by the firm's Cayman team, London-based practice head Donna Ager advised key client Avolon on the issue of a recent aircraft ABS, and also acted for Falko, Investec Bank and Everbank Commercial Finance as original lenders on a $60m aircraft refinancing. Dublin-based Aaron McGarry and of counsel Mary O’Neill are also highly active.
Banking and finance Tier 2
Maples Group's 'responsive, commercial and pragmatic' team has been particularly active in real estate finance, loan portfolio sales and financing for the green energy sector. Alma O’Sullivan, Sarah Francis (who is noted for her 'sensible, pragmatic and sound advice'), and John Breslin acted as joint lead counsel to Proteus Funding on the €1.5bn acquisition of the Danske Bank Irish residential mortgages portfolio. The 'solutions-oriented' Elizabeth Bradley is also recommended for her 'strong commercial experience'. Nollaig Murphy retired.
Capital markets Tier 2
Maples Group is 'one of the leading players in Ireland for the CLO market'; in a recent highlight, 'fantastic collaborator' Stephen McLoughlin advised CVC Credit Partners on the issue of €415m of tranched CLO notes arranged by Goldman Sachs International. The 'responsive, clear and pragmatic' Callaghan Kennedy, who was recently promoted to partner, is also recommended. Edward Miller and Patrick Quinlan lead the ECM practice; Quinlan advised Draper Esprit on its ESM and AIM follow-on fundraisings, following its admission in 2016. Nollaig Murphy retired.
Dispute resolution Tier 2
Robin McDonnell heads the team at Maples Group, which is known for its strength in the construction, financial services and funds sectors. Brian Clarke is acting for D2 Private in relation to the judicial review of a dawn raid, and Kevin Harnett is representing a construction firm in an action pertaining to properties affected by pyritic heave. Enda O’Keefe and Alan O’Sullivan, who joined from Hayes Solicitors, are other key contacts. Dudley Solan retired.
Maples Group was active in a number of liquidations, including for Miles Kirby in the liquidation of McArthur, which arose from a contested application.. The team also acts for Pepper Asset Servicing and other receivers in enforcement proceedings and other litigious matters. Practice head Robin McDonnell successfully defended a company in a winding-up petition made against it. Alan O’Sullivan joined as a new partner from Hayes Solicitors.
Real estate Tier 2
Maples Group is very strong on landlord and tenant matters, where practice head Diarmuid Mawe is assisting Multi Ireland on all such matters concerning the Blanchardstown Centre. The team also acts for domestic and international investors such as Green Reit and Hines on acquisitions as well as the management of asset and loan portfolios; in a relevant transaction, Mawe acted for Doric on its acquisition of a refurbished office in Dublin. Craig Kenny and consultant Tom O’Connor are also key members of the team.
Tax Tier 2
The team at Maples Group specialises in international investment fund, investment platform and financing transactions, advising financial services clients including investment banks, private equity firms, hedge funds and investment fund managers. Practice head Andrew Quinn and of counsel David Burke advised HPS Investment Partners on the tax aspects of the acquisition of IKB Leasing from IKB DeutscheIndustriebank. The team is also active in the real estate sector; William Fogarty acted for a multinational investment bank on a joint investment project for the acquisition and securitisation of a residential mortgages portfolio.
Projects and PPP Tier 3
Development and project finance specialist Mary Dunne leads the team at Maples Group. Dunne advised the lending consortium to the Macquarie bidding consortium on the Social Housing Bundles 1, 2 and 3 PPP projects. In another highlight, she is advising Transdev, the current operator of the entire light rail network in Dublin, on its bid to secure an extension to its contract.
Insurance Tier 4
Following Peter Lennon’s departure for Ronan Daly Jermyn, Robin McDonnell and Nicholas Cole took over as heads of Maples Group’s insurance team, which is representing the joint liquidators of Quinn Insurance in a €1bn professional negligence action against PwC. The team is also involved in a number of coverage disputes.
Employment Tier 5
At Maples Group, senior associate James Scanlon advised domestic and international clients on a range of employment law matters including GDPR, redundancies and restrictive covenant enforcements, as well as bullying and harassment claims. Karen Killalea joined as practice head in 2019.
Maples Group > Firm Profile
The Maples Group is a leading service provider offering clients a comprehensive range of legal services on the laws of the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Ireland, Jersey and Luxembourg, and is an independent provider of fiduciary, fund services, regulatory and compliance, and entity formation and management services. The Maples Group distinguishes itself with a client-focused approach, providing solutions tailored to their specific needs. Its global network of lawyers and industry professionals are strategically located in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East to ensure that clients gain immediate access to expert advice and bespoke support, within convenient time zones. For more information, please visit: maples.com.
|Managing Partner||Nicholas Butcher|
|Asset finance/aviation||Donna Ager|
|Asset finance/aviation||Mary O'Neill|
|Commercial litigation/dispute resolution||Robin McDonnell|
|Commercial litigation/dispute resolution||Brian Clarke|
|Commercial litigation/dispute resolution||Dudley Solan|
|Commercial litigation/dispute resolution||Enda O'Keeffe|
|Commercial litigation/dispute resolution||Kevin Harnett|
|Debt capital markets||Stephen McLoughlin|
|Debt capital markets||Callaghan Kennedy|
|Equity capital markets||Edward Miller|
|Equity capital markets||Patrick Quinlan|
|EU and competition||Mary Dunne|
|Finance and banking||John Breslin|
|Finance and banking||Nollaig Murphy|
|Finance and banking||Sarah Francis|
|Finance and banking||Elizabeth Bradley|
|Finance and banking||Alma O'Sullivan|
|Financial services regulation||John Breslin|
|Foreign direct investment||William Fogarty|
|Foreign direct investment||Edward Miller|
|Foreign direct investment||Andrew Quinn|
|Foreign direct investment||Colm Rafferty|
|Insolvency and corporate restructuring||Robin McDonnell|
|Insurance and professional negligence||Enda O'Keeffe|
|Investment funds||Peter Stapleton|
|Investment funds||Stephen Carty|
|Investment funds||Deidre McIlvenna|
|Investment funds||Carol Widger|
|Investment funds||Adam Donoghue|
|Investment funds||Ciara O'Leary|
|Investment funds||Eimear O'Dwyer|
|Investment funds||Ian Conlon|
|Investment funds||John Gallagher|
|IP and technology||Colm Rafferty|
|IP and technology||Victor Timon|
|Listing services||Ciaran Cotter|
|Projects and Construction||Mary Dunne|
|Structured finance and securitisation||Stephen McLoughlin|
|Structured finance and securitisation||Callaghan Kennedy|
|Structured finance and securitisation||John Breslin|
|Investment Funds||Aaron Mulcahy|
|Investment Funds||Philip Keegan|
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