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Maples Group

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

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.

Insolvency and corporate restructuring Tier 2

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.

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Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Nicholas Butcher
Employment Karen Killalea
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
Construction Mary Dunne
Construction Kevin Harnett
Construction Enda O'Keeffe
Corporate Edward Miller
Corporate Patrick Quinlan
Corporate Deirdre MacCarthy
Corporate Colm Rafferty
Debt capital markets Stephen McLoughlin
Debt capital markets Callaghan Kennedy
Employment James Scanlon
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
Tax Lynn Cramer
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
Property Diarmuid Mawe
Property Craig Kenny
Projects and Construction Mary Dunne
Tax Andrew Quinn
Tax William Fogarty
Tax David Burke
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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Ms Donna Ager  photo Ms Donna Ager
Ms Elizabeth Bradley  photo Ms Elizabeth Bradley
Mr Stephen Carty  photo Mr Stephen Carty
Mr Brian Clarke  photo Mr Brian Clarke
Mr Ian Conlon  photo Mr Ian Conlon
Mr Adam Donoghue  photo Mr Adam Donoghue
Ms Mary Dunne  photo Ms Mary Dunne
Mr William Fogarty  photo Mr William Fogarty
Ms Sarah Francis  photo Ms Sarah Francis
Mr John Gallagher  photo Mr John Gallagher
Mr Kevin Harnett  photo Mr Kevin Harnett
Mr Callaghan Kennedy  photo Mr Callaghan Kennedy
Mr Craig Kenny  photo Mr Craig Kenny
Mr Karen Killalea  photo Mr Karen Killalea
Ms Deirdre MacCarthy  photo Ms Deirdre MacCarthy
Mr Diarmuid Mawe  photo Mr Diarmuid Mawe
Mr Robin McDonnell  photo Mr Robin McDonnell
Mr Stephen McLoughlin  photo Mr Stephen McLoughlin
Mr Edward Miller  photo Mr Edward Miller
Ms Eimear O’Dwyer  photo Ms Eimear O’Dwyer
Mr Enda O’Keeffe  photo Mr Enda O’Keeffe
Ms Alma O’Sullivan  photo Ms Alma O’Sullivan
Mr Alan O’Sullivan  photo Mr Alan O’Sullivan
Mr Patrick Quinlan  photo Mr Patrick Quinlan
Mr Andrew Quinn  photo Mr Andrew Quinn
Mr Colm Rafferty  photo Mr Colm Rafferty
Mr James Scanlon  photo Mr James Scanlon
Mr Peter Stapleton  photo Mr Peter Stapleton
Number of lawyers : 343
at this office : 106
Contact : Nicholas Butcher (managing partner)