Nichola O’Reilly > Maples Group > Dublin, Ireland > Lawyer Profile

Maples Group

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Nichola has experience covering a broad range of debt capital markets and structured finance transactions. Her experience includes advising on real estate debt securitisations, convertible and high yield bond offerings as well as the work out of legacy CMBS transactions and cross border debt portfolio disposals and associated financing covering various jurisdictions across Europe, including UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Spain and Italy.


Prior to joining the Maples Group, Nichola spent a year working as legal counsel at a non-bank loan origination business based in London before which she was an associate in the Structured Debt and Capital Market’s team at a leading international law firm based in London.


UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, MSc in International Business, 2009

UCD, BBLS, 2008

Lawyer Rankings

Ireland > Banking and finance

Maples Group continues to be a frequent counsel to lenders and borrowers, with a notable upswing in pandemic-related engagements from the retail and hospitality industries. Real estate investment, development and acquisition finance grew for the firm towards the end of 2020 and into 2021, along with Covid-19 Guarantee Scheme mandates. Fund financing remains a key forte for the firm in Dublin with the firm representing a series of major fund borrowers. It has also maintained solid connections to Ireland’s pillar banks. Elizabeth Bradley is an established name in the market, frequently advising on a wide range of financing products and loan portfolio sales. Sarah Francis continues to cement her standing in new money lending, restructurings and loan portfolio transactions, while Alma O’Sullivan is another emerging talent. Vanessa Lawlor and Nichola O’Reilly were promoted to of counsel in 2021 and 2022, respectively.

Ireland > Capital markets

Maples Group is a notable player in the CLO market, recognised for its role as regular counsel to collateral manager clients. The Dublin team is also able to rely on the support and expertise within the wider firm, particularly in understanding both US and European CLO markets. In the repackaging sphere, the firm advises a number of global banks in connection with Irish products. It is also acknowledged for its expertise in combining DCM and investment fund technologies for global asset and specialist investment managers to create specialist Irish SPV issuer platforms. The ECM team is best known for cross-border transactions, including SPAC IPOs. Stephen McLoughlin has become a prominent figure in the Irish structured finance market, including in CLO, RMBS and other securitisation structures. Callaghan Kennedy is another key partner in CLOs and other asset-backed securitisations, while Patrick Quinlan is a senior practitioner in the ECM field. Structured finance expert Nichola O’Reilly made of counsel in 2022.