Ms Sarah Francis > Maples Group > Dublin, Ireland > Lawyer Profile

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Sarah is a partner of Maples and Calder’s Banking team in the Maples Group’s Dublin office. Sarah has extensive experience advising on domestic and cross-border banking transactions. Sarah’s practice focuses on advising lenders and borrowers in relation to corporate debt facilities, acquisition financing, real estate financing (investment and development), fund financing and debt restructurings.


Sarah was elected as a partner in 2016. Prior to joining the Maples Group, she worked in the banking team at Allen & Overy in London and Addleshaw Goddard in Manchester.

The Legal 500 2021 has named Sarah a ‘Next Generation Partner’ and clients describe Sarah as “extremely practical, responsive and pleasant to deal with. She guided us through a challenging transaction in a pragmatic manner, going above and beyond to complete under a tight deadline. I would have no hesitation in recommending her and look forward to working with her again“.

IFLR 2021 has ranked Sarah as ‘Highly Regarded’ and clients attest that Sarah is “Very clear communication, technically very strong and very personable”, “Professional, timely and knowledgeable” and “Excellent project management skills, customer service, attention to detail, responsiveness, knowledge of their field and communication”.

In Chambers Europe 2021, clients report that Sarah is “really commercial” and note her ability to give “sensible, commercial advice“. She attracts further praise for her direct involvement in matters. Her broad practice encompasses real estate development finance, acquisition finance and loan-on-loan facilities.


Member of the Law Society of Ireland
Member of 100 Women in Finance


University of Manchester, BA (Hons) Accounting and Law, 2003
Nottingham Law School, Legal Practice Course, 2004

Lawyer Rankings

Ireland > Banking and finance

(Next Generation Partners)

Sarah FrancisMaples Group

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.