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Patrick is a partner in Maples and Calder’s Corporate team in the Maples Group’s Dublin office, and specialises in corporate finance law. Patrick advises companies and investors in public and private equity and debt fundraisings, initial public offerings and public and private mergers and acquisitions as well as in respect of cross-border transactions and day-to-day corporate and commercial matters.


Patrick joined the Maples Group in 2011 having previously worked in the Dublin and London offices of a large Irish corporate law firm. He has been ranked as “Highly Regarded” and as a “Leading Individual” and recommended by a number of directories, including Chambers Global, The Legal 500 and IFLR 1000.      

“Worked with us for a number of years, understands our business and risk appetite and his advice is always well received. Transaction management, the ability to negotiate without causing friction in the relationship with the other side, and timeliness are key strengths of Patrick’s that we value immensely.”  (The Legal 500 EMEA 2021)

“Helpful, plain speaking, very responsive and a pleasure to work with.”  (The Legal 500 EMEA 2021)

“Technically very strong and good at managing relationships on both sides of transactions.”  (Chambers Global 2021)

“Calm, thoughtful and measured individual whose opinions are based on knowledge of the facts, and hence he is able to provide excellent advice.”  (Chambers Global 2020)

“My go-to Irish lawyer for M&A and corporate advice. He is very responsive, works seamlessly with clients and other advisers, and provides practical advice. He has won the trust and confidence of referred clients and that is proof positive of his approach.”  (The Legal 500 2020)

“Excellent lawyer. He understands our business, delivers in times of urgency and is proactive about his management of our transactions. We trust his advice and the quality he and his team produce is always of the highest standard.”  (The Legal 500 2020)

“Understands our business and risk appetite and advises us accordingly. He is technically excellent, innovative and an efficient lawyer who plays a key role in ensuring the effectiveness of our growth strategy.”  (IFLR 1000 2019)

“Excellent M&A advisor and I cannot recommend his services highly enough. Always delivers a strong solution within an extremely short time and has the depth and breadth of knowledge that is required for a strong M&A advisor.”  (IFLR 1000 2019)


Smurfit School of Business, University College Dublin, Dip. Business Studies (Hons), 1997
University College Dublin, BCL (Hons), 1996

Lawyer Rankings

Ireland > Capital markets

(Leading individuals: Capital markets: Equity)

Patrick QuinlanMaples Group

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.

Ireland > Commercial, corporate and M&A

Maples Group has an outstanding record in domestic and cross-border M&A, most notably in the healthcare and technology sectors. The firm is also a burgeoning force in private equity and venture capital investments. Colm Rafferty co-heads the Dublin corporate group, with a notably strong record in technology deals, including private equity and venture capital investments. Head of the equity capital markets team, Patrick Quinlan is another leading practitioner in the team, noted for both public and private M&A, and the practice’s senior ranks were strengthened in March 2022 with the promotions of Morgan Pierse to partner and William Darmody to of counsel. Former Dublin-based global head of the corporate group Edward Miller has retired from the firm.