Ms Donna Ager > Maples Group > Dublin, Ireland > Lawyer Profile

Maples Group

Work Department

Asset Finance


Donna is head of Maples and Calder’s European Aviation team and is based in the Maples Group’s London office.  Donna advises on on tax-efficient leasing and financing structures, in addition to platform establishments and transportation business acquisitions and disposals, all from an Irish law perspective.  Having worked on the acquisition, finance, leasing and disposal of transportation assets for more than 15 years, Donna has extensive industry and structuring knowledge, notably in the aviation sector where she specialises.  Regarded by her clients as practical and commercial, Donna’s expertise extends across all transportation assets and her London city training provides for a unique and refreshing approach to the role of Irish counsel.


Donna joined the Maples Group in 2015.  Prior to this, she was a partner in the asset finance team of Simmons & Simmons and before that spent nine years at Clifford Chance.  She started her career with Freshfields before moving to Airbus S.A.S. in Toulouse in France where she gained valuable technical, commercial and sought after MRO knowledge.  Donna has been described by The Legal 500 as being part of a “new generation of partners” who focus on finding innovative solutions to ensure the spirit of the deal remains paramount.  She has been ranked by Chambers Global and in the 2020 guide, a client attested that “she has the knowledge and knows the industry and the people in it“.  Donna is also listed as a leading lawyer in her field by IFLR1000.


Member of the Law Society of Ireland
Member of the The Aviation Club UK
Member of 100 Women in Finance


Qualifying Lawyers Transfer Scheme, 2011
Inns of Court School of Law, London, Bar Vocation Course, 1998
City University London, Post Graduate Diploma in Law, 1998
Sheffield Hallam University, LLB (Hons), 1997

Lawyer Rankings

Ireland > Asset finance

Maples Group brings an additional international dimension to the aviation finance segment in Ireland, thanks to its strong asset finance expertise in London, Singapore and other key centres. The firm has an impressive client base of airlines, lenders, lessors and investors. Mary O’Neill is an experienced professional in asset–backed securitisations, portfolio asset sales and purchases, and operating and finance lease structures. She frequently works alongside London partner Donna Ager , who brings further international and Irish law expertise to the Dublin practice.