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Maples Group

75 ST STEPHEN'S GREEN, DUBLIN 2, IRELAND
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Ireland

Asset finance
Asset finance - ranked: tier 2

Maples Group

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.

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Maples Group

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. Alan O‚ÄôSullivan, 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 ‚ā¨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.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Maples Group

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¬†‚ā¨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.

Next generation lawyers

Callaghan Kennedy - Maples Group

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Maples Group

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.

Leading individuals

Colm Rafferty - Maples Group

Edward Miller - Maples Group

Next generation lawyers

Sinead Garnett - Maples Group

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Maples Group

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.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Maples Group

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.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 5

Maples Group

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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Insolvency and corporate restructuring
Insolvency and corporate restructuring - ranked: tier 2

Maples Group

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.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 4

Maples Group

Following Peter Lennon‚Äôs departure for¬†Ronan Daly Jermyn, Robin McDonnell¬†and Nicholas Cole¬†took over as heads of¬†Maples Group‚Äôs insurance team, which is representing the joint liquidators of Quinn Insurance in a¬†‚ā¨1bn professional negligence action against PwC. The team is also involved in a number of coverage disputes.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 1

Maples Group

Maples Group‚Äôs ‚Äėknowledgeable, proactive and extremely flexible‚Äô team is noted for its extensive Brexit offering; practice head Peter Stapleton, who has ‚Äėincredible knowledge of the law and regulation in funds and financial services‚Äô, 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‚ÄôDwyer¬†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 ‚Äėexcellent in providing technical advice in a commercial way‚Äô, John Gallagher¬†and Ian Conlon¬†are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Peter Stapleton - Maples Group

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Projects and PPP
Projects and PPP - ranked: tier 3

Maples Group

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.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Maples Group

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.

Leading individuals

Diarmuid Mawe - Maples Group

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Maples Group

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.

Leading individuals

Andrew Quinn - Maples Group

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