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Ireland > Capital markets Tier 1

Walkers has a major presence in structured finance and securitisation, especially in the CLO segment, along with the CMBS and RMBS spaces. It is also building its profile in green, social and sustainable bonds. The firm represents an impressive number of financial institutions and fund managers, along with a range of prominent international issuers. Garry Ferguson and Andrew Traynor are amongst the senior names in the market, with Noeleen Ruddy leading the field in CLOs, where Paddy Rath is also making an impression. Ian McNamee provides further senior firepower in DCM, ABS, SRT and synthetic securitisations. Matt Hedigan is another prominent name in securitisations and carbon offset repack programmes.

Practice head(s):

Garry Ferguson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I work with their CLO team and they have built a real niche in this area and are without doubt in the top tier of leading law firms in Ireland in terms of CLO expertise. They have the transactional expertise, coupled with the key tax expertise, and seamless integration with their listing and corporate services department. A winning one-stop shop for CLOs.’

‘Walkers has a leading Irish capital markets practice with particular strength in structured finance, including CLOs and insurance-linked securities, both of which I work on as transaction counsel.’

‘Andrew Traynor: Friendly and approachable. Work with him on many CLO and structured finance transactions for mutual clients. Have asked Andrew more than once for a ‘second opinion’ on Irish law issues that have arisen on other matters on which Walkers are not acting, because of his deep legal and wide market knowledge.’

‘Garry Ferguson – partner – expert in his field and solid partner on all aspects of CLO issues. Great person to deal with and fully engaged.’

‘Noeleen Ruddy and Paddy Rath are a great team of partners that work well together. Both are very attentive and pragmatic both on deal and off deal. Very clued into the market and collaborative with all deal parties.’

‘Paddy Rath, Andrew Traynor, Noeleen Ruddy, Ian Mcnamee are our main contacts. They are all top professionals who invest in relationships and build them over time. They also make it easy for their clients by being proactive with points and actively driving resolution while not resorting to aggressive practices common in the legal world.’

‘Noeleen Ruddy: Extremely knowledgeable and always solutions oriented. Gives advice before issues arise rather than only afterwards. Along with head of Dublin office Garry Ferguson leads Walkers market-leading insurance-linked securities practice.’

‘We worked with Matt Hedigan and Michael Caulfield. Both had an excellent understanding of the particularities of a continental jurisdiction such as Greece and their drafting in the Irish law documents of the transaction was also very clear. They were available at short notice most of the time.’

Key clients

Accunia Credit Management Fondsmæglerselskab A/S

Albacore Capital LLP

Apollo Asset Management

Apollo Management International LLP

Ares European Loan Management

Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A (the largest Italian insurance group)

Athora Ireland PLC

Avia Solutions Group

AXA Global P&C

Banco Santander S.A

Bank of America Europe DAC

Bank of Scotland

Barings (an international investment manager with US$325bn+ AUM)

Bench Walk Advisors, LLC (large US litigation funder)

Bridgepoint Credit Management Limited

Cairn Capital (a European alternative investment firm with US$14.7bn AUM)

Citicorp Trustee Company Limited

Covéa (France’s largest domestic property & casualty insurance group)

DXC Technology (a Fortune 500 multinational)

Deutsche Bank AG

Five Arrows Manager LLP

Goldman Sachs

Hertz Group Holdings Inc.

HSBC Bank plc

King Street Capital (with approx US$18bn AUM)

Lloyds Bank plc

Macquarie Bank

Man Group plc (leading investment manager with US$114bn AUM)

Munich Re (the German reinsurance giant)

Oak Hill Advisors (US PE firm with over US$33bn AUM)

Onex Credit Partners (a private equity firm with US$46bn AUM)

PGIM

Pinebridge Investments (with US$ 16.8bn AUM)

Piraeus Bank

Redding Ridge Asset Management (UK) LLP

Santander Consumer Finance

Santander UK

Santander Totta

Securitias Treasury Ireland DAC

Segovia Capital (formerly Bardin Hill / Halcyon Capital Management (a global firm with over US$10bn AUM))

SCOR Global P&C (fourth largest reinsurer in the world)

Tikehau Capital Europe

Tramontana Asset Management

Unicredit Bank AG

UnipolSai Assicurazioni S.p.A. (Italian insurance company)

US Bank

Wilmington Trust

Work highlights

  • Acted as Irish legal and tax counsel to Hertz Global Holdings in relation to its successful global restructuring of $19bn of debt and return of $1bn of value to shareholders during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Acted UnipolSai Assicurazioni as the Irish legal and tax advisers for the establishment and approval of the first multi-arrangement catastrophe bond programme approved by the Central Bank of Ireland.
  • Acted as Irish legal and tax advisors and listing agent in relation to Santander Totta’s Irish law governed direct credit linked note issuance referencing a €3.05bn portfolio of Portuguese corporate and SME loans.

Ireland > Asset finance Tier 2

Walkers operates a well-established team in Dublin, which includes three partners, as part of its wider global practice that offers both onshore and offshore expertise. The Dublin team has achieved growth in deals involving investment funds, including joint ventures with industry players for investments in aircraft and establishing leasing platforms. The group has also worked on a series of headline refinancings and restructurings involving airlines and other aviation sector players. David McGovern leads the firm’s asset finance practice and has close connections to an array of investors, lessors, airlines, aviation services companies, and lenders. Killian McSharry has been promoted to partner and Michael Caulfield to of counsel, further reinforcing the team’s senior ranks.

Practice head(s):

David McGovern

Other key lawyers:

Killian McSharry; Matt Hedigan; Caitlín Friel; Michael Caulfield

Testimonials

‘I value the efficiencies resulting from the connection between Walkers’ Asset Finance Team and their corporate services provider, Walkers Professional Services. It means we can run our transactions and corporate authorisation process in a smooth fashion.’

‘Solid team, very thorough.’

‘Walkers’ asset finance team have good strength in depth, are extremely responsive and helpful. They have a great knowledge of the market and understand how to meet a client’s objectives.’

‘The team in Dublin has ample experience as local counsel on cross-border aviation finance transactions. All team members are approachable and constructive.’

‘David McGovern and Killian McSharry are both solid partners in the Asset Finance Team and manage our corporate authorisations and corporate governance in an efficient manner.’

‘David McGovern and Michael Caulfield are both very experienced and committed. Cooperation with them is very pleasant.’

‘Killian McSharry is extremely able. He has a great knowledge of the law, combined with ability to deliver required results fast.’

Key clients

AMCK

ACG

Airborne Capital Limited

ALC

Shinhan Investments

Banco Santander

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

CALC

Carlyle Aviation

Castlelake, L.P.

China Minsheng Investment Group

CIT Bank

Citi Bank

Crédit Agricole

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Druid Leasing

Dunas Capital

Elliot Management

Goshawk Aviation

KGAL

ICBC Leasing

Investec Bank

Marathon

Lease Corporation International

M&G Investments Limited

MCAP

Natixis

Nord LB

Och-Ziff Capital Management

Orix

PIMCO

Sberbank Leasing

Seraph Aviation Management Limited

SMBC Aviation Capital

Standard Chartered

Stratos

UMB

Wells Fargo

Work highlights

  • Acted as Irish and Cayman counsel in connection with the establishment of a $4bn leasing platform by PIMCO and GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS).
  • Acted as lead counsel for LCI on the establishment of a joint venture helicopter leasing business with Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing Company Limited; the vehicle launched an initial acquisition of 19 next generation helicopters with a value of $230m.
  • Acted as Irish and Cayman counsel for Bank of China, BoComm and EMP in connection with the $1.6bn recapitalisation of Virgin Atlantic.

Ireland > Banking and finance Tier 2

Walkers operates across the product range, noted especially for its bank side engagements. The firm is also at the forefront of fund finance, including asset-backed, NAV-based and revolving credit facilities. It has an increasingly flourishing practice in distressed debt and loan portfolio sales, and remains active in real estate finance. The Dublin team is also recognised for its expertise in structured finance, securitisation and debt capital markets-related financings. Andrew Traynor, Matt Hedigan and Ian McNamee are key names in the team.

Practice head(s):

Garry Ferguson

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Traynor; Noeleen Ruddy; Matt Hedigan; Ian McNamee; Paddy Rath

Testimonials

The team at Walkers were extremely diligent in guiding us through a complex company restructure. All elements were dealt with thoroughly and were explained well in layman’s terms.

‘Very strong technically, with good feel and knowledge of market practice.’

The advice is very practice-oriented and professionally sound. The individual lawyers have a very good understanding of the needs of the client.

They are fantastically knowledgeable and uniquely commercial and solution-oriented. They go above and beyond for their clients and are very accessible and dedicated.

‘Ian McNamee & Andrew Traynor – strong technical skills, practical, commercial, hands-on and approachable.’

‘Andrew Traynor and the team are always a pleasure to work with. Andrew is very commercial and efficient and goes that extra step to explain complex legal aspects more clearly.’

Key clients

Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c.

Apex Group

Avia Solutions Group

Bank of America Europe DAC

Bank of America, N.A.

Citibank NA

DTZ Investors

Deutsche Bank AG

Eagle Street Partners

ESS Modular

First Energy Bank

Hertz Group Holdings Inc.

Home Building Finance Ireland

Iceland Seafood International hf

ING Bank

Kroll

KTB Investment & Securities Co/, Ltd. / KTB Asset Management

Kylin Prime Group

Macquarie Bank

Man Group plc

Metamo

Oceanpath Seafood Limited

Standard Chartered Bank

Unicredit Bank

VTB Bank

Wells Fargo Bank

Work highlights

  • Acted as Irish legal and tax counsel to Hertz Global Holdings on its successful global restructuring of $19bn of debt and return of $1bn of value to shareholders during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Acted as Irish legal advisors to ING Bank as arranger and sustainability coordinator with respect to a two-year $100m ESG-linked revolving credit facility to an Irish incorporated Nord Gold subsidiary Celtic Resources Holdings DAC.
  • Acted as Irish and Cayman Islands counsel in connection with a $750m subscription line financing to Irish and offshore obligors managed by a leading global asset management firm.

Ireland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Walkers has an established name in cross-border and domestic Irish M&A, particularly in the financial services sector, including aviation leasing and investment funds. The Dublin office has also penetrated the domestic mid-market M&A segment, operating across a range of industries. Along with M&A, the Dublin team has also developed a track record in corporate restructurings, commercial contracts, and corporate redomiciliation and migration. Department head Brendan O’Brien is an experienced figure in financial services deals and leads most of the firm’s top corporate engagements. Of counsel Eoin Ryan is a rising star.

Practice head(s):

Brendan O’Brien

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Their dedication to the cause at all hours of the night, but most importantly their expertise and insightful opinion when it most counts.’

‘In particular with respect to our client and our particular transaction, we felt that they provided standout advice with respect to protecting our name, image and his minority shareholding interest.’

‘We found them to be extremely responsive. It was very comforting for us to know that they had adapted to the working from home environment seamlessly, particularly with the adoption of technology to maintain regular contact with us throughout the entire investment process.’

‘Walkers have a great commercial team – with an all round strength in corporate and M&A matters. They combine great knowledge with a good commercial awareness. They are always a pleasure to deal with.’

‘To be creative, being solution minded is key. Having the ability to identify key points, find solutions and present options in a clear manner when challenges are faced.’

‘We have worked with number of individuals in various regions when it comes to M&A, Brendan O’Brian partner at Walkers is clearly one of the most professional legal advisor that we have worked with.’

‘Brendan O’Brien’s meticulous eye for detail combined with his pragmatic approach and personality means he’s a lawyer you want on your side. He knows how to get deals done and understand client’s needs. A good all round knowledge of the law and can-do attitude. Brendan knows how to deal with whatever is thrown at him – I cannot recommend him enough.’

‘Brendan O’Brien is very experienced and knowledgeable on Irish aspects of international corporate transactions.’

Key clients

Airborne Capital Limited

Allied Risk Holdings Limited

Antaria Pharmaceuticals Limited

Apex Group

Auxmoney GmbH

BeIkonic Limited

Benchwalk Advisors LLC

CUSOP

Donnelly Foods

Dunas Capital

ESS Modular

First Energy Bank

Global Student Accommodation

Goshawk Aviation

Halma Plc

Hertz

ICBC Leasing

Iceland Seafood Iceland hf

Insight Investment

KGAL

Kylin Prime Group

Lease Corporation International

Metamo

Oceanpath Seafood Limited

Oracle Contractors

Remote Management Technology

Work highlights

  • Acted as lead counsel to LCI on the negotiation and implementation of a $230m joint venture between LCI and Japanese investor, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Leasing.
  • Acted as lead counsel to ISI, a global seafood processor listed on Nasdaq Iceland, on its €6.5m acquisition of Carr & Sons Seafood Limited from Mondi Group AB, through ISI’s existing Irish business Oceanpath Limited.
  • Advised BeIkonic, a UK investment company controlled by Sir Paul Marshall (a leading hedge fund manager) and certain other individuals, on its equity investment in Gym Plus Coffee Limited. Also advised international singer and performer Niall Horan on a similar equity investment in Gym Plus Coffee Limited.

Ireland > Investment funds Tier 2

Walkers has made significant progress under the leadership of the highly-respected Nicholas Blake-Knox . The team now advises a range of the world’s largest asset managers, top US hedge fund managers and a number of prominent private equity and debt fund managers. The Dublin group has an extensive record in cross-border matters, M&A in the asset management space, the ongoing operation of UCITS platforms and the launch of sub-funds. The firm is also at the forefront of the private debt market. Sarah Maguire, Jennifer Fox and Eimear Keane are also experienced partners in the asset management and investment funds field, along with of counsel Damian Barnaville.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Blake-Knox

Testimonials

‘Very good team with a focus on client needs, timelines and costs.’

‘Have a very friendly, pragmatic and intelligent set of individuals who take care and are responsive. They are approachable on all matters regarding fees and pressure points impacting these on certain projects. They are a very progressive and refreshing firm to deal with on all accounts.’

‘Walkers have a global presence and are deep domain specialists in the funds space, which makes them great people to work with. They definitely have an abundance of bench strength and capacity versus other legal firms, and are looking to grow further. They also have a strong relationship with the Central Bank of Ireland which is hugely important for all fund and other regulatory applications. They have a proactive approach, and will also help to connect the dots with their global reach which is also most helpful to my business, where I have clients and colleagues located around the world.’

‘Highly responsive and knowledgeable. Stand out partner Nicholas Blake-Knox.’

‘Nicholas Blake-Knox is very reactive and makes himself easily available.’

‘Nicholas Blake-Knox – partner who is super intelligent and approachable.’

‘Nicholas Blake-Knox is my primary point of contact at Walkers, and is one of the best fund lawyers around, if not the best fund lawyers in Ireland. His, and his team’s knowledge has been a key support for my firm, and has been hugely helpful in my business growth. They are cost competitive, straight forward to work with, commercially minded, innovative and highly proactive. All in all a highly professional legal partner to work with. Additional mention must also go to Jennifer Fox, Matt Hedigan, Eimear Keane, and Damien Barnaville, who all help to make Nicholas and his team the go-to legal partners for me.’

‘Joe Mitchell – One to watch for the future in our view. Great talent.’

Key clients

PIMCO Global Advisors Ireland

Morgan Stanley Investment Management

Edmond de Rothschild

W&W Asset Management

DCI LLC

Albemarle Asset Management Limited

Ardevora Asset Management LLP (Treligga plc)

Connacht Asset Management

Acer Tree Investment Management

IBM Retirement Funds

Ardan UCITS ICAV

Skyline Umbrella Fund ICAV

Ecamos

Gao Teng Global Asset Management

Work highlights

  • Advised a leading US credit manager with assets under management of circa $20bn on the structuring and establishment of a distressed debt fund structure which achieved a capital raise of $3.5bn.
  • Advised DCI LLC on its acquisition by Blackstone and various matters related to its Irish funds and fund management structure.
  • Advised a global asset manager on the establishment of a credit opportunities fund structure, including a Loan Origination QIAIF, which also involved the establishment of US and Cayman feeder funds alongside the Irish master funds.

Ireland > Tax Tier 2

Walkers offers both front-end tax advisory and transactional support tax services. It is particularly noted for the tax aspects of finance and debt capital markets, along with real estate, investment funds, aircraft leasing and corporate deals. The firm and the tax team has extensive experience in CLOs and other securitisation and structured finance transactions. Newly appointed managing partner Jonathan Sheehan is a senior name specialising in financial, commercial and real estate transactions, and emerging talent Aisling Burke is also known for financial services, M&A and real estate. Of counsel Eimear Burbridge has cemented her position as a rising star. The team received a further boost with the arrival of tax consultant Padhraic Mulpeter from William Fry in April 2022.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Sheehan

Testimonials

‘Walkers Ireland Tax is a dynamic practice. The team is client focused and extremely responsive. During the work from home period, Walkers Tax continued to provide a high quality service offering. The team collaborates seamlessly with our other professional service providers which is extremely important and a hard to find trait.’

‘Extremely responsive, practical and on the ball.’

‘Jonathan Sheehan is a trusted business adviser. He understands his clients’ operational framework and works closely with the Walkers firm to offer tailored solutions. He is very responsive and provides timely industry developments.

‘Jonathan Sheehan is a pleasure to deal with – immensely constructive, knowledge and helpful.’

‘Eimear Burbridge – Of counsel. Eimear is an experienced lawyer and provides succinct advice. Legal drafting is clear and deliverables are client focused.’

Key clients

Hertz Global Holdings Inc.

auxmoney

Tramontana Asset Management

Redding Ridge Asset Management (UK) LLP

Bardin Hill (formerly Halcyon Capital Management)

Prytania Investment Advisors LLP

KTB Asset Management

Goldman Sachs

Lloyds Bank plc

Man Group plc / Man GPM Aalto

UniCredit Bank AG

Onex Capital Partners

Banco Santander/ Santander Consumer Finance/

Santander UK

Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML)

DTZ Investors

Certa Insurance Partners

Accunia Credit Management Fondsmæglerselskab A/S

Work highlights

  • Acted as Irish tax counsel to Hertz in connection with the restructure of its existing asset-backed securitisation facility and refinancing of its high-yield bonds as part of its successful restructuring of $19bn of debt and return of $1bn of value to shareholders.
  • Advised auxmoney, on an M&A / financial services transaction which amounted to one of the largest fintech funding rounds in the Eurozone in 2020.

Ireland > Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

Walkers is highly active in data protection matters, providing advice to clients on ensuring that data transfers, service provider agreements and data collection procedures comply with Irish and European regulations. The practice also assists clients with responding to data subject access requests. Of counsel Shane Martin leads the team and has a focus on advising financial services clients.

Practice head(s):

Shane Martin

Other key lawyers:

Conor Daly

Testimonials

‘Practical, pragmatic and solutions-focused advice.’

‘Shane Martin is alive to the practical and operational challenges facing businesses in the application of a myriad of legal and regulatory obligations.’

‘Shane Martin has been great to deal with and always offers practical solutions, responding in a timely manner and looking at the bigger picture as opposed to getting stuck in the weeds.’

‘The team are highly engaged in local regulatory practice and establishing regulatory expectations.’

‘The individuals stand out for their industry knowledge and engagement with regulators, in particular Shane Martin. In addition, they are diligent, hardworking and responsive to client needs.’

‘Walkers are always on hand to answers queries and share any relevant industry updates. They are capable, confident and personable when engaging at all levels.’

‘Conor Daly was hugely helpful. Conor got stuck in to the day-to-day and his knowledge of our business was key.’

‘Conor Daly is responsive, diligent and hard working.’

Work highlights

  • Advised an alternative investment fund manager on data privacy considerations in collecting Covid-19 vaccination status information from employees, as part of its office return initiative.
  • Advised a provider of dental care products on compliance with data privacy requirements.
  • Advised an aircraft leasing platform in relation to ongoing developments impacting international data transfers, including changes to European regulations and the impact of Brexit.

Ireland > Insolvency and corporate restructuring Tier 3

Walkers lost its former department head Gavin Smith in November 2021, but has maintained senior-level credibility with William Greensmyth becoming head of the insolvency and dispute resolution group. The team has remained active in the Irish aspects of global restructurings and continues to be engaged by insolvency practitioners in liquidations and receiverships.

Practice head(s):

Will Greensmyth

Testimonials

‘Clarity of communication and empathy towards situation.’

Key clients

Swissport Group Sarl

The Boeing Company

Hertz Corporation

Luke Charleton and Andrew Dolliver, receiver of assets of DP Aircraft Ireland Limited

CBL Insurance Limited (In Liquidation)

Apperley Investments Limited, Martina Investments Limited and Tailwind Investments Limited t/a The Town Partnership

NordLB

Myles Kirby, Kirby Healy, liquidator of The Belfry UK Properties Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for The Hertz Corporation as local counsel in relation to the successful restructuring of $19bn of debt.
  • Acted for Swissport as local counsel in relation to the successful restructuring of $2bn of debt.
  • Advised NordLB in its role as a secured creditor in the examinership of Norwegian Air.

Ireland > Real estate Tier 3

Walkers is well known for its work advising Irish and international investment funds and asset managers on transactions involving real estate, assisting with acquisitions and disposals as well as the leasing of office space. The practice also acts for developers, lenders and other corporations in matters involving commercial, industrial and residential property. Practice head Rachel Rodgers stands out for the breadth of her experience in this sector.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Rodgers

Other key lawyers:

Robert Upton; Jody Toner

Testimonials

‘The advice is very practical and professionally sound. The individual lawyers have a very good understanding of the needs of the client.’

‘Rachel Rogers is always available and understands our requirements and needs. She is excellent at explaining the Irish legal requirements and provides pragmatic rather than dogmatic advice.’

‘The team is knowledgeable, hardworking and responsive.’

‘Rachel Rodgers is a fantastic lawyer with great people skills and ability. Robert Upton is technically strong and practical. Jody Toner is an excellent lawyer with good experience in house which makes him very strong.’

Key clients

Marlet Property Group

Virgin Media Ireland Limited

PIMCO

Man Group plc/ Man GPM Aalto

Kroll

KPMG

The Hertz Corporation

Apex Group

Iceland International Seafood, Oceanpath, Carr & Sons Seafood Limited

KTB Investments & Securities and KTB Asset Management

Virtu Financial Services (Ireland) Limited

Eagle Street Partners Ireland Limited

AIB

Work highlights

  • Advising a property developer on the acquisition of warehousing in a strategically important area of the west of Ireland.
  • Advising a lender on the financing of eight social housing developments in excess of €140m.
  • Advising a fund on the disposal of a shopping centre for a sum in excess of €60m.

Ireland > Employment Tier 4

The employment team at Walkers assists with day-to-day employment matters as well as handling internal investigations, redundancies, unfair dismissals, discrimination and harassment claims, whistleblowing and TUPE issues. The team is led by Susan Battye, who has a track record representing clients before the WRC and labour court.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Susan Battye is my single point of contact to talk about my legal employment case and she is absolutely outstanding. Highly professional, calm and pro active, she simplifies each complex legal topic. She is definitely a star in her domain.’

‘The team has been very responsive and very clear in the answers provided to the final client.’

‘The partner in charge has been very involved in the process, she has been very responsive due to very short notice.’

‘Susan Battye is top notch. I have found Susan to be unique amongst her peers and stands out in terms of the quality of the advice, attention to detail, efficiency and understanding of business needs. As such, her advice represents excellent value for money in a market where that is an increasingly rare experience. She is the first port of call on any employment issue.’

‘Susan Battye has shown to be an excellent and flexible lawyer and a very good communicator. I am especially impressed with how she is able to leverage on her technical/legal expertise and apply it to serving the needs of the client, however difficult these might be. She is able to come with innovative ideas and solutions to some more complex problems, and in doing so is proving to be a very client-centric lawyer.’

‘Very satisfied with the quality of service, attention to detail, best practice and responsiveness in general.’

‘Susan Battye provides consistent and reliable employment law advice when needed, tailored to the business and operations of the company. She is very approachable and ensures to cover all risks, while outlining the best options available. Impressed with efficient and quick responses.’

‘Susan Battye and her employment team provide an excellent, commercially focused service; Susan knows what clients want and consistently delivers it: namely, clear, concise, correct advice.’

Key clients

Iceland Seafood International hf

Eamonn Richardson and Ian Barrett, KPMG Ireland

Work highlights

  • Advised a multinational platform technology company on implementing lay-offs, pay-cuts and two separate collective redundancy processes arising from the impact of COVID-19 on business requirements.
  • Advised Iceland Seafood International hf on its acquisition of Carr & Sons Seafood Limited and the associated employment law compliance and risks.
  • Represented an international aircraft leasing company in its all employment matters. Reviewed and updated policies and procedures contained in the Employee Handbook for compliance with legislative changes and best practice.

The firm: Walkers is a global, integrated and market leading financial services law firm. It provides market leading Irish legal, tax, listing and professional services solutions to domestic and international financial institutions, investment managers, private equity groups and corporations. The firm has a considerable global presence with ten offices (Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Dubai, Hong Kong, Guernsey, Ireland, Jersey, London and Singapore), 120+ partners and 1,000+ staff providing a 24/7 service to its clients who are at the cutting edge of capital markets, aviation finance, investment funds and cross-border finance.

Areas of practice
Asset finance: The firm’s asset finance group focuses on all aspects of the financing, leasing and trading of aircraft, aircraft engines, helicopters and other heavy transportation assets such as rolling stock and vessels. It has extensive experience in establishing leasing and trading platforms in Ireland and in complex asset finance transactions such as ABS, PDP, sale and lease-back and warehouse financing structures acting for lessors, lessees, financiers and private equity houses.
Key contact: Killian McSharry Tel: +353 1 470 6696
Email: killian.mcsharry@walkersglobal.com

Banking: The firm’s finance and capital markets group advises agents, arrangers, banks, international financial institutions, corporations and funds on an extensive range of big ticket, complex domestic and international cross-border finance transactions across the following product areas:

  • Acquisition finance
  • Alternative finance and non-banking leading
  • Commercial lending
  • Corporate finance
  • Distressed investment / loan sales and debt restructuring
  • Fund financing
  • Leveraged finance
  • Real estate finance – including acquisition finance, development finance, senior and mezzanine debt, securitised loans and secondary market debt acquisitions
  • Receivables finance
  • Structured credit
    Key contact: Andrew Traynor Tel: +353 1 470 6632
    Email: andrew.traynor@walkersglobal.com
    Key contact: Noeleen Ruddy Tel: +353 1 470 6650
    Email: noeleen.ruddy@walkersglobal.com
    Key contact: Ian McNamee Tel: +353 1 470 6643
    Email: ian.mcnamee@walkersglobal.com
    Key contact: Paddy Rath Tel: +353 1 470 6657
    Email: paddy.rath@walkersglobal.com
    Key contact: Matt Hedigan Tel: +353 1 470 6688
    Email: matt.hedigan@walkersglobal.com

Corporate and commercial: The firm’s corporate group advises corporate and business clients, both Irish and international, on a wide variety of company, commercial and corporate law matters. It has extensive experience in providing advice on a range of corporate issues including mergers, acquisitions and disposals, corporate re-structuring, joint ventures, shareholders’ agreements and share investments and a wide variety of commercial contracts and agreements including outsourcing and technology related matters.
Key contact: Brendan O’Brien Tel: +353 1 470 6653
Email: brendan.obrien@walkersglobal.com

Derivatives: The firm’s derivatives group has extensive experience in advising on all aspects of derivative types whether for pure hedging or complex/structured in nature, whether they are exchange traded, over the counter or centrally cleared and across all asset classes specifically credit, equity, interest rate, currency, FX and commodity. The team draws on a wealth of knowledge developed from their time in London, New York and in-house spent dealing with all the major market participants in the derivatives field meaning that the firm can deliver clear, concise, commercial advice to its international client base.
Key contact: Matt Hedigan Tel: +353 1 470 6688
Email: matt.hedigan@walkersglobal.com

Employment: Walkers’ employment team advise on the full life cycle of employment issues, including: recruitment, employment contracts, benefits and rewards, policies and procedures, investigations, discrimination, whistle-blowing, workplace stress, industrial relations, redundancies, dismissals, injunctions, compromise agreements and post-termination restrictions. Walkers also provide strategic employment law advice on corporate restructuring, transaction support, transfers of undertakings, Brexit migration and international relocation projects.
Key contact: Susan Battye Tel: +353 1 863 8541
Email: susan.battye@walkersglobal.com

Finance and capital markets (FCM): The firm’s award winning FCM group advises arrangers, agents, financial institutions, issuers, managers, originators and trustees on the full range of public and private debt capital markets, securitisation and structured finance transactions including: – Asset Backed Securities (ABS)

  • Asset Backed Commercial Paper (ABCP) / ECP / CP programmes
  • Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities (CMBS) and Residential Mortgage Backed Securities (CMBS)
  • Capital Relief Trades (CRT) / Significant Risk Transfer (SRT) transactions
  • Catastrophe bonds and insurance linked securities (ILS)
  • CDOs/CLOs
  • Derivatives
  • Distressed, troubled or special situation investment platforms
  • Eurobond issuances – Loan Participation Notes (LPNs)
  • Loan Originator Platforms
  • Medium Term Note (MTN) programmes
  • Private note placements
  • Repackaging transactions
  • Securitisation
  • Structured finance
  • Structured products
    Our dedicated debt listing team also acts as listing agent in respect of a wide range of corporate and sovereign debt, ABS, CMBS & RMBS, CLO, high yield products and Islamic bond products on a number of global stock exchanges.
    Key contact: Noeleen Ruddy Tel: +353 1 470 6650
    Email: noeleen.ruddy@walkersglobal.com
    Key contact: Andrew Traynor Tel: +353 1 470 6632
    Email: andrew.traynor@walkersglobal.com
    Key contact: Matt Hedigan Tel: +353 1 470 6688
    Email: matt.hedigan@walkersglobal.com
    Key contact: Paddy Rath Tel: +353 1 470 6657
    Email: paddy.rath@walkersglobal.com
    Key contact: Ian McNamee Tel: +353 1 470 6643
    Email: ian.mcnamee@walkersglobal.com

Insolvency and dispute resolution (IDR): Walkers IDR group are instructed most frequently on the creditor side of significant cross-border and national insolvency and restructuring mandates, particularly for financial institutions, private equity clients and syndicated lenders. Walkers also work closely with many high profile insolvency practitioners, on heavily contentious appointments. Walkers IDR group are also highly proficient in the sphere of financial transaction restructuring.
Key contact: William Greensmyth Tel: +353 1 470 6679
Email: william.greensmyth@walkersglobal.com

Investment funds: The firm’s investment funds group focuses on all aspects of the legal and regulatory issues surrounding the establishment and maintenance of Irish mutual and alternative investment funds. It has extensive experience in UCITS funds including exchange traded funds, money market funds, managed account platforms and structured UCITS and alternative investment funds including, hedge funds, private equity funds and property funds established as retail investor alternative investor funds (RIAIF) and qualifying investor alternative investment funds (QIAIF) pursuant to AIFMD
Key contact: Nicholas Blake-Knox Tel: +353 1 470 6600
Email: nicholas.blake-knox@walkersglobal.com
Key contact: Eimear Keane Tel: +353 1 470 6622
Email: eimear.keane@walkersglobal.com
Key contact: Sarah Maguire Tel: +353 1 470 6691
Email: sarah.maguire@walkersglobal.com

Listing services: Walkers’ listing expertise spans a number of recognised markets including Euronext Dublin, the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange and the Vienna MTF. The firm’s listing group, who work with issuers from across the globe, possesses a wealth of transaction experience facilitating listings for products including European and U.S. originated CLOs, auto/consumer loan receivables, RMBS and CMBS, sovereign eurobond issuance, Islamic bonds/Sukuk, Corporate Debt, High Yield, ABS, ECA financing vehicles and MTN and covered bond programmes.
Key contact: Therese Redmond Tel: +353 1 470 6645
Email: therese.redmond@walkersglobal.com

Real estate: The firm’s real estate group advises domestic and international investors, developers, funds, asset managers and financial institutions on property investments be it on acquisition, disposal or finance across a mix of asset classes including offices, prs, hotels and leisure, warehousing, logistics and student accommodation. The team has a wealth of experience in the landlord and tenant space with particular expertise in retail and the management of large shopping centres, as well as office and mixed use developments.
Key contact: Rachel Rodgers Tel: +353 1 470 6675
Email: rachel.rodgers@walkersglobal.com

Regulatory and risk advisory: The firm’s regulatory and risk advisory group advises banks, investment firms, payments and e-money firms and other regulated financial institutions and entities on all aspects of financial services regulation in Ireland.
Key contact: Niall Esler Tel: +353 1 863 8517
Email: niall.esler@walkersglobal.com

Tax: The firm’s tax group provides a front-end tax advisory service to its domestic and global client base as well as a comprehensive transactional tax practice working on an integrated basis with the firm’s core practice areas. The Tax Group is involved in the structuring and implementation of transactions and has particular expertise in advising in relation to structured finance / CLOs, real estate, investment funds, aircraft leasing, employment taxes, corporate transactions and automatic exchange of information regimes as well as contentious matters.
Key contact: Jonathan Sheehan Tel: +353 1 470 6639
Email: jonathan.sheehan@walkersglobal.com
Key contact: Aisling Burke Tel: +353 1 470 6642
Email: aisling.burke@walkersglobal.com
Key contact: Eimear Burbridge Tel: +353 1 470 6627
Email: Eimear.burbridge@walkersglobal.com

Walkers Professional Services: Walkers Professional Services (WPS) provides registered office, corporate, and fiduciary services. Working together with Walkers law firm, WPS delivers a seamless integration of legal, corporate, fiduciary and compliance services.
Key contact: Fiona de Lacy Tel: +353 1 470 6611
Email: fiona.delacy@walkersglobal.com

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Managing Partner; Tax Jonathan Sheehanjonathan.sheehan@walkersglobal.com+353 1 470 6639
Capital markets: Debt Noeleen Ruddynoeleen.ruddy@walkersglobal.com+353 1 470 6650
Capital markets: Debt Andrew Traynorandrew.traynor@walkersglobal.com+353 1 470 6632
Capital markets: Debt Ian McNameeian.mcnamee@walkersglobal.com+353 1 470 6643
Asset Finance Matt Hediganmatt.hedigan@walkersglobal.com+353 1 470 6688
Employment Susan Battyesusan.battye@walkersglobal.com+353 1 863 8541
Asset Finance Killian McSharrykillian.mcsharry@walkersglobal.com+353 1 470 6696
Banking and Finance Andrew Traynorandrew.traynor@walkersglobal.com+353 1 470 6632
Banking and Finance Ian McNameeian.mcnamee@walkersglobal.com+353 1 470 6643
Capital markets: Debt Paddy Rathpaddy.rath@walkersglobal.com+353 1 470 6657
Investment Funds Nicholas Blake-Knoxnicholas.blake-knox@walkersglobal.com+353 1 470 6669
Investment Funds Eimear Keaneeimear.keane@walkersglobal.com+353 1 470 6622
Investment Funds Sarah Maguiresarah.maguire@walkersglobal.com+353 1 470 6691
Tax Aisling Burkeaisling.burke@walkersglobal.com+353 1 470 6642
Tax Eimear Burbridgeeimear.burbridge@walkersglobal.com+353 1 470 6627
Commercial, corporate and M&A Brendan O'Brienbrendan.obrien@walkersglobal.com+353 1 470 6653
Insolvency and Corporate Restructuring William Greensmythwilliam.greensmyth@walkersglobal.com+353 1 470 6679
Real Estate Rachel Rodgersrachel.rodgers@walkersglobal.com+353 1 470 6675
Real Estate Jody Tonerjody.toner@walkersglobal.com+353 1 470 6625
Regulatory Niall Eslerniall.esler@walkersglobal.com+353 1 863 8517
Regulatory Shane Martinshane.martin@walkersglobal.com+353 1 470 6673
Listing Services Therese Redmondtherese.redmond@walkersglobal.com+353 1 470 6645
Listing Services Ken Foleyken.foley@walkersglobal.com+353 1 470 6672
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Susan Battye photoMs Susan BattyePartner
Nicholas Blake-Knox photoMr Nicholas Blake-KnoxPartner
Eimear Burbridge photoMs Eimear BurbridgeOf Counsel
Aisling Burke photoMs Aisling BurkePartner
Jennifer Fox photoMs Jennifer FoxPartner
William Greensmyth photoMr William GreensmythPartner and Head of Insolvency and Dispute Resolution
Matt Hedigan photoMr Matt HediganPartner
Eimear Keane photoMs Eimear KeanePartner
Sarah Maguire photoMs Sarah MaguirePartner
Ian McNamee photoMr Ian McNameePartner
Killian McSharry photoMr Killian McSharryPartner
Brendan O'Brien photoMr Brendan O'BrienHead of Corporate Group in Ireland
Paddy Rath photoMr Paddy RathPartner
Rachel Rodgers photoMs Rachel RodgersPartner
Noeleen Ruddy photoMs Noeleen RuddyPartner and Co-Head of Finance & Capital Markets
Jonathan Sheehan photoMr Jonathan SheehanManaging Partner and Head of Tax
Jody Toner photoMr Jody TonerOf Counsel
Andrew Traynor photoMr Andrew TraynorPartner and Co-Head of Finance & Capital Markets
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