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THE EXCHANGE, GEORGE'S DOCK, IFSC, IRELAND
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Ireland

Asset finance
Asset finance - ranked: tier 1

Walkers

Walkers' team 'understands the unique requirements of the client's business and is very good at thinking outside the box'; it focuses on the financing, leasing and trading of aircraft, as well as other transportation assets. Practice head Ken Rush 'stands out as a top-tier lawyer' thanks to his 'rigorous legal approach and customer-focused relationships'. Rush advised CDPQ on the establishment of a $2bn global aircraft financing platform with Gecas, and, alongside of counsel Killian McSharry, assisted Castlelake with an ABS transaction used to finance a portfolio of aircraft. David McGovern, who 'makes clients feel like they are his only customer', has particular expertise in non-traditional markets such as Korea; he advised KTB Investment and Securities on the acquisition of an aircraft by an Irish SPV.

Leading individuals

Ken Rush - Walkers

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Walkers

Walkers acts mainly on the lender side, for both financial institutions and alternative lenders, and has a particularly strong international client base. Real estate finance, corporate and fund finance, and loan portfolio sales are all key areas of work. Garry Ferguson heads the team, which also includes Andrew Traynor and Noeleen Ruddy; Traynor recently acted as Irish counsel to VTB Bank as lender on the cross-border restructuring of a eurobond sponsored by a Russian rail car lease operator. Matt Hedigan was promoted to partner and Paddy Rath and Ian McNamee to of counsel.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Walkers

Walkers' 'incredibly responsive and commercial' team provides 'clear, concise and comprehensive advice' on DCM matters. The practice's 'reputation in the CLO market has blossomed over the last few years'; it also specialises in insurance-linked securities work, commercial mortgage-backed securities transactions and distressed debt. Garry Ferguson leads the practice; Andrew Traynor and of counsels Ian McNamee and Ailís Garvey 'provide consistently excellent service'; Noeleen Ruddy and of counsel Paddy Rath are 'very commercial, responsive and collaborative'; and Matt Hedigan was promoted to partner. Highlights included acting as Irish counsel to a multinational bank on the high-value issuance of credit-linked notes and assisting a loan adviser with three European CLO issuances through Irish SPVs.

Leading individuals

Garry Ferguson - Walkers

Next Generation Partners

Matt Hedigan - Walkers

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Walkers

The 'very capable corporate advisers' at Walkers¬†specialise in¬†handling domestic M&A transactions, joint ventures and shareholder agreements, and acting as Irish counsel to international clients.¬†'Excellent practitioner and adviser'¬†Brendan O'Brien¬†heads the team; he acted for Iceland Seafood International on its ‚ā¨13.4m acquisition of a majority stake in Oceanpath, and assisted LRC Group with the Irish law aspects of its ¬£600m acquisition of a portfolio of hotels, including one in Dublin. Senior associate Eoin Ryan¬†is also noted.

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

Walkers

Walkers' practice head Gavin Smith advises insolvency practitioners, companies and creditors. In an example of the team's non-contentious restructuring work, Smith acted for Hatfield Philips International on the cross-border merger of ARRF into Zeus CMBS Finance using a novel cross-border merger court application. Smith is also active in the contentious sphere.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 3

Walkers

Nicholas Blake-Knox, who is 'proactive and knowledgeable in the offshore funds space', joined from Pimco in January 2018 to lead the practice at Walkers. Sarah Maguire, who joined from Dillon Eustace¬†in September 2017, ‚Äėcan provide creative solutions to complex problems while communicating clearly‚Äô; she advised Secor on the establishment of a UCITS fund investing in equity and equity-related securities. Associate Emily Goodman¬†is 'a great resource in the team'. Jennifer Fox¬†joined from Dillon Eustace¬†in September 2018.¬†Kerill O‚ÄôShaughnessy¬†left the firm.¬†Other clients include Morgan Stanley and Global Student Accommodation.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Walkers

While Walkers¬†focuses on advising lenders on the financing of residential property acquisitions, it also acted for a major player in the development market on its acquisition of a site for residential development, and advised on the acquisition of a distressed loan portfolio. Of counsel Jody Toner¬†‚Äėis an impressively knowledgeable lawyer in real estate‚Äô and impresses with his ‚Äėaptitude for explaining complex legal issues to non-legal professionals in a clear and concise manner‚Äô. Practice head Rachel Rodgers¬†‚Äėis extremely approachable‚Äô and ‚Äėalways finds time to put her clients first‚Äô.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Walkers

Walkers' team is noted for its 'responsiveness' and 'skill set within the financial services sector'; it specialises in advising on finance and debt capital markets, real estate, investment funds, aircraft leasing and corporate transactions. Highlights included advising a global investment management firm on the tax aspects of the transfer of an Irish real estate portfolio to a newly established real estate investment trust in connection with its proposed flotation on the Irish and London Stock Exchanges. Practice head Jonathan Sheehan is 'a leader in his field: his knowledge of both Irish and global tax matters is second to none, he has an acutely analytical mind and is impressively articulate'. Aisling Burke, who joined from Arthur Cox, and of counsel Eimear Burbridge are also noted.

Leading individuals

Jonathan Sheehan - Walkers

Next Generation Partners

Eimear Burbridge - Walkers

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