Ireland 2015 – GC Powerlist

Ireland 2015

Adrian Kelly

General Counsel | Airsynergy

‘We think it’s going to have a massive global impact’, Adrian Kelly says on the Airsynergy business. ‘We’re now doubling power output in wind turbines. We’ve found the business case...

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Aideen O’Reilly

Head of Legal | National Asset Management Agency (NAMA)

One of Ireland’s leading public sector lawyers, Aideen O’Reilly is a respected expert in her field, having spoken publicly on areas such as fraud and asset recovery. During the course...

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Alan Daly

Group Head of Legal | Electricity Supply Board

Ireland’s Electricity Supply Board has handled multiple significant strategic transactions during the four years Alan Daly has headed its legal function. These have included Carrington Power’s 2012 award-winning refinancing. The...

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Andrew O’Flanaghan

Chief Legal Officer | National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA)

Heading NTMA’s legal, control and compliance functions, US- and Ireland-qualified Andrew O’Flanagan has been at the epicentre of the agency’s efforts to turn around the nation’s credit reputation following the...

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Anna-Marie Curry

Head of Legal | Bord na Móna

As head of legal at Bord na Móna, Ireland’s leading environmentally-responsible integrated utility service provider, Anna-Marie Curry leads a team of lawyers providing national and international legal support. On a...

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Editor Message

For 28 years, The Legal 500 has been analysing the capabilities of law firms across the world. The GC Powerlist (formerly the Corporate Counsel 100) is the latest publication from The Legal 500, turning its attention to the in-house function, and recognising those corporate counsel who are driving the legal business forward. The latest edition is the GC Powerlist: Ireland, which identifies an array of the most influential and innovative in-house counsel working in the region.

The GC Powerlist is a series of publications, highlighting the most influential in-house lawyers in business today.

We have canvassed opinions from law firm partners and in-house counsel across Ireland, to identify corporate counsel that have been instrumental in changing or forming opinions within their company or industry; developing brilliant technical solutions to complex issues; creating innovative structures to ensure that the in-house function is driving the business forward; or providing a business working model that other corporate counsel should follow. Our team of experienced researchers assessed the nominations, speaking both to general counsel and nominating lawyers to finalise each jurisdictional list. GC Powerlist: Ireland features not just information on why that individual has made the list, but also comment from the law firms about how they feel individual corporate counsel have helped shape innovation in the legal industry.

If you have feedback on the GC Powerlist: Ireland, or wish to nominate other in-house individuals (either in Ireland or global), please do get in touch at

We hope that this listing will stimulate debate around the role of the in-house lawyer and help corporate counsel with possible improvements and efficiencies in running their departments.

David Burgess

Publishing Director

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Sponsor Message

McCann FitzGerald

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McCann FitzGerald is delighted to support the inaugural GC Powerlist for Ireland. I would like, on behalf of all the partners at McCann FitzGerald, to congratulate the corporate counsel that have been selected for this prestigious publication.

Having come through some turbulent years, indicators as we head into the final quarter of 2015 point towards a positive story for Ireland. According to the latest IBEC quarterly report, a trio of external boosts to the Irish economy – the ECB’s QE programme, lower energy prices and a weak euro – all point to a continuation of Ireland’s strong economic growth performance in 2015.

Surging exports and investment, which led to growth of 4.8% last year, are continuing their strong performance and unemployment levels are at their lowest in eight years. Leading indicators in the first half of the year suggest that business investment growth in both services and manufacturing has continued its strong expansion.

The Companies Act 2014 came into effect on 1 June 2015, with the intention of making it easier for companies to do business in Ireland, whether domestically or by using Ireland as a regional or a global base. Lawyers, both in-house and in practice, are working hard to guide businesses and assist them in taking advantage of these and other regulatory and legal changes.

These positive developments, coupled with ever changing and disruptive technology, mean the legal industry is constantly evolving in order to meet client and business demands. Given the recent developments in both the economy and the corporate legal landscape there is now, more than ever, a higher demand for strong and innovative corporate counsel in Ireland, with the role of in-house lawyers continuing to grow.

In-house legal teams are being called on to take a leading role in advising businesses, and have an expanding influence in areas such as risk management and business strategy. They are seen as thought leaders and experts within their industries, with the insights to drive and create business opportunities and influence decisions at the highest levels.

Private practice lawyers have a strong role to play when advising corporate counsel, and it is important that they have an understanding of the economic and business landscape that their clients are operating in. They need to be on hand to offer expert counsel within their area of expertise, and work closely with their in-house counterparts to navigate through the changing business, regulatory and legal environment. There are a wealth of opportunities for private and in-house legal teams to collaborate, allowing them to give the most expert advice to their business, and ultimately to drive further growth.

McCann FitzGerald is excited by both the positive economic outlook for Ireland and the evolving role of corporate counsel. As a firm we seek to enable your progress through the provision of strategic legal counsel on the major business and commercial issues of our time delivered through a culture of high performance and high integrity. We look forward to developing further our partnerships and collaborations with corporate counsel as Ireland continues its economic recovery. These partnerships enable business to utilise the insight that McCann FitzGerald has derived from working with clients across a range of industries for many decades.

On behalf of all the partners at McCann FitzGerald, I wish to extend our warmest congratulations to all that have been included in the inaugural GC Powerlist for Ireland. Recipients of this accolade come from a broad and varied range of sectors, from banking and financial services to retail chains and consumer brands. This prestigious recognition highlights the hard work, strength and innovation displayed by corporate counsel across Ireland, and also emphasises the increasingly important and expanding role of corporate counsel in today’s business environment.