McCann FitzGerald

Ireland

IFLR1000 Reviews

Financial and corporate

The origins of McCann FitzGerald date back to 1947 in Dublin, but the firm has expanded internationally and now also has branches in Brussels, London and New York from which it advises on Irish law.

 

Focusses / specialisms 

The firm provides high-quality legal advice across a range of practice areas on the Irish market, with key strengths in asset and structured finance, M&A and projects.

The firm has one of the largest and leading asset finance practices in Dublin that advises global leasing companies on acquisitions of portfolios, leasebacks and financing transactions. 

The firm's capital markets practice cover all areas of debt, equity and structured finance and securitisation work for domestic banks, international financial institutions, and corporations. 

The financial services regulatory team advises banks and financial institutions on licensing and establishing lending platforms in Ireland.

The funds team’s expertise lies in the establishment and management of UCITs, ETFs, AIFs, hedge funds and REITs. 

The M&A practice advises publicly listed companies on buy and sell side transactions. In private space it works for domestic companies in various sectors and private equity firms generally keep the team busy. 

The firm's projects team has wide-ranging capabilities but is especially active in social infrastructure and road projects advising public bodies, lenders, project developers and contractors. 

In restructuring and insolvency work the firm acts on multinational restructurings advising a mix of custodians and distressed companies.

 

Key clients

Some of the firm’s recent key clients include Apollo Global Management, Sculptor Capital Management, Titan Aviation Leasing, AerCap, BBAM Aviation Services, Allied Irish Banks, Bank of Ireland, Dublin City Council, Macquarie, National Development Finance Agency, Transport Infrastructure Ireland, Irish Life, AbbVie, 

 

Research period review: 30th edition (2019/2020)

During the research period in banking and finance the firm advised borrowers on asset portfolio acquisition financing. In project finance, the firm advised lending banks and state agencies in procurement for financing for residential infrastructure development, wind farm and district heating projects. It also saw mandates in PPP refinancing. 

In capital markets work the firm represented aircraft leasing companies in bond issuances and acted for issuers in debt financing, notes programme advisory, and green and sustainability-linked bond issues. In equity, the firm worked for Irish REITs and renewable companies as issuers on shares placements. In structured finance, the firm advised on asset-backed and residential mortgage backed securitisations (RMBS), including acting on Bank of Ireland’s RMBS for the arrangers. 

In financial services regulatory work the firm advised on Brexit-related matters, crowdfunding, and payment institution authorisation and licencing.

In M&A the firm advised on the buy and sell side of acquisitions in pharmaceuticals, healthcare, energy storage, renewables energy, life insurance, financial services, private equity and real estate sectors.

A recent staffing change saw Roy Parker, a debt capital markets and financial services partner, left the firm in the research period. 

 

Deal highlights: 30th edition (2019/2020)

AbbVie $63 billion acquisition of Allergan 

Apollo Global Management / Athene acquisition of AirFinance

Brookfield 361MW wind farm

Electricity Supply Board €500 million 1.125% green bond issue

Greencoat Renewables €125 million share issuance

N7/N11 PPP refinancing 

Nordic Aviation Capital $786 million bond issue 

Novo Nordisk acquisition of MACRILEN from Stonebridge Biopharma

Macquarie Capital social housing PPP