Ireland

IFLR1000 Reviews

Overview

Solicitor’s governing body: Law Society of Ireland

Competition authority: Competition and Consumer Protection Commission

Financial regulator: Central Bank of Ireland

IFLR1000 ranking categories for this jurisdiction: Banking; Capital markets: Debt; Capital markets: Equity; Financial services regulatory; Investment funds; M&A; Project finance; Restructuring and insolvency

Jurisdiction overview

The Republic of Ireland is one of two countries which form the island of Ireland. While, after around 800 years of foreign rule, the Republic gained independence from the UK in 1922; Northern Ireland has remained part of the sovereign state, albeit with devolved powers through the Northern Ireland Assembly.

The Republic has a common law legal system which derives from the constitution enacted in 1937. As an EU member state, it has adopted all the trading bloc’s treaties and recognises most of its legislation as Irish law.

As part of its EU membership, the Republic permits EEA qualified lawyers to practice the law of their jurisdiction in Ireland on the condition they do so under their name and have adequate indemnity insurance. Lawyers with EU qualifications may requalify to practice domestic law by working in the country for a continuous three year period or through the traditional route of bar examination.

Foreign firms are free to establish an office in Ireland and advise on their home law or international law, needing only to comply with the usual formalities for a foreigner opening a business in the Republic. EEA based firms can advise on local law if working in association with a local firm or lawyer. 

Despite the limited restrictions on foreign firms opening in the Republic, the make-up of the legal market, which is largely concentrated in Dublin, is predominantly domestic. Those international firms that have entered the jurisdiction, include Eversheds, which has had a presence in the country for some time; Dechert; and off-shore firms, Maples and Calder and Walkers. Among the domestic advisers, there a number of venerable firms, but five in particular have historically vied for the roles on the country’s most significant financial and corporate mandates.

Today those firms, A&L Goodbody, Arthur Cox, Matheson, McCann FitzGerald and William Fry, have more competition from local and international counterparts in certain areas. Of the other Irish firms with a commercial focus, one that is certainly pushing hard to join the elite, unquestionably with a degree of success in both the corporate and finance areas, is Mason Hayes & Curran. In the funds space, Dillon Eustace has one of the country’s leading practices, as does offshore outfit Maples and Calder. Another firm heralding from the Caymans, Walkers, which has a far more focussed offering than Maples in Ireland, has also made inroads into the funds market and has a good asset finance practice.

Several firms with offices in Dublin, which were in the past only recognised for specific work, have developed more consistency across a number of practices recently. Dillon Eustace and Maples and Calder are both good examples of this trend. The former has enhanced its ancillary practices in addition to the core funds group to service its financial services clients, and the latter has built a strong corporate practice to complement its finance team.

The type of work on offer for firms in the Republic is diverse and the leading firms reflect this with full-service offerings. In terms of reliability, funds work - unaffected by the crisis as it was, with all the assets involved located abroad - has become the mainstay of many a Dublin adviser. Corporate work, including financing, represents another good revenue stream thanks to the country’s favourable environment for business. 

The country is home to the European headquarters of some of the world’s biggest companies, Facebook, Amazon and Apple included. Principally this is driven by the country’s business-friendly approach and enticing tax regime, which includes a relaxed transfer pricing system and low corporation tax on profits. This, in particular, has encouraged high levels of FDI and, before the crisis, helped transform the Republic into one of the wealthiest countries in Europe.

Ben Naylor - Editor

Financial and corporate
A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody is a leading Irish firm with a strong reputation across the board. Headquartered in Dublin, the firm also has offices in New York, Belfast and London.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has large top tier teams of commercially-focussed lawyers with high levels of technical expertise in all areas of work covered by the ranking tables.

In banking the firm is strong in lending work on both the lender and borrower side, is experienced regulatory work and has one of the market’s leading asset finance practices. The firm has close relationships with leading Irish banks and since the financial crisis it has acted on many of the largest Irish loan portfolio sales. 

The corporate group is involved in most large cross-border M&A deals involving an Irish business or asset.

Banking, energy, pharmaceuticals, real estate and technology are among the sectors in which the firm is frequently active.

 

Key clients

Some of the firm’s key clients include Allied Irish Banks, Bank of Ireland, Avantcard, Henderson Park, Takenda Pharmaceuticals, Energia Group and Oriel Windfarm.

 

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

During the research period the firm was active in banking and finance, capital markets, funds, M&A, projects and restructuring and insolvency.

In lending and finance work the firm advised both lenders and borrowers on complex acquisitions by way of scheme of arrangement financings. It also advised lenders on portfolio financings, particularly in onshore wind power projects, and advised on multi-jurisdictional group refinancings. In recent asset finance work it advised on Islamic financing for aircraft portfolios.

In financial services regulatory work the firm advised on mandates in related to insurance, tracker mortgage rate investigations, Brexit planning and AML. 

In capital markets work the firm advised banks on non-performing loan residential mortgage backed securities (RMBS) and large multi-jurisdictional trade receivables securitisations. The firm also advised on bond issuances, acting for issuers, and mezzanine and CLO notes transactions. In equity work, the firm most notably advised the joint bookrunners on the IPO of Uniphar.

In investment funds the firm worked on the establishment of qualifying investor alternative investment fund ICAV structures, exchange traded finance distributors, and sub-funds under complex structures. It also advised funds on Brexit planning.

In recent M&A work the firm advised buyers and sellers in acquisitions across multiple sectors including payment technology, software, real estate, brokerage, gambling, renewable energy, aviation, and pharmaceuticals. 

In project development some notable highlights include advising developers of two PPA onshore wind projects in Ireland and the development of Oriel offshore windfarm a commercial offshore Irish project. The firm was also active in solar, waste to energy, water treatments, data centres, oil and gas, mining, telecommunications, social infrastructure, and transport projects.

In restructuring and insolvency the firm advised creditors, administrative agents for the lenders, and debtors in bankruptcy cases. It saw notable liquidation, receivership, Irish examinership and restructurings work.

Recent staffing changes include Patrick Brandt, a financial services regulatory partner, joining the firm from Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Kerill O'Shaughnessy, an investment funds partner, joining from Walkers.

 

Deal highlights: 30th edition (2019/2020)

AbbVie $63 billion acquisition of Allergan 

Adient $2.8 billion refinancing

Ambac Assurance $1.6 billion debt restructuring 

Henderson Park €1.34 billion acquisition of Green REIT

Project ICON – Qilin DAC €3 billion trade receivables securitisation 

Takeda €65.7 billion acquisition of Shire

Uniphar IPO

Weatherford restructuring 

 

Client feedback: 30th edition (2019/2020)

Banking

“Deep technical knowledge of law combined with sound judgment, commercial and social sense.”

 

Capital markets : Debt

“Good knowledge of the subject, responsive and work to deadlines, and keep us informed about any legal updates.”

“A&L Goodbody operate at an advanced level and can be taken as a given that they have the necessary specialist knowledge. Key differentiator against other firms is that they provide practical advice and pragmatic solutions to problems.” 

 

Financial services regulatory

“Very experienced partner with a wealth of knowledge backed up by an excellent team.” 

“Peerless in the Irish market when it comes to insurance regulation, decades of experience, very commercial client-focused advice, and hugely responsive.”

“Clever lawyers, understands business needs and deliver.”

“Very collaborative, they listen to what you are trying to achieve and proposed practical steps to get there. They have extensive experience and provide valuable insights into how to approach new ventures or issues. They always respond quickly and are good natured and pleasant to deal with.”

“The team approach means that there is always more than one person who understands your brief so there are never gaps in coverage.” 

 

Investment funds

“Client focused, extremely well-staffed, market leaders and flexible to deal with significant counterparties and interested parties.”

“Readily available, personable and sound advice.” 

“Always available, well thought out and practical advices. Understood us as a client without the need for repeated explanation. Answered questions we didn't realise we needed to ask (but we did!).”

 

M&A

Extremely smart and responsive lawyers, with strength in all key practice areas.  I have also been very impressed with their investment into their ability to manage and report on significant legal diligence projects. 

 

Restructuring and insolvency

“Extremely knowledgeable, supportive and excellent advisory skills in a very challenging time for the company and group.”

“Technical depth, approachability, speed of response.”

 

Adrian Burke

“Very in-depth knowledge of banking and financial services. Provides pragmatic and practical advice.”

 

Charles Carroll

“Very service focussed; great to work with.”

 

Christopher Martin

“Clever, client-friendly, understands commercial pressures and regulators, brilliant at explaining complicated concepts simply, and an excellent problem solver. Very talented lawyer and will always use him. He is partner material and we are lucky to have him on our complicated work.”

 

Cliona Christle

“Wealth of experience. Excellent with clients and a good-coordinator.”

“Superb practitioner, hugely experienced and very knowledgeable on the issues. A thorough professional at all times.”

 

David Baxter

“Extremely knowledgeable, excellent communication skills, excellent client relationship.”

“[We value his] technical skillset and pragmatic approach.”

 

Kerill O'Shaughnessy

“Extremely personable, market leader in the fund space, and such a depth of knowledge outside of the fund space he can provide a holistic view and approach to delivering client-specific solutions.  [Maintains] extreme focus in the face of significant moving parts and dealing with several stakeholders.”

 

Laura Butler

“Always positive, nothing is ever a problem. She is tactful but will point out issues and brings a gentle humour that makes working with her very easy. Laura is also great at connecting clients.”

 

Liam Kennedy

“Deep legal knowledge combined with reflection and good judgment.”

 

Michael Barr

“Professional, responsive and fantastic technical knowledge and experience evident with every engagement.”

 

Peter Walker

“Good communication and available. Straight talking and has been good and developing our firm's relationship with ALG since inception.” 

 

Stephen Carson

“Knowledgeable and accessible.”

Walkers

Cayman Islands based offshore firm, Walkers, has had an office in Dublin since 2010. The firm’s international network includes 10 offices across Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Middle East. 

 

Focusses / specialisms

In the decade since the firm launched in Ireland it has diversified its domestic practice and now has individuals specialising in the range of work covered by Ireland’s ranking tables, however fund formation and finance work remain its core strengths.

In the banking and finance area the firm is most notable for its asset finance experience in the aviation section.

In the area of capital markets the firm has one of the strongest practices in Ireland for securitisation transactions, especially CLOs, and is active on the debt side of the markets.

The firm has an active funds practice experienced in the range of structures commonly used in Ireland.

 

Key clients

Recent clients of the firm include Apollo Capital Management, Credit Suisse, BNP Paribas, Apex Group Limited, Goshawk Aviation Limited, China Minsheng Investment Group, Skyline Umbrella Fund ICAV and Goldman Sachs International Bank.

 

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

During the research period the frim was active across all areas covered by the rankings.

In banking and finance the firm mainly advised large international banks and financial institutions on the lending side of development project financing, credit facility refinancing, and real estate finance. However it also advised borrowers in acquisition financing. In asset finance work the firm represented lenders in aircraft portfolio acquisition financing.

In capital markets work the firm notably advised on a range of structured finance products including advising issuers on CLO, RMBS and green CMBS transactions and receivables securitisations. It also advised issuers in aircraft asset-backed securitisations In bond work the firm advised on high yield bonds and catastrophe bond programmes.

In the financial services regulatory work the firm advised on fintech related matters, Brexit planning, and investigations and AML compliance.

In investment funds the firm advised clients on the establishment of UCITS and alternative funds, including exchange traded products and a shariah-law compliant sub-fund.

In M&A the firm mainly advised on the buy-side of transactions in the aviation and financial services sectors, however it also worked on deals in the technology, private equity and real estate sectors, and acted on structuring joint ventures.

In the restructuring and insolvency area the firm mainly represented the liquidators in large insolvency and liquidation cases, and shareholders in examinerships. 

Recent staffing changes saw of counsel Ailís Garvey and partner Ken Rush leave the firm in the research period.

 

Deal highlights: 30th edition (2019/2020)

Airborne Capital $637 million ABS

Apex Group Limited acquisition of Ipes

Bardin Hill Loan Advisors European Funding 2019-1 DAC €361 million CLO

Global Student Accommodation €400 million acquisition of Harrison Street five properties

Goldman Sachs River Green Finance 2020 CMBS

Goshawk $529 million ABS note issuances

 

Client feedback: 30th edition (2019/2020)

Asset finance

“My contacts are all very responsive and have a good understanding of their role. They are fair and reliable team players. The possibility to render combined offerings by the Dublin office and the offices in the offshore jurisdiction in the Caribbean and in the Channel is clearly one of Walkers' strengths.”

“They are prompt with their responses and provide pragmatic advice and guidance linked back to the relevant regulatory requirement.”

“They are extremely good in dealing with the complete negotiation process and real estate financing issues including registration of the mortgage and also including explaining the complete processes and all particularities of Irish law. They have an excellent understanding of the business case and the needs of a German fund as lender as well as German contractual fund as a borrower in combination with a good feeling of what the lender needs to have.”

 

Banking

“Excellent value, sector knowledge, access to partners and experience in the industry. Well respected industry professionals.”

“They have an excellent understanding of the business case and the needs of a German contractual fund as a borrower in combination with a good feeling of what the lender needs to have.”

 

Capital markets : Structured finance and securitisation

“Friendly, responsive and high level of commitment.”

“Very proactive in their approach and always willing to take time to explain issues.”

“Very commercial, responsive, attuned to the industry and has good technical knowledge.”

“Excellent quality of team, knowledgeable and commercial partners who are very responsive and provide excellent service.”

“Very organised, the different businesses are very well integrated and provides clear advice.”

 

Competition

“They are very responsive and they carry a project forward to completion.”

 

Financial services regulatory

“User friendly, responsive and commercial.”

“Very approachable, quick turnaround and explain to their audience in non-legalise.”

“In-depth local expertise and market knowledge.”

“Good client service, provides practical advice, very personable and responsive.”

“Immediate access/availability to the right person. The staff are flexible and take the time to understand any enquiries.”

“Very proactive. Clear communication in terms of regulator expectations based on market knowledge and how to meet these in a balanced fashion. Very business-friendly advices. Very flexible and agile in terms of pitching message to senior management and also to more operational - oriented personnel.”

“The knowledge of the market and the regulatory focus is always current and the lawyer i work with makes a lot of effort in the industry to keep involved and on top of new issues or upcoming legislations and communication with the regulator.”

“Walkers are very attentive and responsive to our needs. They consider all our queries in depth and give detailed advice. They also keep us informed of CBI publications and decisions which are of relevance to our business.”

 

Investment funds

“The firm is responsive and commercial.”

“Good introducer to work.”

“Proactive; attention to detail.”

“Great knowledge and experience of the Irish Funds industry Communication - keeping all stakeholders well informed and updated.”

“Excellent service, highly skilled and experienced.”

 

M&A

“Good communication, professional, and adaptable.”

“Clear helpful and timely communication. Their advice is well thought out and relevant.”

“Strong on corporate restructurings and reorganisations. Excellent knowledge of market and you get direct contact with lead partners. Very reasonable rates for quality of service provided.”

“Excellent communication and a really proactive approach. A trusted advisor and another pair of eyes on the market for me. Often drops me a line to chat about regulatory developments that they believe might impact us.”

“Transaction focused approach, relatable, approachable and capable people.”

 

Project finance

“Excellent expertise on international reorganisation projects. Able to meet very tough deadlines while providing great attention to detail and raising any wider considerations.”

 

Real estate

“Knowledgeable, reliable, fast and responsive.”

 

Restructuring and insolvency

“Good commercial and technical approach.”

“Walkers have always gone above and beyond what is required to do the job - their focus on covering all angles of a matter without compromising often short deadlines and giving pragmatic advice puts them streets ahead of more well-known firms in Dublin.”

“The firm was timely in its advice and responded quickly, often on an urgent basis and out of hours due to time difference issues. The firm's advice was thorough, considered and timely.”

“Walkers have an excellent knowledge of insolvency and think carefully about legal issues.”

“Technically, restructuring and insolvency is one of the firm's strengths.”

“Speed of responsiveness, access to partner and commercial approach on strategy.”

 

Andrew Traynor

“Andrew Traynor is terrific in managing all financing transactions including negotiations and explaining the Irish specifics to the client and the counterparty in an easy but also comprehensive way. He can also deal with all rising unexpected issues and solve such issues with a good and commercial solution without bothering the client if it is not really necessary."

 

Brendan O'Brien

“Breath of knowledge, can turn his hand to lots of legal issues with competence.”

“Personable, reliable, trustworthy, measured, knowledgeable and well informed. He builds, leads and supports his team.”

“Very skilled and qualified with excellent track record. Very responsive and knows the Irish market very well.”

“Strong commercial acumen and very relatable. Hones in on key aspects and facilitates a considered and efficient negotiation approach.”

“Brendan is a personable, professional lawyer with excellent client management ability. His pragmatic advice, coupled with in-depth knowledge of local law and how it interacts on global structures is second to none. Managing expectations on fees and delivering within budget - or being sensitive to the client position should fees increase due to unforeseen events or issues - is a real strength. In short, if you want top advice at a fair price, you can find no better.”

 

Charlotte Chestnutt

“Responsive and commercial. Detailed in legal analysis but also practical.”

 

David McGovern

“A very experienced aviation finance lawyer with a good commercial sense and the ability to distinguish between important and less important issues and a very good spirit.”

 

Eimear Keane

“Proactive, knowledgeable and reliable.”

 

Eoin O'Connor

“Very responsive, helpful and commercial. If the matter raised is not their area of expertise then they will always find a colleague to assist.”

“Eoin is an experienced regulatory lawyer and considers the question in depth. He is very responsive and attentive to our request/queries. He is also a pleasure to deal with in terms of relationship management.”

“Great communicator, very calm, reassuring, unflappable and knows his area of expertise.”

 

Eoin Ryan

“Excellent at meeting demanding deadlines. Good ability to provide clear and concise summaries of technically complex matters.”

 

Garry Ferguson

“Excellent legal knowledge, very commercial and a great understanding of the market.”

 

Gavin Smith

“Very good technical and commercial awareness with a positive personable can do attitude.”

“Good communicator, responsive, friendly, knowledgeable and pleasant to deal with.”

“Gavin has a deep knowledge of Irish insolvency and thinks carefully about a legal dilemma before arriving at the correct solution. Gavin will safely guide you through any legal problem.”

“Technically very strong.”

“Very responsive and commercial approach in dealing with complex issues.”

 

Ian McNamee

“Approachable, conscientious, patient and very diligent.”

“Responsive and commercial. Detailed in legal analysis but also practical.”

 

Jody Toner

“Jody Toner explained all particularities of the Irish real estate law to the client in a detailed and understandable way.”

 

Matt Hedigan

“Focused on the detail, friendly and committed.”

“Great knowledge, flexible, adaptive, has experience of the Irish Funds industry and good communication; keeping all stakeholders well informed and updated.”

“Very responsive and has the ability to think creatively. He manages a project end to end quite efficiently.”

 

Nicholas Blake-Knox

“Nicholas is exceptionally skilful and experienced in advising on complex alternative investment fund structures. His in-house experience at PIMCO gives his advice a level of commercial reality that is very valuable.”

 

Paddy Rath

“Organised, responsive and clear.”

 

Shane Martin

“Very approachable and knowledgeable of AML regulation.”

“Approachable, pragmatic and efficient.”

“Shane has in-depth knowledge of industry trends and regulatory developments. Shane's membership of the Private Sector Consultative Forum with policymakers and regulators in the area of anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism is testament to this.”

“Very responsive, always willing to help and provides excellent practical advice.”

“Availability, responsiveness, communication, good people skills, logical and practical.”

“Very business friendly, focused in terms of advice and has clear communication skills.”

“He makes a lot of effort to get involved in industry groups and to take the lead on these so that he understands what is happening on regulation in the market, the regulators views on it and the difficulties the businesses will face and applies this to the advices to the business which always feels that it is relevant and efficient. Good on client relationship and had a lovely way in dealing with clients and always very professional.”

William Fry

Founded in 1847, William Fry is a leading Irish firm headquartered in Dublin. The firm opened an office in Cork recently and has an alliance with Northern Ireland firm Tughans. It also has branches in London, New York, Silicon Valley and San Francisco through which it advises foreign clients on Irish law. 

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is broadly strong in transactional work but best known for its corporate practice and the teams M&A, restructuring and equity capital markets work.

In banking and finance the firm has a strong real estate offering and is often lender or borrower side counsel on development financing and refinancing transactions. Acquisition finance is another strength.

The M&A team's cross border expertise covers sectors including technology, insurance, healthcare and food and beverage. It is experienced in advising a mix of private equity firms, international and domestic corporations and public and private entities. 

The firm's equity capital markets practice advises multinational corporations on equity fundraising, shares placements and IPOs while its debt team is often active on the issuer side. 

The firm’s funds team has a good position in the ETF space and advises some of the biggest funds on the market.

In project work the firm is experienced in the PPP space advising state parties or lenders on social infrastructure projects. It is also notable for its work in the energy sector advising sponsors and lenders on renewable projects.

The firm has one of the strongest restructuring and insolvency practices in the country and often advises on some of the largest cross border mandates in retail, insurance and food among other sectors. The firm acts for liquidators and receivers.

 

Key clients

Some of the recent key clients of the firm include Nuveen Real Estate, BlackRock, Allied Irish Banks, European Investment Bank, Orange Capital Partners, Silver Hill Foods, Pomo Search, EirGrid, The Dutch Infrastructure Fund and Circle K.

 

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

During the research period the firm was active across all areas of work covered by the rankings. 

In asset finance work partners advised on asset portfolio financing and leasing, joint ventures and securitisations, mainly representing arrangers, lenders and financial institutions. 

In banking the firm was particularly active in real estate acquisition financing and office building development, advising arrangers, lenders, borrowers, contractors and fund vehicles. It also advised on acquisition, fund, and development financing in other sectors including food and agriculture, technology and logistics.

In project finance the firm advised banks, financial institutions, state agents, project companies and sponsoring infrastructure funds on PPP refinancing and financing transactions.

In capital markets work the firm advised issuers, underwriters, bookrunners, brokers and international banks. In equity work it advised on IPOs, including the IPO of Uniphar on Euronext Dublin, and worked on share issuance programmes. In debt work the firm advised on debt financing, corporate bond issuances, note programmes and aircraft financing.

In financial services regulatory work the firm advised on Brexit-related realignment, escrow funds, insurance compliance, fintech and e-money payment authorisations and investigations. 

In investment funds work the firm advised on the structuring and establishment Irish-domiciled ETF funds. It also advised on regulatory licences and the establishment of funds with environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment criteria.

In M&A the firm has been active in the large and complex deals in the financial services, technology, food and beverages, aviation and pharmaceuticals sectors advising a range of venture capital, technology companies, financial institutions, and shareholders on the sell, target and buy side of acquisitions.

In projects the firm notably worked on the Celtic Interconnector project and PPP restructuring in the research period. It also saw development projects in healthcare, renewable energy, accommodation projects and data centre construction advising a mix of developers, receivers, producers and contracting authorities. 

In restructuring work the firm advised on cross-border restructurings and examinerships, including acting on the Weatherford International and Ballantyne Re restructurings. The firm represented liquidators, creditors, distressed companies and share receivers. 

Recent hires for the firm include banking partner Lyn Brennan from Milbank, capital markets partner Brian Butterwick from Shearman & Sterling, and regulatory partner Ian Murray from SCOR Global Life.

Recent departures include banking partner Rachel Stanton to join Simmons & Simmons; capital markets partner David Fitzgibbon to Matheson along with Susanne McMenamin; and corporate partners Shane O’Donnell and Eavan Saunders to Dentons.

 

Deal highlights: 30th edition (2019 / 2020)

Ballantyne Re Plc $1.6 billion debt restructuring 

Dublin Port Company €300 million bond issue

FINEOS Australian Securities Exchange IPO 

Greencoat Renewables €147 million equity placing 

Google acquisition of Pointy Pomo Search

Mountpark Logistics £104 million and €44 million dual-currency loan financing

N11 Arklow to Rathnew PPP refinancing 

Smurfit Kappa Treasury UC €750 million 1.5% bond issue

Uniphar €140 million Euronext Dublin IPO 

Weatherford International restructuring

 

Client feedback: 30th edition (2019 / 2020)

Asset finance

“David Maughan and Mary Ward are both top-notch. They are both hard-working and deliver an excellent partner-led service. I consider David to be the best Irish aviation lawyer practicing today. David and Mary work with us on a range of transactions, ranging from the simple to the complex, but it is on the complex areas of advice where they really stand out.”

“Mary is an absolute pleasure to work with. She is knowledgeable and extremely responsive (notwithstanding the time difference).”

“Response time is excellent as well as its breadth of services (from finance, to tax and restructuring).”

“Responsive, clarity and consistency on billing.”

“The team at William Fry is always accessible and provides great insight into the industry from an Irish law perspective.”

“Very responsive, proactive, driven and competent.”

 

Banking

“Excellent technical skills and awareness, strong on negotiation and overall responsiveness which was very positive.”

“Extremely professional, always available and the staff had very strong interpersonal skills. They identified legal issues and made recommendations - reverted only on commercial issues.”

“Level of knowledge and expertise was very strong in this instance on an unusual transaction. Assignment had challenging timelines, the assignment was completed within the deadlines.”

“One of the partners of the firm Lyn, has much experience in NY law financings and understands the market in NY, which facilitates her work on the Irish law components of NY-based deals.”

“They are extremely knowledgeable in their field They are also very approachable and genuine individuals who do their best to ensure their clients are very comfortable and understand what is going on.”

“Very approachable and experienced team. Have a great ability to communicate legally complex transactions in manner that Clients can understand. Very active in the market place and have an in-depth knowledge of current banking landscape.”

“Very technically proficient and highly responsive.

“When you engage a firm of William Fry's size and reputation, you expect a very high standard of service and professionalism and William Fry's did not disappoint in either of these. They were also very responsive and engaged all the way through.”

 

Capital markets : Debt

“Advice is commercial, performed to a very high standard, timely and good on detail of complex matters.”

 

Capital markets : Equity

“Customer focused, pro-active and organise the process excellently.”

“Very practical, relevant advice, recognised the challenges and seek to address them in a commercial way.”

 

Competition

“It is very committed to providing excellent service. We have found the turnaround times for complex and voluminous business very prompt and precise.”

 

Financial services regulatory

“Clear, concise advice with practical solutions delivered in a cost effective manner.”

“Good communication and awareness of operational challenges. Particularly alert to protection of the reputation and perception of the client organisation.”

“Shane is a superstar, who will keep you as organised and ahead of the game as he is. He's unfailingly responsive, and gives the kind of clear, practical advice that you wish all outside counsel did. He sees and understands the full picture of the regulatory and business framework for regulated financial services firms. The whole team is extremely personable and a pleasure to work with. They are always reasonable in the amount of time spent, even on challenging issues. Full-service, any related questions about the Irish and EU legal framework can be handled expertly by William Fry. I enthusiastically recommend them to others in the industry.”

“The main attributes of the firm are a practical approach, an in-depth knowledge of regulatory law and the thinking of regulators and a calm presence.”

“The partner is easy to deal with and very responsive.”

“We worked with John and Claire. Despite our insurance model being unique, John understood very quickly how the Insurance Distribution Regulations applied to our company. The advice we received was targeted, clear and relevant to our situation. In addition, we were able to use their experience of dealing with the CBI to tailor and focus our application. Claire O'Connors review of our documentation was very thorough. Her feedback was clear and concise. We have dealt with other law firms in the UK on these issues but found that William Fry's quality of response, depth of knowledge and value added to the Company surpassed what we had previously experienced.”

“William Fry are incredibly diligent. They went above and beyond in their dedication to our application. They were insightful and thoughtful in their direction. They were able to lean on their previous experiences, we found incredibly helpful and most of all, as a team, they were incredibly personable and easy to deal with.”

“William Fry provide a top class service with the appropriate mix of expertise and commercial insight at a reasonable cost. As with all law firms it is all about the people one works with. The teams of people I have interacted with over the years in the dispute resolution, banking and commercial departments have all been excellent.”

“William Fry provide clear, detailed advice which takes account of regulatory expectations and market factors. They provide a supportive client environment.”

 

Investment funds

“Agility and creativeness.”

“Approachable, knowledgeable, practical and commercial.”

“Pragmatic, commercially-focused attitude with explicit legal advice as end result.”

“There is immediate access to senior partners, fielding queries from the business with quick views on a wide range of legal issues. While we have access to a senior partner, the team is run on a dual partnership model, given the significant work we engage WF on. The partners are supported by very capable associate solicitors, tending to the many projects we have running at any one time. WF are a full service firm, providing us, in the last year, with advice on property matters; banking matters; foreign registration services; data protection queries; employment and pension matters; and company secretarial services.”

“Very detailed, diligent, thorough and extremely professional in their approach in dealing with us as a client but also when dealing with legal representatives on the other side of the transaction.”

“William Fry are very responsive and provide us with great support in relation to our funds domiciled in Ireland.”

 

M&A

“Myra, her M&A team and colleagues throughout William Fry (employment, IP, tax) were excellent to deal with. Myra seamlessly integrated her team so that all work streams were covered. Myra is a great operator and is very focused on getting ahead of issues. She is also focused on the details so from start to finish we felt that we were in good hands. Maire proved an essential element to getting the deal across the line, her commitment to covering all the bases early on proved to be key in the latter stages of the deal process. To sum up the positive attributes are: Focus on process and gearing teams accordingly; technical expertise in M&A, employment and IP; commercial acumen and knowing when to compromise; and open communication and availability.”

“People who are leaders in their market and disciplines and, at the same time, are a real pleasure to deal with. Approachable, practical and a real personal approach.”

 

Project development

“Comprehensive, knowledge in construction and can develop scenarios into contract schedules.”

“Fast response, expertise across most areas of law William Fry try to find solutions to problems in a practical manner and go the extra mile.”

“Great culture, everyone I have met and worked with is enthusiastic, positive and well intentioned. The quality of the staff from the greeting at reception to the service in the meeting room to the quality of the legal professionals is very high. The legal professionals have been excellent at walking in the client’s shoes. They have understood what the client is trying to achieve and have worked very hard to coach and deliver with the client how best to achieve that. They have provided not just legal advice but also coached and supported the team through tricky interactions with counterparties advising based on legal expertise but also based on years of expertise and experience. The current COVID pandemic and how they have reacted to that has been quite remarkable. Obviously WF had invested in IT infrastructure and as a result the working transition from meeting in the office to online has been almost seamless.”

“Quick to respond and very good specialist advisers.”

 

Project finance

“Very solid advice based on experience and market insights. Superb support staff.”

 

Real estate

“Excellent attention to detail, a very personal and pleasant approach, partner level interaction at all stages of the process.”

“High quality advice, technical knowledge, good speed of response.”

“High quality specialist advice in specialist sector, available at short notice. Thorough reviews and proactive approach.”

“WF are obviously a full service office with experts in every field.”

“WF as a full service firm offer a wide range of experts which are invaluable to us during a complex project.”

 

Restructuring and insolvency

“Calibre of its people at all levels in the firm and high standard of legal advices with good commercial awareness.”

“Depth of team, service and knowledge.”

“Extremely professional, always responsive and calm.”

“In a hectic case with various competing interests all of an urgent nature, WF are market leaders in identifying the order of priority and ensuring all matters are attended to, keeping the process on track. The team has significant strength in depth and its partners and associates are of equal calibre throughout each ranking. I am equally happy for a file to move from Fergus Doorly to Craig Sowman or to Ruairi Rynn, all of whom are first class. You always get the sense that you are well advised when they are instructed on your behalf. Replies entail both commercial and legal principles and there is nothing that they won't have a good instinctive view on, even the most nuanced of matters. Similarly, among the associates, Rebecca Martyn deserves an honourable mention understanding the nuances of scenarios as they arise and providing really strong drafts of documents on a first-turn basis. The other thing I like is that they are not afraid to tell you that you are wrong on something. Really top class firm at all levels for restructuring work. Waiting for a suitable case to instruct them again.”

“Legal expertise, experience, project management skills. The Wm Fry team developed a very good working relationship will all stakeholders to ensure the successful restructure of the company.”

“Outstanding assistance and services : expertise, pragmatism and availability.”

“Responsive, experienced and multi-disciplinary.”

“The are always available at the end of a phone (including mobiles) and willing to go the extra mile in both work ethic and professionalism.”

“They are commercially minded and very responsive. They provide clear instructions to expert witnesses.”

“They were very knowledgeable on the complex scheme involving many parties involving Irish, English and US parties and law firms.”

“Through research and analysis. Also, very active with client involvement along the way.”

“Very responsive and commercially aware.”

“Very strong team and breadth of experience.”

“William Fry are a very professional and ethical firm. They have a deep knowledge of the law and have an excellent reputation.”

“William Fry operates at the highest calibre in all respects. One can count on their expertise with respect to Irish restructuring law, but even more importantly they are able to navigate cutting edge restructuring strategies that present issues of first impression under Irish law. During Ballantyne, Ruairi Rynn and his team led the cross-border restructuring effort and demonstrated a command of not only Irish law but also the key aspects of English and US law that were critical to the restructuring. They were also skilled at bringing a large number of parties to the table who had divergent interests, and finding agreement amongst those parties. Finally, William Fry excelled at litigating key issues during the restructuring, achieving success for their client at every step of the way.”

“William Fry were thorough in their approach at every stage and they were able to deal with a very complex transaction in a very constructive manner. This type of transaction was the first of its kind in Ireland.”

 

Andrew Muckain

“Thorough understanding of the market and the issues clients face. Easy to deal with and summarizes complex matters for clients.”

 

Brian Butterwick

“Level-headed, straight-talking, thorough approach, and has great knowledge.”

 

Bryanna Ryan

Bryanna has similar formidable legal and drafting skills honed over many years in contract negotiations. Bryanna is very sharp and understands and quickly grasps complex projects. I prefer to have Bryanna acting for me in negotiating and drafting a contract rather than against me every time. All three meet the deadlines set.

 

Claire O'Connor

“Clear understanding of the regulations and how they applied. The ability to communicate complex regulations in clear language, focused advice and feedback, attention to detail, strong level of engagement and quick turnaround to meet deadlines.”

 

Craig Sowman

“Professional, proactive and always calm.”

“Responsiveness, proactivity, expertise and friendly.”

“Great client relationship, quick responsiveness and good clear legal advices.”

“Really calm influence, completely in control and really fights your corner. He possesses a brilliant legal mind but really importantly, he gets the commercial stuff too. Incredibly safe pair of hands for difficult cases.”

 

David Maughan

“David is an excellent and experienced aviation lawyer. His legal work is excellent and his commercial judgment is sound. David works collaboratively with clients and counterparties and his advice is always on point.”

“Excellent legal advice and adapted for the needs of the transaction.”

“Very responsive to the needs of clients and attention to detail.”

 

Derek Hegarty

“Derek is very practical, has a very calm and sensible approach, even to the most contentious issues.”

 

Elaine Hanley

“Experienced professional with great market insight, technical knowledge and transaction experience. Where there is a material issue that has to be negotiated as part of a facility agreement, Elaine is the lawyer you want on your deal team. Elaine and her team always makes themselves available, even at short notice if their client has an issue.”

 

Eoin Caulfield

“Eoin is very knowledgeable and understands our business.”

“Communication, accessibility and knowledge (legal and market).”

 

Fergus Doorly

“Fergus is very measured but very effective. He plans carefully and anticipates and solves problems before they arise. Fergus is a top insolvency lawyer and a man you want on your side in a fight.”

“Fergus is experienced and knowledgeable.”

“Very willing to listen to client suggestions and work through alternative solutions.”

“Technically outstanding. Extremely thorough.”

 

James Phelan

“James is a vital resource to me, and assists me with fielding the business with quick views on a wide range of legal issues as they arise. He can provide a commercial perspective, combined with a deep understanding of the rules. James is readily available to answer the difficult questions with ease.”

 

Jarleth Heneghan

“Very specialised and knowledgeable.”

“Jarleth has given sound advice in relation to Project Consultant Contracts and contract management. He fully understands previous client experiences (prior to WF) and can transfer these into legal schedules giving us the confidence to engage the relevant consultants.”

“JH is always available. Very responsive to client queries.”

“Proactive approach, problem solves, specialist sector knowledge and readily available.”

 

John Aherne

“Both lawyers are very accommodative, knowledgeable, diligent, efficient, hardworking and personable.”

 

Laura Houlihan

“Laura is a very personable individual which is a big plus in any working relationship. Her expertise and knowledge of banking was never once found wanting. Laura was able to stand her ground on important issues but at the same time maintain a level of commerciality all the way through to ensure the deal completed on time.”

 

Laura Murdock

“Positive engagement, open to discussing proposed course of action. Timely contributions to assist the completion of work. Interested in understanding the client decision making process.”

 

Liam McCabe

“Liam is a very experienced and seasoned professional and he brings not just his legal expertise to our interactions but also his experience and knowledge of years of experience. I can think of any other lawyer in this area of expertise I would want on my team.”

“In-depth knowledge, insight as regards the industry and players insights which can only be experience driven.”

“Superb lawyer to work with, has vast experience and is a lateral thinker.”

“Liam is an excellent lawyer knows very well how to avoid the pitfalls associated with very large scale construction projects. For any problems on construction project Liam is the go to person for a practical solution rather than jumping immediately to law. Liam is always willing to advice on the commercials of a deal and this proves very beneficial.”

 

Fergus Devine

“Fergus knows everything about energy contracts/regulations in Ireland and similar to Liam is very happy to advice on complex commercial matters. Fergus can speak the language of an energy trader and this is very useful when it comes to the detailed contract negotiations and drafting.”

 

Lisa Carty

“Lisa is a very capable lawyer with a fantastic understanding of her areas of expertise. She has a unique ability to provide sensible practical advice in a cost effect manner.”

“I have retained Ms Carty as an advisor for seven years and, at all stages, her performance, diligence and advice have been exemplary. Despite the subjective nature of many commercial issues, Ms Carty's legal advice has always been very sound and coupled with both commercial awareness and tactical skill has achieved multiple pragmatic solutions. Ms Carty is an extremely effective communicator, not only in dealing with me as the client but also in successfully communicating a perspective to the other party in a dispute. As with most litigants' fees are a second order priority with results being the overriding concern. I retain Ms Carty for the results she delivers and the added bonus is the value for money. I would have no hesitation in recommending Ms Carty to anyone planning, pursuing or defending litigation they will find an outstanding legal advisor, an excellent communicator and an individual totally focussed on delivering the right result for her client.”

 

Lyn Brennan

“Very commercial, friendly and responsive.”

 

Maire O’Neill

“Strong communicator, proactive, organised and excellent at finding resolution to challenging legal areas.”

 

Mary Ward

“Mary is extremely responsive even taking into consideration the time difference between Singapore and Dublin. She is also knowledgeable with the law and has good insight into the aviation industry.”

“Mary Ward is very competent, driven and responsive.”

“Involved in the work from start to finish.”

“Mary is very hands on and shows great knowledge of law and understanding of the client's business.”

 

Myra Garrett

“Operational focus, attention to detail, builds strong relationships across teams, understands our motivation and delivers on time.”

 

Niall Crowley

“Extremely professional, knowledgeable, diligent and very experienced in funds.”

 

Nicola Doran

“Nicola is very proactive and knowledgeable. She is responsive to our queries and is fully engaged at all times to provide the right support in relation to our funds domiciled in Ireland.”

 

Padraic Kinsella

“Technically excellent, always available, problem solver - willing to call critical issues and just address minor ones himself advising what he was doing, always willing to express his opinion without ever being condescending. Good interaction with colleagues including subordinates. Overall, a person you would be very comfortable to revert to on any case.”

“Extensive knowledge, experience and strong personal skills.”

“Padraic is confident and extremely knowledgeable within his field. He is very approachable and empathic and a pleasure to deal with.”

 

Paul Murray

“Unflappable attitude, comprehension of office politics in opponent firms, constructive solutions and strategic thinking.

 

Rebecca Martyn

“A very thorough and careful associate with a really good legal brain. Drafts of documents with limited instructions are excellent based on self-possessed experience.”

 

Ruairi Rynn

“Really, really capable and very accomplished.”

“He was extremely knowledgeable on the scheme of arrangement from an Irish and International law perspective. He communicated very well with all parties and the other law firms as well as the barristers.”

“Explained in earlier review. Ruairi is truly a gem in the international restructuring community. One of the best cross-border lawyers I have worked with.”

“Very commercially minded and logical thinker.”

“Really good guy, very well informed and we have built a strong relationship together.”

“Ruairi is a leading insolvency and restructuring lawyer. He has extensive experience of restructuring company through examinership and company law scheme of arrangement.”

“A very competent lawyer, technical and commercial.”

“Extremely hard working, very on top of his brief and always readily accessible.”

 

Sergey Dolomanov

“Excellent knowledge of the sector, practical and an easy manner.”

 

Shane Kelleher

“Shane Kelleher is a superstar who will keep you as organized and ahead of the game as he is. He's unfailingly responsive, and gives the kind of clear, practical advice that you wish all outside counsel did. He sees and understands the full picture of the regulatory and business framework for regulated financial services firms. The whole team is extremely personable and a pleasure to work with. They are always reasonable in the amount of time spent, even on challenging issues. Full-service, any related questions about the Irish and EU legal framework can be handled expertly by William Fry. I enthusiastically recommend them to others in the industry.”

“Both lawyers are very accommodative, knowledgeable, diligent, efficient, hardworking and personable.”

 

Siobhan Carlin

“Excellent technical knowledge, very responsive and thorough in her approach. She communicated very effectively by explaining legal matters clearly in an understandable manner.”

 

Stephen Keogh

“Superb client management and technical ability and has his finger on the pulse of where the market is. We feel in safe hands with Stephen.”

Maples Group

Originating from the Cayman Islands, Maples Group is an international firm in with offices across Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and the Americas that provides legal and fiduciary services to clients. The firm has had a Dublin office since 2006.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The offshore firm has established a reputation for itself for work in a number of practice areas in Ireland. 

In the banking and finance space the firm is experienced in representing non-bank lenders on transactions.

In the capital markets area the team is a leader for securitisation work, especially CLOs, and is often on the side of issuers.

In line with the firm’s focus globally firm, it has one of the most reputed funds practices in Ireland, experienced in structuring ICAVs and UCITs among other vehicles.

Aviation, technology and real estate are among the sectors in which the firm is experienced. 

 

Key clients

Some recent key clients of the firm include Sysnet Global Solutions, Avolon, ABL Aviation, Altify, Accel Index Ventures, Rockall Technologies Ltd, CVC Credit Partners European CLO Management, Goldman Sachs International, Alibaba, ING Bank, Bank of Ireland, AIB, Credit Suisse, Marshall Wace and HarbourVest Partners.

 

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

During the research period the firm was active in banking and finance, capital markets, funds and M&A.

In asset finance and aviation the firm was involved in asset-backed securities issuances and acquisition financing for aircraft portfolios. 

In banking work the firm advised financial institutions on the lending and borrowing sides of domestic and cross-border project finance, acquisition finance, mezzanine and refinancing transactions.

In the capital markets area the firm mainly saw mandates in CLO note issuances and structuring and repackaging programmes. 

In investment funds work the firm cemented its reputation for high-end fund advisory, advising asset and investment managers on ICAV fund raising, loan origination funds, ETF and sustainable ESG products.

In M&A the firm saw transactional work with private equity investments, acquisitions and recapitalisation. It advised on large technology, healthcare, aviation and asset deals, advising a mix of buyers, investors and sellers. 

Recent staffing changes include saw Aaron McGarry, an asset finance partner, Ciara O’Leary, an investment funds partner, and John Breslin, a banking partner, leave the firm in the research period.

 

Deal highlights: 30th edition (2019/2020)

Advanced Manufacturing Control Systems acquisition of Recy Systems 

Bank of China Aviation $548 million ABS

Bain Capital Special Situations Europe €1.2 billion ICAV 

Broadridge acquisition of Rockall Technologies

Falko $1 billion acquisition of Avolon jet aircraft portfolio 

FTV Capital and True Wind Capital investment in Sysnet Global Solutions 

Invesco Senior Secured Management €409 million CLO

SMBC Aviation Capital $380 million fund formation and Irish leasing platform

Upland Software $84 million acquisition of Altify

 

Client feedback: 30th edition (2019/2020)

Asset finance

"Technically competent, commercially aware and approachable."

"Best in class for breadth of experience. Work seamlessly with their industry leasing corporate services business."

"Experienced, knowledgeable, engaging and available while also very commercial, pragmatic and practical in their approach."

 

Banking

"The firm provides excellent legal advice."

"As mentioned, I originate and manage some of the largest real estate investment deals in Ireland. Maples are my go to firm for the larger ticket sized deals due to their ability to project manage the entire legal process in an efficient manner and quickly distill the highly complex borrower and financing structures being negotiated. Based on some of the complex structures involved, Maples advices in terms of developing an appropriate security structure for the Bank is invaluable. They are a top tier firm for AIB."

"Speed, accuracy and knowledge."

"Great communication and timeliness."

"Maples provide high quality, commercial advice, with suggestions and solutions that are not only commercial but also legally sound. Partners are fully immersed in the detail of the transaction at hand, are highly responsive and remain calm under pressure. It is quite obvious from working with Maples that they see themselves as more than "overseas advice" and are happy to dive into the wider detail of the deal to ensure advice from different jurisdictions is harmonised. It is also clear from the advice Maples provide that they as a firm are very well joined up between departments, providing unified advice across different fields of legal expertise."

"The firm are proactive and responsive."

 

Capital markets : Equity

"Excellent client service, knowledge and experience."

"Understands the commercial requirements and facilitates getting transactions completed."

 

Capital markets : Structured finance and securitisation

"Highly responsive, friendly, easy to work with and solution-oriented."

"Very plugged into the industry, good team dynamic, very collegiate, responsive, the interaction with their corporate services arm is pretty seamless."

"Very commercial and pragmatic approach to problem solving."

"Strong practice, good commercial acumen, responsive and easy to work with."

"Responsive, concise, knows market conventions well and recognised provider in CLO."

 

Investment funds

"Helpful pro-business fantastic global connections experts in their field."

 “Very commercial approach."

"Clear advice, excellent response times to any queries and strong market insights."

"In my opinion, the firm is number 1 in Ireland for alternative asset management. They know the market; they know the technical and practical position; they deliver the advice in an accessible and timely way."

"Maples and Calder give commercially astute advice. They have their finger on the pulse in terms of what the regulators require and expect which makes the process so much more efficient."

"Responsive, commercially aware and technically astute."

 

M&A

"Maples is a model of consistency, providing us with high quality advice across a range of topics. The team are responsive and commercial. Hugely important attributes in M&A."

"Access to high quality expertise across all functions."

"Partner provided services and had an excellent understanding of the health ecosystem including the regulatory requirements."

 

Private equity

"Hard working, honest and smart."

"In addition to the high quality of work you would expect, they have their finger on the pulse of where the market and trends are which is of huge benefit in a transaction."

 

Project finance

"The Maples team were at all times highly responsive with Alma O'Sullivan and Vanessa Lawlor a pleasure to work with. The refinancing was highly complex and the team were on top of all such details."

 

Real estate

"The firm was very esponsive, professional and extremely dilligent; covering every angle. The sstaff were pro-active and a sensible approach was always taken when working with legal counsel for the other side."

 

Restructuring and insolvency

"Maples provide a superb comprehensive legal service. They are one of the best firms in Ireland."

"Quality and experienced lawyers in their field. They are personable and commercial."

"Very professional firm with good depth of resources and strong litigation/insolvency and funds depts."

"A range of excellent solicitors - excellent insolvency and litigation teams."

 

Alma O'Sullivan

“Extremely responsive, comprehends and grasps intricacies that stem from us being a non-bank lender. Alma has continued to build on the relationship post-closing of the transaction and has been extremely helpful regarding a number of ad-hoc queries since the transaction has closed as well.”

 

Callaghan Kennedy

“Responsive, flexible and gives good advice.”

“Callaghan is very good at keeping in touch and sharing insights off deal as well - much more so than his peers at other firms.”

 

Colm Rafferty

“Very experienced, commercial and detail focused.”

“Colm combines deep transactional experience with industry-specific knowledge to drive excellent outcomes for a company throughout the entire sale process.”

 

Deirdre MacCarthy

“Excellent communication skills and legal analysis of main legal issues as they arise.”

 

Donna Ager

"Knowledge of topic responsiveness."

"Accessibility and knows the goal is to find a way to get the deal done."

 

Eimear Odwyer

“Excellent legal knowledge, a good communicator, committed, represents firm very well, has a friendly disposition and is helpful.”

 

Elizabeth Bradley

"Very experienced with excellent legal and sector knowledge while also being very commercial and practical. Innovative and solution focused. An asset to my business."

"Communication, problem solving abilities, innovative solutions and project managing. You can always depend on Elizabeth to stage manage a deal and bring everyone along together to meet deadlines."

“Elizabeth has worked with us as lead Irish counsel where we have required Irish law advice on acquisition finance transactions. Elizabeth is a pure pleasure to work with, creating a partner-led deal team, responding quickly to queries and providing commercial solutions. Elizabeth is highly skilled at converting complex Irish law concepts into clear and advice. Elizabeth goes above and beyond the usual service for overseas advice and really does feel like an entrenched member of the deal team. We thoroughly enjoy working with Elizabeth and the rest of the Maples team and look forward to working together more in the future.”

“Elizabeth is excellent. She is pragmatic, proactive, commercially astute and always accessible.”

“Liz is an excellent communicator, she is very client focused and delivered in a very professional manner both on time and on budget. She liaised with other partners in Maples to ensure a comprehensive response.”

“Positive 'can do' approach, always client focused, accepts and meets challenging deadlines. Elizabeth is a good communicator, has the experience to take the lead on a deal and takes problems offline to solve with other side.”

 

Ian Conlon

“Excellent knowledge and commercial focus.”

 

Padraig Brosnan

“Excellent knowledge, superb response time, understands client needs and communicates very well, trusted and delivers.”

 

Patrick Quinlan

“Very responsive, knowledgeable and a pleasure to deal with.”

“Patrick is straightforward, commercial, he is personable, experienced and results focused.”

“Patrick is an excellent client manage, responsive and has taken the time to understand our business, the challenges we face and our risk appetite. This allows Patrick to provide us with relevant concise advice upon which we can rely.”

 

Peter Stapleton

“Peter engages with everyone he meets and is keen to share knowledge and experience, because of this, no matter what the issue, Peter has the depth of knowledge to advice the best course of action. He is very efficient!”

 

Robin McDonnell

“Robin is very personable which he combines to great effect with a ruthless streak. He is a very experienced litigator and knows all there is to know about insolvency.”

“Experience, personable and commercial.”

“A very proactive and astute solicitor. Excellent technical knowledge yet with good commercial approach.”

“A first class insolvency and litigation solicitor. Very experienced with great technical knowledge, proactive and easy to work with.”

 

Sarah Francis

"Very clear communication, technically very strong and very personable."

“Excellent project management skills, customer service, attention to detail, responsiveness, knowledge of their field and communication.”

“Professional, timely and knowledgeable.”

 

Stephen McLoughlin

“Super friendly, easy to work with and is very responsive.”