McCann FitzGerald LLP

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: 31st edition (2020/2021) 

During the research period the firm has been active in banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and M&A, projects development, and restructuring and insolvency. 

In asset finance it has worked in the aviation sector mainly on joint ventures, debt restructurings, mergers and financings. It has advised respectively, shareholders in joint ventures, companies under restructuring, acquirers and borrowers. 

In banking and finance, the firm has advised the borrowers in respect to development financing and finance facilities, sustainability linked revolving credit facilities, acquisition financings, investment platforms, and bilateral committed term facility agreements. For the lenders it advised in respect to transactions such as development and acquisition finance, refinancing of the existing syndicated facilities, and term loan facilities. In project finance it worked on behalf of lenders but also borrowers on financing and refinancing of projects in renewable energy and infrastructure sector, and also in transport, property development, TMT, education.

In capital markets it has been active in capital market’s equity, debt and structured finance’s area. In capital markets debt it advised mainly the issuer but also the arranger and the guarantor on private placements, green private placements, green bonds. In equity it has advised mainly the issuer on share placements from companies in aviation sector, renewable infrastructure, real-estate. In structured finance it worked on behalf of both the issuer and the arranger on transactions including mortgage covered securities programme, asset-backed notes, securities backed by trade receivables, secured notes.

In corporate and M&A it acted on behalf of buyers, sellers, shareholders on transactions such as equity investments, acquisitions, sales, spin outs. It worked on projects in various sectors including technology, finance, pharma, energy.          

In financial services regulatory it advised on authorization of new entities and on regulatory matters. Among its clients are mainly firms in banking and finance, focusing on credit servicing and payments.

In investment funds it worked on behalf of credit managers, asset managers, investment managers and sponsors on the financing, the establishment and the launch of various funds such as UCITS CCF, closed-ended QIAIF, as well as, provided regulatory advice on transactions and authorizations of MiFID top-up services. It also advised investment managers on complex structures such as ICAV umbrella fund with three initial sub-funds. 

In project development the firm advised on contract related to the design and implementation of projects, PPP procedures, EPC contracts, procurement procedures. It advised mainly developers on projects in various sectors with a particular emphasis on energy and renewables energy as well as on social infrastructure. 

In restructuring and insolvency it worked on examinerships, schemes of arrangements, liquidations, Chapter 11 bankruptcy plans in various sectors. It advised distressed companies, first lien lenders, liquidators, investors and creditors. 

 

Deal highlights: 31st edition (2020/2021)  

AerCap $5 billion unsecured bond issue 

AerSale Corporation/Monocle Acquisition Corporation merger

 Cellnex €10 billion acquisition from CK Hutchison of 3 Ireland’s towers business 

Enhanced Motorway Operations System (EMOS) 

ESB €1.4 billion sustainability linked revolving credit facility 

Intelligent Packaging $555 million acquisition of IPL Plastics 

National Paediatric Hospital Development 

Nordic Aviation Capital $6 billion debt restructuring 

Norwegian Air Shuttle examinership 

Outsourcing €318 million acquisition of Cpl Resources 

Titan Aircraft Investments $500 million financing 

Transport Infrastructure Ireland project

 

Client feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021)

Asset finance                        

"They are very thorough and knowledgeable on all aspects of leases and GTAs."

"McCann FitzGerald is one of the leading global law firms in aircraft leasing and financing with excellent knowledge of the industry. Proactive and responsive approach. Strong attention to detail and solutions-focused. Strong project management skills, organised and work to tight timelines. Strong drafting skills; legal rigour."

"Complete understanding of the brief, focus on the principle risks in the transaction, excellent project management and worked constructively with all counterparts to ensure a smooth and efficient transaction execution with all parties satisfied with the process and outcome."

"Expert advice on set-up of financing, solving locked or difficult situations between the parties, working long hours well beyond normal."

"Great knowledge and understanding of aviation transactions - still clearly a market leader in Ireland in this area."

"Highly knowledgeable, best in class market knowledge, great partner accessibility."

"I find McCanns to be excellent, thorough and highly experienced in their area of instruction. In particular they are outstanding in relation to their technical aviation understanding which is very unusual across the law firms we deal with. They are extremely proactive and responsive as well as pleasant to work with."

"Proactive advice and flexible attitude to accommodate our requirement in a complex situation due to Covid pandemic."

"The team were both responsive and attentive to our needs, giving concise and considered advice throughout."

"McCanns is a very experienced law firm in aviation. They have a large team with well-seasoned partners and well-trained and supervised associates. They have wide-ranging experience on all aspects of aircraft leasing and financing and significant depth to take on large-scale projects. They can compete with any London law firm in terms of quality output and depth of knowledge and experience."

 

Bank lending : Borrower side                                  

"Commercial and able to balance borrower and lender concerns allowing borrower to focus negotiation on key commercial and contractual risks."

"Good overall knowledge of our funds as well as the legal requirements required for the credit line."

"MCF, and particularly Niall McDowell, are concise and clear in their advice, are commercial in their negotiations with lender side counsel, and present the facts in a straightforward manner. They are proactive with transaction timing."

"Our relationship with McCann's is extensive and they have been our primary solicitors on record for all of our real estate and banking transactions over the last five years plus. Some of the key attributes extended by McCann's include - full understanding of GSA business and are always keen to ensure they keep up to date with our activities and our strategies so they are ahead of the curve - an absolute willingness to work with us on what are generally some very challenging timelines and what issues are critical and urgent - the advice is always commercial and with full knowledge of what our appetite for risk is and what areas of commercial agreements we will want to focus on and what areas we will be less concerned about - cost management is excellent and the team maintains a very sensible level of when to involve senior associates and partners and when not to."

"Responsive. Commercial. Easy to deal with. "

 

Bank lending : Lender side

"Leading experience in banking."

"MCF are hard working and try to think from the client's (the lender's) perspective when providing advice on transaction. The corporate and property teams regularly support the banking team providing a holistic solution when providing banking advice. "

"Obvious legal capability etc., but stand-out/excellent communication and project management to ensure the transaction completes in a timely manner."

"Proactive. Commercial. Experienced. Decisive."

"The firm provides the full spectrum of advice for such transactions including real estate, construction, planning, financing, tax and corporate advice. The firm takes a commercial approach, is happy to take the lead and drive transactions and provides clear and concise advice throughout."

"They are best in class when it comes to the provision of legal services. In addition to their high level of knowledge and experience, they always provide efficient, sound and succinct advice and, importantly, look at issues from a commercial perspective. They are also excellent at managing transactions, which is invaluable to us and our customers as it ensures that transactions run as smoothly and efficiently as possible. Their communication skills (written and/or verbal) makes them stand out from others - always calm, friendly, clear, practical and unlike some others they'll give us their views/recommendations/market knowledge on issues that arise rather than us having to ask them. "

"Direct access to both partners on the property and banking side including out of hours/at short notice. Strong commercial advice given the documents and transaction were heavily negotiated. Responsiveness to very tight timeframe which involved putting resources together on the property team at short notice. Continually keeping the team updated on progress/any potential delays from borrower's counsel. This was all completed during the onset of 1st Covid-19 restrictions where the team were operating remotely and it in no way affected the service provided."

 

Banking

"Highly skilled on all matters relating to finance and banking from a legal point of view. Excellent at explaining legal detail, identifying potential problems."

 

Banking and finance

"Know our business very well - very aware of developments in the industry - very strong on sustainability."

"Easy to deal with, great staff with strong attention to detail and commercial awareness/sense in particular. "

"The expertise and deep knowledge of law and regulation in this area is applied with practical knowhow and clarity. The right questions are raised, explored and addressed, all in a timely manner."

 

Capital markets : Structured finance and securitisation

"MCF engage professionally on a one-to-one basis and endeavour to understand our business objectives and how best to achieve those objectives."

 

Financial services regulatory

"Very engaging and supportive - proactive in bringing solutions and in risk sensing."

"Extremely responsive. Practical advice which is also clear and easy to understand. "

"Fantastic, detail-oriented, clever and easy to deal with. Dealing with McCann Fitzgerald is a total pleasure."

"Josh Hogan and the team have a deep understanding of the underlying regulations and the authorisation process, which enabled us to progress the application for authorisation in good time."

"McCann's provide us with advice on financial regulatory issues and also on other corporate matters. The advice is of an excellent standard and we take comfort from the advice we receive. In addition, the advice always recognises the business and strategic elements of our enquiries and provides useful input on these aspects. Also, even while McCann's will always help us find solutions if possible, their integrity and honesty in outlining difficulties to us and not just 'giving us the answer we want to hear' means that we have even more faith in their advice. "

"The team we worked with at McCann FitzGerald were very competent, committed and focused throughout the project. The associates and partner were always available to answer any of our questions and provide guidance where needed."

"They have a wealth of experience in all areas of our business and have a number of SMEs within their organisation who respond both verbally and in writing in an efficient and all-encompassing manner. In additional, regular webinars are provided to improve knowledge. They make themselves available to stakeholders at very short notice."

"They provide thorough and well-reasoned advice, and are responsive to challenging timelines. "

"Top-quality advice. Always quick to respond and provide advice in a timely manner."

"Very knowledgeable on our business with practical advice. Proactive and available at short order when needed."

"very responsive and supportive, work with client to reach solutions."

"Helpful, responsive, deep technical expertise they can draw on easily and quickly to resolve issues as they arise."

 

Insolvency                             

"Practical, commercial advice with definitive views reached, good use of technology and tools to support larger discovery or similar projects."

 

Investment funds                              

"Extremely approachable and accessible. We have a very close relationship with McCanns and would regard them as an extension of the in-house legal function. We have hosted a number of secondees in the past. I would also say that from a business perspective McCanns enjoy a good and respected profile. In respect of their investment funds work they are consistent and provide high-quality advice. We have been able to achieve a good balance with them in that their advice is well pitched and practical. I would also add that they have a good knowledge of our business and are proactive in thinking of what might affect us as a client and how they can help. We can feel confident that the advice they provide has good market intelligence too. "

"Technical competence, responsive and clear advice, very good connections with regulators and other authorities."

"The firm are excellent at dealing with any type of query - incredibly supportive of start-ups - incredibly agile, responsive and hardworking - excellent at contracts - very experienced."

"The law firm has the ability to explain, in simple terms, regulatory requirements and to clearly articulate steps needed to ensure compliance. The law firm demonstrates, through a strong team, thorough knowledge of legal and regulatory topics in the Irish investment funds industry and provides updates regarding these."

"They are responsive and thoughtful in their advice. For many projects, I can leave entirely in McCann Fitzgerald's hands with confidence that the project will be properly handled."

 

Investment funds: Real estate funds

"Knowledgeable. Responsive. Commercial. Accurate."

"Commercial, engaging and supportive."

 

Leveraged finance                            

"MCF have a strong grasp of security requirements on transactions. While they provide a very thorough review on all commercial and property aspects of our transactions. Similarly, MCF have built up a strong understanding of our requirements and appetite for certain changes to our standard documentation."

 

M&A                           

"A strong team which is hard-working and responsive. Their M&A expertise is clear."

"David Lydon and Niall Best both provide outstanding advice - practical and tailored for our commercial non-legal colleagues to easily understand. Their in-depth knowledge of our business and previous transactions shows the value of having longstanding relationships and the benefits that can bring. They are very responsive and a trusted partner for our work - key to the successful completion of many an M&A or a site/business sale. They are proactive in keeping a focus on key issues while managing expectations successfully. They are not afraid to challenge or question ideas brought to them which is an important factor for us."

"Exceptional Irish public company M&A attorneys."

"Extensive experience advising on renewables projects. What McCann FitzGerald does really well is input in to legal scopes at the outset of transactions to ensure level of work client actually requires is completed, which in turn greatly assists client's fee management expectations."

"Huge insight, expertise and work ethic in what was a very tight timeframe and in very difficult circumstances given the Covid-19 pandemic. They were also a pleasure to deal with."

"McCann Fitzgerald provide clear, timely advice which considers all matters from a deal-specific perspective but also considering wider family implications given their client is a family office."

"Responsive; practical; timely; knowledgeable."

"SME, proactive, supportive, flexible."

"The firm are technically very strong and work together as a team."

"The firm are very responsive, thorough and flexible in relation to finding solutions to commercial and legal issues that arise during M&A work."

"The firm's lawyers that I have worked with are very knowledgeable about Irish corporate law in the context of M&A work, as well as compliance matters (CRO filings, etc)."

"The team we had was very experienced and knew their areas of specialisation."

"Solutions-driven and ability to drive consistently high-quality service. Goes to great lengths to ensure timely outputs, display high degree of competence in their area of expertise."

"I have worked with the lead partner, Ben Gaffikin, for many years on multiple M&A transactions - some successful some not. Ben provides exceptional advice and support at the early delicate stages and then the full breadth of service when the deal is approaching conclusion. The firm also is very accurate and honourable in providing fee estimates and sticking to those estimates. I have also found Ben to be a source of calm, considered legal and business-level advice when - as in every deal - things get complicated. "

 

PPP/PFI                                  

"In-depth sector knowledge. Attention to detail in addressing matters raised. "

 

Project development                        

"Mr Brendan Slattery, planning partner, turned the urgent advice needed around in days, including communication over a weekend. A detailed view was received which fully addressed the client needs. A great service!"

"Our product and services are somewhat unique in the sector and we require a broad range of supply and customer contracts that change depending on the customer sector or the specific project. McCanns have become invaluable to us as they are now experts in our field and we do not need to educate them on the industry or each project when we require legal representation."

"Very proactive and also relationship-driven."

"Responsive, thorough, flexible, reliable."

 

Project development : Infrastructure                                   

"A professional team from partners to graduate trainees - always respond to queries - actions always delivered to programme - e-mails, reports and advice always clear and in plain English."

"Expertise. Solid well-reasoned advice. Responsiveness. Strategic insights. "

"The main attributes include the high quality of legal advice; the ability to work closely with us as the client; and the tendency to be extremely practical in how the advice is considered and in how it might be implemented."

 

Project development : Transport                             

"Researching options. Assessing and reviewing risk. Developing solutions."

"The firm have expert lawyers which advise in respect of their specialist area as part of the firm's team. The firm provide good-quality advice in a timely manner taking a risk management view of the larger projects."

"They provide necessary legal and process advice around preparations and risks associated with the statutory planning process in ROI."

 

Project finance                                  

"The entire banking team in McCann FitzGerald stands out for its very collaborative approach across the various legal teams that ensure a seamless output is delivered to its clients."

"Excellent understanding of the contractual arrangements across our stable of PPP contracts. Excellent understanding of market requirements and financing; responsive and client-focused team; legal advice is pragmatic and solutions-focused. "

"Thorough approach and research, comprehensive review and well-developed understanding of relevant issues"

"Responsive, reliable, approachable, flexible."

 

Restructuring                        

"Proactive and able to assess risks in a timely manner to allow us to plan our approach throughout the engagement. Clear, concise and professional advice at all times."

"Technically very strong with a focus on getting resolution to difficult and complex issues."

 

Restructuring : Corporate                            

"Highly responsive and enjoyable to work with."

 

Restructuring and insolvency                                  

"A professional, personable and responsive team with good visibility of, and solid experience in, the aviation sector. Generally very good to work with."

"Commercial, very responsive. Great access to wider skill-sets as required."

 

Adam Finlay

"Practical and thoughtful. Adam will always give you a considered and user-friendly answer."      

 

Adrian Farrell

"Very responsive. Strong technical knowledge, good experience. Explains points in a non-technical way."

 

Aidan Gleeson

"Hardworking, diligent, responsive, commercial."             

"Great at explaining technical issues. Filters lists of questions down to key topics, so allowing for focused work. Good at managing legal issues from other third parties, which allows us to meet our deadlines."            

"Aidan is adept at managing financing processes. He has a strong understanding of our appetite surrounding certain legal matters and negotiations. Aidan is strong at liaising with the various departments when working on transactions."   

"Good attention to detail. Personable, a great communicator and very commercial. Driven to get things done, and contactable."    

 

Alan Fuller

"Approachable, responsive, calm."          

 

Ben Gaffikin

"Knowledgeable, responsive, helpful. Great level of insight and understanding of our business and our issues."   

"Proactive, dedicated, empathetic. Good sounding board. "         

"Very responsive and knowledgeable. Provides informed, considered, excellent legal and business-level advice. Involves other areas in the firm when required (with an eye on costs). Strong international and US connections."

"I have worked with the lead partner, Ben Gaffikin, for many years on multiple M&A transactions - some successful some not. Ben provides exceptional advice and support at the early delicate stages and then the full breadth of service when the deal is approaching conclusion. The firm also is very accurate and honourable in providing fee estimates and sticking to those estimates. I have also found Ben to be a source of calm, considered legal and business-level advice when - as in every deal - things get complicated. "

 

Brendan Murphy

"Brendan manages our projects very well. He is an effective negotiator, with strong communication skills. He is also responsive, and pleasant to deal with." 

 

Brendan Slattery

"Renowned expert and an excellent communicator of complex issues in clear terms."      

"Responsiveness. Creative and strategic insights. Expertise. Industry contacts/knowledge. Good Communications and an affable style."             

 

Catherine Deane

"Excellent awareness of risk and understanding of the issues. Very proactive at presenting solutions, which are so necessary to keep momentum in projections and to allow all sides to move forward."

"Good at understanding the client’s needs. Good industry knowledge. Thorough. Fun to work with."

"Catherine is a well-seasoned partner in McCanns. Her work output is always excellent and of a high quality. She is able to grasp complex ideas and distil them into simple English. Her team are closely supervised so that the work output across the team is always of a high standard. She is commercial and pragmatic and understands her clients' needs."

 

Colm Fanning

"Colm takes time to understand our business objectives and to develop solutions himself or use the expertise at his disposal."           

 

Conor O’Dwyer

"Conor provides a holistic approach to our family office needs, which include considerations from family to corporate and across family generations and jurisdictions."              

"Responsive, helpful, insightful and collaborative."          

 

Darragh Murphy

"Collegiate, well informed, responsive and a problem solver."     

 

David Byers

"Exceptional client service. Mastery of M&A in Ireland. Tireless worker. Good demeanour with complex issues."

 

David Lydon

"Provides focused, clear and concise advice, which is valued by our commercial business colleagues. Has a fantastic knowledge and memory retention for our previous transactions, which helps greatly in finding solutions to current matters. Proactively proposes solutions to challenges and tests and questions appropriately when needed, rather than just accepting a task. Can explain legal matters clearly to our non-legal colleagues, which they greatly appreciate."               

"Highly competent, effective communication and negotiation skills, great customer service. Innovative and solutions-driven"

 

Eamon de Valera

"Tremendous industry knowledge and experience. Excellent communicator who can make the most complex advice simple and clear to understand. Great at formulating solutions to problems and successfully navigating a path through to a successful conclusion. Great client management skills and  always proactive in keeping clients abreast of developments in the market."   

 

Éamon Ó Cuív

"Very easy to deal with. Great understanding of our business."  

"Éamon is an excellent banking lawyer, with a very commercial and personable approach. Éamon focuses on understanding the key needs of the business in both the short and long term, and provides practicable advice and solutions."         

 

Eamonn O’Hanrahan

"Very strong technical knowledge and drafting skills."     

"In-depth knowledge of client requirements and fantastic attention to detail in preparing/reviewing contract documentation."            

"Excellent knowledge of contractual arrangements and the PPP market."              

"Committed, reliable, dedicated. Excellent subject-matter knowledge." 

 

Fergus Gillen

"Very knowledgeable lawyer in the securitisation space."             

 

Garreth O’Brien

"Accessible, practical and resolution-focused."  

"Garreth is always available and technically and commercially very strong."          

 

Georgina O’Riordan

"Very thorough. Asks important questions and not afraid to query. Also very approachable."        

"Excellent industry knowledge. Gives clear concise advice tailored to client’s needs."       

"Georgina provides strong partnership oversight and involvement throughout transactions with a very hands-on approach. She has excellent industry knowledge and is technically very competent. Georgina is solutions-focused and has excellent transaction management skills. She works to tight timelines and consistently delivers to excellent standards. Georgina is responsive and proactive and invests considerable time in getting to know our business and needs as client."              

"Practical, responsive. Clearly understands the aviation industry and the real issues."      

"Very clear. Strong attention to detail. Supportive. Relationship management is excellent with client and client’s customer. Good style and tone with the client."

 

Hillary Marren

"Superb client engagement and depth of knowledge on industry and client."       

 

Hugh Beattie

"Good knowledge of our funds and was on top of the timeline from start to finish."          

"Hugh has a thorough and in-depth knowledge of the Irish investment funds industry. He has the ability to clearly communicate what is required in terms of legal and regulatory updates and to promptly address any queries raised. Work produced is of a high standard and is well articulated, clearly interpreting and meeting requirements."       

 

Iain Ferguson

"Responsive. Good listener. Proactive on achieving deadlines. Shows a willingness to make a deal, with clear thinking and balanced advice."   

 

Ian Payne

"Proactive advice, easy to access, deep understanding of my business, and flexible solutions."     

 

Jen Halpin

"Jen is one of the best property lawyers in town and is a pleasure to work with. She is approachable, calm, efficient, knowledgeable and always provides clear, confident and commercial/practical advice. " 

 

Joe Fay

"Best in class in terms of legal and commercial knowledge and ability. Highly responsive. Very calm."       

 

John Neeson

"John is very commercial and dedicated to delivering M&A deals for his clients in an efficient and seamless manner, co-ordinating closely with the various expert teams across McCann FitzGerald. John never looses sight of his clients’ priorities and always seeks to collaborate with opposing counsel to ensure practical solutions are obtained."       

 

Josh Hogan

"Excellent knowledge and communication. Very approachable and accessible."  

"Excellent knowledge and ability to share explanations of and detail of financial regulation and banking law. Josh has a great depth of knowledge, which is accompanied by an appreciation of our business.  He addresses the questions raised, in detail, without losing sight of the commercial world in which we operate."       

"Expert in his field. Very responsive and helpful with all matters."             

"Good communicator, easy to interact with, very knowledgeable in his area."      

"Josh has an excellent understanding of financial services regulation and of our business. He can therefore quickly advise with a practical solution which can easily be adopted by our business.  He is also easy to contact and quick to respond."           

"Josh is very approachable and engaging. He provides solid legal advice, but also has excellent insights on our strategic requirements and our internal challenges and limitations."           

"Josh is very knowledgeable, engaged and very easy to talk to. He has a very good understanding of the industry and was able to provide quick and focused answers to our questions. He was actively involved during the entire process and had a dynamic team to support us."

"Measured and calm. Focused on the client and on solutions."   

"Pleasant, interactive, pragmatic. You really feel Josh wants to get you to the best possible solution."

"Positive, can-do attitude. Well versed in financial services regulation. Gives practical and timely advice."              

"Offers super support and expertise, while also being proactive in helping with risk sensing." 

"Josh Hogan and the team have a deep understanding of the underlying regulations and the authorisation process, which enabled us to progress the application for authorisation in good time."      

 

Judith Lawless

"Truly exceptional at what she does. Couldn’t recommend Judith more highly."  

 

Kevin Kelly

"Since we first contracted with McCanns, Kevin has ensured that he fully understands our projects, our brief, our customers’ requirements and, most importantly, the internal requirements of our own organisation. With this knowledge, we can pass any legal brief to him and his team with the full knowledge that the negotiated agreement is robust and fit for purpose."        

"Always contactable. Always considers all options and listens to client’s opinions. Advice notes are clear and concise, addressing the issues concerned. Good at delegating and managing a team. Excellent presentation skills."             

"Good quality of advice, accessibility and pragmatism." 

 

Lisa Smyth

"Practical advice, given with the commercial context in mind."   

"Strong communicator, with excellent risk assessment skills to navigate issues on a case."             

"Technically very strong and focused on getting the right solution for her client. Responsive and committed to getting resolution to complex issues that arise."

 

Mark White

"Very personable, well connected. Has a great grasp of the relevant issues."        

 

Michael Murphy

"Very pragmatic and responsive."           

"Very responsive and client-focused. Commercial thinker and comes up with innovative solutions to problems." 

 

Michelle Doyle

"She knows her public sector transport planning law and has vast long-term experience in this area."

 

Morgan Dunne

"Morgan’s manner is approachable and his style of support and advice is well tuned to the needs of our in-house team. He is quick to turn things around but gives high-quality advice and support."           

 

Niall Best

"Niall is very responsive, and clearly very knowledgeable about his area of specialisation. He presents advice and offers solutions that are practical and appropriate."        

"Niall provides focused, clear and concise advice, which is valued by our commercial business colleagues. Very articulate and can explain legal matters clearly to our non-legal colleagues, which they greatly appreciate. A nice bonus is working in a New York time zone in the New York office, which can be very beneficial when dealing in large, time-sensitive transactions. Extremely helpful and willing to explain and educate both the business and our in-house legal team."       

"Highly competent, effective communication and negotiation skills, great customer service. Innovative and solutions-driven"

 

Niall McDowell

"I find Niall to be an excellent solicitor. Over the five years I have interacted with him, he has never failed to be ahead of the curve in terms of understanding the brief, and he has such a good understanding of our business that he can be read into any of our transactions in a very timely manner.  I now consider Niall to be a part of the team and he is one of my key go-to people when I want to understand our debt and banking position in Ireland. Niall is extremely generous with his time and advice, never fails in delivering against what are sometimes extremely challenging transactions – not just against urgent timelines, but also ensuring the negotiated points in the facility agreement are in our favour. Niall is a strong communicator, takes a positive outlook on problems we may encounter and is excellent at problem solving. I would not hesitate in recommending Niall McDowell as one of the top banking lawyers in Ireland."             

"Responsive, concise in communication. Good understanding of commercial values of client. Proactive in moving transactions to close. Balanced in views and generally very good to deal with."   

 

Niall Powderley

"Experienced, pragmatic and excellent availability."         

"Commercial, experienced, customer-focused. Easy to deal with. Proactive."       

 

Orlaith Sheehy

"Good at developing solutions, explaining key issues and identifying key risks."   

"Orlaith is very responsive and accessible. She provides well-reasoned and structured advice. Orlaith understands and advises within the commercial realities of the situation. Orlaith has excellent enquiry skills. Orlaith has extensive knowledge of the law and particularly case law in her specialist area."    

"Thorough, knowledgeable, responsive."             

“Approachable, dedicated, expert, flexible, reliable."      

 

Rory O’Malley

"Rory has extensive experience with investments and contracts. He is incredibly easy to reach, and always takes a call – whether it be in the middle of the night or during office hours. Always has excellent advice, and is a great problem-solver. Rory is also incredibly supportive of start-ups and has taken the time to understand our business fully."   

 

Shane Fahy

"Excellent communicator, very accessible and has excellent industry knowledge."             

 

Stephen Fuller

"Very well versed in his area of practice. Very proactive. Made recommendations that made sense. He is able to balance the business/economic drivers into legal concepts that work."   

 

Stuart McCarron

"Very commercial. Strong negotiator. Broke down complex problems and provided commercial advice.  Responsive to tight deadlines. Accessible at all times throughout the transaction and an absolute pleasure to work with."           

 

Tom Dane

"Excellent technical knowledge. A clear thinker and practical problem solver. Excellent knowledge of real estate banking and its interaction with property. Proactive in trying to resolve issues, and always returns calls."

"Constructive, communicative style that engenders co-operation and teamwork from all sides in a transaction." 

"Tom is our number-one go-to on general or case-specific matters. Our team and other teams across the bank have huge respect for Tom, both on a personal and professional level. What makes him stand out is his calm yet efficient manner, his level of knowledge, negotiating skills, attention to detail and his excellent way of managing transactions."               

 

Tony Spratt

"Very capable and consistently good response times. Able to advise on a wide range of aspects relating to funds – structure, regulation and market practice."