McCann FitzGerald LLP


Riverside One
Sir John Rogerson’s Quay Dublin 2
Dublin D02 X576

+353 1 829 0000

+353 1 829 0010

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Managing Partner: Stephen Holst
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Number of other lawyers: 425
Number of partners: 82
Languages: Cantonese, French, German, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish

With almost 600 people, including 502 lawyers and professional staff, McCann FitzGerald LLP is one of Ireland’s premier law firms. We offer expert, forward-thinking legal counsel to clients in Ireland and internationally. The firm’s deep knowledge spans a range of industry sectors with a client base principally drawn from the corporate, financial and business sectors, but with significant strength and experience in also advising government entities and state bodies.

The firm’s Project Services Group offers clients a combination of legal expertise, best practice in legal project management and market leading technology solutions. The group delivers innovative, end-to-end services, managing high-volume data review and reporting, developing technology-enabled legal, risk and compliance solutions and providing access to experienced lawyers and technical specialists.

  • Asset finance
  • Banking
  • Capital markets: Debt
  • Capital markets: Derivatives
  • Capital markets: Equity
  • Capital markets: High yield
  • Competition
  • Covered bonds
  • Financial restructuring
  • Financial services regulatory
  • Investment funds
  • M&A
  • Private equity
  • Project development
  • Project finance
  • Real estate finance
  • Real estate funds
  • Restructuring and insolvency
  • Securitisation
  • Structured finance/securitisation

Stephen FitzSimons

Recent transactional highlights:

The corporate group has extensive experience in advising on corporate and commercial transactions including some of the most complex and innovative M&A transactions and equity offerings, often with a cross-border element.

  • Advised Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c. on the purchase of both Ulster Bank’s €5.7 billion portfolio of performing residential tracker mortgage loans and its €4.2bn Corporate Banking Division.
  • Advised JP Morgan on its acquisition of Global Shares.
  • Advised Willis Towers Watson on the sale of AMX.
  • Advised Finance Ireland, Ireland’s largest non-bank lender, on its sale of a substantial equity stake in the business to international investment manager, M&G plc, and existing institutional shareholder, PIMCO.
  • Advised Beckman Coulter Life Sciences, a Danaher Corporation subsidiary and a global leader in laboratory automation and innovation, on its acquisition of ValitaCell.
  • Advised Kenmare Resources PLC on the structuring and implementation of an Odd-lot Offer.
  • Advised Dutch based Corre Energy on its IPO and admission to Euronext Growth Dublin.

Georgina O’Riordan

Recent transactional highlights:

The finance group advises on the full range of banking and financial services activities in the Irish market as well as internationally where there is an Irish nexus. McCann FitzGerald LLP specialises in advising on innovative financing transactions and complex regulatory issues.

  • Advisers to the global aviation industry based in Ireland (including owners, lessors, operators, and financiers) on all aspects of aircraft financing and leasing including secured lending, portfolio securitisation, portfolio acquisitions, and restructurings.
  • Advisers to some of the largest fund managers in the domestic and international funds markets as well as some of the largest service providers.
  • Advisers to Ireland’s two pillar banks — Bank of Ireland and AIB — on a range of corporate lending assignments.
  • Advised Scandinavian Airlines on $700m Debtor-in-Possession Financing.
  • Advised SKY Leasing in connection with its acquisition and financing of twelve Boeing 737-8 MAX aircraft
  • Acted for PEAL Capital Partners and Emerald Technology Ventures, two of the first private equity sponsors to utilise the new ILP regime in Ireland.
  • Acted as lead counsel in establishing Solas Sustainable Energy Fund ICAV which will finance companies operating in the “energy efficiency” sector.

Real Estate & Construction
Donal O Raghallaigh

Recent transactional highlights:

Offering one of the largest real estate and construction offerings in the jurisdiction, the group is known for its integrated approach to complex transactions and projects. Covering the traditional acquisitions, disposals, lettings and finance deals, the Group also has huge experience on complex projects work (including loan portfolio acquisitions and sales such as Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c acquisition of 2 portfolios from Ulster Bank), re-structuring, security and enforcement, tax-based deals and construction schemes, as well as construction disputes, for domestic and international companies.

  • Advising National Paediatric Hospital Development Board on contractual matters arising during the course of construction of the New Children’s Hospital, the largest capital investment project undertaken in healthcare in Ireland.
  • Advising Hammerson plc on its ongoing management of Dundrum Town Centre, its regeneration of Dublin Central, a 5.5 acre site which will include a MetroLink station, and its redevelopment of the old Dundrum Village Shopping Centre site
  • Advising Ballymore Group on the development of 12 acres at St James’s Gate in central Dublin for housing, offices, shops and businesses at a reported commercial value of €1 billion.
  • Advising Ardstone on its private rented sector portfolios, comprising a mix of private and local authority leasing, from acquisition, to construction, lettings and finance, with a reported consideration for one deal alone of over €400m.
  • Advising An Post in its historic move from The General Post Office, the site of the 1916 Rising, to the EXO building.

Michael Murphy

Recent transactional highlights:

The group advises on many of the major complex cases before the Irish Courts in the financial, corporate and state sectors and is often the first port of call for major corporates who find themselves in a dispute or who require advice on a matter that may become contentious.

  • Advising Mediahuis Ireland on a complex range of regulatory challenges including engagement with Government appointed Inspectors and an investigation by the Data Protection Commission.
  • Successfully representing the plaintiffs in two of the four highly publicised ‘test cases’ admitted to the Commercial Court concerning business interruption insurance “test case” following the outbreak of Covid-19.
  • Advising Irish Bank Resolution Corporation and Irish Nationwide Building Society (INBS) against INBS’s former CEO, Michael Fingleton, which is one of the largest sets of Commercial Court proceedings ever undertaken in Ireland (the claim is nominally valued at up to €5.4 billion)

  • Aviation
  • Banking
  • Construction and materials
  • Energy
  • Financial services
  • Fisheries and aquaculture
  • Food and beverage
  • Forestry
  • Gaming
  • Government and public policy
  • Healthcare
  • Insurance
  • Investment management
  • Natural resources
  • Pharm and life sciences
  • Real estate
  • Social infrastructure
  • Tech and telecoms
  • Transport
  • Utilities
  • Oil and gas
  • Mining

McCann FitzGerald
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25 Old Broad Street
London EC2N 1HQ
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7621 1000

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30th Floor
New York NY 10020
United States

T: +1 646 952 6001

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1000 Brussels

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