William Fry


2 Grand Canal Square
Dublin 2
DO2 A342

+353 1 639 5000

+353 1 639 5333

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Chairman: Liam McCabe
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Managing Partner: Owen O'Sullivan
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Quick facts:

Number of partners: 82
Number of fee earners: 350+
Other offices: Cork, London, New York, San Francisco, Silicon Valley

We are ranked by international directories, clients and market commentators alike as being a leader in our main areas of work: Corporate & M&A, Banking & Finance, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Asset Management & Investment Funds, Real Estate, Insurance, Tax, Projects & Construction, Employment & Benefits and Technology. 

As one of Ireland’s largest law firms, William Fry offers unrivalled legal and tax expertise across the full breadth of the business sector. The Firm advises leading Irish and international companies, covering both the public and private sector. It operates a large international practice and regularly acts in cases involving other jurisdictions, including the UK, the US, Asia, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Poland and Eastern Europe.

Our head office is in Dublin. We also have offices in Cork, London, New York, Silicon Valley and and a global law firm network to service our clients at home and abroad.  Our capability is enhanced by our alliance with Tughans, Northern Ireland’s largest law firm, through which we provide an all island solution.

The Firm's priorities are focused on the need to achieve results for clients. Continued investment in people, technology and research maintain the Firm's ability to provide practical and prompt solutions, while devoting exacting attention to detail.

Client feedback 2019

"We have been working with William Fry since we first established our UCITs fund platforms in Ireland in the mid-1990s. Over the past 12 months, William Fry have handled variety of different projects for us such as the launch of several new funds, applications to have the funds registered in the foreign jurisdiction and assistance with GDPR compliance among others. William Fry have depth in terms of knowledge and a wide variety of departments to facilitate the varying different projects on which we require assistance. The William Fry team are extremely responsive and skilled at focusing on the material issues at hand. They provide excellent service in a timely fashion that facilitates us to move projects forward easily and effectively. The day-to-day individuals with whom we interact and rate highly are James Phelan and Lorena Dunne (both Partners). The team always provide a first class service. James provides very thorough and sensible advice to us and has a keen eye for detail. He puts the interests of his clients before all else. He provides great stewardship to the William Fry team and provides pragmatic advice in a clear, timely and responsive manner. Lorena focuses on details and completes all tasks with energy and gusto until the end. Lorena is a capable second in command of the William Fry team to James Phelan." – Investment funds, regulatory, restructuring 

"An experienced team of lawyers providing clear, actionable advice backed up with great depth of knowledge." – Investment funds, regulatory 

"The firm provides excellent overall service. They are technical and have sector knowledge of the highest standard along with a straightforward approach to resolving issues. The firm has a positive attitude. The firm has a very strong fund service and client interaction." – Banking, investment funds, regulatory 

"Excellent service with legal team fully conversant with client requirements and issues surrounding both client specifics and general market and regulatory environment. Strengths are numerous but outstanding leadership from Fergus Devine stands out the most." – Banking, project development, regulatory 

"Lorena Dunne (Funds) is an excellent partner who is very reactive, commercial and has a 'can do' attitude." – Banking, investment funds, project development 

"Responsive, comprehensive and thorough advice. William Fry are available with advice on tight deadlines when required." – Capital markets, M&A, regulatory, restructuring 

"Comprehensive understanding of market regulatory requirements, concise and up-to-date regulatory advice, broad knowledge base and practical business understanding when providing advice." – Regulatory 

"Strengths: responsive, kept to budget and clear." – Investment funds, regulatory 

"The insolvency team at William Fry provided outstanding advice and help to my company in a very difficult situation. The firm's strength lies in its people including Michael Quinn and Ruairi Rynn who were engaged, proactive and prompt in their advice. I saw no weakness in the practice." – Capital markets, restructuring and insolvency 

"The partner of the law firm has been very knowledgeable and responsive." – Investment funds

"The team that I primarily deal with are excellent. The team is partner driven, and I can always get access when needed. Their attention to detail is first class but they explain it in layman terms. They are very well regarded within the legal community, and this can be of huge assistance when negotiating and closing complicated deals." – Banking 

"Very professional firm with a good team in place. Their strength is their people and breadth of experience on various projects." – Banking, insolvency, M&A, project development, project finance 

"We have used Shane Kelleher and his team in relation to an application to the CBI for regulatory authorisation. Shane knows the regulator well and knows how to deal with them. The William Fry team has been diligent, responsive and available while also trying to ensure we work together in the most cost efficient and productive manner." – Regulatory 

"We have used William Fry Solicitors for many years, primarily for private equity, M&A, banking and general advisory work. We have been very satisfied with their advice. In recent years, I have made extensive use of their dispute resolution, mediation and regulatory services. This work has been led by Lisa Carty and has been outstanding." – Banking, capital markets, M&A, regulatory, restructuring 

"We use William Fry extensively for work on our range of investments funds (UCITS and QIAIF) and always find them very professional and competent. They respond quickly to requests, especially when they are time-critical, and are also very pro-active, initiating work that needs to be done (e.g. responding to changes in law and regulation). We are happy to leave them to negotiate terms on our behalf (e.g. recent GDPR agreements). The team has very good strength in depth, and there is always someone suitable available to respond to requests." – Investment funds, regulatory 

"William Fry (partners David Maughan and Mary Ward) provide unparalleled service on Irish law matters. Their advice is always on the spot, and they are always available. I only go to other firms if William Fry is conflicted from advising my client." – Banking, restructuring 

"William Fry are solid and trusted partners that have advised on our Dublin umbrella for many years. The team has deep experience and knowledge of the Irish funds industry." – Investment funds 

"William Fry are undoubtedly in the top tier of restructuring advisors in Ireland with a very strong team of experienced advisors. The firm has a reputation for high quality, practical and commercial advice. Of particular value on larger cases is their ability to draw on wider technical/sectoral experience from across the firm at short notice depending on the requirements of the case. Their other main strengths include the depth of their team from capable trainees to strong associates and very experienced partners and, unlike some other firms, their ability to turn around matters quickly and efficiently focusing on the key issues." – Restructuring and insolvency 

"William Fry has acted for me in two recent cases. In both cases, William Fry displayed excellent technical and legal expertise. In the litigation case, William Fry's insolvency team provided a great tactical awareness. They correctly predicted the likely position of the opposition which gave us a real strategic advantage. As an insolvency practitioner it is very reassuring to have the highest level of practical and legal advice when facing into litigation. William Fry's correspondence is precise and clear. They have a deep understanding of Irish insolvency law. They understand the expectations of their client while appreciating and clearly explaining the risks involved. They are at the very top of my list of firms." – Restructuring and insolvency 

"William Fry has been exemplary in its work. It has assigned experts to what has been a very technically demanding assignment. A very responsive and professional approach has been adopted consistently." – Capital markets, regulatory, restructuring 

Lisa Carty

"She is an excellent lawyer with outstanding negotiation skills. She and her team provide very balanced advice in frequently fraught circumstances."

Vincent Coyne

"He has a great breadth of knowledge, strong understanding of our areas of concern and keen commercial focus. He is prompt and responsive, and he is quick to identify solutions which have saved us time and costs. I frequently recommend his services to other investment firms."

"Work is of the highest standard with a 100% can-do attitude. Very good client interaction and at the same time excellent knowledge of the fund sector."

"He has worked with us for a number of years and uses his knowledge of our business very well to provide useful and relevant advice. His work is always is of a very high quality, and he can be relied on to deliver the right result in the appropriate time."

"Very responsive, pragmatic and knowledgeable. There is never any wasted time when dealing directly with him."

Fergus Devine

"Excellent. Can't think of any weakness affecting the given energy advice."

Fergus Doorly

"Precise and excellent industry knowledge with very strong strategic sense."   

"A very experienced restructuring advisor. Technically strong, responsive with a calm and methodical approach."

Lorena Dunne

"Excellent commercial lawyer with a real can-do attitude."

"Impressive individual, who is self-aware and asks good questions." 

Elaine Hanly

"Ms Hanley's perspective and experience on banking issues is unmatched."

Shane Kelleher

"He is highly responsive and knowledgeable with respect to the FinTech legal and regulatory space. He brings a forthright and challenging mind-set with a keen eye on the commercial aspects of each regulatory challenge."

"Diligent, responsive, efficient, knowledgeable and good regulator relations."

"He is an outstanding regulatory lawyer. He deals expertly with highly technical matters and is extremely responsive and pro-active. He is very highly respected by both our in-house legal team and the wider business."

Andrew Muckian

"He is excellent and extremely professional with dogged determination and great experience. He is very commercial when needed and never loses his cool. He is always supportive and humble."   

James Phelan

"He provides very thorough and sensible advice to us and has a keen eye for detail. He puts the interests of his clients before all else. He provides great stewardship to the William Fry team and provides pragmatic advice in a clear, timely and responsive manner."

Ruairi Rynn

"Another excellent solicitor who works really well with Rachel."  

"A very competent restructuring advisor with a wealth of experience to draw on. Commercial and technically strong yet approachable and adept at providing practical solutions."    

Craig Sowman

"An experienced insolvency solicitor. He is approachable, practical with extensive sectoral expertise."  

Mark Talbot

"He is well prepared, responsive, knowledgeable and personable. I trust him to guide me through difficult legal problems and to negotiate effectively on my behalf."

Mary Ward

"Extremely knowledgeable with hands on approach to work and is very easy to work with."

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