A&L Goodbody LLP

Banking & Finance

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What the team is known for

Outstanding practice capable of assisting large multinational and domestic banks and financial institutions with the full spectrum of banking and debt capital markets mandates. Has a standout asset finance team that is adept at handling warehouse facilities and PDP financing deals for aviation sector clients. Also advises clients from the Irish and global financial sectors on debt restructuring and refinancing. Assists both issuers and underwriters with notes issuances, while key individuals are known for their experience in RMBS and asset-covered securities transactions. Offers a highly respected financial regulation practice. Has further demonstrable expertise in loan portfolio transactions.

Notable practitioners

Firmly positioned at the forefront of the asset finance market, Catherine Duffy advises lessors and lenders on individual aircraft acquisition finance transactions and on warehouse facilities. Sources praise her long experience and describe her as a "thoughtful and knowledgeable" practitioner.

Ciaran Rogers has a strong reputation in the market for his capabilities in both banking and DCM matters. He advises key clients on a broad range of issues, including the sale of loan portfolios, acquisition finance and securitisations. A client enthuses: "He is extremely skilled at driving negotiations in an efficient and constructive way."

Dual-qualified in Ireland and New York, David Berkery receives ample praise for his experience in aviation finance matters. Special mention is made of his "strong presence" in ABS transactions. One respondent describes him as "a rising star," explaining: "He is superbly knowledgeable, hard-working and practical."

Gearoid Stanley regularly advises on cross-border DCM transactions. He maintains a wide-ranging practice that includes RMBS transactions, CLOs and issuances of Tier 2 capital by Irish banks. Interviewees note his "longstanding reputation in the market."

Maria McElhinney is based in New York and is admitted to practice in both Ireland and the USA. Interviewees praise her skilled handling of both corporate finance and aviation finance matters, including ABS transactions. Sources say that she is "extremely helpful in putting us in touch with the right people," adding: "She is responsive and goes out of her way to help."

Marie O'Brien receives endorsements for her aviation finance experience, with sources describing her as "sharp, helpful and extremely knowledgeable." Her practice encompasses AFIC-supported deals, Shari'a-compliant aircraft finance deals and securitisation transactions.

A prominent figure in the market, Peter Walker is considered to be a "strong technical expert in the area of structured finance." He regularly handles RMBS transactions and is also noted for his experience in CLO securitisations.

Séamus Ó Cróinín exhibits the proven capacity to handle a wide range of finance mandates including loan portfolio sales, ABS securitisations and aircraft finance deals. He receives plaudits for being "extremely hard-working, strong at problem solving and very commercial in his approach."

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A&L Goodbody’s Finance Department is a market leader in Ireland having played a defining role in the transformational change of the Irish banking sector over the last decade. Our team is the largest in Ireland with more than 45 lawyers, including 17 partners, in our Dublin, London, Belfast and New York offices. Our finance practice encompasses five key areas and our lawyers deliver a seamless and integrated approach across all of these areas to advise on and deliver a full range of domestic and international finance transactions.

The current market conditions often require the Group to give innovative and sophisticated advice on complex debt restructuring, refinancing and enforcement. The firm’s 4 partner Restructuring and Insolvency team works closely with the finance team to deliver practical, commercial results for our clients.

The firm's market leading Legal Project Management Group, works very closely with the Finance team in relation to efficient, cost effective and on-time delivery of client mandates.

The Group advises all of the significant domestic Irish and Northern Irish banks, NAMA, many of the world's international banks, leading financial institutions and major corporates active in Ireland on a wide range of issues.


Rogers, Ciaran (Head of Department)

Berkery, David

Berkery, David

Dallas, John

Duffy, Catherine

Feeney, Kevin

McElhinney, Maria

McMahon, Niamh

Moore, Ross

Murray, Peter

O'Connor, Sinead

Sheehy, Jack

Banking & Finance Department

A&L Goodbody LLP

Department location


North Wall Quay


County Dublin



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Banking & Finance

Ciaran Rogers
Band 2
David Berkery
Foreign expert for USA
Maria McElhinney
Expertise based abroad in USA
Séamus Ó Cróinín
Band 1

Banking & Finance: Asset Finance

Catherine Duffy
Band 1
David Berkery
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