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Mason Hayes & Curran LLP

Banking & Finance

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What the team is known for

Prominent practice advising international and domestic lenders on a range of acquisition finance and project finance mandates, with a particular focus on the energy sector. Respected asset finance practice acting for investors and financiers on leasing and structured finance transactions in the aviation industry. Frequently assists clients with the disposal or acquisition of loan portfolios. Has experience in the coordination of global mandates through which international corporates gain access to loans that are syndicated among Irish and UK lenders. Boasts a significant client list of leading domestic financial institutions, US private equity clients and global investment banks.

Strengths

A client finds the lawyers to be "knowledgeable, diligent and thorough," going on to say: "They are commercially minded when it comes to negotiations."

The firm provides "an excellent service," according to a respondent who praises the lawyers' "attention to detail and efficiency."

Work highlights

Assisted Permanent TSB with a EUR500 million NPL portfolio sale, which formed part of an ongoing deleveraging programme carried out by the bank.

Notable practitioners

In addition to her role as chair of Mason Hayes & Curran, Christine O'Donovan leads the firm's asset finance team. She advises international lenders and companies in the aviation industry on a range of topics including leasing and structured finance transactions.

One source praises Jenny Ahern for being a "tough negotiator," while another interviewee states: "She is highly efficient and demonstrates strong technical skills." She acts for banks and corporate clients on revolving credit facilities and term loans used either to refinance corporate debt or for new acquisitions.

New entry to the rankings Karol Fox primarily advises major domestic lenders on real estate development finance matters. He is recognised for his presence on mandates in the hospitality sector. One client describes Fox as "always efficient and pleasant to work with,"while a second interviewee reports that"he is focused on closing transactions."

Micheál Grace exhibits demonstrable experience in property financing, the funding of NPL transactions and the provision of other corporate loan facilities. He acts on behalf of domestic lenders and institutional investors as borrowers. One source reports: "He is a very experienced banking lawyer and is particularly calm, measured and pragmatic in his approach."

Department head William Carmody is widely recognised for his expertise in renewable energy project finance, with one client praising him as "hugely knowledgeable." Regularly representing domestic and international banks, he acts on loan portfolio acquisitions and property development financing.

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Overview

Our Banking and Financial Services Law teams act across a range of activities including acquisition and leveraged finance, asset finance, debt capital markets, project finance, transaction restructurings, refinancing, and legal assistance arising as a consequence of the establishment of the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) in Ireland. Our clients include a number of prominent domestic and international banks that are active in the areas of corporate and securities work, project and asset finance.

Our Financial Services experts are engaged to provide innovative and creative solutions to the complex legal issues and to project manage large portfolio review and restructurings for lenders and cross-border corporate clients.

We are also active in the highly specialised areas of corporate acquisition and leveraged finance particularly for international private equity and corporate clients, global corporate restructuring aligned with corporate migration into Ireland. We continue to expand to deal with the range of clients and industry sectors which participate in the core business of lending to facilitate business growth and development in Ireland.

Banking & Finance

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP

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Location

South Bank House

Barrow Street

Dublin

County Dublin

Ireland

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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Ireland

Banking & Finance


Jenny Ahern
Band 4
Karol Fox
Up and Coming
Micheál Grace
Band 3
William Carmody
Band 3

Banking & Finance: Asset Finance


Christine O'Donovan
Eminent Practitioners