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Walkers

Banking & Finance

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What the team is known for

Widely respected asset finance practice capable of assisting lessors, airlines and financial investors with an array of complex leasing, acquisition and securitisation mandates. Maintains a highly regarded DCM and structured finance offering, with particular expertise in securitisation transactions such as asset-backed securities and commercial mortgage-backed securities. Acts as listing agent, issuer's and arranger's counsel for clients from the financial sector. Often assists clients with notes issuances and CLO transactions. Advises on the financing of real estate developments, offering additional experience in debt restructuring matters.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Traynor remains a prominent presence in the DCM market and has notable experience in diverse structured finance mandates, including synthetic RMBS transactions that entail the issuance of CLNs. One respondent finds him "super responsive and extremely knowledgeable," also noting that "he is great in distilling complex issues down to what matters."

Interviewees see David McGovern as "a very experienced aviation finance lawyer with good commercial sense." He handles a wide variety of topics, including aircraft portfolio acquisitions and sale and leaseback transactions.

Managing partner Garry Ferguson is described by interviewees as an "approachable and knowledgeable lawyer." Sources highlight his coordination role within the firm, saying: "He is personable and knows how to connect the various teams." Ferguson has longstanding experience in DCM matters.

Sources say that Matt Hedigan is "a very efficient and practical lawyer who gets things done with no fuss." Clients further highlight his ability to find "innovative" solutions. He regularly assists asset management companies with note issuances, structured finance products and loan portfolio acquisitions.

Sources say that Noeleen Ruddy is "very responsive, great with clients and clear in how she explains things." She has experience in complex securitisations, including green CMBS transactions.

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Overview

Asset Finance
Walkers' market leading Asset Finance Group focuses on all aspects of the financing, leasing and trading of aircraft, aircraft engines, helicopters and other heavy transportation assets such as rolling stock and vessels. It has extensive experience in establishing leasing and trading platforms in Ireland and in complex asset finance transactions acting for lessors, lessees, financiers and private equity houses.

Banking
Walkers' Banking Group advises agents, arrangers, banks, international financial institutions and corporations on an extensive range of domestic and international cross-border banking and finance transactions. It advises on all aspects of loan and credit facilities ranging from short-term unsecured loans to multi-currency syndicated loans and revolving facilities, leveraged finance, acquisition finance, asset finance, debt restructuring, structured finance and capital markets.

Members

McGovern, David (Head of Department)

Ferguson, Garry

Garvey, Ailis

Hedigan, Matt

McNamee, Ian

McSharry, Killian

Rath, Paddy

Ruddy, Noeleen

Banking & Finance Department

Walkers

firm
Department location

The Exchange

George's Dock

IFSC

Dublin

County Dublin

Ireland

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Ireland

Banking & Finance: Asset Finance


David McGovern
Band 3

Capital Markets: Debt


Andrew Traynor
Band 2
Garry Ferguson
Eminent Practitioners
Matt Hedigan
Up and Coming
Noeleen Ruddy
Band 2