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ByrneWallace

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Managing Partner: Feargal Brenanan
Number of partners: 48
Number of lawyers: 126
Languages: English, French, Spanish 

Firm Overview:
ByrneWallace is one of Ireland’s largest full service law firms, dedicated to the protection and promotion of their clients’ interests through the provision of expert legal services. This expertise is borne out of a 40 year heritage, high professional standards and a commitment to recruit and develop the most talented lawyers. ByrneWallace provides specialist advice on Irish law to domestic and international clients, with niche expertise in banking and finance, employment, property, litigation, corporate, recovery, intellectual property, data protection, tax, technology, life sciences, financial services, public sector, energy and natural resources, healthcare and retail.

Main Areas of Practice:

Banking & Finance:

ByrneWallace has one of Ireland’s most experienced banking and finance practices, providing a range of corporate, restructuring, investment, treasury, and international financial services. The banking and finance team act for all the major Irish banks and financial institutions, including the National Asset Management Agency, publicly quoted and private organisations, and high-net-worth individuals. Key expertise includes secured and unsecured lending, regulatory matters, debt restructurings, work-outs, recovery strategies and large-scale loan sales.
Contact: Mark Kavanagh
Email: [email protected] 

Construction:
The ByrneWallace construction team advise on both contentious and non-contentious matters, from project conception through to completion and operation, across the energy, infrastructure, commercial, leisure, public and retail sectors. Clients include Irish and international contractors, developers, funders, consultants, public bodies, financial institutions, sub-contractors and insolvency practitioners.
Contact: Martin Cooney
Email: [email protected]

Corporate, Commercial & M&A:
ByrneWallace has one of Ireland’s largest corporate practices with a rapidly growing domestic and international client base, ranging from scaling businesses to AIM listed companies. Internationally recognised as one of the top m&a legal advisers, and adviser on Ireland’s most high profile transactions, the team are also acknowledged for their niche industry expertise advising the life sciences, energy, and technology sectors. Expertise includes equity capital markets, governance, corporate finance and structuring, and reorganisation.
Contact: Neil Keenan
Email: [email protected]

Corporate Restructuring & Insolvency:
The ByrneWallace restructuring and insolvency team provides a comprehensive service on all aspects of corporate insolvency, personal insolvency, and corporate restructuring. The team has acted in many high profile mandates, as well as a large number of informal restructurings and asset-swelling litigation for banks and receivers.
Contact: John Fitzgerald
Email: [email protected]

Employment & Pensions:
ByrneWallace’s award winning team is consistently recognised both nationally and internationally as leaders in employment law. The employment team advise sprivate and public clients across all industry sectors. The team has particular expertise in administrative and pension law, and in recent years have advised on some of the most high profile landmark pension cases in Ireland.
Contact: Michael Kennedy
Email: [email protected]

Healthcare:
ByrneWallace has been at the forefront of the development of healthcare law in Ireland, in the areas of child protection, health and social care, and mental health law. The team advises clients on administrative and constitutional law, regulatory compliance and prosecutions, fitness to practice, risk management, and clinical safety/negligence in the healthcare context. The team has led a number of landmark cases which have shaped the development of healthcare law in Ireland.
Contact: Sinead Kearney
Email: [email protected]

Investment Funds:
ByrneWallace advises on all aspects of investment management, including the establishment, ongoing operations and supervision of regulated investment funds in Ireland. The team advises on a broad range of legal, regulatory and tax matters, and all types of regulated investment funds including, UCITS, AIFs, and REITs. The firm has significant experience advising on ICAVs, PLCs, unit trusts, CCFs and private investment funds (including partnership structures).
Contact: Joe Gavin
Email: [email protected]

Technology:
The ByrneWallace technology team advise Irish and international companies across all stages of their development, from start-up to mid-cap and scaling companies. The team has specialist expertise advising on fundraising, data protection, intellectual property, cybersecurity and data privacy, online trading, web development and operational issues, software licensing (enterprise and SaaS licensing), electronic payments and fintech.
Contact: Darren Daly
Email: [email protected]

Life Sciences/Pharmaceuticals/Medtech:
ByrneWallace is one of the only Irish law firms to have a dedicated life sciences team, advising a broad range of domestic and international entities from early stage university spin-out companies to publicly quoted indigenous and global pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, and diagnostic organisations. The team advise on a range of cutting edge transactions, including structuring and negotiation of complex transactions, regulatory law, conduct of clinical trials, research and development, intellectual property, licensing and EU medical law.
Contact: Colin Sainsbury
Email: [email protected]

Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
With one of Ireland’s largest dedicated litigation and dispute resolution practices, ByrneWallace handles substantial enforcement projects and complex, high profile cases both domestically and internationally. The team’s expertise includes landmark cases in the areas of corporate, intellectual property, debt collection, competition law, tax, regulatory affairs, insurance, corporate crime and property/construction matters. The team has extensive experience advising on inquiries, investigations, and in reputation, crisis and risk management situations.
Contact: Jon Legorburu
Email: [email protected] 

Private Equity & Venture Capital:
ByrneWallace is recognised as a leading adviser in venture capital and equity investment transactions, with expertise advising on the investment cycle, from fund establishment to investment in portfolio companies, and ultimate exit. The team advises international and domestic organisations in equity financings of all sizes, from early stage seed funding to large syndicated international investment rounds.
Contact: Neil Keenan
Email: [email protected]

Real Estate:
ByrneWallace has one of Ireland’s largest and most respected real estate law practices, advising domestic and international investors, developers, occupiers, retailers, financial institutions, insolvency practitioners and public authorities on all aspects of commercial property transactions and development projects. The team’s expertise includes advising on acquisitions and disposals, asset management, development finance and scheme set-up, property finance, and residential, mixed-use and commercial developments. The ByrneWallace real estate team includes a dedicated residential homes unit who advise on development site acquisition, planning and development, scheme set-up, and unit and bulk sales.
Contact: Michael Walsh
Email: [email protected]

Tax Services:
The ByrneWallace tax team is comprised of lawyers, chartered accountants and tax advisers, who provide a fully integrated advisory and compliance tax service. The team offer sole and lead counsel in transactions, as well as an ongoing advisory role. This experienced team advises clients on structured finance transactions, capital market issues, investment funds, cross-border financings, intellectual property planning, m&a, inward investment, group re-organisations, property acquisition and holding structures, pensions, retirement, succession planning.
Contact: Anthony Smyth
Email: [email protected]