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Walkers

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Managing Partner (Ireland): Garry Ferguson
Partners (Ireland): Garry Ferguson (FCM), David McGovern (Asset Finance), Andrew Traynor (FCM), Noeleen Ruddy (FCM), Matt Hedigan (FCM), Paddy Rath (FCM), Ian McNamee (FCM), Gavin Smith (IDR), Jonathan Sheehan (Tax), Aisling Burke (Tax), Eoin O’Connor (Regulatory), Niall Esler (Regulatory), Nicholas BlakeKnox (Investment Funds), Sarah Maguire (Investment Funds), Jennifer Fox (Investment Funds), Eimear Keane (Investment Funds), Brendan O’Brien (Corporate), Susan Battye (Employment), Rachel Rodgers (Real Estate) (115+ partners globally)
Number of lawyers: 52 in Ireland (440+ Legal and Corporate Administration Professionals globally bringing our total headcount to 870 people)

Firm Overview:
Walkers is a global, integrated and market leading financial services law firm. It provides market leading Irish legal, tax, listing and professional services solutions to domestic and international financial institutions, investment managers, private equity groups and corporations. The firm has a considerable global presence with ten offices (Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Dubai, Hong Kong, Guernsey, Ireland, Jersey, London and Singapore), 115+ partners and 870+ staff providing a 24/7 service to its clients who are at the cutting edge of capital markets, aviation finance, investment funds and cross-border finance.

Main Areas of Practice:
Asset Finance
Banking
Corporate & Commercial
Derivatives
Employment
Finance & Capital Markets
Insolvency & Dispute Resolution
Investment Funds
Listing Services
Real Estate
Regulatory & Risk Advisory
Tax
Walkers Professional Services

Asset Finance:
The firm’s 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 such as ABS, PDP, sale and lease-back and warehouse financing structures acting for lessors, lessees, financiers and private equity houses.
Key Contact: David McGovern Tel: +353 1 470 6663
Email: [email protected]
Key Contact: Killian McSharry Tel: +353 1 470 6696
Email: [email protected]

Banking:
The firm’s Finance & Capital Markets group advises agents, arrangers, banks, international financial institutions, corporations and funds on an extensive range of big ticket, complex domestic and international cross-border finance transactions across the following product areas:
- Acquisition Finance
- Alternative Finance and Non-Banking Leading
- Commercial Lending
- Corporate Finance
- Distressed Investment / Loan Sales and Debt Restructuring
- Fund Financing
- Leveraged Finance
- Real Estate Finance - including acquisition finance, development finance, senior and mezzanine debt, securitised loans and secondary market debt acquisitions
- Receivables Finance
- Structured Credit
Key Contact: Andrew Traynor Tel: +353 1 470 6632
Email: [email protected]
Key Contact: Garry Ferguson Tel: +353 1 470 6659
Email: [email protected]
Key Contact: Noeleen Ruddy Tel: +353 1 470 6650
Email: [email protected]
Key Contact: Ian McNamee Tel: +353 1 470 6643
Email: [email protected]
Key Contact: Paddy Rath Tel: +353 1 470 6657
Email: [email protected]
Key Contact: Matt Hedigan Tel: +353 1 470 6688
Email: [email protected]
Key Contact: Ailis Garvey Tel: +353 1 470 6667
Email: [email protected]

Corporate & Commercial:
The firm’s corporate group advises corporate and business clients, both Irish and international, on a wide variety of company, commercial and corporate law matters. It has extensive experience in providing advice on a range of corporate issues including mergers, acquisitions and disposals, corporate re-structuring, joint ventures, shareholders’ agreements and share investments and a wide variety of commercial contracts and agreements including outsourcing and technology related matters.
Key Contact: Brendan O’Brien Tel: +353 1 470 6653
Email: [email protected]

Derivatives:
The firm’s derivatives group has extensive experience in advising on all aspects of derivative types whether for pure hedging or complex/structured in nature, whether they are exchange traded, over the counter or centrally cleared and across all asset classes specifically credit, equity, interest rate, currency, FX and commodity. The team draws on a wealth of knowledge developed from their time in London, New York and in-house spent dealing with all the major market participants in the derivatives field meaning that the firm can deliver clear, concise, commercial advice to its international client base.
Key Contact: Matt Hedigan Tel: +353 1 470 6688
Email: [email protected]

Employment:
Walkers' employment team advise on the full life cycle of employment issues, including: recruitment, employment contracts, benefits and rewards, policies and procedures, investigations, discrimination, whistle-blowing, workplace stress, industrial relations, redundancies, dismissals, injunctions, compromise agreements and post-termination restrictions. Walkers also provide strategic employment law advice on corporate restructuring, transaction support, transfers of undertakings, Brexit migration and international relocation projects.
Key Contact: Susan Battye Tel: +353 1 863 8541
Email: [email protected]

Finance & Capital Markets (FCM):
The firm’s award winning FCM group advises arrangers, agents, financial institutions, issuers, managers, originators and trustees on the full range of public and private debt capital markets, securitisation and structured finance transactions including: - Asset Backed Securities (ABS)
- Asset Backed Commercial Paper (ABCP) / ECP / CP programmes
- Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities (CMBS) and Residential Mortgage Backed Securities (CMBS)
- Capital Relief Trades (CRT) / Significant Risk Transfer (SRT) transactions
- Catastrophe bonds and insurance linked securities (ILS)
- CDOs/CLOs
- Derivatives
- Distressed, troubled or special situation investment platforms
- Eurobond issuances - Loan Participation Notes (LPNs)
- Loan Originator Platforms
- Medium Term Note (MTN) programmes
- Private note placements
- Repackaging transactions
- Securitisation
- Structured finance
- Structured products
Our dedicated debt listing team also acts as listing agent in respect of a wide range of corporate and sovereign debt, ABS, CMBS & RMBS, CLO, high yield products and Islamic bond products on a number of global stock exchanges.
Key Contact: Garry Ferguson Tel: +353 1 470 6659
Email: [email protected]
Key Contact: Noeleen Ruddy Tel: +353 1 470 6650
Email: [email protected]
Key Contact: Andrew Traynor Tel: +353 1 470 6632
Email: [email protected]
Key Contact: Matt Hedigan Tel: +353 1 470 6688
Email: [email protected]
Key Contact: Paddy Rath Tel: +353 1 470 6657
Email: [email protected]
Key Contact: Ian McNamee Tel: +353 1 470 6643
Email: [email protected]

Insolvency & Dispute Resolution (IDR):
Walkers IDR group are instructed most frequently on the creditor side of significant cross-border and national insolvency and restructuring mandates, particularly for financial institutions, private equity clients and syndicated lenders. Walkers also work closely with many high profile insolvency practitioners, on heavily contentious appointments. Walkers IDR group are also highly proficient in the sphere of financial transaction restructuring.
Key Contact: Gavin Smith Tel: +353 1 470 6674
Email: [email protected]

Investment Funds:
The firm’s investment funds group focuses on all aspects of the legal and regulatory issues surrounding the establishment and maintenance of Irish mutual and alternative investment funds. It has extensive experience in UCITS funds including exchange traded funds, money market funds, managed account platforms and structured UCITS and alternative investment funds including, hedge funds, private equity funds and property funds established as retail investor alternative investor funds (RIAIF) and qualifying investor alternative investment funds (QIAIF) pursuant to AIFMD
Key Contact: Nicholas Blake-Knox Tel: +353 1 470 6600
Email: [email protected]
Key Contact: Sarah Maguire Tel: +353 1 470 6691
Email: [email protected]
Key Contact: Jennifer Fox Tel: +353 1 863 8531
Email: [email protected]
Key Contact: Eimear Keane Tel: +353 1 470 6622
Email: [email protected] 

Listing Services:
Walkers' listing expertise spans a number of recognised markets including Euronext Dublin, the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange and the Vienna MTF. The firm’s listing group, who work with issuers from across the globe, possesses a wealth of transaction experience facilitating listings for products including European and U.S. originated CLOs, auto/consumer loan receivables, RMBS and CMBS, sovereign eurobond issuance, Islamic bonds/Sukuk, Corporate Debt, High Yield, ABS, ECA financing vehicles and MTN and covered bond programmes.
Key Contact: Therese Redmond Tel: +353 1 470 6645
Email: [email protected] 

Real Estate:
The firm’s real estate group advises domestic and international investors, developers, funds, asset managers and financial institutions on property investments be it on acquisition, disposal or finance across a mix of asset classes including offices, prs, hotels and leisure, warehousing, logistics and student accommodation. The team has a wealth of experience in the landlord and tenant space with particular expertise in retail and the management of large shopping centres, as well as office and mixed use developments. 
Key Contact: Rachel Rodgers Tel: +353 1 470 6675
Email: [email protected]

Regulatory & Risk Advisory:
The firm’s regulatory and risk advisory group advises banks, investment firms, payments and e-money firms and other regulated financial institutions and entities on all aspects of financial services regulation in Ireland.
Key Contact: Eoin O’Connor Tel: +353 1 470 6664
Email: [email protected]
Key Contact: Niall Esler Tel: +353 1 863 8517
Email: [email protected]

Tax:
The firm’s Tax Group provides a front-end tax advisory service to its domestic and global client base as well as a comprehensive transactional tax practice working on an integrated basis with the firm's core practice areas. The Tax Group is involved in the structuring and implementation of transactions and has particular expertise in advising in relation to structured finance / CLOs, real estate, investment funds, aircraft leasing, employment taxes, corporate transactions and automatic exchange of information regimes as well as contentious matters.
Key Contact: Jonathan Sheehan Tel: +353 1 470 6639
Email: [email protected]
Key Contact: Aisling Burke Tel: +353 1 470 6642
Email: [email protected]
Key Contact: Eimear Burbridge Tel: +353 1 470 6627
Email: [email protected]

Walkers Professional Services:
Walkers Professional Services provides registered office, corporate, and fiduciary services. Working together with Walkers law firm, Walkers Professional Services delivers a seamless integration of legal, corporate, fiduciary and compliance services. Key Contact: Fiona de Lacy Tel: +353 1 470 6611
Email: [email protected]

*Walkers works in exclusive association with Kevin Taylor, trading as ‘Walkers Bermuda’, a full service commercial law firm providing advice on all aspects of Bermuda law.

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