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McCann FitzGerald

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Managing Partner: Barry Devereux
Number of partners: 75
Number of lawyers: 450+
Languages: Cantonese, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish

Firm Overview:
With over 600 people, including almost 450 lawyers and professional staff, McCann FitzGerald is one of Ireland’s premier law firms.
McCann FitzGerald offers expert, forward-thinking legal counsel to clients in Ireland and internationally. The firm’s deep knowledge spans a range of industry sectors, enabling tailored solutions to fit your specific needs. Clients are principally in the corporate, financial and business sectors but the firm also advises government entities and state bodies.
McCann FitzGerald is based in Dublin (the firm’s principal office), London, New York and Brussels (the firm is the only Irish law firm to have an office at the EU’s principal base). The firm is divided broadly into four main groupings of corporate, finance, dispute resolution and litigation and real estate and construction. McCann FitzGerald also operates industry sector and specialist practice groups which comprise professionals from different groupings.
The firm’s recently formed legal technology solutions division offers clients a combination of legal expertise, best practice in legal project management and market leading technology solutions. The group delivers innovative, end-to-end services that includes managing high volume data review and reporting, developing technologyenabled legal, risk and compliance solutions and provides access to experienced lawyers and technical specialists.

Main Areas of Practice:
Corporate
Dispute Resolution & Litigation
Finance
Real Estate & Construction


Corporate:
Partners 22 (+3 consultants); fee earners 77
The corporate group has extensive experience in advising on corporate and commercial transactions including some of the most complex and innovative M&A transactions and equity offerings, often with a cross-border element.
■Advised IPL Plastics on its Can$191.7m IPO and listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange
■Advised Coillte on the sale of its operating wind farm assets to Greencoat Renewables plc for €281m
■Advised Greencoat Renewables plc on a number of transactions in 2017-2018, including its €250m revolving credit facility and its €111m share placing both of which enabled it to make a number of high profile acquisitions
■Advised Statkraft on its acquisition of the Element Power wind development business in Ireland and the UK
■Advised Primary Health Properties on its acquisition of a portfolio of primary care centre businesses in Ireland
■Advised Lakeland Dairies on its merger with LacPatrick to create the second largest dairy processor in Ireland
Contact: Valerie Lawlor
Tel: +353 1 607 1448
Email: [email protected]

Finance:
Partners 22 (+3 consultants); fee earners 86
The finance group advises on the full range of banking and financial services activities in the Irish market as well as internationally where there is an Irish nexus. McCann FitzGerald specialises in advising on innovative financing transactions and complex regulatory issues.
■Advisers to the global aviation industry based in Ireland (including owners, lessors, operators, and financiers) on all aspects of aircraft financing and leasing including secured lending, portfolio securitisation, portfolio acquisitions, and restructurings
■Advisors to some of the largest fund managers in the domestic and international funds markets as well as some of the largest service providers
■Advised Ireland’s two pillar banks – Bank of Ireland and AIB - on a range of corporate lending assignments
■Advised Gas Networks Ireland on its €100m financing facility with the European Investment Bank
■Advised ESB on the changes to its existing EMTN Programme to facilitate the issue of unsecured notes up to a maximum aggregate principal amount of €5bn
■Advised Macquarie Bank (Singapore branch) on offering an Islamic finance Murabaha placement product to banks or Islamic funds in Ireland
Contact: Fergus Gillen
Tel: + 353 1 611 9146
Email: [email protected]

Dispute Resolution & Litigation:
Partners 19 (+2 consultants); fee earners 109
The dispute resolution and litigation group advises on many of the major complex cases before the Irish Courts in the financial, corporate and state sectors and is often the first port of call for major corporates who find themselves in a dispute or who require advice on a matter that may become contentious.
■Advising in a number of major State-established Judge-led investigations including Project Eagle Commission, SiteServ Commission and Disclosures Tribunal
■Advising INM plc in relation to a Whistleblowing Report under the Protected Disclosures Act
■Retained by De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek N.V. to act for DAF in defending follow-on damages claims in Ireland ■Acting for VHI in two separate sets of High Court proceedings brought by medical service providers
■Acted for the Government of the United States of America in its intervention in Commercial Court proceedings by Ireland’s Data Protection. Commissioner against Facebook Ireland Limited and Maximillian Schrems
■Developed an alternative dispute process for DePuy International which was approved by the Irish High Court
Contact: Terence McCrann
Tel: +353 1 607 1336
Email: [email protected]

Real Estate & Construction:
Partners 12 (+1 consultants), fee earners 67
The real estate group comprises of commercial real estate and construction elements including complex acquisitions and disposals, projects work, re-structuring, security and enforcement, tax-based deals as well as construction schemes and disputes for domestic and international companies.
■Advising National Paediatric Hospital Development Board on the procurement and construction of the New Children’s Hospital, the largest capital investment project undertaken in healthcare in Ireland
■Advising ESB Group on an urban regeneration project involving the demolition of existing buildings, the retention and refurbishment of protected Georgian structures and the construction of a new seven-story office block as designed by international architects
■Acted in relation to the sale and development of Exo Building, a landmark 17-storey development in Dublin’s prime North Docks district
■Advised Hudson Advisors on behalf of Lone Star Fund on the legal sale process, co-ordinating the legal due diligence materials and all contract negotiations for prime real estate off Grafton Street
■Advising Project Management Group/ Jacobs Joint Venture on the joint venture consisting of Ireland’s two largest multi-disciplinary consultancies in its negotiations with Merck for Merck’s €650m expansion of its Dublin facility
Contact: Barrett Chapman
Tel: +353 1 607 1480
Email: [email protected]