This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2013
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Headquartered in Dublin, A&L Goodbody is a full-service law firm with an increasing international focus. The firm has additional offices in Belfast, London and more recently New York and Palo Alto. In addition the firm has developed initiatives focusing on China and India to facilitate investment between the two countries and Ireland. The firm consists of 360 legal staff and is consistently recognised as “one of the elite” law firms in Ireland. The firm achieves 37 listings across 22 practice areas.
|TOTAL LISTINGS IN WHO’S WHO LEGAL: 37|
|Practice Area Breakdown|
|Asset Recovery||1||Insolvency & Restructuring||1|
|Aviation||3||Insurance & Reinsurance||2|
|Business Crime Defence||1||Internet & e-Commerce||2|
|Capital Markets||1||Labour & Employment||1|
|Commercial Litigation||1||Life Sciences||2|
|Corporate Governance||2||Project Finance||1|
|Corporate Tax||3||Public Procurement||1|
A&L Goodbody is a “national leader” in M&A and fields five lawyers to the corresponding chapter. The firm recently advised Eaton Corporation on its $11.8 billion offer for Cooper Industries – the fourth largest deal worldwide in 2012 and the largest public offer for a company in Irish history. The firm’s success in this field highlights the talent of its individual lawyers. Mark Ward is head of M&A at the firm and commands a “great deal of respect” in the market for his vast knowledge. Head of the firm’s corporate department David Widger is “phenomenal” according to peers. His notable representations include acting for Citigroup on its sale of Citilife Financial to Enstar and acting for Allied Irish Banks on its acquisition of the deposit books of IBRC. Chairman of the firm Paul White is “highly knowledgeable” in a wide range of corporate and commercial law including equity capital markets, M&A, joint ventures, restructurings and corporate finance. Julian Yarr is managing partner of the firm and “well known” for his M&A experience. Yarr has handled high profile matters including the public takeover offer by Ryanair for Aer Lingus. Eithne FitzGerald heads the corporate finance team at the firm and is singled out for her experience in M&A and knowledge of the insurance sector. Earning listings in both chapters, FitzGerald is noted for her “solutions-oriented” approach.
Tax is a further strength of the firm and three lawyers feature prominently in the corporate tax chapter including head of the firm’s tax department Peter Maher. A “distinguished figure” in the market, Maher recently advised Jazz Pharmaceuticals on its reverse takeover of Azur Pharma and subsequent listing on NASDAQ. He is joined by the “highly proficient” Paul Fahy and “greatly respected” James Somerville.
Three practitioners represent the firm in the aviation chapter, among them is Catherine Duffy, head of aircraft finance. Duffy was recently part of a team advising Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation on its $7.2 billion acquisition of RBS Aerospace – the biggest ever global sale of an aircraft leasing business. She is joined by, Marie O’Brien, a recent hire of the firm and a “great asset”. Completing the trio, Séamus Ó Cróinín receives high praise for his “exceptional financing skills”.
The firm is similarly well represented in the real estate chapter, a sector in which the firm is “highly acclaimed”. Stephen O’Riordan is “highly rated” by peers and clients alike and recently acted for a European investor on the purchase of four blocks of AIB Bankcentre, one of the biggest investment deals completed in 2012. Tom O’Connor is a consultant in the commercial property department and is “much admired” for his extensive network of clients and intermediaries in Ireland as well as internationally. Niamh O’Sullivan focuses her practice on all types of property development and investment work. She regularly acts for pension funds and other institutional investors as well as clients in the retail sector.
The firm receives additional listings in the area of dispute resolution. Head of the dispute resolution department Liam Kennedy is highly recommended in our commercial litigation chapter for his broad expertise covering product liability, M&A, securities, competition and constitutional litigation. Joseph Kelly appears in the business crime defence and commercial mediation chapters and is a “great strategist”. His recent work includes successfully defending Anglo Irish Bank in a multimillion-euro claim brought by investors in a New York hotel fund.
John Whelan heads the IP and technology group at the firm and is lauded for his “first rate” practice covering commercial contracts, IP, information technology, telecoms and data privacy. He earns listings across three chapters: internet, e-commerce and data protection; life sciences: IP and transactional; and patents. He recently advised Google/Youtube on High Court injunction defamation proceedings.
A&L Goodbody demonstrates its leading capabilities across a wide range of legal services; the firm continues to impress with its prestigious client list and enviable market position.
A&L Goodbody is a leading Irish corporate law firm. Through offices in Dublin, Belfast, London, New York and Palo Alto, the firm advises a large domestic and international client base. The firm is consistently ranked at the top of the market by international publications and award bodies. It has particular expertise in M&A, corporate finance, banking and financial services, commercial disputes, commercial property and tax.
A significant proportion of A&L Goodbody’s advice is for the international business community and they have acted for more than 600 of the world’s leading corporations and advisors interacting with Ireland. This includes clients establishing, acquiring or financing operations in and through Ireland, cross-border transactions and disputes. The firm has long-standing working relationships with all leading international law firms and other professional advisers.
A&L Goodbody consistently advises on a large number of cross-border and domestic corporate transactions and other corporate finance assignments. This includes private equity investments, financing, public to private transactions, contested takeover bids, restructurings, state privatisations, private M&A deals, public offerings and fundraising. Clients include global multinational corporations, private equity houses, investment banks and domestic corporations, government and state agencies.
Banking & Financial Services
The firm’s banking and financial services department is recognised as the leading player and provides a comprehensive range of banking and finance-related legal services, including structured finance, asset finance, restructuring, insurance, investment funds, securitisation and corporate lending.
A&L Goodbody’s corporate tax department advises Irish and overseas companies on the taxation aspects of corporate deals and on corporate tax planning. The department also has a VAT service advising Irish and international companies and financial institutions on corporate VAT strategy.
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
A&L Goodbody has one of the largest, most experienced litigation and dispute resolution departments in Ireland. The department focuses on resolving disputes whether by way of litigation, mediation, arbitration or expert determination. The group represents clients in the Irish courts and the European Courts of Justice and is also particularly active in the commercial court.
The firm’s commercial property department is one of the largest in Ireland and advises Irish and international clients on every aspect of the commercial property business in Ireland. The department’s services include investment property, property development, commercial leases, property financing, retail, leisure, corporate recovery and environmental law. The firm’s service encompasses the tax, financing, environmental and planning aspects of commercial property deals.
A&L Goodbody advises on the full range of issues governing all aspects of inward investment work, including: negotiations with IDA Ireland, banks and other regulatory bodies; regulatory and competition matters; law issues; government incentives for overseas investors; tax planning and advice on corporate structure, company formation, employment law and employee benefits; pensions and share option schemes; and property matters, intellectual property and information technology.
Other Specialist Areas
The firm also offers the most extensive range of specialist services available in Ireland, including investment funds; EU, regulatory and competition; IP/IT; insurance; environment and planning; employment, pensions and benefits.
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