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This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2013

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Arthur Cox - The Who's Who Legal 100 2013

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Founded in 1920, Arthur Cox is a leading Irish commercial law firm and our Irish law firm of the year for the second time. The firm consists of 107 partners and over 300 legal staff across its offices in Dublin, Belfast, London, New York and (its most recent addition) Silicon Valley, which opened in spring 2012. The firm continues to focus on attracting, developing and retaining the best and brightest legal talent across an impressive range of practice areas, the success of which is evident in our research – the firm achieves 44 listings across 22 chapters.

Practice Area Breakdown
Asset Recovery 1 Labour & Employment 2
Banking 1 Life Sciences 5
Capital Markets 2 M & A 6
Commercial Litigation 3 Oil & Gas 2
Competition 3 Patents 1
Construction 1 Private Funds 1
Corporate Governance 1 Product Liability Defence 1
Corporate Tax 3 Project Finance 1
Environment 1 Public Procurement 1
Insolvency & Restructuring 1 Real Estate 2
Internet & e-Commerce 4 Regulatory Communications 1

The firm boasts a “first-class” M&A practice, with its lawyers frequently seen on many of the largest transactions in Ireland. Six “superb” practitioners are singled out from the Dublin office for their work in this field, including managing partner Brian O’Gorman, whom clients describe as “very creative”. Head of the corporate department Colm Duggan counselled Liberty Global on the acquisition of NTL Ireland from NTL Inc for €325 million. The “talented” Declan Hayes is “very active” in the market and has a “stellar understanding of clients’ business needs”. He is also recognised in our life sciences chapter. Ciarán Bolger is “extremely well known” for his involvement in numerous high-profile transactions and was lead partner to Airtricity on its €1.8 billion sale to Scottish and Southern Energy. The “fantastic” Geoff Moore is praised for his “wonderful technical abilities” and Michael Meghen is an “extremely good dealmaker” with a very solid reputation in the Irish market.

Arthur Cox achieves five listings in our life sciences chapter across all four areas – IP, product liability, regulatory and transactional – demonstrating the strength of the firm’s multidisciplinary practice in this area. The aforementioned Declan Hayes achieves recognition in both the regulatory and IP sections due to his “superb” advisory skills and “deep understanding” of IP issues in the pharmaceutical and medical devices fields. His colleague Isabel Foley also receives a dual listing and is noted for her regulatory and product liability expertise. Head of the product liability and product safety group, clients praise her “first rate” regulatory advice and “tremendous” knowledge of safety issues, including risk management, product recall and crisis management. Foley enjoys a “leading reputation” in the Irish market and is also recognised in our product liability defence and commercial litigation chapters. Colin Kavanagh is lauded for his transactional expertise within the life sciences sector and recent work includes advising a national health body on the drafting and negotiation of a major contract for the supply of testing services.

Internet, e-commerce and data protection is a further area in which the firm excels, with four of its partners gaining recognition for the high calibre of their work in this field. John Menton leads Arthur Cox’s technology and intellectual property practice group and has an “international reputation” for his legal skills in the areas of computers, software, new media, encryption, inward investment and venture capital for technology companies. He boasts an impressive range of clients from domestic start ups through to multinational household names. Pearse Ryan is considered an IT disputes “genius”. He also focuses on sourcing, outsourcing, computer security, fraud, e-commerce and IP with an emphasis on IT-related matters. Rob Corbet is “the go-to” for technological innovation legal matters in Ireland, as well as the protection and commercialisation of intellectual property. Patrick McGovern is an “outstanding all-rounder” and is recognised, not just in this chapter, but also in our regulatory communications, oil and gas and public procurement sections. He leads the firm’s telecommunications/electronic communications and broadcasting group as well as the utilities, energy and resources group.

The firm fields a trio of lawyers in our commercial litigation chapter, including Gregory Glynn, a fraud “expert”. Glynn is particularly well known for his representation of US clients in highly complex cases. The “very experienced” Conor McDonnell has practised in the area of commercial disputes for over 20 years and is “especially good” at large-scale litigations.

Three individuals from Arthur Cox’s competition practice group feature in this edition. John Meade has a “stellar reputation” due to his involvement in most of the leading competition law and merger control cases in Ireland over the last 20 years. He is also praised for his “sound knowledge” of EU competition law. The “fantastic” Fiona McKeever has advised Aer Lingus in respect of the Irish merger control and competition law aspects of two hostile takeover bids from Ryanair, and Patrick O’Brien is “one of the best in country” at revising and implementing competition law compliance programmes.

A trio of corporate tax lawyers from the firm are singled out for their expertise, including head of tax and chairman of the firm’s US group Conor Hurley. Hurley provides “top-quality” advice on the tax aspects of an “impressive” range of areas including mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, financial products, structured finance, banking, capital markets, investment funds, insolvency and restructuring. He is joined by Caroline Devlin, a leader within the field of tax planning, who recently advised on the recent Bank of Ireland recapitalisation. Fintan Clancy is described by peers as “thoughtful, creative and extremely bright”. His recent work includes advising Cooper Industries in relation to its acquisition by Eaton Corporation for $11.8 billion.

One of the largest law firms in Ireland, Arthur Cox continues to be active in pro bono and charitable activities, as well as having a keen interest in the environment and sustainability. Since May 2012, the firm has run a work experience programme called PRIME, designed to provide fair access to quality work experience for school age students from less privileged backgrounds. One of 23 founding law firms involved in the programme, Arthur Cox is the first Irish law firm member.

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