MHC Times Issue 34

08 April 2014

After six very enjoyable years as Managing Partner this is my last Diary for MHC Times. Declan Black becomes our Managing Partner in April, and I now join with all our colleagues in wishing him success in that role. My six years have been very challenging, but rewarding. I took over the position in 2008, just coinciding with the start of Ireland’s recession. Despite the difficult economic environment the firm has continued to expand, doubling in revenues and personnel over the six-year term. A landmark move was our merger with Arthur O’Hagan in late 2008, which brought us tremendous strength and depth in areas such as healthcare and education law. Separately, the firm has posted growth and development in other areas, and we now have Ireland’s largest litigation and employment law teams, together with market leading practices in the financial services, construction, technology and energy sectors.

As Mason Hayes & Curran has developed its strengths and market profile, the variety and sophistication of instructions received has been striking. Examples of recent breakthrough matters included representing Liberty Mutual Insurance in its innovative and successful mode of entry to the Irish market, advising and negotiating for Facebook in its global data privacy audit by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner, and advising the Irish communications regulator on Ireland’s recent €854m 4G spectrum auction.

Other major matters included advising Berkshire Partners, Advent International Corporation and Bain Capital Partners in their US$ 1.2 billion offer for Skillsoft, and advising Dragon Oil in the US$ 1.9 billion recommended offer by Emirates National Oil Company.