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We are delighted to announce the appointment of seven new partners, strengthening the expertise of the firm’s Dispute Resolution, Tax, Competition, Banking, Planning and Insurance teams. The firm now has 87 partners and over 450 staff in our offices in Dublin, London, New York and San Francisco.

These new partner appointments reflect the firm’s continuing commitment to providing senior level, commercial and strategically-focused advice which makes a practical contribution to each client’s objectives. The promotions also support the increased demand in key sectors and practices, further enhancing the firm’s ability to respond quickly to clients’ needs.

Commenting on the appointments, Declan Black, Managing Partner, Mason Hayes & Curran, said “I’m pleased to announce the appointment of our new partners. Each of them has a deep understanding of the sectors they operate in and is imbued with the MHC service ethic. This allows them give good, responsive and informed advice.”

The firm has continued to maintain its international presence in 2018, adding additional staff to its San Francisco office to support both local and international clients. These international offices allow the firm to advise on Irish legal issues close to, and in the same time zone as, our international clients, helping them gain insight into Ireland as a location for transactions and investment.

The firm’s new partners are:

Karol Fox, Partner, Banking

Karol works with international and domestic clients on a range of banking transactions including leveraged finance, acquisition finance, trade finance, commercial real estate development finance and corporate restructuring. He has significant experience of multi-jurisdictional finance transactions and regularly advises foreign corporates, lenders and law firms on Irish banking law.

Lisa Joyce, Partner, Dispute Resolution

Lisa primarily advises public and regulatory bodies, professional disciplinary bodies and private clients on dispute avoidance and management in the regulatory sphere. She has a particular focus on financial services regulation, public law litigation and on information law, advising extensively on freedom of information, access to environmental information and data protection legislation.

Niamh Keogh, Partner, Tax

Niamh advises domestic and international clients across all tax heads in a wide range of sectors. Her experience includes advising on inward investment into Ireland, real estate and debt acquisition structures, corporate restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity listings and international tax structuring.

Michael Madden, Partner, Competition

Michael has almost 20 years' experience in the field of economic regulation. He advises clients on State aid, antitrust and merger control and has particular expertise in the areas of telecommunications and broadcasting regulation.

Deirdre Munnelly, Partner, Insurance

Deirdre acts for Irish insurers, UK underwriters and self-insured companies in the defence of public liability, employer liability and other insured claims. She also advises on Health and Safety obligations and risk management and provides training to clients in this area.

Deirdre Nagle, Partner, Planning

Deirdre practises in both contentious and non-contentious planning and environmental law. She advises and represents State bodies, banks, developers, contractors, engineers, and other construction professionals on energy, planning and environmental matters. She has represented clients in many of the largest and most significant planning cases recently before the High and Supreme Courts.

John O’Leary, Partner, Dispute Resolution

John specialises in domestic and multi-jurisdictional contractual, tortious and shareholder disputes. He also frequently acts for financial institutions in commercial disputes. His experience in the management and settlement of litigation is matched by his experience in mediation of complex commercial cases.

Pictured L-R: Niamh Keogh, Karol Fox, Deirdre Munnelly, Declan Black, John O’Leary, Deirdre Nagle, Lisa Joyce and Michael Madden

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