Liam is a partner in our Financial Services Department. He is one of Ireland’s foremost financial regulatory practitioners. He works with internationally active financial institutions on important regulatory and transactional matters. He counsels clients on the full range of regulatory issues, provides regulatory risk management advice, undertakes corporate M&A and commercial transactions, and advises on investigations and complex regulatory engagements. His work spans the range of challenges that confront financial institutions today, including new start-ups/authorisations, capital structuring and management, internal governance/controls, outsourcings/third-party administration, conduct of business/distribution, product development, acquisitions, disposals, and corporate group reorganisations.
Liam first trained and worked with leading law firms in London, including with a “top 4” global firm. Prior to joining us, he led the corporate and regulatory insurance practice and developed a prominent bank regulatory practice at another leading Irish law firm.
In addition to his experience in private practice, Liam has served as Deputy General Counsel of the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland, the world centre for financial regulatory reform. He gained unrivalled experience of the workings of the international financial regulatory system. Combined with his Irish market profile this gives him an unparalleled ability to advise financial institutions operating internationally in, from and through Ireland.
His clients include domestic and international banks and other lenders, global re/insurers and re/insurance intermediaries, FinTech/InsurTech operators, payments and e-money firms.
Merger & Acquisitions
Investigations & White Collar Crime
Advised several global banks, insurers and insurance intermediaries on relocating EU activities to Ireland as part of Brexit planning, including CBI authorisations, capital structuring and internal governance
Advised an innovative digital start-up insurer on all legal and regulatory aspects of its set-up in Ireland, including CBI authorisation, internal governance and product development
Advised private equity and trade purchasers on the acquisition of portfolios of life and non-life insurance business through court-sanctioned schemes of arrangement
Advised leading insurers on regulatory issues and CBI expectations related to COVID-19 pandemic business interruption insurance claims
Conducted an independent CBI-mandated internal governance review of a global reinsurer’s Irish operations
Liam is a “key contact” in non-contentious insurance.
Liam regularly delivers lectures, presentations and addresses to financial services conferences and seminars. He is an officer of the Banking Law Committee of the International Bar Association and is also a CEDR-accredited mediator.
The Law Society of Ireland
The International Bar Association
BCL, University College Dublin
LLM, Cambridge University
The Law Society of England & Wales (non-practising)
The Law Society of Ireland