Maurice Phelan


Maurice is a partner and Head of our Dispute Resolution team. His personal focus is on Commercial Litigation, Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency. Maurice has experience in a wide range of commercial litigation matters including high value contractual and tortious disputes and shareholders disputes, often with an international component.

Maurice frequently acts for financial institutions in complex commercial disputes and he has also acted for both claimants and respondents in domestic and international commercial arbitrations.

Maurice routinely advises insolvency office holders and stakeholders in the insolvency process. He also advises companies and their directors in distressed situations on corporate restructuring and insolvency issues.


  • Commercial litigation
  • Insolvency and Restructuring

Representative Matters

  • Representing SPV OSUS in respect of losses suffered by Optimal Strategies U.S. Equity Limited following the collapse of the Madoff Ponzi scheme with an overall claim value of €3bn.
  • Advising a large UK-based financial institution on steps to extricate itself from an Iranian-law governed security arrangement entered into with an Iranian financial institution that was subsequently declared to be a designated entity under the EU and US sanctions regimes imposed on Iran.
  • Acting for AIB in high value debt enforcement actions against defaulting borrowers.


Legal 500, 2021

‘Leading Individual’ who “...can be depended upon to provide careful but commercial solutions to seemingly intractable problems”. Clients “trust his judgment” and provides a service of "the highest quality".

Chambers & Partners, 2021

'Band 3 Lawyer', Maurice Phelan is ‘is knowledgeable in restructuring and enforcement mandates, as well as liquidation proceedings.’

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Areas of Expertise

Dispute Resolution Commercial Disputes Restructuring & Insolvency Financial Services Disputes

Professional Memberships

Insol Europe

The International Bar Association - Vice-Chair of Insolvency Section Subcommittee

The Irish Society of Insolvency Practitioners


University College Dublin (BCL, LLM)

Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, UCD (HDBS)