We are proud of our market leading finance practice. Our client base encompasses financial institutions, both regulated and unregulated, as well as non-financial corporate and State counterparties. We provide top-tier legal advice, adopting a solution-focused approach, across the full range of financial services activities, from corporate lending and treasury, derivatives, asset management and insurance to aircraft and other big-ticket asset financing, project and infrastructure financing and capital markets transactions.
As Ireland’s leading and longest established finance practice, our award-winning lawyers have worked on many of the most innovative financing structures and transactions in the Irish market over many years. We represent both the providers of finance and financial services solutions, as well as corporate borrowers and counterparties.
We advise on the structuring and negotiation of complex and high value financial transactions as well as providing regulatory guidance to market participants, including advising on the perimeters of regulation and the types of activities, products and customers that will trigger different licensing requirements. We also work on structures and arrangements designed to allow our clients do business in innovative, tax-efficient and commercially effective ways.
‘The team take a partnership approach and are great collaborators as well as being really strong advisors. They get to know you and your business and you can trust them to identify the issues that matter and negotiate for you.’The Legal 500, 2022
‘The team are extremely collaborative and proactive and their depth of knowledge and expertise is impressive. Their ability to assess and advise on novel issues is also impressive.’The Legal 500, 2022
‘McCann's have been our long standing legal adviser in Ireland for many years. They are extremely responsive, trusted and accurate with a particular eye for detail. In terms of billing they are fair and represent good value for money.’The Legal 500, 2022
‘The team also advises alternative lenders on the provision of finance in support of M&A transactions. The firm offers significant experience in green bond issuances as well as asset-backed securitisations. Its strong asset finance practice is particularly focused on the aviation sector.’Chambers Global, 2022
‘Full-service Irish firm McCann FitzGerald is highly regarded for its sustainable finance work. It notably advised on the issuance of Ireland’s first sovereign green bond in 2018, which is used to fund the country’s transition to a low carbon and environmentally sustainable economy.’Legal 500, Global Green Guide, 2022
We bring a strength and depth of expertise to bear for our clients which enables us to advise on all aspects of our clients’ business connected with their financing transactions or the provision or consumption of financial services. Typical areas on which we advise our clients include:
- Aircraft, ship and other asset finance
- Leveraged and acquisition finance, real estate finance and other loan finance
- Capital markets, including covered bonds, hybrid debt securities, private debt placements, asset securitisation
- Derivatives and structured finance
- Financial services regulation and risk management
- Restructuring, workouts and insolvency
- Insurance and reinsurance
- Asset management
- Investment funds
- Stock exchange listing services
- Project finance, including public private partnership and strategic infrastructure
- Loan and asset sales, including loan portfolio transfers
- Tax on financial transactions
- Investigations and inquiries