McCann FitzGerald names six new partners



Pictured (L-R): Laura Deignan, Stephen Fuller, Niall McDowell, John Neeson, David O'Dea and Orlaith Sheehy
Pictured (L-R): Laura Deignan, Stephen Fuller, Niall McDowell, John Neeson, David O’Dea and Orlaith Sheehy

McCann FitzGerald has announced the appointment of six new partners, bringing the total number of partners at the all-equity partnership to 80.

The new partners are Laura Deignan in aviation finance, Stephen Fuller and John Neeson in corporate and M&A, Niall McDowell in corporate banking, David O’Dea in restructuring and insolvency and Orlaith Sheehy in public procurements.

Ms Deignan has been involved in a variety of instructions, including multiple aircraft portfolio acquisitions and disposals and cross-border leasing transactions, and acts for many leading aircraft lessors, financiers and airlines on all aspects of aircraft financing and leasing.

Mr Fuller has a particular focus on M&A in the insurance sector, having been involved in a number of significant transactions in recent years. In addition, he has acted for a number of the firm’s domestic and international clients on M&A, joint venture and corporate restructuring transactions in the healthcare and renewable energy sectors.

Mr McDowell has acted for lenders, including Bank of Ireland, AIB, Oaktree and Activate Capital, and also for major developers such as Marlet, Lioncor, GSA and Bartra on some of the highest-profile development financings in Ireland over the last number of years.

Mr Neeson has a particular focus on M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions in the technology and renewable energy sectors. He works on all forms of private equity and venture capital financing, from the funding of start-ups to the equity and debt financing of buyouts and all stages in between.

Mr O’Dea specialises in corporate restructuring and insolvency matters and regularly acts for international and local corporates on complex schemes of arrangement, including, most recently, Nordic Aviation Capital DAC on its landmark Irish scheme of arrangement.

Ms Sheehy is a public procurement specialist and has been involved in handling a number of legal challenges to procurement processes. She guides public tenderers in avoiding the risks that can arise in public procurement processes, as well as assisting tenderers in protecting their legal rights.

Managing partner Barry Devereux said: “We are delighted to announce the appointment of such high-quality partners. This past year has been one of extraordinary volatility for so many of our clients and these appointments will ensure that we can continue to provide a first-class service to them as they look forward to a brighter future.”



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