A&L Goodbody is a leading firm that has been active in M&A, corporate re-domiciliation projects, capital markets transactions, aircraft finance, real estate acquisitions, inward investment projects, tax disputes and transfer pricing. Paul Fahy is head of tax at the firm and specialises in corporate tax.
Over the last year the firm has been advising Nabriva Therapeutics on its re-domiciliation from Austria to Ireland. The team also acted for Morgan Stanley on Project Telemachus, which involved a residential loan securitisation relating to residential properties located in Ireland.
Associate Edel Mullins left the firm in December 2017.
The Arthur Cox tax group is known for providing advice on high-profile transactions in the Irish market. It conducts both transactional and advisory work including cross-border M&A, corporate finance and real estate portfolio transactions. Fintan Clancy and Caroline Devlin co-head the team.
In the last 12 months it has acted as legal and tax adviser to Praxair. on its proposed $73 billion merger of equals with Linde under a new Irish holding company to be known as Linde. The team also acted for International Paper Co in respect of its proposed $11 billion takeover offer of Smurfit Kappa Group.
Cathal Daly, Julia Wilhite and Eliana Torrado Franco joined the firm as associates earlier this year. In 2017 partner Conor Hurley retired. Partner Aisling Burke left the firm in the same year, as did senior associate Kevin Mangan.
Baker Tilly Hughes Blake joined the Baker Tilly international network in 2016. It is an independently owned and managed accountancy and business advisory firm with offices in Dublin, Enniscorthy and Cork. Partner Alma O'Brien heads the tax team and specialises in advising owner-managed entrepreneurial and family-owned businesses.
The team is currently involved in a tax controversy matter in which it produced and presented proposals to parties involved in the family court. The proposals sought to maximise the after-tax proceeds by utilising tax reliefs available. The team is also supporting corporate tax matters for multinational companies.
In 2017 Ruth Linehan was promoted to VAT director and earlier this year Kate Prendiville was promoted to senior tax manager.
Deloitte has offices in five locations throughout Ireland with more than 2,800 staff employed. It advises in all major areas of taxation including corporate tax, transfer pricing, M&A and real estate. Lorraine Griffin is head of tax at the firm and is actively involved in many of the cases handled by it.
In the last 12 months the firm has acted as a tax adviser to the purchaser on a high-value acquisition. It was involved in all stages of the acquisition process. It also assisted in the refinancing and tax structuring of a large multinational group involved in the energy sector.
Billy Burke joined the firm as partner in January 2018. Before joining the firm Burke was head of employment taxes at KPMG.
Dillon Eustace has a financial services focus. The firm has two tax partners who work in the Dublin office. David Lawless is head of tax at the firm and has 30 years of experience in the field.
The firm has been active in real estate over the last year and acted for Lone Star in the acquisition and development of significant lands for building more than 1,000 residential units. The team also acted for SW3 Capital in the acquisition of a number of different Irish properties.
The EMEIA Tax Center at EY is organised as a supranational entity covering the entire Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) region, with its Intercompany Effectiveness and operational transfer pricing practice serving clients’ needs across all jurisdictions.
Led by Oslo-based partner Sveinung Baumann-Larsen, it brings together multi-disciplinary experience and resources focused on IT, accounting, and tax from the entire region in its work. This work covers some of the leading global companies in their respective fields and includes those involved in retail and consumer products, energy and pharmaceuticals, to name but a few.
HLB Sheehan Quinn offers tax advice and compliance services on an extensive range of tax matters including VAT, RCT, the international movement of workers, employment taxes and corporation tax. The firm works across a broad range of industries dealing mainly with small-and-medium-sized enterprises. Its key sectors include the veterinary sector, estate and succession planning, foreign direct investment, agri-food sectors and construction. Tax partner Bruce Stanley is involved in many of the matters the firm deals with and has spent more than 15 years in practice.
Currently the team is acting as project manager and tax advisor on the incorporation of a veterinary practice. It is acting in the same capacity for a USA banking organisation.
In 2018 Brenda Molloy joined the firm as tax manager.
Key clients of the Maples and Calder tax group include leading investment banks, private equity firms, hedge funds and family offices. Andrew Quinn is the head of the tax group and specialises in international tax, especially in relation to banks, investment funds and other financial institutions.
The firm has been engaged on an ongoing basis by the US Managed Funds Association to assist with representations to, and communications with, the OECD and the US/Irish Governments concerning the OECD's BEPS initiative. The group also advised Athene on the acquisition of Aegon Ireland from Dutch insurer Aegon in the last 12 months.
Assocaites Grainne O'Loughlin and Niamh Cross joined the firm in 2018. Last year associate Meabh Earlie left the firm.
Mason Hayes & Curran’s tax clients include West Pharmaceutical, NYSE-listed Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Activision Blizzard, Black and Decker, Marsh & McLennan and Deutsche Bank. John Gulliver is head of the tax department and has advised many Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 companies on international tax matters.
The team has acted for a major medical device manufacturer providing tax support in the creation of an Irish group and major refinancing over the last year. It also advised shareholders of Blue Face Limited with regards to a merger with a US company.
Tax consultant Paulina Serafieva joined the firm in 2018. In 2017 partner Robert Henson left the firm and joined EY.
For more than 20 years, the Matheson tax practice has been advising US and EU multinationals and financial institutions. Turlough Galvin is head of tax at the firm and specialises in tax structuring, securitisation, derivatives, M&A, stamp duty and tax disputes.
The team has been advising a client on the Irish tax aspects of the acquisition of Ireland’s largest chicken processor. The firm also completed a review of the VAT compliance regularisation strategy of a company providing online digitised gaming supplies to consumers in the EU.
Walkers tax group offers Irish tax advice to international and domestic clients. The firm has particular expertise in advising in relation to finance/debt capital markets, real estate, investment funds, aircraft leasing and corporate transactions. Jonathan Sheehan is head of tax at the firm.
In the last 12 months the firm has been advising a global institutional investment management firm on transactional tax matters. It has also acted as Irish legal and tax counsel to a large banking group.
Aisling Burke joined the firm as partner in 2017. Before joining the firm Burke acted as partner for Arthur Cox. Associate Niamh Pender joined the firm in the same year.
William Fry provides complex structuring advice on leading domestic and international transactions together with compliance and due diligence services. Partner Martin Phelan is head of tax. Phelan was past president and is the Irish Tax Institute representative member of the CFE.
Over the last 12 months the firm advised Debenhams on a time-critical process involving the appointment of an interim examiner over its Irish stores following the withdrawal of support from the parent company. It is also currently advising the Minister for Finance on the IPO of a 25% stake in AIB.
In August 2017 Anne Harvey joined the firm as partner. She was previously tax director at PwC. Partner Cliona Donnelly left in December of the same year to join Google.