DWF continues expansion in Dublin with three partner hires

Legal business DWF has appointed three partners to the Dublin office as it continues to strengthen its commercial capability across key practice areas. Banking partner Louis Burke and litigation partner Eimear Collins join from Mason Hayes & Curran and projects, energy and project finance partner Garrett Monaghan joins from Arthur Cox.

Louis advises institutional and private clients on a wide range of Irish banking and financial matters, including general corporate lending, real estate finance, development finance, restructuring, acquisition finance, asset-based lending and factoring/invoice discounting. The new practice will dovetail with DWF's wider banking team and support existing and new clients with business in Ireland.

Garrett is a recognised expert in energy, projects and project finance. He will lead DWF's projects and renewables practice in Ireland and support the firm's international network. Garrett specialises in the acquisition, development and financing of infrastructure and power projects and acts for funders, borrowers, developers, investors and private companies. He also has substantial banking experience, including general banking, trade finance and project finance, and will work alongside Louis.

Commercial litigation partner Eimear advises domestic and international corporates on a range of disputes, including property, commercial, contractual and insurance. She is recognised as an expert in property litigation and will work closely with the firm's recently launched Irish real estate practice. Eimear also specialises in professional negligence claims, complementing DWF's historically strong insurance practice in Dublin.

Ross Little, DWF Executive Partner in Dublin, said: "With the fallout from Brexit, Dublin is expecting an influx of banks, financial institutions and corporates looking to set up operations in Ireland, as well as continued investment from US and other international firms that are choosing Ireland as their European base. Ireland is a key focus for DWF and these appointments are a vital part of our strategic growth plans to develop strong, commercially-focused service lines."

Louis Burke said: "DWF's banking team sits on the panels of most of the UK's major financial institutions and has grown rapidly to become a strong, well-established and reputable practice in the UK. This provides a great platform from which to develop an equally robust banking team in Ireland."

Garrett Monaghan said: "Compared with other areas of Europe, Ireland has an active pipeline of new investment opportunities, which has only increased since the UK's Brexit vote. DWF has proven its resilience in the market time and time again and its strategic move to increase its commercial capability across Ireland before the vote demonstrates its intuitive and insightful approach to client needs."

Eimear Collins said: "As Ireland's economy continues to recover from the global recession, the need for commercially savvy firms is increasing. DWF's Dublin team is already very experienced and is reinforced by robust practices throughout the UK and internationally, giving clients the capability and resources of a global firm alongside local expertise."

DWF Dublin launched a real estate practice at the end of 2016 to support clients in the region and ensure the team is well-equipped to take advantage of the growing opportunities as a result of Brexit and Ireland's recovering economy. The firm has made several key appointments to its expanding Dublin team recently, including real estate partner Michael Neary from Eversheds and professional indemnity partner Nina Gaston from Mason Hayes & Curran.

Ross Little

Partner - Executive Partner (Dublin)

I am an experienced corporate lawyer, with over 20 years of practice, specialising in mergers and acquisitions and general corporate law. I have particular transactional experience in asset management and financial services.