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Banking & Finance

‘Very competent technically and very strong on delivery‘ - The Legal 500 (2020)


Ronan Daly Jermyn is one of Ireland’s leading law firms in the area of Banking and Finance, advising on all aspects of commercial and private lending. We act for all major banks in the Irish market, and are panel firms for AIB, Bank of Ireland and Ulster Bank. Our clients include domestic financial institutions, insurance companies, Credit Unions, the National Asset Management Agency, government bodies, private individuals and corporate bodies.

Our team draws on the expert knowledge of colleagues in other legal divisions as the need arises and offer advice on the following areas:

  • Commercial and retail banking documentation
  • Customer-banker relationship
  • Duties of the banker/financial institution
  • General lender and creditor issues
  • Insolvency law issues
  • Issues relating to the National Asset Management Agency
  • Lending in privatised regulated markets
  • Loan and credit facilities
  • Realisation of security
  • Regulatory rules and their application in lending arrangements
  • Restructuring loans and ancillary documentation
  • Secured and unsecured loans
  • Structured finance
  • Tax-based leading and financing
  • Complaints to the Financial Services Ombudsman
  • Electronic banking
  • Issues relating to anti-money laundering rules

Our experience includes advising syndicates of lenders in relation to leveraged and investment grade facilities; equity and debt capital markets; leveraged buy-outs; borrower disputes with lenders; and settlement arrangements and enforcement options. We also routinely advise a number of leading Irish businesses on significant corporate banking facilities. Our Banking and Finance Team has recently advised on the following significant transactions:

  • Advised iNua Hospitality group, owner and asset manager of seven hotels around Ireland, in relation to a €40m equity fundraising, significant debt financing and move to a single hotel group structure.
  • Advised University College Cork on a €100 million facility agreement with the European Investment Bank for development of the campus at UCC, including construction of new teaching and research infrastructure, information and communications technology infrastructure, refurbishment of several existing university facilities and construction of new student accommodation.
  • Acting in connection with the financing of a large scale private hospital development project with a consortium of bank lenders
  • Acting in relation to the financing of the purchase of a hotel in the region of €10m.
  • Acting on a number of refinancing projects in the hospitality sector including tax based hotel developments.
  • The team has also been involved in Bank restructuring matters and the sale of loan portfolios to primarily US private equity investors. Recent significant transactions in this area included:
  • Acting for the Special Liquidators of Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (in Special Liquidation) in the sale of various loan portfolios, including, one portfolio with a value in excess of €458m.
  • Acting for Ulster Bank on a loan sale of a renowned resort in the west of Ireland.
  • Advised Beechbrook Capital Ireland SME I on a €7.5 million investment in Bio-Medical Research Limited (BMR), a world leader in electrical muscle stimulation technology for the fitness and wellness sector.

  • ‘Very competent technically and very strong on delivery‘ The Legal 500 (2020)
  • ‘One of the standout traits of this practice is the “can-do” attitude of the team.‘ The Legal 500 (2020)
  • ‘One of the firm’s outstanding traits is the ability to get access to partners. One of its additional advantages is its scale as it can provide a full range of legal and taxation services.‘ The Legal 500 (2020)
  • ‘Tom Fox and Brendan Cunningham are among the very best advisers and I would have no hesitation in recommending either to any client.‘ The Legal 500 (2020)
  • ‘Always there to answer questions.‘ The Legal 500 (2020)
  • very commercially minded" — Chambers Europe 2020
  • "the commitment of the lawyers to the issue at hand, applying their expertise in a practical and commercial manner, especially when queries are urgent and with little notice." — Chambers Europe

  • Ronan Daly Jermyn’s ‘large team provides a very personable service’ in its core areas of corporate lending, real estate financing and loan portfolio sales. —  The Legal 500

  • "This local firm remains an active presence in the market, assisting a number of national banks with a broad range of finance issues. The banking team takes a multidisciplinary approach and is complemented by a successful insolvency practice. A recent highlight saw the group act on the financing of a large-scale private hospital development project."Chambers Europe

  • Clients describe the firm as "a very professional and efficient practice that is committed to quality and operate to the highest standards." – Chambers Europe

  • "The firm is very well run, with very talented solicitors at the top of their game." – Chambers Europe

  • “excellent quality of advice and turnaround times”The Legal 500

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