• Cian Fenton




    +353 21 4802738

    Practice Areas

    Banking and Finance




    Cian is a Partner in RDJ’s Banking and Finance group. He practices in a wide range of finance transactions including acquisition finance, real estate and development finance, structured finance and debt restructuring. His main focus is on lending to corporate groups for expansions (whether acquisitions or developments). Cian acts for a number of domestic and international banks, alternative finance providers and non-bank lenders. He also acts for a wide range of corporate borrowers, particularly in the construction, healthcare and hospitality sectors.

    Cian has advised:

    • a leading Irish food group on its entry into €150m syndicated banking facilities to fund future growth and expansion
    • a private hospital group on its entry into syndicated banking facilities to fund development of the groups facilities and acquisition of a new hospital
    • University College Cork on its entry into €100m facility with the European Investment Bank
    • an Irish bank on the provision of a €20m acquisition financing facility, various asset finance facilities and overdraft facilities to an Irish corporate
    • an Irish bank on the provision of development financing relating to a number of residential and student accommodation developments  
    • a prominent property developer on its entry into a €70m development financing facility relating to the construction of a number of office blocks
    • a hospitality group on the restructuring of its existing operations, the refinancing of six hotels and acquisition financing in relation to a seventh hotel
    • acquirers and vendors in respect of a number of loan portfolio sales
    • Castlehaven Finance on the provisions of facilities to the O’Brien and O’Flynn Group to allow it to exit both liquidation and examinership and to provide development finance for two residential development sites



    BCL (University College Cork)
    LLM by research (University College Cork)
    Diploma in Finance Law (Law Society of Ireland)


    Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland.


    Cian is recognised for exceptional standing in the legal community in Chambers Global, Chambers Europe and The Legal 500. Clients describe Cian as:

    • "professional, diligent and with a strong knowledge of banking and finance." - The Legal 500 (2022)
    • "Cian and his team at RDJ are consistently excellent, provide a top tier level of service, and always go over and above expectation to get the job done. I have found them to be fantastic on all projects and have worked with them multiple times over a number of years."- The Legal 500 (2022)
    • "extremely knowledgeable and provides a standout level of service to his clients."- The Legal 500 (2022)
    • “clear in his advice, timely in his response times and value-adding for us at all stages of the transaction process." - Chambers Europe(2022)
    • "responsive, personable and easy to work with" - Chambers Europe (2021).
    • "very knowledgeable and approachable. He always anticipates the next steps in a transaction, making it as easy to navigate as possible" - The Legal 500 (2021)
    • "outstanding in terms of service, delivery, advice, competence and thoroughness" - The Legal 500 (2021)


    Cian is also recognised in Who’s Who Legal: Hospitality 2021 with one client describing him as delivering advice in a "very clear and concise manner” and another adding “on a number of matters, he proposed solutions that were instrumental in moving the deals forward.”

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