DLA Piper continues Irish expansion with appointment of four new partners

DLA Piper today announces the appointment of four new partners to its recently opened Dublin office into four key practice areas of Finance and Projects (F&P), Intellectual Property and Technology (IPT), Tax and Real Estate. The new partners will be joined by three legal directors, as part of the firm’s ongoing expansion in Ireland.

Kate Curneen will join DLA Piper’s F&P practice from Dillon Eustace, where she has been a partner since 2016. Kate specialises in real estate, leveraged, structured and asset finance. She has been involved in a number of significant bank deleveraging transactions and also regularly advises on regulatory matters in the credit and lending sphere.

John Magee joins DLA Piper’s IPT practice from William Fry, where he has been a partner since 2016, specialising in technology, data privacy, data breach and cybersecurity. John has extensive experience advising clients in both commercial and technology law including licensing, outsourcing, e-commerce, data protection and privacy, cybersecurity, cloud computing and intellectual property. John is also involved in an advisory capacity on a number of accelerator programs and industry working groups. He assists businesses across a variety of sectors including tech, retail, automotive, manufacturing, agribusiness and insurance.

Sean Murray specialises in tax and also joins the firm from Dillon Eustace, where he has been a partner since 2008. Sean advises on financial services tax matters, including investment management, structured finance, real estate, banking, capital markets and private equity. In this field, Sean has advised some of the world’s leading financial institutions and asset management companies.

Graham Quinn joins to establish DLA Piper’s Real Estate practice in Ireland from William Fry, where he has been a partner since 2016. He advises on all aspects of commercial property law, including acquisitions and disposals, commercial leasing and real estate finance. Graham has acted for developers of complex office and retail developments and buyers and sellers in large commercial, residential and loan portfolio sales, banks and various high profile foreign and domestic landlords and tenants in the negotiation of commercial leases.

In addition, DLA Piper has hired three new legal directors: IPT lawyer Treena Dunlea-Peatross from Bird & Bird (London); Corporate lawyer Caroline Kearns from Norton Rose Fulbright (London); and F&P lawyer Liam Mills from William Fry.

These latest hires bring DLA Piper’s Dublin office to eleven partners, across all core practice areas of the firm’s business: Corporate, F&P, IPT, Tax, Litigation and Regulatory, Employment and Real Estate.

David Carthy, country managing partner for DLA Piper in Ireland, said: “Multinationals and Irish companies doing business internationally demand a truly global law firm in Ireland and one with a truly global mind-set. Clients are enthusiastic about our innovative approach to legal services – that we work differently; with diversity, embracing radical change and being a trusted business adviser at the heart of our commitment to clients in the Irish legal market and beyond. I am delighted that DLA Piper is driving the evolution of the Irish legal market. This has helped us differentiate ourselves from existing Irish law firms, which in turn, has helped us win new client relationships, attract talent and build a full-service team, with more strategic hires planned in the coming months.”

Sandra Wallace, DLA Piper’s joint managing director, UK and Europe, said: “These are exciting times in the Irish legal market and our latest hires confirm the momentum behind DLA Piper’s plans to introduce a different type of legal advisor. As the market evolves, we are building a highly skilled, sector-focused team that mirrors the expectations of our clients – globally-focused businesses that operate in an increasingly complex commercial, legal and compliance landscape. These new hires demonstrate our strong commitment to building a full-service presence in Ireland that disrupts the status quo and, for the first time providing innovative and ambitious companies located in Ireland with access to a truly global legal platform.”

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