Basic Info

With approximately 600 people, including c.450 lawyers and professional staff, McCann FitzGerald is one of Ireland’s premier law firms. 

McCann FitzGerald is based in Dublin (the firm’s principal office), London, New York and Brussels (the firm is the only Irish law firm to have an office at the EU’s principal base).

The firm is divided broadly into four main groupings of corporate, finance, disputes and real estate (including construction). We also operate industry sector and specialist practice groups which comprise professionals from different groupings.

Why work with us

We offer expert, forward-thinking legal counsel to clients in Ireland and around the world. Our deep knowledge spans a range of industry sectors, so we can see around corners and tailor solutions to fit your specific needs. Our clients are principally in the corporate, financial and business sectors and we also advise government entities and many state bodies, pension funds and trusts.

We measure our success by the results we achieve for our clients. To this end, we recruit and retain exceptional legal talent and invest significantly in continuing professional development. We value our people’s differences and encourage the collaborative work practices that produce innovative thinking and creative solutions.

The corporate group has extensive experience in advising on corporate and commercial transactions, including some of the most complex and innovative M&A transactions and equity offerings, often with a cross-border element.

The finance group advises on the full range of banking and financial services activities in the Irish market as well as internationally where there is an Irish nexus. McCann FitzGerald specialises in advising on innovative financing transactions and complex regulatory issues.

The dispute resolution and litigation group advises on many of the major complex cases before the Irish Courts in the financial, corporate and state sectors and is often the first port of call for major corporates who find themselves in a dispute or who require advice on a matter that may become contentious.

The real estate group comprises of commercial real estate and construction elements including complex acquisitions and disposals, projects work, re-structuring, security and enforcement, tax-based deals as well as construction schemes and disputes for domestic and international companies.

Foreign Direct Investment

Ireland’s transformation into a dynamic knowledge based economy has largely been driven by continuous overseas investment by leading multinationals. Many of the factors that first made Ireland an economic success story endure including the following:

  • Committee membership of the EU and the Euro
  • one of the fastest growing economies in the EU
  • a young well educated English-speaking workforce
  • an attractive corporate tax rate of 12.5% and an extensive double tax treaty network
  • a booming R&D sector with pro trade and investment Government policies
  • a common law jurisdiction with a robust legal framework for the development, exploitation and protection of IP Rights

Ireland has been named as the “best company for business” by numerous ranking publications including Forbes. Over 1,200 companies employing c. 180,000 people have established in Ireland and include the Global leaders in technology, pharma, FinTech, e-commerce, financial services, biotech, energy and manufacturing.

The McCann FitzGerald’s FDI Group has worked with many of these companies and helped them gain access to the vast EU market and talent pool. With offices in Dublin, London, Brussels and New York, we provide cross time zone support to our international client base in respect of all their legal needs.

Market Commentary

‘The firm gathers praise for its responsiveness to the client’s needs, as well as its “depth of experience across all disciplines,” adding it is “very good at managing the process in a manner that invites and encourages co-operation on all sides of the transaction.” - Chambers 2020

‘The firm’s multidisciplinary approach successfully leverages expertise from across the firm to deliver on complex projects.’ - Chambers 2020

‘McCann FitzGerald advises leading domestic and international clients on some of the largest Irish transactions with cross border elements across all practice areas.’ - IFLR 1000 2020

‘Standout group advising clients from a range of industries on acquisitions, divestments and investments. Knowledgeable of deals in the financial services, technology and healthcare sectors.’ - Chambers 2020

‘Their work ethic is exceptional - if something is urgent or we’re up against deadlines, they go above and beyond to help us manage, without question.’ - Chambers 2020

‘This is a responsive, collegiate, and commercial practice. The legal advice and solutions offered are relevant, practical and helpful. Where advice requires cross legal disciplines, the firm displays strong and positive working relationships, to get the right advice for the client.’ - The Legal 500, 2020

Principle Areas of Expertise

  • Administrative and Public Law
  • Advertising and Sponsorship
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Antitrust and Competition
  • Asset Management and Investment Funds
  • Aviation and Asset Finance
  • Company Secretarial and Compliance
  • Construction and Engineering
  • Corporate Advisory and Governance
  • Corporate Lending and Real Estate Finance
  • Data Privacy and Cyber-Risk
  • Debt Capital Markets
  • Derivatives
  • Disputes
  • Employment
  • Environmental and Planning
  • Equity Capital Markets
  • EU and Trade Law
  • Financial Services Regulation
  • Freedom of Information
  • Health and Safety
  • Insurance and Reinsurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Asset Tracing
  • International Disputes
  • Investigations
  • Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A)
  • Outsourcing and Commercial Contracts
  • Pensions and Incentives
  • Private Equity
  • Procurement
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Indemnity
  • Projects and Infrastructure
  • Real Estate
  • Restructuring and Insolvency
  • Stock Exchange Listing Services
  • Tax
  • Technology and Innovation
  • Venture Capital


  • Agri-Food and Drinks
  • Aviation Finance
  • Finance
  • Betting and Gaming
  • Communications
  • Construction and Infrastructure
  • Energy and Natural Resources
  • FinTech
  • Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)
  • Insurance and Reinsurance
  • Media and Entertainment
  • Pharma and Life Sciences
  • Public Sector
  • Real Estate
  • Retail
  • Start-Ups
  • Technology
  • Transport


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James Quirke

James Quirke

Senior Associate, Tax/FDI

Alan Heuston

Alan Heuston

Partner, Tax/FDI

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