William Fry names nine new partners

William Fry names nine new partners

Pictured: William Fry managing partner Owen O'Sullivan.

William Fry has appointed Clodagh Ruigrok, Elena Canavan-Young, Nessa Joyce, Barbara Galvin, Deirdre O’Donovan, Aisling O’Gorman, Tiernan Diamond, Barry Scannell and Rachel Hayes as partners in a major promotions round.

The firm has welcomed the nine new partners across four departments — asset management and investment funds, litigation and investigations, real estate, and technology — as well as appointing two new consultants and 13 senior associates.

Ms Ruigrock, Ms Canavan-Young and Ms Joyce have been appointed as partners in the asset management and investment funds team.

A specialist in in advising asset managers in relation to the establishment, regulation and ongoing management of a wide variety of investment funds, Ms Ruigrock advises some of the largest global asset managers which provide a broad range of institutional products, together with niche advisers creating bespoke offerings.

She currently has a particular focus in the evolving areas of artificial intelligence (AI), data protection and environmental, social governance (ESG), and their impact on asset managers.

Ms Canavan-Young advises global asset managers and service providers in relation to the structuring, establishment and regulation of Irish-domiciled investment funds and management companies. Her experience includes advising a broad range of clients on the authorisation of Alternative Investment Funds and UCITS.

She has particular expertise in relation to ETFs, having advised some of the largest ETF providers in the market in relation to the authorisation of active and passive ETFs offering exposure to a variety of investment strategies.

Formerly a policy specialist with the Central Bank of Ireland, Ms Joyce advises on the establishment and ongoing management of regulated and private fund structures in Ireland.

She is also head of the firm’s sustainability and ESG group, a multi-sector team advising across the rapidly-evolving sustainability regulatory and legal framework.

Ms Galvin and Ms O’Donovan have been appointed as partners in the litigation and investigations team.

A specialist in corporate restructuring and insolvency, Ms Galvin has particular expertise in advising on all aspects of examinership, liquidation and receivership processes, acting for creditors, shareholders and directors as well as insolvency practitioners.

Her more recent experience includes advising on a number of significant cross-border insolvency and restructuring processes.

Ms O’Donovan advises a range of clients on all areas of commercial litigation, and has extensive experience in complex, high-value disputes before the Commercial Court. She is part of the firm’s white collar crime and investigations team and has recent experience advising clients before high-profile statutory inquiries and inspections.

She is also experienced in alternative dispute resolution, particularly mediation, including in an international context.

Ms O’Gorman and Mr Diamond have been appointed as partners in the real estate team.

Ms O’Gorman advises on all aspects of real estate transactions with a particular emphasis on commercial leasing, acquisitions and disposals and renewable energy transactions. She also regularly leads on the commercial real estate aspects of corporate transactions.

Mr Diamond practices in all areas of real estate law, including advising clients on property acquisitions, disposals, investments, development, real estate finance and landlord and tenant matters. He has significant experience in the renewables sector, having acted for a number of clients in relation to the financing, development and operation of energy projects throughout Ireland, and also advises clients in the healthcare and industrial sectors.

Mr Scannell and Rachel Hayes have been appointed as partners in the technology team.

Internationally recognised as a leading expert in the area of AI law and a member of Ireland’s AI Advisory Council, Mr Scannell advises clients on issues relating to text and data mining, AI copyright infringement, data protection and AI, machine learning, and AI rights ownership.

He has expertise in AI specific contracts, licences, and dataset agreements, and is very involved in AI product advisory work. He specialises in advising on the AI Act and other legislation such as the DSA and GDPR from an AI compliance perspective.

Ms Hayes specialises in privacy and data protection matters, and by extension, the ever-evolving areas of cybersecurity, AI, data and content regulation.

She works closely with indigenous and multinational clients on all matters concerning data protection and privacy, ranging from global projects, advisory work, data breaches, regulatory investigations, individual complaints/rights requests, data subject claims and general compliance matters.

Commenting on the appointments, Owen O’Sullivan, managing partner of William Fry, said: “We are delighted to announce the appointment of nine new partners. They are all trusted legal advisors who are committed to delivering the highest levels of service and expertise to our clients in Ireland and internationally.

“Each new partner has earned their promotion through hard work, collegiality and dedicated client service over the last number of years. This is a key milestone in their careers, and we look forward to seeing them achieve great things for our clients and for the firm in the years ahead.”

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