Two more partners join the Dublin office

14 Feb 2018

Simmons & Simmons has hired a further two partners to boost its new Irish offering. Niamh Ryan and Elaine Keane will be joining the firm from A&L Goodbody at a date to be confirmed.

Simmons & Simmons has hired a further two partners to boost its new Irish offering. Niamh Ryan and Elaine Keane will be joining the firm from A&L Goodbody at a date to be confirmed. The Irish office, which will be headed by partner, Fionán Breathnach, will build on the firm’s position as leading adviser in the asset management and investment funds sector.

Niamh was previously head of A&L Goodbody’s London office. Her practice primarily focuses on the establishment of regulated funds in Ireland and related regulatory advice.

With over 15 years’ experience, Elaine joined A&L Goodbody as partner in their asset management and investment funds group in 2013. Her practice covers the full spectrum of the advisory and regulatory aspects of the Irish funds industry.

Fionán joins from Mason Hayes & Curran where he was head of the investment funds and financial regulation practice. He brings 22 years’ experience in the financial services industry in Ireland, with a strong focus on the investment funds sector.

Both Elaine and Niamh will work with Fionán to establish and grow the firm’s Irish office and, together with Colin Leaver (head of AMIF) and Richard Perry (head of financial services) in London, will develop a leading Irish investment funds and financial regulation practice, eventually also incorporating tax, capital markets and banking expertise.

The firm expects to open its Irish office in the next few months and aims to build the office to ten partners with around 40 people in total over the next three years.

Partner, Richard Perry said: "We are very excited about the prospects in Dublin. Brexit presents Ireland with opportunities for asset managers and others wishing to be certain of future passporting rights into the European market. Ireland is a leading European investment funds jurisdiction and has proved particularly attractive for the establishment and servicing of alternative asset funds. We look forward to working with clients in the sectors on which we focus as it develops in the future."

Colin Leaver, Head of AMIF commented: "As a firm we want to be agile enough to support our clients as they respond to disruptive events. A presence in Dublin enables us to enhance our client offering. The Dublin office also provides a strong presence for fund formation and regulatory advice in the asset management and financial institution sectors. We believe this will be a hugely positive addition to the firm."

Simmons & Simmons now has 23 offices in 19 countries.

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