Grainne Hennessy

Grainne Hennessy | Finance Lawyer | Financial Banking Law | Arthur Cox


Grainne practises in finance law with particular emphasis on syndicate financing, project financing and real estate financing.

Grainne advises financial institutions and borrowers on:

  • syndicate finance;
  • real estate finance;
  • project finance and public private partnership;
  • construction finance;
  • leveraged acquisition finance
  • working capital finance including invoice discount facilities and receivables and inventory financing;
  • debt restructuring, including debt for equity swaps, warrant issues and debt write offs;
  • financing to Qualifying Investor Alternative Investment Funds (QIAIFs) and Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs);
  • unitranche financing; and
  • mezzanine financing.


In Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2017, Grainne is ranked as a Star Individual and is the only Banking and Finance lawyer in Ireland with this ranking.


  • Advised Eirgrid plc on the ECB (€300 million) and Bank (€160 million) funding of the construction of the 500 mw interconnector between Ireland and England
  • Advised the Viridian Group on the financing on a portfolio of wind farms
  • Advised BOI and Investec on project finance for Cignal Infrastructure
  • Advised AIB on the BWG syndicate facilities
  • Advised AIB on the Towercom syndicate facilities
  • Advised the syndicate banks who provide facilities to the Independent News & Media Group
  • Advised Petrogas on its purchase of its own debt from IBRC
  • Advised Bank of Scotland/Lloyds on the restructuring of various loans, including drafting detailed settlement agreements
  • Advised Kennedy Wilson on a loan portfolio purchase from NAMA
  • Advised the funders to Topaz on the refinancing of the IBRC debt
  • Advised the syndicate lenders to the Greenstar group on their enforcement strategy, including the appointment of a receiver
  • Advised NAMA on the enforcement of multi-asset security
  • Advised IBRC in relation to the voluntary creditors settlement proposed by Sean Fitzpatrick and on his bankruptcy
  • Currently advising Kennedy Wilson on the financing of the Capital Dock project in Dublin
  • Currently acting for syndicate lenders to a number of large Irish companies, including the Dawn Meats Group, the One51 Group, the Inver Energy Group, the Dairygold Group, Coillte, Cignal Infrastructure and the BWG Group.

Diversity & Inclusion

Grainne is one of the firm’s two Diversity Partners. This role sees Grainne and fellow Diversity Partner, Geoff Moore, spearhead the firm’s drive and initiatives to demonstrate the firm’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in relation not only to gender, but also to race, ethnicity and sexual orientation.

  • 1987, University College, Cork
  • BCL, 1986, LL.B, University College, Cork
  • Admitted as a solicitor, 1990