15/12/2021 Appointments

Arthur Cox is very pleased to announce the appointment of six new partners in the key areas of Finance, Tax, Technology & Innovation and Corporate and M&A. The appointments further strengthen the firm’s expertise in these areas, and demonstrate the firm’s commitment to the highest level of client service.
Commenting on the appointments, Geoff Moore, Managing Partner, Arthur Cox, said “I am delighted to announce these appointments and I welcome Ciara, Ian, Sophie, Orlaith, Aisling and David to the partnership. They all have a focus on delivering commercial and pragmatic advice, working closely with their clients as trusted legal advisors. I am also very pleased that we have four new female partners. We are committed to accelerating our progress in this area and further promoting gender diversity throughout the firm by providing the necessary supports for women to achieve at the highest level.”
The appointments are effective from 1 January 2022. The firm now has 100 partners and over 700 members of staff in its offices in Dublin, Belfast, London, New York and San Francisco.
About the new partners:
Ciara Buckley, Partner, Finance
Ciara has extensive experience advising clients across a broad range of domestic and international financings including real estate financing, acquisition financing, fund financing, corporate restructurings, syndicated lending, margin loans and ESG financing. Her particular focus is real estate and development finance, advising lenders, private equity funds and other investors on both senior and mezzanine positions for investment, development, commercial, residential, hotel, student housing and forward fund financings.
Ian Duffy, Partner, Technology & Innovation
Ian specialises in advising a wide range of domestic and international clients on outsourcing, digital transformation, cloud-related projects, commercial contracts, data protection, cyber security and information technology. He is also particularly adept at advising financial institutions and other regulated firms on the convergence between technology, outsourcing and financial regulation. Ian also has extensive data protection experience and has worked on some of the largest GDPR implementation projects in Europe.
Sophie Frederix, Partner, Corporate and M&A
Sophie leads the firm’s Venture Capital and Growth Equity practice. She has substantial experience advising on a range of venture capital and venture debt transactions, equity investments, shareholders agreements, private equity and limited partnership structures. Sophie’s M&A experience includes private transactions such as mergers, acquisitions and reorganisations, both domestic and cross border and across various industries.
Orlaith Kane, Partner, Tax
Orlaith has extensive experience advising domestic and international clients on a broad range of transactions including public and private acquisitions, disposals, mergers and joint ventures, group reorganisations and cross-border restructurings, debt and equity capital markets transactions and structured finance. Her transactional and tax advisory experience is complemented by her work on contentious tax matters including tax enquiries and disputes on matters such as transfer pricing and corporation tax.
Aisling Kelly, Partner, Finance
Aisling advises on a wide range of debt capital markets and structured finance transactions, including bond issues, securitisation, private funds and other bespoke structures. Aisling regularly acts for clients on the acquisition and financing of Irish loan portfolios and on bridge and warehouse financing arrangements and securitisation take-outs. She also has extensive experience in regulatory issues impacting structured finance vehicles, including the Securitisation Regulation, credit servicing and securities laws.
David Vos, Partner, Corporate and M&A
David advises international and domestic companies as well as state and semi-state bodies on all aspects of corporate law and governance. He has advised on some of the most high-profile corporate transactions in recent years, including public takeovers, private M&A, rights issues, placings and other public offerings, holding company structures, schemes of arrangement and joint ventures. David also advises on corporate governance and securities law issues for listed companies. He has particular experience in public takeovers, having advised on a number of high-profile recommended and contested/hostile takeovers in recent years, and equity capital markets, where he advises both issuers and banks.