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We provide advice on Irish authorisation and licensing perimeter issues, compliance with conduct of business rules, regulatory capital, securities market regulations, payment services/fintech, corporate governance, fitness and probity, AML and financial institution M&A (including the acquisition and disposal of financial assets). We also advise on regulatory enforcement actions taken by the Central Bank of Ireland and the European Central Bank and on industry investigations and inquiries.

Expertise

We provide a full range of advice to financial institutions and other financial services clients on Irish regulatory and compliance issues.  In particular, our areas of expertise include:

  • Advice on licensing perimeter issues and licence applications
  • Advice on conduct of business requirements, including MiFID II, PSD II, the CPC 2012 and the SME Regulations
  • Regulatory capital
  • Financial institution M&A
  • Financial asset acquisitions and disposals
  • Risk management and corporate governance
  • Fitness and probity
  • Remuneration
  • AML
  • Market abuse, transparency and prospectus requirements
  • Consumer credit
  • Payment services
  • Investigations and enforcement action by regulators.

We advise many of Ireland’s leading financial institutions. In addition, we have assisted many major international financial institutions on their establishment in Ireland and in relation to their activities in Ireland. We regularly advise international law firms on Irish regulatory matters. The firm has also advised Government departments and trade bodies on specialist matters.

Relevant Experience

  • Advising multiple clients on redomiciling to Ireland post-Brexit (including in relation to licence applications)
  • Advising financial institutions on Central Bank enforcement actions, including negotiating settlement agreements with the Central Bank
  • Advising financial institutions on the Central Bank’s industry-wide tracker mortgages inquiry
  • Advising private equity funds on the acquisition and servicing of distressed Irish loan portfolios
  • Advising the Irish government on all aspects of its response to the banking crisis
  • Advising numerous clients on the implementation of recent legislation and regulatory requirements, including the Code of Conduct on Mortgage Arrears and the SME Regulations 2015
  • Advising numerous clients on notifications to the Central Bank of Ireland in connection with the acquisition of regulated entities in Ireland

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