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Kieran McGarrigle is head of the Finance Group in the Belfast Office. Kieran practices in Finance law with a particular emphasis on banking, restructuring, insolvency and financial regulatory issues.

He advises both financial institutions and borrowers on domestic and cross-border financing transactions. Kieran has advised in a wide range of deleveraging strategies by financial institutions in Northern Ireland and has significant experience in loan portfolio disposals, both secured and unsecured.

Relevant Experience

  • Acting for NAMA in the sale of £4.5 billion of its Northern Irish loan portfolio to Cerberus Capital Management
  • Acting for a number of private equity funds in the acquisition, sale and work out of c. £8 billion of debt in Northern Ireland
  • Acting for the administrator of the Presbyterian Mutual Society Limited in negotiating a funding rescue package provided by HM Treasury and the Northern Ireland Executive
  • Acting for Northern Ireland’s first peer-to-peer lending platform, CoFunder, in the regulatory aspects of its business in Northern Ireland
  • Acting for a syndicate of senior lenders on the restructuring of the Quinn Group
  • Acting for the largest creditor in the administration of the Petroplus Group which was owed circa £3.5 billion in unsecured debt
  • Advising a consortium of Banks on the financing aspects of Tesco’s £685 million commercial mortgage-backed bond issue
  • Advising the University of Ulster in the financing of its campus development in Belfast with the European Investment Bank
  • Acting for the administrator of Coleraine Football Club in the sale of the football club and being retained by the purchaser of the football club to advise in relation to its registration with the Irish Football Association
  • Advising the liquidator of Irish Fertiliser Industries Limited, the largest insolvency in the island of Ireland


+44 28 9026 5541

Arthur Cox
Victoria House
Gloucester Street

  • Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales, 2002
  • Admitted as a solicitor in Northern Ireland, 2004
  • Vice Chair of R3 in Northern Ireland

The “fantastic Kieran McGarrigle is great technically. He has a good, commercial approach.”

Chambers UK: UK Leading Lawyers in Business, 2019

“Kieran McGarrigle is an exceptional lawyer with a wealth of experience. He is a champion for clear communication which everyone can understand, commercial, diligent, trusted and highly regarded.”

The Legal 500, 2019

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