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MASON HAYES & CURRAN
South Bank House
Who we are
We are an award winning law firm with offices in Dublin, New York and London. We work with many market leading companies in Ireland. We also understand the many and varied challenges that corporations face when locating in a foreign country. We have the necessary skills to assist you during your initial set-up in Ireland and in your ongoing legal requirements.
Our solution-driven approach to business challenges, which combines commercial awareness with intellectual rigour, consistently exceeds expectations. Although we have deep skill sets in target industries ranging from technology to financial services, energy, healthcare and technology, the diversity of our practice means that we bring a fresh and dynamic approach to every organisation that we advise.
Our 420 staff, including 77 partners, consistently give clear and innovative Irish legal advice to international clients. We also have lawyers with foreign language competence in French, German, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish.
Ireland as a business location
Ireland has a lot to offer foreign organisations including:
a well-educated, flexible and English speaking workforce
membership of the EU and Euro currency zone providing easy access to the EU internal market
only English speaking Euro currency zone member
our flexible tax system
These factors, amongst others, have resulted in Ireland becoming one of the most successful locations for foreign investment in the last decade.
Nine of the world’s top ten ICT companies have chosen to base their EMEA operations in Ireland and we are delighted to advise a large number of these companies. Our specialised technology team operates at the top end of this market, advising on highly complex issues with international impact, particularly data privacy, outsourcing, strategic partnerships and IP.
Another major source of jobs and FDI in Ireland is financial services, which includes banking, investment funds, asset financing and insurance. Ireland is home to over 50% of the world’s leading organisations in this sector. Our dedicated and internationally recognised asset finance team works closely with local and global finance houses.
There are many legal benefits for international operations to establish in Ireland. Some of the main ones are:
Establishment: incorporating a new Irish corporation or registering a branch of a non-Irish corporation is a straightforward and quick procedure. The World Bank’s recent “Doing Business” report rates Ireland as the easiest place in Europe to start a business.
Common Law System: Ireland is a common law jurisdiction. Its legal concepts will be recognised and understood by most foreign investors, including US multinationals. A common law system is regarded as more flexible and less prescriptive than most civil law jurisdictions.
Employment: Irish employment law is regarded as providing a fair balance between a business friendly set of rules for employers while at the same time affording appropriate protection to employees.
Dispute Resolution: The Irish Commercial Court is designed to facilitate the speedy resolution of business disputes. As regards arbitration, Ireland has enacted the UNCITRAL Model Law. Ireland is also a signatory to the 1958 New York Convention on recognition and enforcement of Awards.
Real Estate: The legal process in Ireland for the acquisition or rental of property is relatively straightforward compared to other jurisdictions.
What we do
Our commercial team has extensive experience and a wide practice in the areas of trade, competition, EU law, technology, electronic communications and regulated industries. We bring a realistic commercial approach to negotiating every type of business text, from standard terms and conditions of sale, to complex outsourcing agreements, to privatisation processes. We routinely advise on distribution contracts, agency contracts, procurement contracts, IT contracts and media contracts.
Our corporate team provide partner-led specialised legal services to major multinational and global corporations that want to conduct business in Ireland as part of their global strategy. We work alongside international law firms and the global investment banking community to provide sophisticated and cutting edge legal solutions. We work seamlessly with our highly rated international tax department.
Our team is recognised for delivering the right results in a straight talking, business focused manner. We are active in M&A transactions, venture capital, cross border reorganisations, inward investment and equity capital markets.
Our tax team specialises in advising on crossborder transactions involving Ireland. We regularly structure corporate transactions to maximise the benefits of Ireland’s low tax environment and double tax treaty network. We specialise particularly in developing and implementing business models that seek to maximise the benefits of Ireland’s world-leading intellectual property tax regime. The tax team works closely with our financial services colleagues in advising on the tax benefits of locating funds in Ireland, conducting lease in/lease out activities and using Ireland as a location from which to issue tax deductible profit participating bonds and other debt issuances.
We advise on all aspects of banking, financial regulation and investment funds advising lenders and borrowers on secured and unsecured loans, property finance, syndications, asset finance, acquisitions finance and regulatory aspects of the financial services industry in Ireland.
Our investment funds team advises on all aspects of investment fund law and regulation. In particular, we advise fund promoters on structuring, establishing and listing investment funds in Ireland and we advise and assist fund service providers in establishing operations in Ireland and provide ongoing legal advice as their business develops.
Our dispute resolution team covers many areas, including shareholders’ rights, intellectual property, tracing actions, competition & a antitrust litigation as well as general commercial litigation. We believe in discussing with clients their overall objectives in any dispute or litigious matter with a view to tailoring a strategy which will most efficiently and effectively secure the achievement of those objectives.
Our real estate team spans a broad range of activities for clients in all sectors. This includes acting in the acquisition and disposal of residential and investment property and representing a large number of developers in a variety of residential, commercial and mixed developments. Our lawyers also act for a large state-sponsored, commercial and institutional client base in the acquisition, disposal and financing of investment properties, industrial sites and business premises.
We also advise an extensive client base on all aspects of landlord and tenant law, including the drafting and negotiation of commercial leases and also represent developers in site assemblies, leases and other dealings.