07 Sep 2022

Dentons adds veteran finance partner from William Fry in Dublin

Siobhan Carlin is the latest in a series of lateral hires by the global giant in Ireland from top local firms

Siobhan Carlin Image courtesy of Siobhan Carlin

Dentons has hired another partner from William Fry to bolster its finance bench in Dublin. 

Linklaters trained and dual-qualified, Siobhan Carlin joins the global giant after more than a decade at William Fry, where she was a partner in the firm’s banking and finance department. 

Her practice focuses on real estate investments and development finance as well as project finance transactions, with her clients spanning financial institutions, alternative lenders, sponsors, private equity houses, institutional investors and semi-state entities. 

Dentons UKIME CEO Paul Jarvis said Carlin's recruitment was "consistent with our vision for Dublin, which has been identified as a specific area of growth in our new five year strategy.”

Dentons hired partners Eavan Saunders from William Fry and Peter O'Brien from Matheson to found its Dublin office back in 2020, in a move that was a striking departure from its standard policy of entering new jurisdictions by way of combinations.

Dentons global chief executive Elliott Portnoy said at the time that the rational for the firm launching its own office rather than combining with a local outfit was that many of the strongest firms in Ireland rely on referrals from firms outside of London.  

Dentons vowed to grow quickly in Dublin and since the launch has made a raft of hires, with the office boasting 26 lawyers including 12 partners following Carlin’s arrival. 

Other recent additions to the office include veteran Dublin litigator Karyn Harty, who joined in August from McCann Fitzgerald as head of litigation for Ireland. 

And in May the firm added a trio of partners to the the office – energy and projects lawyer Colm Ó hUiginn moved over from Shearman & Steling, while corporate M&A duo David McGuiness and Michael McDonald joined from Allen & Overy and Gilbert + Tobin respectively.  

Another international firm making moves in Dublin of late is Hogan Lovells, which hired Birchal’s Irish legal chief Eimear O’Brien earlier this week to boost its regulatory practice. 

And in June, Eversheds Sutherland expanded its Irish commercial litigation and real estate coverage by merging with Dublin-based litigation boutique Kenny Solicitors. The move added partner Graham Kenny and three solicitors to the firm’s office in Dublin. 

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