Elaine Hanly


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Elaine is a Consultant in William Fry’s Banking & Financial Services Department. She advises on syndicated loans, structured finance transactions, large ticket leasing, PPP and project finance transactions, derivatives, debt capital market issues, securitisations and advises generally on the establishment of financial institutions in Ireland (including banking and agency treasury operations) and the regulatory regime.

Recent significant deals include advising:

  • Ardagh Packaging Group plc on all Irish law aspects of the proposed US$4.5bn bond issuance and security package.
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch who provided financing  to Medtronic Inc., the world’s largest stand-alone medical device maker for the purposes of acquiring  Covidien p.l.c, an Irish based maker of devices used in a range of surgical procedures for $42.9bn in cash and stock. 
  • Barclays in relation to the issuance by INEOS Finance Plc, a subsidiary of INEOS Group Holdings S.A., of €770m of 4% senior secured notes due 2023.
  • Fitch Ratings, Inc in relation to the rating of €8,000,000,000 mortgage backed floating notes due November 2049 of Fastnet Services 3 Limited.
  • ARHL Retail Holdings Ltd (member of the Selfridges Group) on all legal aspects of its acquisition of Arnotts department store.
  • European Investment Bank on the refinancing of facilities with Ervia following the transfer of assets by Ervia to Bord Gais Networks Ireland. 
  • Bank of Ireland in the provision of funding to construct and operate upgrades to N7 and N11 Roads.
  • Lloyds TSB Bank plc on the leveraged refinancing for the sponsor-owned David Lloyd Group. 

Elaine is a member of the Law Society of Ireland and the Irish Business Employers Confederation’s Public Private Partnership (PPP) Group. 

One interviewee describes Elaine as "very good - she knows her stuff and understands the technicalities." Another says Elaine has a "very strong technical understanding, is solution-driven and will seek to be very commercial in assessing transactions." Chambers Europe 2019

"Ms Hanley's perspective and experience on banking issues is unmatched." IFLR 1000 2019 

Elaine has been listed in the IFLR1000 Women Leaders 2019 which recognises a select group of 300+ lawyers who are the best female IFLR1000 Leading Lawyers working in their areas nationally.

Sources say Elaine is "pragmatic, diligent and goal-oriented," adding: "She tries to work with clients to find solutions rather than throwing up problems for the client and is comfortable driving an aggressive timetable."  Chambers Global 2018

Elaine is listed in Best Lawyers 2019 under 'The Best Lawyers in Ireland' for work in Banking Law and Finance Law. 

According to Legal 500 EMEA 2017, William Fry excels in real estate finance, where Elaine Hanly is ‘an excellent and thorough banking lawyer’.

Chambers Global 2016 describe Elaine as is highly experienced in all aspects of matters such as debt restructuring, project finance and syndicated lending. Sources consider her a "very strong personality. She knows what can be achieved and what direction to steer us in on the hard questions. She has the reputation and strength to deal with tricky issues."

In relation to her debt capital markets practice, Chambers Global, 2016, reports "Elaine Hanly acted for Ardagh Group on the issuance of several senior notes programmes. She is an experienced finance partner with strong DCM credentials who clients value as "someone who understands our business, and applies her expertise accordingly."

The Legal 500 2016, reports "Team head Elaine Hanly is ‘an influential lawyer’. 

In Chambers Global 2015 Elaine receives praise for her pragmatic approach: "She manages to distil the advice from a technical legal point of view into a business suggestion." With Legal 500 2015 saying that Elaine's team provides ‘proactive service’.


Elaine Hanly

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