Liam McCabe


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Liam is Chairman of William Fry and Head of William Fry’s Projects & Construction Department and has been a Partner in the Firm since 2000.  He specialises in the structuring of complex projects across all sectors and has played a significant role in many of the largest capital projects undertaken in Ireland. He is particularly used to leading and managing multi-disciplinary teams in large projects. He advises clients on liability and insurance in the context of projects and on statutory process issues. Liam has been a member of the Firm's Executive Committee since 2011.

Recent significant transactions include:

  • Leading the William Fry team advising Hines on its acquisition of the Project River Student Accommodation Portfolio (during the course of construction) .
  • Leading the William Fry team who advised Blackpitts LP on the site acquisition, financing and development of a 202 bed hotel in Blackpitts Dublin to be operated as the first Starwood Aloft branded hotel in Ireland and the first hotel to be constructed in Dublin post the financial crisis
  • Advising Aerie Pharmaceuticals on the development of their new pharma manufacturing plant in Athlone
  • Advising EFIV Irish Property ICAV on the development of two major blocks of student accommodation at Point Access Campus, Dublin comprising c.950 student beds
  • Leading the William Fry team advising Parnell Square Foundation on all aspects of the procurement of the new City Library for Dublin including the regeneration of the Parnell Square Cultural Quarter.
  • Leading the William Fry team who advised on the development, financing and pre let of the c.5,600 sq metre LXV Building on St. Stephen’s Green to AerCap and subsequent sale to Hines. This was the first new office block developed in Dublin post the financial crisis

Sources report that Liam "gives commercial advice and is extremely experienced and pragmatic." Chambers Europe 2021

One interviewee states "The team leader is Liam McCabe who sets the high standard of service delivery and is always available for a quick chat on a specific issue and always results-focused." Another says "Liam has an enormous knowledge of the industry and the players and connections. He seems to almost predict what the client is looking for and builds on that." Legal 500 EMEA 2021

Liam has been ranked as a 'Notable Practitioner' by IFLR 1000 2020

Liam is listed in Best Lawyers 2019 under 'The Best Lawyers in Ireland' for work in Construction Law.

One source describes him as "very commercial and thorough," and goes on to explain: "As a client I feel protected and well prepared in complex negotiations, and he has the ability to build consensus among parties and get a reasonable solution." Chambers Europe 2019

Market sources say he is "technically brilliant, an excellent negotiator and always available."  Praised for his "superb technical knowledge and remarkable commercial awareness." Sources also note that he is "exceptionally effective in negotiations on the client's behalf." Chambers Europe 2018

Practice head Liam McCabe is "a superb negotiator when it comes to fine detail". Legal 500 EMEA 2018

In Chambers Europe 2017 Liam is described as ‘professional and personable’ and ‘excellent’.

Liam is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

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