Mary Ward


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Mary is a Partner in William Fry's Banking & Finance department with a particular emphasis on Aviation and Asset Finance. Mary advises on a broad range of banking and finance transactions with a particular focus on asset finance and structured finance. She also advises banks, funders, investors and corporates on all forms of investment and acquisition finance.

Notable recent transactions include advising:

  • Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank in connection with the financing of a portfolio of aircraft for an English based lessor through its Irish subsidiaries.
  • The Korea Development Bank and a syndicate of banks based in Asia, in connection with the financing of a portfolio of aircraft for an Irish based lessor, backed by one of the largest independent Chinese aircraft lessors.
  • Societe Generale and a syndicate of banks in connection with the financing and refinancing of a portfolio of helicopters for an Irish based Heli-leasing company
  • BoComm in relation to the financing of a portfolio of aircraft by an Irish based lessor.
  • DVB Bank Singapore in connection the financing arrangement relating to a number of sale and leaseback transactions for an Irish based, Chinese bank backed, lessor.
  • Goldman Sachs as lead arranger and book runner on a $1bn securitisation of an asset portfolio by an Irish special purpose company.

"She puts things clearly and can really pinpoint the key issues" say clients. Chambers Global 2021 

Mary has been described by clients as "a delight to work with. She is dedicated, knowledgeable and accessible even during ASEAN time zones." as well as "providing helpful and timely responses around the clock." Another client adds that Mary "is an excellent partner and knows her points well. She is able to give legal yet commercially sound advice." Legal 500 2020

"Extremely knowledgeable with hands on approach to work and is very easy to work with." IFLR1000 2020

"Mary Ward is fantastic...she is very informative, extremely by the book, wants everything to be as particular as it can be and makes sure you’re informed as you can be." Chambers Europe 2020

Mary Ward stands out for her work on structured aviation deals, earning her a place in the rankings. One satisfied client states "She is highly responsive and puts across ideas in a straightforward manner that is easy to understand." Chambers Global 2020

Legal 500 EMEA 2019 describe Mary as "very astute". 

One client notes that Mary is "extremely knowledgeable with hands on approach to work and is very easy to work with." Another says "David Maughan and Mary Ward provide unparalleled service on Irish law matters. Their advice is always on the spot, and they are always available." IFLR 1000 2019

IFLR 1000 2017 describe Mary as bringing "great attention to detail and solid technical understanding."