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Partner Developments at Maples Group in Dublin

21 Mar 2019

The Maples Group's legal services division in Dublin is pleased to announce the appointment of five partners including a new Head of Employment. Commenting on these partner developments, Managing Partner of the Dublin office, Nicholas Butcher said: “These partner appointments demonstrate the strong and continuous growth that our legal services team has been experiencing over the past number of years, and will ensure we are well-equipped to meet the ever-changing and complex needs of our international clients."

He continued: "The lateral appointment of Partner and Head of the Employment team, Karen Killalea, builds on our current Employment practice and reflects our strategy of providing comprehensive commercial legal services to meet the needs of our international clients in Ireland. I am confident Karen's appointment will further drive the considerable growth we are seeing from our global client base."

The Irish partners are joined by four additional partners across the firm's global offices, with similar appointments in the Cayman Islands and Singapore.

The Maples Group now comprises over 1,800 people across 18 locations worldwide.

From L-R: Philip Keegan (Partner, Funds & Investment Management); Mary O'Neill (Partner, Asset Finance); Lynn Cramer (Partner, Tax); Nicholas Butcher (Managing Partner, Dublin); Karen Killalea (Partner and Head of Employment) and Aaron Mulcahy (Partner, Funds & Investment Management).

About the New Partners

Karen Killalea – Partner and Head of Employment
Karen joined the Maples Group as a Partner and Head of the Employment team in 2019. She has over eighteen years’ experience advising clients on all aspects of employment law including contractual matters, sensitive investigations, employee privacy issues, GDPR, gender pay gap preparation, TUPE, HR aspects of corporate re-structuring and asset disposals, industrial relations, working time, equality issues, executive compensation, removal of directors and senior executives and the protection of confidential information. Karen’s recent cases include securing court orders to prevent the theft of confidential information, restraining a team move and defending a High Court challenge to the suspension and investigation of a senior employee. She regularly represents clients before the WRC and the courts and has extensive experience of successful mediation and dispute resolution.


Lynn Cramer – Partner, Tax
Lynn joined the Maples Group in 2011. She is a partner in the Tax team and advises on corporate, investment funds and financial services tax matters. She has particular experience in advising on the tax aspects of corporate transactions, employee remuneration and share schemes.


Philip Keegan – Partner, Funds & Investment Management
Philip joined the Maples Group in 2012 having previously worked with a large Dublin law firm and a global audit and tax practice. He has extensive experience in advising on the establishment, operation and regulation of all types of investment funds, including UCITS, AIFs and related investment vehicles. He has particular expertise in the area of financial services regulation including in relation to the relocation of Brexit firms, authorisation of management companies and the Irish and EU MiFID regimes.


Aaron Mulcahy – Partner, Funds & Investment Management
Aaron joined the Maples Group in 2014 having previously worked with a large Dublin law firm and a global law firm. He advises on a wide variety of legal and regulatory issues facing Irish domiciled collective investment schemes (CIS), and has particular expertise in the establishment, operation and regulation of all types of Irish CIS, including UCITS and AIFs. He currently sits on industry association committees dealing with money market fund and limited partnership reform. He also advises a wide variety of fund service providers, including alternative investment fund managers (AIFMs), delegates of AIFMs, administrators, custodians / depositaries and prime brokers.

Mary O'Neill – Partner, Asset Finance
Mary joined the Maples Group in 2014 and advises on a wide range of aviation finance transactions. Mary's expertise includes advising financial institutions, investors, operating lessors and airlines in connection with aircraft sales & purchases, operating & finance lease structures, as well as a range of financing solutions, including tax-efficient leasing and export credit agency facilities. 

Related Services

Funds & Investment Management

Advising on the laws of the BVI, the Cayman Islands, Ireland, Jersey and Luxembourg, our global Funds & Investment Management team provides expert legal advice on every aspect of the life cycle of an investment fund including set up, management and investment across a broad range of fund structures and management entities.  


Our market leading Tax team is at the forefront of innovation in developing new structures and strategies for international and Irish clients on cross-border tax matters. 


Advising on the laws of the BVI, the Cayman Islands, Ireland, Jersey and Luxembourg, our global corporate team provides expert legal advice to corporate clients on all corporate commercial matters.  Our clients include major banks, multinationals and institutional investment firms, leading law and accountancy firms and a number of state / government entities across all industry sectors. 


Our Irish legal Employment team supports our clients and provides expert employment Irish law advice to businesses across a wide range of sectors, including financial services, investment management, technology and healthcare.  We pride ourselves on always striving to add value by actively working with our clients to design practices, procedures and solutions that are tailored to their business, their strategy and their employees.