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Adam Donoghue

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Adam is co-head of Maples and Calder's Irish Funds & Investment Management team.  He is based in the Maples Group's Dublin office, where his team advises global asset managers and fund sponsors on the structuring, establishment and operation of Irish fund products. Adam has broad experience advising on a wide spectrum of Irish regulated UCITS and AIFs with a particular focus on the alternatives space, including hedge funds, liquid and private credit funds, private equity funds, managed account platforms, direct lending/ loan origination funds, real asset / infrastructure funds, master-feeder structures and most recently ELTIFs (European Long-Term Investment Funds). He has advised on all types of Irish fund vehicles including ICAVs, investment limited partnerships, unit trusts, common contractual funds and investment companies.

Aside from fund vehicles, Adam's expertise extends to the establishment and operation of Irish regulated AIFMs, UCITS management companies, "super-mancos", MiFID investment firms and unregulated 1907 Act limited partnership and SPV structures.  His practice also covers the governance, financing, cross-border distribution, management and relocation / redomiciliation of such entities into and out of Ireland, as well as the impact of wider regulatory initiatives such as compliance with the EU’s Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulations ("SFDR") and Taxonomy Regulations.


Adam joined the Maples Group in 2009 and was elected as a partner in 2012. Prior to joining Maples, he worked in the investment funds group of another leading Irish law firm, including a secondment to the London office of a global investment bank. Since joining Maples, he spent 2 years establishing and heading the Irish funds team based in the firm's Cayman Islands office, and 5 years establishing and heading the Irish funds team based in the firm's London office. He permanently returned to the Dublin office in 2022.

Adam is recognised as a leading lawyer in Irish financial services and is recommended / highly regarded in this year's Chambers Global, Legal 500 and IFLR rankings.


Adam is an active industry participant. He represents the firm on a number of industry working groups including Irish Funds' Digital Assets Working Group, and is a previous member of their Hedge Funds, UK Distribution and AIFMD Working Groups and Brexit steering group. Adam is a regular contributor to international fund publications and journals, and is a frequent speaker at various industry conferences on matters such as ELTIF reform, AIFMD 2.0 and ESG / SFDR.


Funds & Investment Management

Investment Limited Partnership

ESG & Sustainable Finance


2005 - Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland


University College Dublin, Bachelor of Civil Law (International) (1st Class Hons), 2001

Law Society of Ireland, Postgraduate Diploma, Applied Finance Law


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