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2017-06-12 07:43:11

 

Pinsent Masons hires three-partner team for Dublin launch

Pinsent Masons is opening in Dublin with a three-partner team, marking its fourth office launch in 18 months.

Investment funds partner Gayle Bowen is joining from Walkers, and will work alongside Andreas Carney and Dennis Agnew.

The pair join from Mathesons and ByrneWallace respectively, with the office focusing on financial services and technology.

Carney and Agnew join from Mathesons and ByrneWallace respectively.

The exact opening date is unconfirmed but it is expected to launch later this year.

The Lawyer reported last year that Pinsents was looking for a new office in Dublin after the Brexit vote, although it was unclear whether the firm was looking for a merger or a team hire.

Pinsent Masons’ senior partner Richard Foley told The Lawyer that it was always Pinsents’ goal to “build our own business” rather than seek a merge or team hire.

“Our vision is to be recognised as an international market leader in the five global sectors in which we specialise. We have operated in Ireland for some time on a range of matters and Dublin has long been in our thinking as a key global hub for the financial services and technology industries.”

He added: “The Dublin market doesn’t differ much from other markets, but clients are increasingly looking for law firms to develop ways to combine process, technology and people. Once you do this, you can start to deliver a service that’s different to your competitors.”

Dublin joins energy and infrastructure-focused Johannesburg, energy-focused Dusseldorf and Madrid, which opened in May, as its fourth office to open in 18 months.

While Pinsent Masons already has a Belfast office, led by corporate partner Paul McBride, this will be its first in the Republic of Ireland.