Neil advises a wide range of financial institutions, private equity sponsors, borrowers and investment funds with respect to financing transactions as well as ABS structured products and programmes.

Neil is a Partner in the Banking and Finance team. The focus of his practice is on corporate banking, structured finance, securitisation, and project finance. 

Neil is highly rated by Chambers Global, Legal 500 and IFLR in which he is said to provide "valuable and strategic advise" being "very knowledgeable and experienced", with sources noting "he is keen to build a long-term relationship, provides good advice and concisely explains the commercial implications of legal issues arising in a transaction." Neil's team is noted for having "an impressive roster of clients" which "punches above its weight". 

Experience

  • Acted for a number of buy-side institutional investors in respect of their purahcse of circa. €400m secured loan notes issued by Elm Corporate Credit, managed by Dunport Capital - Finance Dublin 2018 Credit Securitisation Deal of the Year.
  • Acted for InfraVia private equity fund in respect of its circa. €200m facilities, arranged by Barclays, to acquire Mater Private Hospital Group - Finance Dublin 2018 Acquisition Finance Deal of the Year. 
  • Acted for Ding in its leveraged acquisition facilities from AIB - Finance Dublin 2015 Mid Market Deal of the Year.
  • Acted for the MBO team in financing its purchase of Elverys out of Examinership (Chapter 11) - Finance Dublin 2014 Mid Market Deal of the Year.
  • Acted for Kendrick Investments Ltd in financing it's acquisition of circa €400m syndicated loan and trade finance facilities to IBRC (formerly Anglo Irish Bank) - Finance Dublin 2013 Deal of the Year. 
  • Acted for Goldman Sachs in relation to certain bid finance inversion transactions. 
  • Acted for Nomura International and Deutsche Bank in relation to their structured finance and derivative operations. 
  • Acted as local counsel for Corporate trustees in a variety of secured debt capital market products. 
  • Acted for the pension trustees of a large multi-national pharma company in putting in place complex contingent asset arrangements for a circa €100m deficit in a defined benefit pension scheme.
  • Acted for international private equity sponsors in relation to their leveraged acquisition facilities to acquire businesses across a range of sectors. 
  • Acted for a number of FinTech companies on their set up of payments and blockchain operations. 
  • Acted for a number of regulated investment funds on their fund finance facilities. 
  • Acted for Nomura in relation to their ABS derivative exposures and the c-$700m insolvency of Structured Credit Company and its chapter 11 examinership. 
  • Acted for Nomura and Citi in relation to their structured products exposures and the $1bn insolvency of International Securities Trading Corporation Plc, and its (chapter 11) examinership. 
  • Acted for Ding in its leveraged acquisition facilities from AIB - Finance Dublin 2015 Mid Market Deal of the Year.
  • Acted for the MBO team in financing its purchase of Elverys out of Examinership (Chapter 11) - Finance Dublin 2014 Mid Market Deal of the Year.
  • Acted for Kendrick Investments Ltd in financing it's acquisition of circa €400m syndicated loan and trade finance facilities to IBRC (formerly Anglo Irish Bank) - Finance Dublin 2013 Deal of the Year. 
  • Acted for Goldman Sachs and CarVal SPVs in respect of portfolios of loan sales and distressed loan restructurings.
  • Acted for Pepper Asset Services and Capita Asset Services in respect of their credit servicing operations.
  • Acted for AIB, Bank of Ireland and Ulster Bank in their financing across all sectors. 

Contact Neil

+ 353 1 638 5876
nokeeffe@lkshields.ie

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Recommended for Banking and Finance.

Legal 500 2019
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Recommended for Banking and Finance.

Chambers Europe 2019
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The ‘very capable’ Neil O’Keeffe, who has ‘a very strong knowledge of property-related matters’ is recommended for Banking & Finance.

Legal 500 2018
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Recommended for Banking and Finance.

Chambers Europe 2018
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Neil O'Keeffe is described as "very knowledgeable and experienced," with sources noting: "He is keen to build a long-term relationship, provides good advice and concisely explains the commercial implications of legal issues arising in a transaction."

Chambers Global 2018
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Recommended for Banking and Finance.

Chambers Europe 2017
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"Keeps us fully appraised of the risk and applies practical solutions".

Chambers Global 2017
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Recommended for Banking and Finance.

Chambers Europe 2016
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Recommended for Banking and Finance.

Legal 500 2016
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Impresses clients with his industry knowledge, providing "vital and valued advice" on financial deals. "He is responsive, and can understand the client's positions and come up with a good compromise".

Chambers Global 2016
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Recommended for Banking and Finance.

IFLR 1000 2016
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Recommended for Banking and Finance.

IFLR 1000 2015
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Neil O’Keeffe provides ‘valuable and strategic advice’.

Legal 500 2014
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Overall, clients appreciate [Neil O’Keeffe’s] team’s technical ability, strong partner involvement, speed of response and multi-disciplinary expertise.

Chamber Global 2014
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"Extremely proactive in identifying ancillary or related issues in transactions".

Legal 500 2013
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  • Admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales (Non-Practising)
    Law Society of England & Wales
    2010
  • Admitted as a Solicitor in Ireland
    Law Society of Ireland
    2006
  • Masters in Law (LLM)
    University College London
    2002
  • Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL)
    University College Dublin
    2001

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