The Regulatory Enforcement Group is a team of lawyers focused on providing a rapid response to clients in regulatory enforcement situations. The team includes lawyers specialising in all areas of financial services, including banking, asset management and investment funds, insurance and pensions. Lawyers practising in company law, competition law, litigation and data protection also support the Group’s work.
Our clients include State Authorities and Regulators, fund managers, investment funds, financial institutions, insurers and reinsurers, public companies and other businesses. We advise on the full range of regulatory, compliance and enforcement issues.
We have unrivalled experience in advising clients on enforcement actions involving State Authorities including the Financial Regulator, the Director of Corporate Enforcement, the Financial Services Ombudsman, Data Protection Commissioner, An Garda Síochána, the Takeover Panel and the Competition Authority.
Our team comprises experienced practitioners with complementary skills and specialisations, and a track record of providing a rapid response in helping clients through enforcement situations.
Clients value John Larkin's 'fantastic network – he knows everyone in the business in Ireland and further afield.'
Chambers Europe, 2012
John Larkin is highlighted for his ‘keen understanding of the financial services environment’,
Legal 500 EMEA, 2012 - Insurance
Clients rave about long-standing insurance and reinsurance expert John Larkin, observing that he 'has excellent intuition about the international insurance market, a great deal of experience, and he's highly practical and demonstrative in what he says.'
Chambers Europe, 2011 - Insurance
John Larkin is ‘one of the top two insurance specialists in Ireland’.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2010 – Insurance
Orla Brennan is highlighted for her 'all-round excellence’.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2012 - Banking & Finance
'Sources hail Orla Brennan's dedication to her work and her ability to convey the most complicated legal technicalities in a clear and understandable way.'
Chambers Global 2011 - Banking & Finance
Orla Brennan is ‘particularly good’.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2010 - Banking and Finance
Orla Brennan has substantial experience within domestic and international banking and finance.
Chambers Global, 2010 – Banking and Finance
Garrett is lauded for his ‘extensive experience’ of the Commercial Division of the High Court.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2011 - Dispute Resolution
Garrett Breen is recommended as a ‘leading lawyer’ in Dispute Resolution.
European Legal Experts, 2011 - Dispute Resolution
William Fry bolstered its regulatory offering in 2009 through the hire of Garrett Breen, formerly managing partner of Landwell Solicitors.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2010 – Dispute Resolution
Cormac Commins 'puts himself out to understand his clients and fits his advice to what we need. He is versatile and will adapt his style to his client'.
Chambers Europe, 2012
Cormac Commins has ‘excellent business acumen’.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2012 - Investment Funds
Cormac Commins has a ‘sharp intellect’.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2011 - Investment Funds
Cormac Commins is recommended for his ‘ability to work intuitively with in-house counsel’.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2010 – Investment Funds
Cormac Commins is praised as being ‘particularly excellent on UCITS, but with a great overall knowledge of the industry’.
Chambers Global, 2010 - Investment Funds/Financial Services
Cormac Commins has been particularly busy in the last year and clients have been impressed by his work. ‘He’s very available and responsive to requests,’ says one.
IFLR1000, 2010 – Investment Funds
John Handoll is ‘an expert in his field’.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2011 - EU & Competition
Sources say that 'he has an incredible understanding of competition law, from both the legal and the commercial perspectives'.
Chambers Europe, 2011 - Competition/European Law
John Handoll is ‘among the best competition law specialists.’
Legal 500 EMEA, 2010 – EU & Competition
Clients find Handoll to be ‘refreshingly pragmatic.’
Chambers Europe, 2010 – Competition/European Law
John is listed in the "International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers" (2010) and the "International Who’s Who of Public Procurement Lawyers" (2010).