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US outfit Cadwalader latest to launch in Dublin

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Follows similar Irish moves by Hogan Lovells, Ashurst and Dentons

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Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft has joined a growing number of law firms to open offices in Dublin.

A trio of the US player’s London partners will operate from new digs at Fitzwilliam Place in the heart of the Irish capital, it has been reported.

The short hop across the Irish Sea means Cadwalader now once again has a presence in Europe, after it shuttered its Brussels outpost last year. The firm also has offices in New York and Washington, as well as a base in London which opened in 1997.

The Dublin office will initially focus on capital markets transactions and fund formation matters, according to reports.

The move follows a recent flurry of Irish office launches by major firms. As reported by Legal Cheek, Hogan Lovells and Ashurst have both launched Dublin hubs in recent months, while Dentons opened an office in the Irish capital last year. Linklaters is also in negotiations to open in Dublin, which would see it become the first of the magic circle firms to have a base in the Republic of Ireland.

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Other big players to open in Ireland in the wake of the Brexit referendum include Dechert, DLA Piper, Fieldfisher and Pinsent Masons.

The office openings come as professional bodies on both sides of the Irish Sea confirmed last month that English solicitors can once again automatically requalify in Ireland without sitting additional exams — a move that re-establishes the arrangement in place prior to Brexit.

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13 Comments

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Future trainee at Dogshit & Poop LLP, Norfolk

law.tax.future.

so they advise on the future. got it.

Rainmaker @ Donkeyshit Pee & Wetwilly (erstwhile Davis Polk & Wardwell)

Correct junior, this is what all City firms claim to do.

We’ve all got crystal balls and can read into the future.

Now, back to my multi-trillion pound leveraged buyout.

Disgusted

Gross green ew

Dublin Law Grad

Do people reckon that the NQ pay will be similar to London? Or at least six figures. Not sure how the Dub firms will be able to retain talent if U.S. money law starts setting up here.

roflcannon

Who cares mate, Dublin is a third tier kaka shet city which any sensible person does their utmost to avoid

Irish Lad Who Will Knock The Dust

@roflcannon – sit down and go back to your second year LLB exams.

irish lad

Not really , maybe for the partners and seniors, but i doubt they will be taking on many NQ. They would probably for for 2-4 years

Brexit is for cave dwellers

Hear that? It is the sound of Brexit deflating the UK economy.

Brexit means we're still a part of Europe

“The short hop across the Irish Sea means Cadwalader now once again has a presence in Europe, after it shuttered its Brussels outpost last year. The firm also has offices in New York and Washington, as well as a base in London which opened in 1997.”

You do realise that the UK is still in Europe, right? We only left the EU – we did not float off to join another continent.

CMS Fourth Seat Trainee

What is the NQ like at Cads and would it be a good place to go? I hear the fund finance team is good.

Question

Isn’t this because the relevant Irish regulator no longer wants English solicitors to be admitted as solicitors in Ireland (which many have done so that they can continue e.g. ECJ litigation) without actually having a presence in Ireland itself?

Irish law grad

Not in this case, the office is focussing on the EU law aspects of Capital markets/funds transactions. The law society and SRA have the same reciprocal agreement in place as before Brexit – so pretty accessible for UK lawyers to be admitted in Ireland, but they need to have office in Ireland in order to advise on Irish/EU law matters, seems pretty reasonable.

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