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Bryan Dunne

Partner

Dublin

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Bryan “takes proactive management of issues” and “is a strong communicator who is always available”.

Chambers Europe

Expertise

Bryan Dunne is a partner and head of the Employment Practice at Matheson. He advises on a variety of aspects of employment law, both contentious and non-contentious. This work includes preparation of senior executive service agreements and severance arrangements for international employers, defence work in contentious employment litigation matters and advising on all employment aspects of commercial transactions. He also regularly advises employers on internal grievance and disciplinary processes, with particular focus on senior executive level employees.

Bryan is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association of Ireland, and the European Employment Lawyers Association. He is also a member of American Bar Association’s International Labour and Employment Law section and a co-author of the Irish Chapter for the ABA's annual publication on International Labour and Employment Law. He has also presented at numerous ABA and other events in the US and Europe and has been the European Chair of the ABA CLE teleconference training programme since 2006. Bryan has also written articles for Irish and European trade and legal publications on employment issues, and is a tutor and examiner on employment law on the Law Society's solicitor training course. He has published a chapter on International Employment and Secondment in a leading Irish employment law text, and is a regular speaker on cross border employment issues to US audiences. He is also a fluent Spanish speaker and a member of the Irish Spanish Economic Association, and advises many leading Spanish companies on employment law issues in their Irish operations.

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Experience Highlights

Bryan's clients include a broad base of leading international companies and financial institutions, requiring diverse advice on compliance, operational and management issues in setting up and running  their Irish business.

Due to his involvement in some of the largest Irish and cross border corporate transactions in recent years, Bryan has also built up considerable experience in the varied employment and labour aspects that arise in commercial projects and reorganisations when acting for foreign purchasers, such as the Transfer of Undertakings Regulations, employee relocation and post acquisition restructuring.  He has also led the employment due diligence on a number of high value private equity investments and acquisitions. This experience spans numerous industry and regulated sectors and includes both the public and private sector.

He advised Marks and Spencer Plc in the successful defence of a challenge by its European Works Council to a European wide rationalisation programme, and more recently, successfully defended a leading US manufacturer in a challenge under the exceptional collective redundancy legislation before the Labour Court, the second only such case to date.

He advised on the purchase of a large part of Pfizer’s Irish operations by Portuguese pharmaceutical manufacturer Hovione and led the employment team on the $1.75 billion NYSE merger of Aercap and Genesis Lease Finance, as well as leading the employment aspects of a number of high profile inward investment projects into the Irish market. More recently, he has been involved in a number of senior executive restructuring projects and is currently advising a leading financial services institution on the implementation of a cross border merger.

Bryan has in addition acted for various bidders in the purchase of former State assets, including acting for Babcock and Brown on the acquisition of eircom, the former national telephone utility. He also acted for a major Spanish energy provider in the purchase of a number of existing power stations from the Irish State and the subsequent sale. Bryan has acted in a number of large public/private partnership projects between the State and various international private enterprises, acting for finance houses and service providers. He acted for the Irish Minister for Transport on the break up of the Irish airports regulatory authority and in drafting the implementing legislation.

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Accolades

 

Clients value Bryan Dunne’s "consistently down-to-earth, pragmatic advice on a series of high-level employment issues".​
Chambers Europe 2016

Bryan Dunne "has proactively gone out of his way to adapt his approach to the commercial needs of me and my business". 
Chambers Europe 2016

Bryan Dunne is recommended.
European Legal 500 2016

Labour and Employment expert
Euromoney Expert Guide 2015

Labour and Employment expert
Who’s Who Legal 100 2015

Sources report that Bryan "takes proactive management of issues" and "is a strong communicator who is always available".
Chambers Europe 2015

Team head Bryan Dunne has "a collaborative approach to problem-solving".
European Legal 500 2015

Bryan Dunne is recommended.
European Legal 500 2015

Labour and Employment expert
Who’s Who Legal 100 2014

Bryan Dunne is applauded by interviewees as "very calm, practical and a problem solver".
Chambers Europe 2014

Bryan Dunne "is a great adviser, direct and responsive, with a good knowledge of our organisation. He is pleasant and easy to deal with as well".
Chambers Europe 2013

Bryan Dunne is "responsive and clear".
European Legal 500 2013

Bryan Dunne was selected by clients and peers as being among the world's pre-eminent Management Labour and Employment lawyers Who's Who Legal. He is also recognised as a leading lawyer by Best Lawyers.

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Education

University College Dublin (Diploma in Employment Law)
Law Society of Ireland (Diploma in Commercial Law)
Law Society of Ireland (Diploma in Advanced European Law)
University of Limerick (Bachelor of Arts in Law and European Studies)

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