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Saoirse O'Reilly practices commercial litigation with a focus on resolving complex high-value disputes for multinational corporations and high net worth individuals, often with a cross-border dimension. She has acted in a wide range of matters including arbitrations, contentious insolvency disputes, investigations including major fraud and asset tracing, and contractual disputes.

Saoirse's recent experience includes acting for the liquidators of the BHS group of companies on its high-profile investigation into one of the largest retail collapses in the UK; advising a German hotel operator in two related LCIA arbitration claims regarding the interpretation of franchise agreements for the development and operation of hotels against a prominent international hotel group; and advising an international bank regarding allegations of carousel fraud including complex and novel issues arising out of orders for public examination under the Insolvency Act, conflicts of law, and limitation issues.

Saoirse also has experience working on out-of-court restructurings and refinancings including advising the board of Byron Hamburgers Limited on the approval by its creditors of a company voluntary arrangement within the context of a wider financial and operational restructuring of the company and assisting Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund in relation to a debt refinancing of Condor Ferries Group.


  • Macquarie sold Condor FerriesJones Day advised Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets in the sale of Condor Ferries, an operator of lifeline freight and passenger ferry services between Guernsey, Jersey, the United Kingdom, and the Port of St. Malo in France, to a consortium of Columbia Threadneedle European Sustainable Infrastructure Fund (ESIF) and Brittany Ferries.
  • BHS insolvency officeholders seek advice relating to investigations arising from company's collapseJones Day is acting for Geoff Rowley and Tony Wright as the insolvency officeholders of UK high street retailer, British Homes Stores ("BHS"), on investigations into the causes of the company's collapse and pursuing avenues of recovery for creditors.
  • Byron Hamburgers enters into company voluntary arrangementJones Day advised the casual dining chain, Byron Hamburgers Limited, on the approval by its creditors of a company voluntary arrangement within the context of a wider financial and operational restructuring of the company.
  • Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund II and Condor Ferries Group complete debt refinancingJones Day represented Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund II (MEIF II) and the Condor Ferries Group, an operator of passenger and freight ferry services, in connection with the refinancing of Condor's senior facilities.
  • CBRE GIP's European Co-Investment Fund acquires portfolio of assets from Prologis UKJones Day advised CBRE GIP's European Co-Investment Fund (a Dutch incorporated fund) in relation to the acquisition of a portfolio of 22 UK logistics assets (mix of development and stabilized assets) and circa 20 associated property holding companies and management companies, and the formation of an associated 85/15 joint venture with Prologis UK.
  • Fourth Alcuin Fund acquires minority stake in Air Charter ServiceJones Day represented The Fourth Alcuin Fund LP, a fund managed by Alcuin Capital Partners LLP, in connection with its minority stake investment in Air Charter Service, a global leader in providing aircraft charters.