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John-Hugh ColleranJohn-Hugh Colleran


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NAME: John-Hugh Colleran

TITLE:  Partner 

OFFICE: Dublin

PRACTICE AREA: Banking and Capital Markets

EDUCATION: Trinity College Dublin and the Law Society of Ireland

PROFILE: John-Hugh joined Dillon Eustace in 2013 and became a partner in 2015. John-Hugh advises domestic and international financial institutions and corporates on a broad range of banking and finance transactions, including secured and unsecured financings, bilateral and syndicated lending, security and intercreditor packages, tax based lending structures, acquisition finance, general corporate lending and restructures. He also advises on disposals and acquisitions of distressed assets, acting for vendors, purchasers and financers. John-Hugh has considerable experience in reviewing loan and security documentation for financial institutions and purchasers/servicers of Irish loan books, and advising them on restructuring, rectification and enforcement and recovery options.

Before joining Dillon Eustace, John-Hugh worked with an international bank on transactions and new products for its wholesale lending and structured finance teams, including advising on participations in syndicated facilities, large and mid-cap corporate loans and invoice discounting and receivables purchases. This role also involved significant involvement in restructuring and enforcement in relation to a large book of non-performing loans. Prior to that, John-Hugh worked with another leading Irish law firm.

John-Hugh lectures and tutors with the Law Society of Ireland and regularly gives presentations to bankers and banking lawyers. John-Hugh is also admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in England and Wales.


  • Advised an international bank, as the arranger/lender, in relation to the provision of financing to a purchaser for the acquisition from Permanent TSB of a portfolio of non-performing loans secured on Irish commercial and residential property, with a par value of circa €500 million.
  • Advisor to an Irish QIAIF on its loan facility from Ulster Bank for approx. €19 million in respect of its acquisition of a high value industrial premises in Dublin.
  • Advising Allied Irish Banks p.l.c. on a variety of recent lending transactions, including property acquisition deals, the acquisition of hotels and public houses, financing the acquisition/expansion of nursing homes, as well as lending to borrowers in various other sectors, such as food & agri, manufacturing and retail.
  • Advised NAMA in its successful disposal of Project Arch which consisted of loan and security assets in respect of five borrower connection to with a par value of €608 million.
  • Acted for the financers (an international bank) in relation to the financing extended to the purchasers of a portfolio of loans, secured on residential and commercial real estate assets.