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NAME: Kelly O'Hara

TITLE: Partner and Head of Real Estate

OFFICE: Dublin

PRACTICE AREA: Real Estate

EDUCATION: Queen’s University Belfast and the Institute of Professional Legal Studies, Belfast

PROFILE: Kelly joined Dillon Eustace in July 2017 as head of the Firm’s real estate team.  Prior to that, Kelly was a senior legal advisor in the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA), specialising in asset sales, development projects and complex conveyancing matters arising in the deleveraging of NAMA’s loan portfolios.  Kelly also advised on enforcement of security, loan sales, commercial lending and loan restructurings.

Before joining NAMA, Kelly was a partner in the commercial property department of one of Ireland’s largest law firms where she acted for a broad range of corporate, institutional, multi-national and private clients in relation to sales and purchases, landlord and tenant law, negotiation of commercial leases, estate management issues and property development, with particular expertise in advising national and international retailers on expansion in Ireland.  Kelly also has extensive experience in advising on the property aspects of mergers and acquisitions, re-structurings and property based lending.

REPRESENTATIVE ACTIONS:

  • Advised the purchaser of a multi-million euro brownfield development site in the Dublin Docklands from a NAMA appointed receiver.
  • Advised NAMA in relation to the disposal of premier retail assets in Ireland, including a large regional shopping centre and a retail warehousing scheme in Dublin having a combined value in excess of €250m.
  • Advised NAMA in relation to the re-structuring, financing, construction and sale of a regional UK mixed use scheme.
  • Advised NAMA in relation to the appointment of a receiver and liquidator to a boutique hotel in Ireland and the sale of the hotel property and business.
  • Acted for an Irish institutional investor in the purchase and leaseback of six supermarket premises with an approximate value of €130m and onward sale of one of the premises to an international retailer.
  • Acted for a US insurance company on the acquisition of its headquarters in Ireland.
  • Acted for a market leading UK supermarket across a range of site acquisitions, development projects and estate management matters, including heading up the roll out of smaller store network countrywide.