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Kelly O'Hara

Partner | Dublin


Kelly O'Hara is a partner and head of the Real Estate team. Her practice area covers a broad range of commercial property matters.

Kelly joined Dillon Eustace in July 2017 as head of our Real Estate team. Prior to that, she was a senior legal adviser 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. She has acted for a broad range of corporate, institutional, multinational and private clients on 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 has extensive experience in advising on the property aspects of mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and property-based lending.

Kelly's representative transactions include advising:

  • Friends First on the acquisition of the Citypoint building in Eyre Square, Galway a fully let mixed retail, office and residential development. 
  • A NAMA receiver on the sale of over 270 acres of mixed zoned development land at Tyrrelstown, County Dublin for a price in excess of €65m. 
  • The purchaser of a multi-million euro brownfield development site in the Dublin Docklands from a NAMA-appointed receiver.
  • NAMA on 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. 
  • NAMA on the restructuring, financing, construction and sale of a regional UK mixed-use scheme.
  • NAMA on the appointment of a receiver and liquidator to a boutique hotel in Ireland and the sale of the hotel property and business.
  • 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.
  • A US insurance company on the acquisition of its headquarters in Ireland.
  • 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.