Thursday, 4 November 2021: Today leading international financial services law firm Walkers is pleased to announce that Jonathan Sheehan has been appointed as Managing Partner of its Ireland office effective 1 January 2022. Jonathan will take over from Garry Ferguson who will complete his successful 9 year term as Managing Partner of Walkers Ireland LLP at the end of the year. Jonathan will remain client facing and continue in his role as Head of Tax.
"I would like to pay tribute to Garry's outstanding contribution as Managing Partner," Jonathan said. "It is an exciting time to be in the global legal business and we will continue to build on the growth that Garry has achieved since opening the Irish office with a staff of 2 in 2010. We now have over 140 staff in Dublin across our legal, listings and corporate services business – no other law firm in Ireland has had this level of growth in the same period."
"I am extremely proud to have served as Managing Partner of Walkers Ireland LLP over the last 9 years. In addition to our growth in Ireland, Walkers now has ten offices spanning across 3 continents worldwide, and I have also been very proud to have served as a member of the Global Management Committee of the firm. I look forward to assisting with the transition to a new generation of leadership in the Ireland office in the coming months," said Garry.
Global Managing Partner Ingrid Pierce commented, "Garry has been a huge contributor to the firm since he joined as partner in 2010 and we are extremely grateful for his many contributions as Managing Partner and head of our Irish Finance and Capital Markets group. We are delighted with Jonathan's appointment and look forward to supporting him in his new role. As part of the transition plan, I would also like to congratulate Noeleen Ruddy and Andrew Traynor who recently stepped into the role of co-head of the Finance and Capital Markets team on 11 October, which also marked the 11th anniversary of the opening of the Irish office and the initial launch of this team."
Jonathan joined Walkers in 2015 as partner and Head of Tax in Dublin. Jonathan's practice encompasses the provision of tax and legal advice to clients on a wide range of areas including structured finance and capital markets, investment funds, financial services, corporate, banking and real estate.
Prior to joining Walkers, Jonathan was a partner in a large Irish law firm. Jonathan graduated from Trinity College Dublin and went on to do a Master of Laws at Cambridge. He is also a Chartered Tax Advisor with the Irish Tax Institute.
Praised by World Tax as "an impressive tax attorney", by Legal 500 as an "exceptional tax lawyer", and by Chambers Europe as being "technically excellent", Jonathan is highly recommended by all of the major legal directories for tax. A recognised expert in his field, Jonathan is highly sought after by major financial and business media to provide commentary on developments in the complex global tax sector.
Jonathan is a member of the tax committees of the Irish Debt Securities Association (IDSA) and of Irish Funds (IF) and is also the Vice Chair of the Irish Funds International Tax Working Group. Jonathan also serves on the firm's Global Partnership Committee.