Mr. Paul Anthony McDermott – Senior Counsel, Author, Lecturer 

We are delightedpaul-anthony-mcdermott to announce the Chairperson of the event is Mr. Paul Anthony McDermott. Paul graduated with a BCL from University College Dublin. He then went on to complete a LL.M at Cambridge University before acquiring a PHD from NUI Galway. He studied at the King’s Inns and was called to the Bar in 1996. In 2015 he became a Senior Counsel member. Paul has a particular interest in Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Contract Law and Procedure, and has published widely in the area of Criminal Law. Paul is currently a practicing barrister, lecturer in Criminal and Civil Procedure at University  College Dublin, editor of the Irish Criminal Law Journal and also writes a bi-weekly column for the Sunday Times. 

Opening Address

Mark Ward – Partner, and Head of M&A, A&L Goodbody


Mark Ward is a Partner in the A&L Goodbody’s Corporate Department and Head of Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A). Mark specialises in M&A, company law, corporate finance, private equity, joint ventures, venture capital, corporate restructurings, commercial contractual arrangements and corporate fundraisings. Mark’s clients include public and private corporates, private equity, financial institutions and commercial enterprises generally. A&L Goodbody’s M&A team is ranked No.1 Irish M&A Law Firm for 2012 – 2016 by each of the leading international research publications – Mergermarket, Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters and Experian Corpfin.

Panel 1 – Ireland: A Hub for Busines

Anna Scally – International Tax Partner with KPMG in Ireland


Anna is an International Tax Partner with KPMG in Ireland. She is also their Head of Technology and Media Practice and FinTech Lead. Anna graduated with a Commerce degree from University College Dublin and enjoys returning to campus to present guest lectures on International Tax. Working with international companies Anna travels extensively, particularly to the US and Asia. She is a founding director of the FinTech and Payments Association of Ireland, which was launched in September 2015. Anna also served on the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ireland for three and a half years and was Chair of its Tax Working Group.

Alan McQuaid – Chief Economist, Merrion Capital 


Alan joined Merrion Capital in 2012 and currently serves as Chief Economist. He previously worked in the economics division in the Department of Finance, as an economist for Goodbody Stockbrokers and as Chief Economist in Bloxham Stockbrokers. Alan has written extensively on the Irish and global economies and is a regular media contributor. Alan has previously been voted top fixed income economist in the Finance Magazine survey.

Frank Ryan – Chairman of the Board of IDA Ireland


Frank is currently the Chairman of the Board of IDA Ireland – Ireland’s inward investment promotion agency.. As former CEO of Enterprise Ireland, Frank has vast experience in the area of business entrepreneurship. In 2013 he was awarded the Innovation Management Award from the Irish Management Institute as well as an honorary Doctor of Laws by University College Dublin.In 2014 Frank received Deloitte’s Indigenous Technology Award in recognition of his contribution to the development of the Irish Indigenous Technology Sectors.


Eoin K Costello – Digital Connector, Dún Laoghaire 


Eoin Costello is a well known innovation, startup and social media expert. Eoin was CEO for Startup Ireland for a number of years and served as National Director for the successful ‘Startup Gathering’ which saw 18,900 people attending 410 startup events in 22 counties. As well as founding and growing to exit a number of tech companies, including Novara Technology and OMNISERVE, he has also worked hands-on with dozens of entrepreneurs when he managed Ireland’s largest startup programme, the DIT Hothouse New Frontiers programme. Eoin is now the Digital Connector at the Digital Dun Laoghaire Project (an initiative of Dun Laoghaire Business Improvement District) whose objective is to build Dun Laoghaire into the leading digital hub for the East Coast region.

Panel 2 – Data Security, Privacy and Cyber Risks

Tommy Maycock- Director in cyber security services at Grant Thornton.


Tommy is a director in cyber security services at Grant Thornton. Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Tommy worked for over 14 years in various business sectors in the area of security and risk management in predominantly operational roles. He graduated with B.Sc. Internet Systems and M.Sc. honours degree in Information Technology from Dublin City University.

Pat Moran – Partner PwC, Cybercrime and IT Forensics.


Pat is a leading partner in PwC Dublin with responsibility for Cybercrime and IT Forensics.  He has worked for over 25 years in Ireland, across Europe and Asia Pacific performing cybercrime projects, information security assessments, IT forensics and fraud investigations.  He graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a BSc in Computer Science and is a qualified Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and is also a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).

Michael Daughton – Partner KPMG Ireland, Risk Consulting.


Michael Daughton is a Partner in KPMG Ireland’s Risk Consulting practice where he specialises in advising clients on the risks and controls within IT and business processes. He is responsible for the delivery of a wide range of services including internal audit, IT assurance, regulatory compliance, risk management, internal control frameworks, cyber security and remediation / restitution projects.  Michael leads the delivery of KPMG Ireland’s cyber security services and he has extensive experience in this area.  Michael holds a BSc in Applied Mathematics & Computer Science from the University of Limerick and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.

Claire Morrissey – Partner A&L Goodbody, IP & Technology Group 


Claire is a Partner in A&L Goodbody’s IP & Technology Group. She advises on a broad range of commercial contracts with a particular focus on technology, IP and sourcing agreements. Claire re-joined A&L Goodbody in 2014 as Partner, having spent six years in London with Olswang and Slaughter and May. She studied Law at University College Dublin, did her Masters in Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and is a qualified solicitor in both Ireland, and England and Wales.

Sarah Lennon – Irish Regional Counsel for Global Internet Technology, Google.


Sarah is the Irish Regional Counsel for global internet technology company Google. The Regional team provides round-the-clock legal counsel for Google’s European HQ in Dublin, which employs over 6,000 people. In her role, Sarah advises on a broad array of issues on a daily basis from providing localisation advice on the launch of Google’s latest innovative products to managing high profile litigation that helps shape platform liability law and the free exchange of information.

A graduate from University College Dublin with a Bachelor of Civil Law and Masters of Law, Sarah began her career with McCann FitzGerald Solicitors. She then moved in-house to work as the sole legal counsel in a Northern Irish tech start-up before joining Google.

Panel 3 – BREXIT 

Dr. Vincent Power – Partner at A&L Goodbody, EU Law, EU and Irish competition/antitrust law, regulatory law and transport law. 


Vincent Power is a Partner at A&L Goodbody specialising in EU law, EU and Irish competition/antitrust law, regulatory law and transport law. He is Head of the Firm’s EU, Competition & Procurement Group which is consistently ranked at the forefront of Irish law firms. He has a Master’s Degree and a Doctorate from Cambridge University and was the first ever Law graduate to be awarded the Distinguished Alumnus award from University College Cork where he graduated with a BCL. Vincent won the “Irish Commercial Lawyer of the Year” at the inaugural Irish Law Awards and was awarded “Lawyer of the Year” for Competition Law by Best Lawyers in 2015. Vincent won the ILO Client Choice Competition Lawyer of the Year 2017 across the 28-Member State European Union.

Dr. John Temple Lang – Former Director for Telecommunications & Media in the Competition Directorate General of the European Commission.


John Temple Lang is an Irish lawyer who spent more than fifteen years in the Legal Service and the Directorate General for Competition of the European Commission. After his time in the Commission, Dr. Temple Lang returned to private practise and has worked at the international law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. Dr. Temple Lang is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and has published a book on European Community law and more than 300 articles on a wide variety of legal and related subjects, mostly concerned with EU competition law. Now living in Dublin, Dr. Temple Lang is a Visiting Professor at Trinity College Dublin and a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Oxford.

David Carson – Partner at Deloitte, Leading in Brexit, crisis management and forensic teams.


David is a corporate finance partner with Deloitte where he leads the Brexit, crisis management and forensic teams.

David is a member of the Brexit sub committee of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce and contributed to a task force advising the Lord Major of Dublin on the possible impacts of Brexit on the city of Dublin. He has advised a major bank on an initial assessment of the impact of Brexit on consumer business in Ireland.

David has spoken at a number of conferences on Brexit in both Ireland and Northern Ireland. He spoke at The Irish Times Brexit summit alongside the Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) and the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. He has spoken at a British Irish Chamber of Commerce Brexit conference, at the National Manufacturing Conference and a Dept. of Agriculture Conference on the impact of Brexit on Fishing industry in addition to a number of conferences organised by Deloitte.

In addition, David has extensive experience in corporate restructuring, corporate investigations and M&A. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, an Honours Law Graduate from The Queen’s University, Belfast and holds a professional diploma in accounting from DCU. David has been appointed to a number of high profile, complex insolvency and restructuring cases in recent years. He has assisted a number of corporates and senior executives in times of uncertainty and financial crisis.

John Mullins – CEO of Amarenco. 


John Mullins is the CEO of Amarenco Solar, which was established in 2013 to source, structure, finance and asset manage large scale solar PV plants across Europe. John is one of Ireland’s leading business figures having successfully led Bord Gais for over five years. His career in the energy sector stands out for its unique combination of international development of energy assets and strategic leadership. He has also held senior management positions with ESB, PwC and NTR plc. Group. He holds a Bachelor and Masters degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from the Smurfit Business School in UCD.

Panel 4 – White Collar Crime 

Michael Staines – Partner of Michael J. Staines & Company Solicitors.


Mr Staines is a partner of Michael J. Staines & Company Solicitors, one of Ireland’s leading and award winning criminal law firms, which he set up in 1985. He qualified as a solicitor in 1974, and graduated from UCD with an Honours BCL in 1973 and two years later received an Honours Master’s Degree in Law. He has been chairman of the criminal law committee of the Law Society and is now a consultant to that committee. He has represented many of Ireland’s most high profile defendants including in more recent times those charged with offences arising from the financial crisis in 2008.

Rossa Fanning – Senior Counsel. 


Rossa Fanning practices as a Senior Counsel with an emphasis on civil and commercial litigation.  He is a former Auditor of the UCD Law Society, was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Michigan and was a member of the faculty in the Law School from 2002 – 2010.

Barry Donohue – Director of Insolvency and Corporate Restructuring in O’Connor Pyne & Co. Limited.


Mr Donohue is the Director of Insolvency and Corporate Restructuring in O’Connor Pyne & Co. Limited. Prior to this position he worked with several international firms including KPMG, Grant Thornton and BDO. He is currently a trustee in bankruptcy over Irish-based bankruptcies. Aside from formal insolvency processes, Barry has particular proficiency in multiple sectors including hotels & leisure, property, engineering and retail. He has also successfully implemented several arrangements between distressed companies and their creditors.

Shane Murphy – Senior Counsel. 


Shane Murphy graduated with a BCL from UCD in 1984.  He studied in the King’s Inns and was called to the Bar in 1987.  He devilled with Adrian Hardiman in 1987.  He became a Senior Counsel in 2000.  Shane has an extensive practice involving the conduct of criminal and civil litigation including public law, commercial law, criminal law and regulatory law.  He has prosecuted and defended in criminal trials and has acted for the CAB and the ODCE.  He is the consultant editor of ‘Corporate Crime’ (Bloomsbury 2011).

Presentation – Current Controversies in Medical Law

Caroline Simons – Solicitor.screen-shot-2017-02-27-at-16-58-18

Caroline studied Law at UCD and qualified as a solicitor. Her career of about a decade with McCann Fitzgerald included two years at the Employment Equality Agency as its first in-house legal advisor and thereafter as a solicitor in McCann Fitzgerald’s commercial litigation department. For many years, she taught various litigation related subjects at the Incorporated Law Society of Ireland, has participated in public and media debates on a number of constitutional referenda and was a candidate in the 2009 election for the European Parliament. She has now returned to student life. Caroline was awarded an LLM (International and European Intellectual Property Law) by Trinity College Dublin in 2014 and a certificate in the Law, Medicine, and Ethics of Reproductive Technologies and Genetics by Harvard in 2016. She will complete further studies in the UK in Medical Law in 2017. Since 2013, she has attended and engaged with the UK consultation processes regarding 3 person IVF and with the consultation process of the US National Academies of Science and the  Academy of Medicine regarding gene editing technologies.

Panel 5 – Corporate Social Responsibility in Law   

Emer Hunt – Assistant Professor of Legal Ethics, University College Dublin. 


Ms Hunt is an Assistant Professor in University College Dublin, lecturing in  legal ethics at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Emer graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a degree in law, and holds a Master’s degree in law from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She qualified as a solicitor in England & Wales, and in Ireland. During her training, she worked as a stagiaire with the European Commission in Brussels.  She is also a Chartered Tax Adviser.  

Sinead Lucey – Member of FLAC.


Sinead studied law in UCC before going on to do a Masters in International Law in the UK. She returned to Ireland where she qualified as a solicitor in 2000. Sinead then took up a position in the national Traveller rights group, the Irish Traveller Movement, in 2003. She then went on to do further work with the Equality Authority and also provided legal representation before Mental Health Tribunals to individuals involuntarily detained under the Mental Health Act 2001. In 2008 Sinead joined the Irish Human Rights Commission as Senior Inquiry and Legal Officer, eventually becoming part of the newly formed Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission before joining FLAC in 2016.

Killian Stokes – Communications and Business Development Professional.


Killian is a communications and business development professional. He has twenty years experience in the Internet, telecommunications and not-for-profit industries having worked across Europe, America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. He has worked as a Corporate Fundraiser at Concern Worldwide, was Head of Corporate Fundraising at Barnardos Ireland and was co-founder of the donation platform MyGoodPoints.org. Mr. Stokes is currently an adjunct lecturer at the UCD Quinn School of Business and the co-founder of Moyee Coffee Ireland, a social coffee enterprise bringing specialty coffee from Ethiopia and the FairChain movement to Ireland.