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Stephen Holst in managing partner seat at McCann FitzGerald
Stephen Holst

04 May 2022 / corporate law Print

Holst in managing partner seat at McCann FitzGerald

Stephen Holst has taken up the position of managing partner at McCann FitzGerald LLP as of 1 May, succeeding Barry Devereux, whose second term concluded at the end of April.

Holst joined McCann FitzGerald in 2007, and was appointed a partner in 2017, working in its employment, pensions-and-incentives, and disputes groups.

Chair Catherine Deane said that Holst brought a wealth of experience and energy, with little doubt that he would succeed in continuing the firm’s growth.

“Once again, we would like to offer our sincere thanks to Barry for his leadership and guidance over the last seven years,” she said.

Other appointments

The firm has also announced the appointment of Donal O Raghallaigh and Michael Murphy as group leaders in real estate and construction, and dispute resolution, respectively. 

They join Georgina O’Riordan in finance, and Stephen FitzSimons in corporate, who were both appointed last year.

Four new partners across four different practices have also been appointed – Sean Carr in construction, Morgan Dunne in investment funds, Donal Hamilton in employment, pensions and incentives, and Ian Payne in aviation finance. 

Sean Carr advises public and private-sector clients on construction contracts (including forward-fund and forward-purchase arrangements), contract administration, and disputes through all forms of alternative dispute resolution and the courts. 

Morgan Dunne specialises in the area of investment funds, with his practice focusing on the structuring and establishment of fund-management companies and investment funds. 

Donal Hamilton advises domestic and international employers on all aspects of the employment relationship – including business-transfer and outsourcing issues, complex employee-relations matters, and employment investigations, disputes and mediation. 


Ian Payne specialises in, and advises international leasing companies and financial institutions on, all aspects of the financing, leasing, acquisition, disposal and management of aircraft.

Stephen Holst said: “We are incredibly fortunate to have candidates of such calibre, character, legal expertise and experience in our midst.”

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