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Martin Phelan
+353 1-266-1110
+353 87 9973362
Simmons & Simmons
Waterways House Grand Canal Quay
Dublin, D02 NF40
Simmons & Simmons, Dublin, Ireland
    A dynamic professional and business mentor. Specialising in international tax and arbitration. Particular interest in international tax disputes and resolution procedures. A qualified lawyer, tax adviser, arbitrator and accountant.
    International tax partner with Simmons & Simmons, based in Dublin.
    Secretary General of CFE Tax Advisers Europe, the representative body for over 200,000 tax professionals in Europe.
  • Barrister-at-law BL
  • Chartered Accountant
  • Chartered Tax Advisor
Professional Highlights
    Significant transactions he has been involved with include:
    • Advising ESAT Telecom on the takeover by British Telecom
    • Advising Babcock & Brown on the tax structuring for the acquisition of Eircom Plc
    • Advising on the leverage LBO of Digicel Inc
    • Advising Smurfit Kappa Group on the largest ever IPO in Ireland
    • Advising Fairfax on its investment in Bank of Ireland plc
    • Advising Blackrock on the first ever exchange traded physical metal fund in Ireland, ishares physical metals plc.

    Martin is a Council member and Deputy President of the Irish Taxation Institute. He represents the profession on taxation committees with industry, government and Revenue.

    Chambers Global, 2011, praises Martin for his 'profound knowledge' that 'allows him to give excellent industry-specific solutions'. Chambers Europe, 2011, reports that Martin Phelan is 'a highly regarded figure in the market. He is particularly experienced in relevant aspects of M&A and restructuring transactions, and he has recently advised extensively on the migration of IP portfolios to Ireland'. Legal 500 EMEA, 2011, refer to Martin as 'highly thought of'.

    Martin has written extensively on taxation topics including co-author “Taxing Financial Transactions” (Irish Taxation Institute), Transfer Pricing Ireland (IBFD) and he regularly speaks on international taxation topics in Ireland and overseas.


  • Dublin University-Trinity College
  • Bachelor of Business Studies (Hons) NFQ Level 8
  • The Honorable Society of King's Inns, Dublin
  • Barrister-at-Law Degree
  • Diploma in Legal Studies
  • University College Dublin-Sutherland School of Law
  • Graduate Diploma; Arbitration law NFQ Level 9
  • Fellow Irish Taxation Institute FCTA
  • Fellow Chartered Accountants Ireland FCA
  • Member Chartered Institute of Arbitrators M.C.I.Arb
  • President Irish Tax Institute (2013)
  • Secretary General CFE Tax Advisors Europe (Current)
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