Maria McElhinney, Partner - A&L Goodbody

Maria McElhinney

Maria McElhinney is a Partner in the Banking and Financial Services Department and is based in our New York office.  Maria's practice focuses on a broad range of banking law aspects including corporate and acquisition financing, asset financing (property and aircraft), loan acquisitions and disposals and general banking for both international and domestic clients. Maria has advised many of the world's leading financial institutions, aircraft leasing organisations and private investors on transactions involving the financing, acquisition, leasing and securitisation of aircraft and other equipment.


Recent experience includes advising:  

  • The Special Liquidators of IBRC on the banking aspects of the IBRC loan portfolio sales.
  • Ulster Bank/RBS on the sale of a number of their loan portfolios.
  • Apollo Global Management on its acquisition of portfolios of Irish commercial property.
  • Dalata Hotel Group in connection with its €300m financing of its acquisition of the Moran Bewley Hotels in both Ireland and the United Kingdom.
  • The lenders financing the acquisition by Carlyle Cardinal Ireland of Abtran, one of Ireland's largest indigenous business management service providers.
  • AerGen in relation to its establishment in Ireland and in its recent warehouse credit facilities and asset backed securitisation.
  • Deutsche Bank in its capacity as arranger for the Elix Aviation Capital asset backed securitisation.
  • GECAS in its capacity as seller and servicer in the Project Labrador asset backed securitisation.
  • Leading financial institutions on all aspects of corporate lending and structured financing for aircraft transactions.
  • Private equity firms on the acquisition of aircraft assets.
  • On the establishment of Irish aircraft platforms including through section 110 structured financing vehicles.

Market Recommendations

  • "Next Generation Lawyer." (Legal 500 2017)


  • BBLS, University College Dublin, 2004
  • New York State Bar, Attorney, 2006
  • Solicitor, Law Society of Ireland, 2008

Professional Activities 

Maria was recognised as a "Rising Star" in Banking & Finance by Expert Guides in 2015 and 2016. She has lectured on the Law Society's Diploma in Aviation Leasing & Finance, the Law Society's Diploma in Finance Law and the UCD Law of International Finance Diploma.