Donna is head of the European aviation practice in Maples and Calder advising on tax efficient leasing and financing structures, in addition to platform establishments and transportation business acquisitions and disposals, all from an Irish law perspective.
Having worked on the acquisition, finance, leasing and disposal of transportation assets for more than 15 years, Donna has extensive industry and structuring knowledge, notably in the aviation sector where she specialises. Regarded by her clients as practical and commercial, Donna's expertise extends across all transportation assets and her London city training provides for a unique and refreshing approach to the role of Irish counsel.
Donna joined Maples and Calder in 2015. Following time spent as a partner in the asset finance team of Simmons and Simmons, London. Prior to that Donna worked for nine years at Clifford Chance, London, having started her career with Freshfields and moving to Airbus S.A.S. in Toulouse, France where she gained valuable technical, commercial and sought after MRO knowledge.
Donna has been described by Legal 500 as being part of a "new generation of partners" who focus on finding innovative solutions to ensure the spirit of the deal remains paramount. She has been ranked by Chambers Global and listed as a leading lawyer in her field by IFLR.
Qualifying Lawyers Transfer Scheme, 2011
Inns of Court School of Law, London, Bar Vocation Course, 1998
City University London, Post Graduate Diploma in Law, 1998
Sheffield Hallam University, LLB (Hons), 1997
2015 - Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland
2011 - Admitted as a Solicitor-Advocate in England & Wales (not practising as an English solicitor)
2001 - Called to the Bar of England & Wales