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Bank restructuring, slowly rising M&A activity and official overtures towards investment funds are keeping Irish lawyers smiling. Ireland’s continuing courtship of investment funds, the entry of Dechert into Dublin and the Irish ­government’s decision to split up Anglo Irish Bank means lawyers in ­Ireland have had a lot to get their heads around this year. […]

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