Brexit Working Group Member Bios

Brexit Working Group Member Bios


Rachel Brandenburger
Senior Advisor

Rachel Brandenburger is recognized around the world as a leading antitrust and competition law and policy advisor. She has been a Senior Advisor to Hogan Lovells since 2014 providing strategic advice to the boards and senior executives of major US, European and global companies on international antitrust and competition law, foreign investment and trade issues.

From 2010 to 2013, Rachel was Special Advisor, International to the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, based in Washington, D.C. She advised on many Antitrust Division matters that involved extensive cooperation efforts between the Antitrust Division and its international counterparts around the world. She also advised on the revision of  best practices for cooperation on merger investigations between the US antitrust agencies and the European Commission, on groundbreaking  memoranda of understanding between the US antitrust agencies and the Chinese antimonopoly agencies and the US antitrust agencies and the Competition Commission of India, on cooperation and transparency initiatives led by the Antitrust Division under the auspices of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development and the International Competition Network, and on the competition chapters in the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership proposals.

Before that, Rachel was a partner for 21 years in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer based in the firm’s Brussels and London offices, She led many high-profile and complex cases involving investigations into mergers, anti-competitive practices, monopolization or dominant positions, and cartels before the European Commission, the UK and other competition and regulatory agencies around the world, and the courts in the UK and Luxembourg.

Rachel is Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Oxford’s Institute for European and Competitive Law where she created and teaches seminars on “The global dimension of competition law”. She is also a Non-Governmental Advisor to the International Competition Network advising the European Commission (2013-2000) and the UK Competition and Markets Authority (2020- ) on global initiatives, a Non-Executive Director of the American Friends of the British Council in Washington DC and a Trustee of the University of Oxford Law Foundation..

She is licensed as a foreign legal consultant in New York and admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales.


Tony Dunne
US Country Manager

Tony joined the Bank in 2011 after moving to New York.

Bank of Ireland operates in the US through its Branch in Stamford, CT and Representative Offices in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. In March 2017, Bank of Ireland announced the opening of its NYC Innovation Lab, an incubation space that supports the Bank’s customers as they seek to grow their business and enter the US market.

As Country Manager, Tony has overall responsibility for all of the Group activities in the US. He is based in Stamford and also holds the positions of the US Branch’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer.

Tony holds a Bachelor of Commerce from University College Dublin, is a qualified accountant (FCCA) and CFA charter holder, with over 20 years’ experience of working in the financial services industry. Tony has previously worked for DZ Bank, Merrill Lynch and Halifax Bank of Scotland in both Ireland and the UK.

In addition, Tony is on the Board and Executive Committee of the Institute of International Bankers, as well as chairing its Membership Committee, and is the co-founder of US Friends of Munster Youth Rugby, a (501(c)3 charity) and on the US Advisory Board of Barretstown, a Paul Newman Serious Fun Charity.

Tony lives in Manhattan with his wife Andrea and their two young children.

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Maria McElhinney
Finance Partner

Maria McElhinney is a Partner in A&L Goodbody’s Finance 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 and securitisation of assets.


James Newlands
Northeast Region Trade Leader

James works with our teams serving accounts headquartered in the Northeast Region providing enablement and connectivity with key regions across the globe to ensure that we have the highest performing teams, delivering exceptional client service, worldwide, as our clients increasingly seek growth in global markets. He is also responsible for ensuring that we deliver on that promise to global clients headquartered in other markets with operations in the Northeast. In short, the purpose of the role is to bring the best of EY across the world to support our clients’ global growth agendas.

James also leads EY’s Americas-Africa Business Center based in New York. In this role he works with key EY accounts in the Americas, across a range of sectors, to assist them in developing, stress-testing and executing their Africa growth strategies, bringing to bear the practical experience he has gained in building EY’s business in Africa.

Prior to his current role James was responsible for leading the execution of EY’s Africa Investment Plan. This multi-year plan is focused on building capacity, expanding the firm’s footprint and enhancing EY’s brand across 28 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

James has more than 34 years’ experience in providing assurance and advisory services to a number of the firm’s leading clients in the Oil & Gas, Retail and Consumer Products and Life Insurance sectors. He has also held a number of leadership positions in the firm, including Africa Oil & Gas Sector Leader and Western Cape Regional Senior Partner.

James is a Chartered Accountant and has degrees in Accounting and Commerce from the University of Cape Town. He is an Advisory Board member of Afrika Tikkun USA Inc. and was previously a Board member of the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) and a member of the Education Committee of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA).


Claire O’Rourke
Senior Relationship Manager

Claire is a senior relationship manager with HSBC based in the New York office. She covers subsidiaries of international corporates operating in the US, with a concentration in UK & European headquartered corporates. Prior to her current role, Claire worked as the New York based Europe Desk for HSBC’s US Corporate Banking business, providing guidance and expertise to US corporate operating overseas.

Claire is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland, with a degree in Economics from Cornell University in Ithaca New York, and a graduate degree in Accounting from Dublin City University.

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Anthony Zobl
Director, Int’l. Regulatory & Government Affairs

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Steve Goewey [Proxy]
Associate Relationship Manager

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Dr. Vincent Power [Proxy]

Dr Vincent Power is a Partner specialising in EU law, EU and Irish competition/antitrust law, merger control, regulatory law and transport law for national and international as well as public and private clients.  He is a graduate of the National University of Ireland (University College Cork) (BCL) (where he was a College Scholar) and the University of Cambridge (LL.M. and Ph.D. where was an Evan Lewis Thomas Student).

He is Head of the A&L Goodbody’s  EU, Competition & Procurement Group which is consistently ranked at the forefront of Irish law firms and listed among Global Competition Review’s top competition law practices worldwide.  He is seen as the most experienced competition lawyer practising in Ireland. In 2017, he won the ILO Client Choice Award for the category of “EU Competition and Antitrust” across the entire 28 Member State European Union– these awards are made by The International Law Office in recognition of a partner who excels across the full spectrum of client service. In 2019, he was elected Chairman of the European Maritime Law Organisation. He is listed in the Lloyd’s List Top 10 Maritime Lawyers 2019 worldwide.

Vincent’s practice is for national and international clients and he has advised a very significant number of multinational corporations on EU, competition, Brexit and other legal issues.

Vincent has advised on most of the leading competition, merger control, EU law, cartel, abuse of dominance, State aid, joint venture, pricing, refusal to supply, competition investigations, dawn raids, Competition Authority / CCPC and competition litigation cases in Ireland over the last 20 years. He has been involved in several hundred merger filings in Ireland and the EU and has experience and expertise in all of the issues involved.   He is also the author or editor of eight books including prize winning books which are the leading textbooks in their field.

He has developed a particular expertise in regard to Brexit Law and has been invited to lecture and publish internationally on the subject.  His interest started in 2015 and he predicted before the 2016 Referendum that there was a strong likelihood that the UK would vote for Brexit.