Brexit Working Group Member Bios
Brexit Working Group Member Bios
US Country Manager
BANK OF IRELAND
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.
Rachel Brandenburger is licensed as a foreign legal consultant in New York and admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales. Rachel became a Senior Advisor to Hogan Lovells in 2014 and is recognized as a leading international antitrust and competition law and policy advisor. She has been named by Chambers as one of the top 20 antitrust and competition law and policy advisors globally.
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. These included the eBooks investigation, the Deutsche Boerse/NYSE transaction, the merger between United Technologies Corporation and Goodrich Corporation, revised best practices regarding cooperation in merger investigations with the European Commission, and memoranda of understanding with the Chinese and Indian antitrust agencies.
Before that, Rachel was a partner for 21 years at a leading international firm. 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.
Rachel is a Non-Governmental Advisor to the International Competition Network and a member of the International Task Force of the American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law. She is also a frequent speaker and writer on international antitrust and competition law and policy issues, and a member of two editorial boards.
Clair L Smith
Senior Business Development Manager
Clair Smith is an experienced banking professional, with a wealth of hands on experience helping corporates navigate complex global supply chains. Working closely with government bodies to help facilitate cross border trade, efficiently and safely.
Clair has worked in the UK and United States, for HSBC as a Relationship Director, and working capital specialist, with her current role specializing in global trade solutions.
She is originally from Scotland, and completed a Masters in Medical Biochemistry at the University of Glasgow alongside a year placement in Milan, before commencing her career in corporate banking.
Associate Relationship Manager
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.
Peter Walker is a partner in A&L Goodbody’s Finance Group and currently heads the Capital Markets (Debt) and Structured Finance Group. He is also a member of the firm’s Brexit Group, FinTech Group and Fund Solutions Group. Peter has a broad practice area which covers all forms of debt capital markets, financing, funds structuring and regulatory matters.
Director, Int’l. Regulatory & Government Affairs