Brexit Working Group Member Bios

Brexit Working Group Member Bios


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.


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 and the Republic of Ireland.

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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.

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Steve Goewey
Associate Relationship Manager

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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.


Peter Walker

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.

Anthony Zobl

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