Audrey Byrne

McCann Fitzgerald

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McCann Fitzgerald
Phone 1: 35316119125

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Audrey is an intelligent litigator and strategist who brings clear vision to the most complex of legal problems.  Her practice focuses on complex commercial and taxation disputes and investigations, with a particular focus on international asset tracing, fraud and investigations. She frequently advises international clients (including foreign law firms) on cross border issues and has a particular interest in white collar crime compliance and contentious issues. Audrey has unique experience in the Irish market of co-ordinating international litigation including fraud and asset tracing across multiple jurisdictions.  Allied to this, she has extensive experience in dealing with regulatory bodies such as the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation and the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement.

Audrey has particular expertise in relation to tax disputes and investigations, representing clients before the Tax Appeals Commission and the High Court on referral. 

Audrey is experienced in managing large-scale discovery by electronic means in the context of her busy commercial court practice. She has been centrally involved in pioneering the use of technology assisted review (TAR) in the Irish Commercial Court in large scale discoveries.

Audrey co-heads the firms Diversity and Inclusion Committee and is lead Partner for the vision and implementation of the firm’s policies and programmes in this space. 

Audrey is a CEDR accredited Mediator and has participated in many mediations involving a variety of disputes, both as Mediator and advisor.

Audrey is a member of Women in White Collar Crime Defence Association.

Key highlights include advising:
  • A former company secretary of a payments processing company (a subsidiary of a large Irish bank) in respect of a cross border investigation by the US Department of Justice and the Central Bank of Ireland regarding the processing of payments allegedly for the purposes of perpetrating large scale online fraud
  • A UK plc in respect of a complex cross border investigation in the funds sector
  • Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (in special liquidation)
    • on legacy issues and criminal and regulatory investigations
    • in the defence of high-profile proceedings challenging the validity of security taken by IBRC regarding loans granted to the Quinn Group and family amounting to approximately €3 billion
    • in the context of the Quinn family litigation on international asset tracing, countering fraud, investigations and the appointment of Receivers and Liquidators over entities in offshore jurisdictions
  • Financial institutions in relation to issues affecting their security and on recovery strategies including debt recovery and obtaining and executing judgments
  • A Religious Order in the context of the Commission of Inquiry in to Mother and Baby Homes set up by the Government in 2015
  • A large multi-national on its appeal to the Tax Appeals Commission in respect of a ruling by the Irish Revenue Commissioners regarding Capital Gains Tax payable in respect of the sale of certain Irish loans

Practice Areas

  • Anti-Corruption
  • Appeals
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Crime
  • Crisis Management
  • Due Diligence Investigations
  • Electronic Discovery
  • Financial Services
  • Government Investigations
  • Insider Trading
  • Internal Investigations
  • Qui Tam; Whistleblower Defense
  • Securities Litigation
  • Tax Controversy
  • Trials
  • White Collar Crime