Damien is a partner in the ByrneWallace Financial Services practice, with over 10 years' experience advising clients across the financial services sector on a broad range of regulatory and commercial matters. Clients include fund service providers, investment funds, fund promoters, insurers, payment services firms, banks, market infrastructure providers and corporate executives. He also has significant experience advising on AIFMD, the UCITS Directives, Solvency II, the Central Bank Acts, MiFID II, PSD2, establishing in Ireland, and Irish investment services and insurance law more broadly.
Damien is an acknowledged expert on financial services law in Ireland and lectures in the Institute of Banking on legal and regulatory matters.
Damien joined ByrneWallace in 2019 from one of the world's largest banking groups where he was most recently a member of the Board of Directors of its Irish depositary company, and responsible for their custody operations. He has also acted as a legal advisor and executive in a range of roles including in one of Ireland’s leading insurers, and in the Central Bank of Ireland where he specialised in insurance and investment services law, as well as the general regulatory framework in place in Ireland.
MBA, University of Oxford (Jesus College), 2018
LLM, University of Dublin (Trinity College), 2010
Barrister-at-Law, the Honorable Society of King’s Inns, 2006
MA, National University of Ireland (UCD), 2005
Damien is the current chairperson of the Irish Funds Depositary Working Group, a member of the Irish Funds Operational Steering Group, and serves as a Director of the Health Insurance Authority in a non-executive capacity.
He is a member of the Law Society of Ireland, the Bar Association of Ireland and the Bar of New York State.