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Phelan, Martin


Phelan, Martin

Firm: William Fry
Position: Head of William Fry Tax Advisors
Address: 2 Grand Canal Square, Dublin, 2
Phone: +353 1 639 5000, Direct:+353 1 639 5139
Fax: +353 1 639 5333
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Martin is a Partner and Head of William Fry Tax Advisors. He has over 20 years' experience in advising on international tax. He is one of only six Irish tax professionals to be consistently ranked in the world's top 250 tax professionals.


Martin acts for a large portfolio of multinational clients of various taxation matters including State Street, Vanguard, Kennedy Wilson, and Digicel. Significant transactions he has been involved with include:

Advising Blackrock on the design of a physical ETC US$1bn platform for precious metal
Advising Babcock & Brown on the tax structuring for the acquisition of Eircom Plc
Advising Kennedy Wilson on the acquisition of a €1.3bn portfolio of loans from Bank of Ireland
Advising Smurfit Kappa Group on the largest ever IPO in Ireland


Martin has written extensively on taxation topics including co-author "Taxing Financial Transactions" (Irish Taxation Institute), Transfer Pricing Ireland (IBFD), Income Tax Treaties - Competent Authority Functions and Procedures of Selected Countries (H-K), Ireland (Bloomberg BNA) and he regularly speaks on international taxation topics in Ireland and overseas.


Business degree (legal stream) Trinity College Dublin
MA Trinity College Dublin
Fellow Institute of Chartered Accountants Ireland
President of Irish Taxation Institute


Martin is a board member of Taxand.
Martin is a former President of the Irish Taxation Institute. He represents the profession on taxation committees with industry, government and Revenue.