Philip O’ Leary has been appointed as a board member to the Irish Banking Culture Board (“IBCB”).  As Managing Partner and head of the Commercial Law Practice with leading Cork-based professional services firm FitzGerald Legal & Advisory, Philip has accumulated more than 20 years specialised experience in representing financial institutions in the areas of new lending, restructure, asset sales and recovery.

Philip’s appointment to the IBCB was announced at an official launch on Monday 15 April 2019. Philp will join a 14-member Board, composed of senior representatives of the five founding member banks (Allied Irish Banks, Bank of Ireland, KBC Bank Ireland, Permanent TSB and Ulster Bank) as well as seven board members representing various sectors of Irish society and bank stakeholders.

The IBCB is an independent industry initiative funded by the five retail banks in Ireland with the aim of rebuilding trust in the sector through demonstrating a change in behaviour and overall culture. The IBCB’s goal is to act as a transformative influence on culture within the banking sector and to be an independent voice advocating for improvement in culture in the Irish banking industry.

Well respected in his field as Managing Partner with Fitzgerald Legal & Advisory, Philip advises financial institutions and private clients on commercial transactions and lending requirements. The firm has significant experience in commercial, corporate and high value personal and commercial borrowing. Philip’s focus is on result-driven outcomes with a pragmatic approach to the use of legal strategies with an emphasis on timely outcomes and cost-benefit analysis for the client.

In December 2018 FitzGerald Legal & Advisory announced a major expansion of its services to include a comprehensive Advisory Practice.

Commenting on his appointment, Philip said;

I am delighted to be appointed as a board member of the Irish Banking Culture Board. I am looking forward to being a part of an organisation with the aim of giving a voice to cultural improvements in the banking sector industry, whilst  improving customer outcomes. I hope that my varied years of experience will lend itself well to being on the board and that in the short and long terms we can make a noticeable difference to the culture and better customer outcomes of the Irish Banking industry.’

 For further information on the Irish Banking Culture Board visit https://www.irishbankingcultureboard.ie/

Philip O’Leary is Managing Partner with FitzGerald Legal & Advisory, 6 Lapps Quay, Cork

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