Russell Brennan Keane

Directors & Heads of Department at RBK


Christopher Ball
Director Corporate Finance

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Chris is a Director with Russell Brennan Keane Corporate Finance and has over 10 years experience.  From Donegal, Chris is an Associate of Chartered Accountants Ireland and holds a Commerce Degree from NUI Galway.

Chris has built up considerable experience across a broad range of transactions and projects for private and public enterprises. His expertise includes the following:      

  • Chris has experience leading out projects in small to medium corporate enterprises across the full spectrum of corporate finance activities, including mergers and acquisitions, management buy outs, debt and equity fundraisings including Business Expansion Schemes, share valuations and financial due diligence.
  • Chris has become involved in the firm's restructuring advisory services, advising clients on strategic direction through business reviews, financial forecast modelling and debt restructuring.      
  • Chris advises clients on start-ups and has worked with Enterprise Ireland and County Enterprise Boards providing support to early stage businesses on business planning, financing and strategic development.  

Recent assignments include:        

  • Restructuring repayment profile of €20m debt across numerous lenders including an aggressive debt restructuring program and cost setting exercise.     
  • Detailed financial forecasting and modelling to enable directors to make strategic decisions on future direction of company, including development and assessment of options.
  • Adviser to Management Team on purchase of Irish manufacturing facility from Administrator of German parent company.     
  • Chris has worked with financial institutions and public sector bodies in delivering independent reviews and assessment reports to support debt restructuring and provision of financial facilities.

Karen Buckley

Karen Buckley
Director HR Solutions

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Karen joined RBK in 1997 and was promoted to Director in 2006.  Karen leads the four key function groups within HR Solutions: Recruitment & Selection, Learning & Development, HR Consulting and Payroll Bureau.

Based in our Athlone office, Karen offers strategic advice to clients on HR issues and is responsible for sourcing and placing senior personnel both in RBK and on behalf of clients.   



Tom Donohue
Head of Corporate Services

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Tom is a Chartered Certified Accountant and an AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) with over 30 years experience. Tom has spearheaded the creation and development of the Firms Taxation Department and as a result of which the firm has become widely recognised for its specialist knowledge of tax based schemes, corporate structures, tax based financing and succession planning.

As a leading corporate adviser Tom specialises in  working closely with clients across a broad range of sectors and focuses on advising businesses through restructure to successfully navigate the current challenges.

Tom specialises in assisting entrepreneurs with Bank and private funding for developing and emerging businesses with particular expertise in the technology and bio science and medical sectors. He has a unique understanding of the property market and owner managed sectors.


Catherine Clarke
Corporate Compliance

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Catherine established and leads our Corporate Compliance Department which provides a wide range of services to both public and private companies.  Today, she and her team provide both compliance and consultancy services to over 1,000 companies.  Prior to joining the firm, she worked with Pearse Trust, Dublin and Pearse Trust International, London.  From Co. Westmeath, Catherine holds a Diploma in First-Line Management from the National College of Ireland and has completed various courses in Company Secretarial and Share Registration.

Catherine has extensive experience across a broad range of corporate compliance transactions.  Her expertise includes the following;

  • Provision of all forms of corporate compliance and related services including company incorporations, reorganisations & restructures, annual compliance & maintenance of statutory registers, compliance reviews and strike offs.
  • Advises clients on the practical implementation of Company Law and assists in the company secretarial issues arising out of reorganisations and entity simplifications.
  • Catherine is involved in identifying areas where a company's compliance requirements may be streamlined which includes the implementation of web hosted software and the electronic filing of returns.

Recent assignments include:

  • Preparation of share redemption.
  • Creation of group structures.
  • Voluntary Strike Offs
James Fitzmaurice James Fitzmaurice
Director Client Services

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James, who joined RBK as trainee in 1997 and qualified in 2000, has experience in all aspects of General Practice.

Based in our Roscommon Office, he deals with a broad spectrum of clients and his specialist areas include pharmacy and general retail.  James is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and also completed a Degree in Accounting and Finance at AIT.

Matt Hanley Matt Hanley
Director Client Services

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Matt joined Russell Brennan Keane in 1998 and became a Director in 2007. He specialises in providing focused business advice to a diverse portfolio of individual and corporate clients.

Matt previously worked within our Accounts & SME Division and has gained invaluable expertise across a variety of industries including the retail and hospitality sectors.  Matt is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Ronan Kilbane

Ronan Kilbane

Director of Client Services Audit

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An Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ronan's core expertise is with mid size organisations, mainly in the technology sector where he regularly performs risk reviews, appraises internal controls policies and procedures and reports to the audit committee.  

Ronan also has a significant level of Big 4 experience in risk reviews, having performed a number of large risk and fraud reviews for large organisations in the UK and Ireland and a public sector organisation in Ireland. Ronan is head of audit in the Dublin office of RBK and acts as Responsible Individual on a number of large Audit Clients. Ronan is the Audit Director responsible for training and development in RBK Dublin.   

Ronan is a graduate of UCD, International Commerce with French (Hons) and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2002, Ronan joined RBK in 2006 as Audit Manager. Prior to joining Russell Brennan Keane, Ronan trained in Grant Thornton and worked after his articles in PWC for a number of years.

Arthur McCullagh Arthur McCullagh
Director Accounts & SME Consulting

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Arthur, a Fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and a graduate of Carlow Institute of Technology, joined RBK in 1993 and qualified in 1997.  He specialises in providing focused business advice to a diverse portfolio of individual and corporate clients.

Arthur has extensive experience in providing expert advice on business development & strategy, wealth management & retention as well as general business advice on compliance & taxation to the retail, professional consultants and agri-business sectors.

Fiona Murphy
Taxation Director

Fiona qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2000 and a  Chartered Tax Advisor (CTA) in 2002. She also recently completed an Advanced Diploma in International Taxation (ADIT). Before moving to RBK, Fiona worked with KPMG and Horwath Crowe Bastow Charleton.

Fiona's specialist area includes Corporate taxation and Corporate restructuring. She also has a specific focus on International Tax and advises many International clients on all Irish tax issues.   

Fiona provides taxation advice to a diverse portfolio of corporate and personal clients and has been advising clients for many years on large scale VAT transactions and Due Diligences.   


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