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Meet The Arizun Team

The management team at Arizun are committed to delivering both a caring and commercially viable solution for all our clients. We partner with only the best specialists, firms with proven track record, in all aspects of our programme to ensure the experience for all involved is as smooth and seamless as possible.

Our management team includes:


John McDaniel – Managing Director

John is an experienced businessman with an educational background in economics. He spent many years in international trade as owner of a specialised barter trading company that operated from London, Geneva and Dubai.  He also owned and operated freight and charter airlines. He later acted as an aviation and financial consultant in Europe, the Middle East and South America prior to working in the family business on the commercialisation of complex scientific research. When he first entered the residential property sector, John was researching wholesale financing for low cost homes in developing countries. As an American who found his home in Ireland 20 years ago, John identified an opportunity to help Irish families in mortgage arrears who do not qualify for government assistance. He and his team created Arizun’s new STAY IN YOUR HOME solution, which is a unique and innovative Private Rental Scheme for Ireland. 

Paula Downey – Operations and Governance

Paula has worked in senior Financial Services roles for over 20 years. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and holds an honours law degree (L.LB) from Trinity College Dublin. She is currently a director of a prominent wealth management firm in Northern Ireland, and was previously on the Board of Davy Stockbrokers, Ireland’s leading provider of wealth management, asset management, capital markets and financial advisory services. Paula has held senior positions in fund services and wealth management and worked as a Director in KPMG’s Regulatory Advisory practice. She spent 9 years as Head of Compliance of the Davy Group and a further 6 years as the firm’s Business and Legal Director. Paula has extensive experience of managing relationships with regulators and implementing regulatory change. In addition, she has undertaken regulatory due diligence projects, successfully completed multi-jurisdictional authorisation applications and managed complex consumer litigation. Paula is a Licentiate of the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland (LCOI), and a Fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (FCA) and of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (FCSI). She is a Registered Stockbroker and an Accredited Product Adviser (APA) for Housing Loans and Home Reversion Agreements.

Ray Murphy – Financial Operations
Ray is an experienced Chartered Tax Advisor and financial manager. His tax practice has included several prominent clients and projects in the property and entertainment sectors. Ray started his career with the Revenue Commissioners after which he moved into private practice. He has had his own tax practice since 2009, before which he worked with DLTM Taxation Limited where he was responsible for the establishment and development of the Taxation Consultancy & Planning arm of the accountancy firm Delaney Locke & Thorpe. His emphasis was on the property, manufacturing and medical sectors. Between 2003 and 2005, Ray managed an international property portfolio of more than €3.0 billion across Ireland, UK, USA, Japan, Vietnam and Europe. This project included the sourcing of finance, preparation and execution of business plans, negotiations with tenants and liaising with tax professionals in the relevant jurisdictions. 

Cathal O’Leary – Origination and Capital Markets

Cathal has 25 years’ experience in Capital Markets and Treasury. His early career with NCB included money market, treasury and credit sales functions to large domestic and international financial institutions. Subsequently, Cathal was responsible for the sale of credit products with a focus on subordinated capital instruments and securitised ABS/MBS. He took an active part in the marketing of the first Irish Covered Bond issue. Cathal broadened his Capital Markets expertise with a further 10 years in marketing of Irish Equities to domestic and international institutional investors.  Cathal was tasked with rebuilding NCB’s institutional Fixed Income franchise after the financial crisis and steadily built one of the most successful operators in the Irish market.  After the acquisition of NCB by Investec Cathal continued to re-establish and build the Fixed Income Business within Investec’s Irish operation. Cathal has a BA in economics and a Diploma in Business Studies from University College Dublin.  He is a qualified independent director and a member of the Irish Institute of Directors.



Ciarán MacCriostail – Property Management & Conversion Administration

Ciarán has over 20 years experience as a proven administrator and operations manager in a multitude of property and leisure related roles. He has particular skills in property risk analysis and project management of complex construction projects, having worked with one of Ireland’s leading property developers on portfolios in Ireland, USA, Japan, Vietnam and Europe (UK, France & Hungary). His negotiating activities include site and portfolio acquisition as well as staffing property administration functions. Ciarán has a BSc (Hons) in Finance and Computing from DCU (Dublin City University) and is active in golf, choral and GAA activities.

The Arizun Mortgage Debt Resolution Scheme can only be applied to an individual home once the Arizun Funds have acquired a portfolio of mortgages from a European financial institution which includes the mortgage currently held over the individual home. Arizun cannot guarantee that any individual home or homeowner will be allowed access to the Arizun Mortgage Debt Resolution Scheme, but if you like our programme let us and your bank know about your interest.