Ms Karen Reynolds > Matheson LLP > Dublin, Ireland > Lawyer Profile

Matheson LLP

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Partner in Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department and Co-Head of Regulatory and Investigations Group


Karen Reynolds is a partner in the Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department at Matheson, and co-head of the firm’s Regulatory and Investigations Group.

Karen has a broad financial services and commercial dispute resolution practice. She has over ten years’ experience of providing strategic advice and dispute resolution to financial institutions, financial services providers, domestic and internationally focused companies and regulated entities and persons.  She advises clients in relation to contentious regulatory matters, investigations, inquiries, compliance and governance related matters, white collar crime and corporate offences, commercial and financial services disputes, anti-corruption and bribery legislation and document disclosure issues.

Karen has a reputation for expertly guiding clients through the complexities and sensitivities of all manner of contentious disputes, including in Commercial Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court proceedings.  Her clients include domestic and international companies, directors, senior managers and controlled function holders, financial institutions, insurers and reinsurers, fund managers, insolvency practitioners, shareholders and creditors.  Karen has substantial experience in corporate restructuring and insolvency law matters, having had a lead role in some of the most high profile corporate rescue transactions of the last ten years.  She advises liquidators, regulators, directors and insolvency practitioners in relation to corporate offences and investigations, shareholder rights and remedies, directors’ duties, including in relation to fraudulent and reckless trading and disqualification and restriction proceedings.

Karen is a member of the Law Society of Ireland, admitted 2009.


University College Dublin, BCL
Trinity College Dublin, LLM

Lawyer Rankings

Ireland > White-collar crime

(Next Generation Partners)

Karen ReynoldsMatheson LLP

Matheson LLP‘s white-collar crime practice is highly active in representing clients facing investigations and prosecutions. In addition to handling allegations of fraud and breaches of competition law, the practice assists with matters involving environmental and health and safety law. The team also advises clients on responding to data breaches and ransomware attacks, as well as assisting companies in the financial services sector with compliance with anti-money laundering laws. Karen Reynolds leads the team, which forms a part of the firm’s wider dispute resolution practice, with support from experienced litigator Nicola Dunleavy SC.

Ireland > Dispute resolution

Matheson LLP‘s commercial litigation group is growing in prominence, thanks in part to the appointment of leading litigator, arbitration counsel and regulatory enforcement expert Nicola Dunleavy as Senior Counsel, one of few solicitors in Ireland to hold this status, and the elevation of Angela Brennan to partner. The group has a particular focus on technology disputes, financial services regulatory and investigations, insurance coverage cases, contentious insolvency and restructuring, and construction disputes. Tax cases are another forte for the firm. Julie Murphy-O’Connor is another senior member of the team, Karen Reynolds leads the regulatory investigations group and April McClements leads the insurance disputes group. Michael Byrne is noted for TMT disputes.