Firm Profile > Matheson > Dublin, Ireland

Matheson
70 SIR JOHN ROGERSON'S QUAY
DUBLIN 2
Ireland

Asset finance Tier 1

The 'well-established and respected' team at Matheson advises on the financing of all asset classes, with particularly significant expertise in aviation finance, and its broad client base includes major banks, aircraft lessors and airlines. With four dedicated asset finance partners in Rory McPhillips, Stuart KennedyYvonne McWeeney and Stephen Gardiner, who was promoted from senior associate in February 2021, the team has a wide range of experience. It has been highly active in sale and leasebacks and restructurings, as well as advising on ABS transactions, portfolio sales and acquisitions, and the establishment of joint venture aircraft leasing platforms.

Practice head(s):

Rory McPhillips; Stuart Kennedy

Other key lawyers:

Yvonne McWeeney; Stephen Gardiner

Testimonials

‘Matheson always respond in a timely manner and think everything through ahead of the clients.’

‘Rory McPhillips is professional and patient when explaining the legal issues and always provides us with several paths to solve the problems.’

‘Good grasp of the requirements for inward investment and set up and doing international business from Ireland, and of the aircraft leasing business.’

‘A lot of reactivity, high quality of advice when it comes to structuring and legal risks, a strong degree of flexibility for the pricing, strong experience in cross-border transactions.’

‘Yvonne McWeeney has exceptional availability, a great capacity to adapt to various situations, jurisdictions and interlocutors, and a very practical approach. She is a dealmaker.’

‘Rory McPhillips has great experience and the ability to find solutions.’

‘We would like to highlight Stuart Kennedy. He is very easy to work with, has in-depth knowledge about the aviation industry, and is commercial and delivers very quickly. A rising star in this team is Stephen Gardiner, who is a very good lawyer.’

‘A can-do, solutions-driven culture across the team. Significant depth in the team where cover and handover is seamless.’

Key clients

SkyHawk Aviation Limited

Deutsche Bank

Aviareto Limited

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA

Norwegian Air International Limited

Export Development Canada

CDB Aviation

Castlelake, L.P.

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE)

Arctic Aviation Assets DAC

Engine Lease Finance Corporation

CCB Leasing

Banking and finance Tier 1

Matheson's group has extensive experience of syndicated and bilateral lending, acquisition finance, property and project finance, and loan sales. In addition, its recent workload included a number of major cross-border financial restructurings. International work is a key area of expertise for the firm, which has a multidisciplinary digital services group that can assist with large-scale matters. Patrick Molloy leads the team, which includes real estate finance expert Michael HastingsDonal O’Donovan and David O’Mahony.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Molloy

Other key lawyers:

Michael Hastings; Donal O’Donovan; David O’Mahony

Testimonials

‘Strong relationships with their clients and good commercial acumen when drafting transactional documents.’

‘David O’Mahony goes the extra mile in terms of meeting clients’ needs and balancing all parties’ requirements.’

Key clients

Allied Irish Banks

NTMA

Barclays

HSBC Bank plc

Ulster Bank

Bank of Ireland

Rabobank/ ACC Group

Capital markets Tier 1

Matheson has 'excellent technical and industry knowledge' in DCM and structured finance matters, where it is highly active in note issuances - with particular expertise in the collateralised loan obligation (CLO) space - as well as cross-border securitisations. Notable DCM team members include practice heads Turlough Galvin and Christian Donagh; Richard Kelly, who is also experienced in the regulation of derivatives transactions; and senior associate Micheál Buckley. George Brady is a key contact on the ECM side of the practice, which was strengthened by the arrivals of David Fitzgibbon, Susanne McMenamin and David Jones from William Fry in 2019 and 2020.

Practice head(s):

Turlough Galvin; Christian Donagh; Alan Keating; David Fitzgibbon

Other key lawyers:

Fergus Bolster; George Brady; Richard Kelly; Madeline McDonnell; Susanne McMenamin; David Jones; Micheál Buckley

Testimonials

‘Matheson’s finance and capital markets team delivers excellent advice, consistently provides responses and advice within short timeframes and is always at hand to answer any query. The team is focused on delivering effective solutions and has excellent technical and industry knowledge.’

‘Turlough Galvin, Christian Donagh, Micheál Buckley and Richard Kelly all provide an exceptional service with turnaround times that are second to none. Responsiveness, knowledge and expertise are their standout qualities.’

Key clients

Deutsche Bank

Credit Suisse

BNP Paribas

Societe Generale

BlackRock

Oaktree Capital

BlueMountain Capital Management

Funding Circle

UBS

Goldman Sachs

UniCredit Bank AG

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg

Helaba

DZ Bank AG

Ally Bank

Banco Sabadell

BBVA

Sound Point Capital Management

Blackstone/GSO

Ares Management

Crayhill Capital Management

PGIM

WisdomTree

CBAM Partners

Stenn International

Steris

Fidante Capital plc

Ireland Strategic Investment Fund

Willis Towers Watson plc

Eaton Corporation plc

Weatherford International plc

Tullow Oil plc

Fidante Capital

Smurfit Kappa Group plc

Aon plc

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Matheson's 'commercial and technically excellent' team has significant experience of high-profile domestic and cross-border M&A, drawing on the support of its digital services group for complex due diligence processes. It has notable expertise in private equity transactions and corporate redomiciliations and migrations, while the international business group led by Pat English focuses on foreign direct investment. The 'well-resourced' group includes George Brady, Patrick Spicer and David Fitzgibbon, who joined from William Fry in January 2020, bringing extensive experience in advising international clients. Madeline McDonnell, Brian McCloskey, and senior associates Enda Garvey and Susan Carroll Chrysostomou, are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Robert O’Shea

Other key lawyers:

Fergus Bolster; George Brady; David Fitzgibbon; Susanne McMenamin; Patrick Spicer; Pat English; Padraic Roche; Madeline McDonnell; Brian McCloskey; Enda Garvey; Susan Carroll Chrysostomou

Testimonials

‘A fully rounded team with strength and depth. Commercial, technically excellent, well resourced, approachable and available. I have very much enjoyed the relationship with the team and am fully reassured by it.’

‘Padraic Roche has a knowledge of the business, the stakeholders, our aspirations and supports us in achieving our goals. A true partnership.’

‘David Fitzgibbon is one of Ireland’s top commercial lawyers who can engage in a pragmatic way in the client boardroom. He has a good understanding of people and that the differentiating factor is rarely the legal advice itself, rather it tends to be how the advice is communicated to diverse stakeholder groups.’

‘They know our business well and have excellent turnaround times and in-depth knowledge of the local corporate requirements. We are reliant on their proactive as well as reactive approach to ensure corporate compliance of our Irish profile.’

‘Pat English in particular is pragmatic and practical in his approach and is always available to explain and discuss anything. His knowledge of corporate legal matters is excellent and we can always rely on him and his team to give us both comprehensive and thoughtful advice but, importantly for us, in a clear and succinct way. This is not an easy balance for any lawyer to strike but he achieves this each time.’

‘Very approachable, provide great practical solutions, great knowledge of our businesses.’

‘The Matheson team we worked with were excellent. We had an ambitious deadline to meet and the team worked long hours to make sure the deal was done in the required time frame. They were professional, calm, courteous but also provided us with good advice and helped us in our negotiation.’

‘Brian McCloskey was excellent, available at all times to provide advice, strong in negotiation and very good at managing the process and his team.’

Key clients

AIB

AMP Capital

AmTrust

An Post

Arena Pharmaceuticals

Barclays Bank plc

Battery Ventures

Birds Eye Food Limited

Blackbee Investments

Blackrock

Bregal Milestone

BSO Group

Carbon Crowley

CGI Inc.

Chemocentryx

Citadel

Citi

Compagnie de Saint-Gobain SA

Dawn Capital

Dell

Disney

DMS Governance

Dropbox

Druggability

Eaton Corporation plc

Emerson Electric Co.

Equilend

Fexco

General Secure Logistics Limited

Genesys

Goode Partners LLP

HP Inc

IFG Group plc

Independent News & Media

Insight Venture Partners LLC

Irving Oil

JP Morgan

Kohlberg & Company, LLC

Liffey Meats Ltd

LinkedIn

Majesco

Mcquarrie Wayward

Memjet group

Mercer

Mergon Group Limited

Monaghan Mushrooms Ltd

Netwatch

Nomad Foods

Paysafe

Riverside Partners

Rubrik

Secret Escapes

Singapore Biotech

Smurfit Kappa Group plc

Spencer Stuart

STAR Capital

State Street

STERIS plc

Tapestry, Inc

Twitter

Weatherford International plc

Western Union

Construction Tier 1

Matheson is involved in matters across the construction sector, both contentious and non-contentious. The team advises the developers and financers of student accommodation, mixed-use developments, and residential property, and also acts for prominent multinationals on the acquisition and development of properties to act as headquarters. Practice head Rhona Henry is 'knowledgeable and experienced', while Kimberley Masuda was promoted to partner in 2020 and is able to draw on her past experience working as an architect. Masuda advises clients on a range of construction contracts and is 'highly capable'.

Practice head(s):

Rhona Henry

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Dunleavy; Kimberley Masuda

Testimonials

‘Matheson provides our firm with prompt, professional and considered advice to ensure the continued delivery of our projects. They make time for calls and queries and return calls promptly if they are required.’

‘Rhona Henry has been a great support to us throughout the life of the project. She provides support to her team where necessary to deliver results while taking a lead role where required.’

‘I would consider Matheson’s construction team to be a market leader for support with construction projects in Ireland. They have assisted me with a range of matters from large-scale construction projects to smaller more routine enquiries. Throughout I have found them to be responsive, comprehensive and pragmatic. Availability has never been an issue and the team are a pleasure to work with.’

‘Rhona Henry very ably manages the construction team and ensures a consistent level of excellence in their work output. She is knowledgeable and experienced as well as approachable and personable.’

‘Kimberley Masuda is highly capable, has excellent commercial awareness and is responsive and helpful at all times. ’

‘Kimberley Masuda’s background as a qualified architect gives her an edge over other solicitors in this area. ’

Key clients

Aramark Corporation

Brown-Forman Corporation

Cardinal

CLH Aviation

Gallico Developments

Killiney Estates Limited

Oxley Holdings Limited

Saint-Gobain Weber Limited

SSE plc

Sisk Group

Tenable

Tudor Homes

Park Developments

Round Hill Capital

Hines

Google Ireland Limited

Horizon Therapeutics PLC

Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

Led by Anne-Marie Bohan, Matheson handles data privacy and data protection matters including outsourcing, GDPR compliance and data transfers. Chris Bollard is a 'standout partner' who works across the firm's San Francisco and Dublin offices. Deirdre Kilroy is another key partner in the team.

Practice head(s):

Anne-Marie Bohan

Other key lawyers:

Chris Bollard; Deirdre Kilroy

Testimonials

‘The collaborative and practical nature of the advice provided is very impressive.’

‘Michael Byrne and Aoiffe Moran are strong.’

‘Matheson’s data privacy team is top notch. Our legal department has instructed on a whole range of data protection issues: data sharing agreements, DSARs, DPIAs and security breaches. Chris’ team is reliable, responsive and technically strong.’

‘Chris Bollard is a standout partner: he is responsive and technically very strong. He is also a robust negotiator with impressive communication skills. ’

‘I value my firm’s relationship with Matheson very highly. Chris Bollard leads an enthusiastic young team, who are incredibly keen not just to provide advice, but also to learn about our business. The Matheson team is certainly up there with some of the best teams in Ireland that I’ve worked with. Mathesons’ willingness to get underneath the bonnet and really understand the business is a huge asset. Our business is complex but I always have confidence that Chris and the team will really look into the technical details that surround the legal issues in order to inform their analysis. ’

‘The stand out for me is Chris Bollard. He is a trusted adviser and a great ally. Chris has a genuine interest in our business and has tackled many complex issues for me. Because he makes a real effort to understand not just the legal issues, but also the business dynamics, he is able to craft advice is a way that is most optimal for me to understand, implement, or escalate, as the need arises. I see Chris not just as a business adviser, but a true partner to our business.’

‘They get our business and know the real pain points for in-house counsel in today’s market. There is no guff, just to-the-point advice.’

‘Chris Bollard is a top notch adviser. Very much our go to for all matters data protection. He understands the market, the regulatory landscape and our business. He has a great team around him and we always feel very comfortable with his advice.’

Key clients

Facebook

WhatsApp

Segment

Irish Distillers

Microsoft

Football Association of Ireland

Horizon Therapeutics

Western Union

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Matheson's 'excellent' team has recently been particularly active in insurance-related disputes, acting for both insurers and policyholders in coverage and warranty and indemnity disputes. The team's varied practice also handles litigation involving data breaches, shareholder disputes, and judicial reviews. The practice is jointly led by Julie Murphy-O’Connor, Nicola Dunleavy, and Tony O’Grady. Murphy-O'Connor is well-regarded for her work representing financial instutitions, while Dunleavy is an 'outstanding litigator'. Karen Reynolds is another key partner, focusing on regulatory disputes.

Practice head(s):

Julie Murphy-O’Connor; Nicola Dunleavy; Tony O’Grady

Other key lawyers:

Karen Reynolds; Maria Kennedy

Testimonials

‘The team work in a collaborative manner, they get to know the business and the nuances. They do not just provide legal advice and stand back like some of the other firms, instead they work with the in-house team to progress solutions that are bespoke to the business requirements.’

‘I find Nicola Dunleavy fantastic to deal with. Nicola really got to know and understand our business, she provides professional well thought out advice and also works through the advice as part of the broader team and understands the complex business we operate. Nicola is a superb professional advisor, with good business acumen, who deploys a common sense approach to problems.’

‘Matheson are completely switched on to client support. They have an excellent team who have guided our business through a number of tricky contentious matters. ’

‘Nicola Dunleavy is an outstanding litigator. She has a deep understanding of the litigation process and how issues might play out. She is able to deliver quality strategic advice and add value in all interactions. ’

Key clients

The Adoption Authority of Ireland

Kenmare Resources plc

National Asset Management Agency

Allied Irish Banks plc

Aviva

Sky Ireland Limited

Breccia Unlimited Company

Southwire Company LLC

Independent News and Media plc

IMC Cinema Group

Irish Music Rights Organisation

Parma Developments Limited

Hines

eBay

RTÉ

Institute of Chartered Accountants

Central Bank of Ireland

Employment Tier 1

Matheson advises multinational companies operating in the Irish market on a wide ambit of contentious and non-contentious employment issues. The team is experienced in defending clients against allegations of discrimination and unfair dismissal, as well as cases concerning the enforcement of confidentiality obligations. On the non-contentious side, mainstays of the practice include collective redundancies and the employment aspects of corporate transactions. In addition, the team advises companies on Brexit-related restructurings. The practice is led by Bryan Dunne, while Russell Rochford and Geraldine Carr are other key contacts. Niall Pelly left the practice in December 2020.

Practice head(s):

Bryan Dunne

Other key lawyers:

Russell Rochford; Geraldine Carr; Tina O’Sullivan

Testimonials

‘The practice does an exceptional job in getting their arms around complicated matters and pairing sound legal advice with good business judgment. ’

‘Geraldine Carr is exceptional. She is so responsive and has been a great resource to our legal and people operations team as we have grown in EMEA over the last year. ’

‘I think Russell Rochford has a great personality. He is spirited and has high energy, but is calm and measured during discussions of emotionally charged personnel issues.’

‘I have worked with Matheson extensively over recent years, particularly around Brexit-related EWC issues and the transfer of EWCs from the UK to Ireland. I know of no other Irish law firm with their level of expertise in this area, which is greatly appreciated by the many multinational clients we mutually work with. They have excellent strength in depth.’

‘This practice is unique because the Matheson team cares, they look after my organisation and our interests, resolving all our issues satisfactorily is paramount to us but also to our Matheson’s partners. They make sure they understand our business, the issues we deal with and are always able to provide different alternatives/solutions to conflicts we encounter in order to ensure the best outcome for us and those involved.’

‘The size and depth of their group is a great strength, they now have five employment partners and 18 members overall, and are still hiring. The other point is their breadth of experience and understanding of advising large employers in the financial services sector and the added dynamic of dealing with the regulatory fitness and probity issues. This is a unique advantage that Matheson delivers to us in a trusted, knowledgeable way. ’

‘ We worked with Bryan Dunne, Russell Rochford, and senior associate Tina O’Sullivan. We received unwavering five-star service from both partners and the senior associate. Their responsiveness, adaptability, tailored client-focused service, commerciality and consistent availability makes them stand out from competitors. Both Bryan and Russell have built long-standing deep relationships with our senior stakeholders and key members of the HR/Legal teams. They’re able to interpret and relate advice and guidance to previous cases we had, knowing the background of the client is critical and adapting to our style/commercial needs is key. Their service is 100% personal, we feel like their number one priority on every matter.’

Key clients

Accenture

Adobe Inc

Air Canada

AlienVault

Altera

An Post

Analog Devices

AppLovin Corporation

Aramark

Aviva

Bank of Ireland

Bank of Montreal

BCP Asset Management

Birds Eye Pizza Ltd

Bon Secours Mercy Health, Inc

BT Communications Limited

CarGurus, Inc.

Chartered Accountants Ireland

Crowdstrike

Danske Bank

Dropbox

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (formerly AWAS)

Dublin Airport Authority plc

Dyson

Ebay

Equinix Group

Everest Re

EY

Facebook

FINCAD

Fireye

First Data Corporation

Forever 21

General Motors

Goldman Sachs

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

HP Enterprise

HP Inc

HumanScale

IFG Group

Independent News & Media Plc

Irish Breeze

JAS Worldwide Management Inc.

KPMG

Lloyds

L’Oreal

Lufthansa

Macquarie Capital

McAfee

Medtronic

MetLife

Michael Kors

Mulberry

Nestle

Nokia

OpenTable

Oracle EMEA Ltd.

Paypal

PepsiCo

Reddit, Inc

SAP

Shire

SonicWall

Stripe

Tech Mahindra

Tokyo Electron

UnitedHealth Group<p

Energy and natural resources Tier 1

Offering clients 'advice tailored to the needs of the business' Matheson has a proven track record in advising on regulatory issues and power purchase agreements, advising corporations, suppliers and generators. The firm also handles project development and transactions involving renewables and upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas. Garret Farrelly leads the team and handles the full range of energy matters, with a specialism in advising on energy regulations. Clients praised the webinars the team provides on legal issues in this sector as 'useful and insightful'.

Practice head(s):

Garret Farrelly

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Dunleavy

Testimonials

‘Garret Farrelly: strong lawyer.’

‘Knowledgeable in their practice area and provide pragmatic and timely advice. When working with Garret and his team we know we are in safe hands receiving quality advice whereas our experience with other practices has not been as positive.’

‘We have worked closely with Garret Farrelly and are very impressed with and confident in his industry knowledge, commerciality and work product.’

‘The team had great experience overall for what we needed. The  experience we had was of a very approachable team and always ready to assist with the most urgent query on a particular day.’

‘The Matheson team demonstrate the professional standards expected from a top tier firm. What makes the team unique is their deep technical understanding of the electricity market earned through extensive experience working with the national system operators. They also bring a wealth of experience from private sector delivery of electricity projects which greatly benefited the development our project. ’

‘Garret Farrelly brings a strong core understanding of all aspects of energy project delivery. He has a wealth of experience of regulatory matters and is always pragmatic and solution focused.’

‘I have used Matheson’s services for nearly 17 years now. I always find their level of knowledge and expertise to be excellent, their advice to be very professional and practical and their commitment and level of service to be second to none. I have used other firms and have found that none have provided the same high quality of service or commitment. In particular, I have found that Matheson follow through on all tasks required post completion of transactions (eg to complete companies office filings, provide bibles of documentation etc where other firms sometimes don’t).’

‘Garret Farrelly, a partner within Matheson, deserves special mention. Garret has excellent knowledge of all aspects of the energy/renewables industry in Ireland. He is always at the cutting edge of policy and case law developments and has very good commercial acumen. Garret leads an excellent team which is always well resourced and informed.’

Key clients

Air Liquide, SA

AMP Capital

Aviva Investors

Axpo UK Ltd

Berkshire Hathaway

Bord na Mona

Brookfield Multiplex Construction Europe Limited

Brookfield Renewable Ireland Limited

Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A / S

Cenergise

CLH Aviación, SA (part of the Compañía Logística de Hidrocarburos group)

Close Brothers

CNOOC Petroleum

Commission for Regulation of Utilities

Coillte

Credit Agricole

Crowley Carbon

Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment

DNB Bank ASA

Dragados / ACS

DZ Bank

Ecopower

EDF Energy Renewables Ltd

EirGrid plc

EirGrid Interconnector DAC

ElectroRoute

Element Energy Limited

Energia Renewables Development Ltd

EnerNOC

Erova Energy

Export Development Canada

ExxonMobil

First Reserve (part of BlackRock)

First Quant

EU and competition Tier 1

The 'excellent' team at Matheson has significant strength in merger control relating to high-profile domestic and global M&A transactions, including complex phase II mergers. The team also has experience in competition litigation, investigations and dawn raids (and has launched its own dawn raid app), as well as advising on Covid-19 related state aid issues. Helen Kelly, who has particular expertise in the telecoms sector, and the 'remarkably erudite' Kate McKenna lead the team. Ronan Scanlan and new recruit Calum Warren, who joined from Latham & Watkins in November 2019, provide strong support at senior associate level.

Practice head(s):

Helen Kelly; Kate McKenna

Other key lawyers:

Ronan Scanlan; Calum Warren

Testimonials

‘Notwithstanding the specialisation by the partners in their fields of expertise, they appear to be not just knowledgeable but also reasonably up to date in other fields. This type of crossover knowledge and broader informal remit can be extremely useful in devising and advising on case strategy.’

‘Helen Kelly is an outstanding case manager and communicator. Kate McKenna is a remarkably erudite lawyer second guessing collateral issues.’

‘Kate McKenna and her team are approachable and provide practical advice. Kate is responsive and efficient.’

‘The Matheson EU and competition team blends its deep wealth of knowledge and experience of these particular areas of law with an ability to read its client’s needs and requirements quickly and comprehensively. In my dealings with them, I have found their advice to be solution focused, innovative, and very specific to the requirements of the situation. This is all delivered well within agreed timelines and in a communication style that is both technically excellent yet capable of being clearly understood by those of other disciplines. I have great confidence in the quality of knowledge and service provided by Matheson.’

‘Kate McKenna combines exceptional communications skills with, in my experience, unparalleled depth of legal knowledge and experience in EU and competition law. Kate honed in on the key issues, both legal and commercial, that needed to be addressed and dealt with those in a clear, succinct manner, and identified an innovative solution. In over three decades of managing commercial transactions, I have yet to identify a lawyer in the area of EU and competition law in whom I would have greater confidence than Kate.’

‘Matheson have an excellent team in place and have real strength in depth across a number of areas.’

‘Kate McKenna is excellent in her field.’

Key clients

Abtran

AMP Capital Investors (Ireland)

Aviva Group

Aramark

Arnotts

ASL Aviation

Boskalis

Brokers Ireland

College Proteins

Commercial Mushrooms Producers Co-Operative Society (CMP)

Credit Suisse

Carr Communications

Chapel Gate

Commscope

Daily Mail / DMGT

Discovery

Department for Energy

daa plc

Disney

EirGrid

enet

Energia

Enterprise Ireland

Fexco

FitBit

Guaranteed Irish

Indaver

Independent News & Media (INM)

Irish Strategic Investment Fund

Irish Distillers

Irish Heritage Trust

Irving Oil

JPI Media plc

Link Group

Monument Re

Monaghan Mushrooms

National Treasury Management Agency

Newsbrands

Nicholl (Fuel Oils) Ltd

Nomad Foods

Payac

Phillip Morris

Platinum Equity

Red Bull

Reach

Saint Gobain

Sazerac Company Inc

Sky UK

Sky Ireland

Sodexo

Sport Ireland

SSE

Parma Investments Limited

Star Capital

Stobart Group

Stock Spiri

Information technology Tier 1

'Extremely flexible and practical', Matheson's technology practice spans the full gamut of work in this area, including contentious and non-contentious matters. The team provides ongoing advice to technology multinationals on matters involving regulators such as the Data Protection Commission, among other issues. The practice has a particular specialism in working with financial institutions, advising these clients on commercial technology transactions. Practice head Anne-Marie Bohan is particularly active in advising financial sector clients on outsourcing, while Deirdre Kilroy handles data protection matters. Chris Bollard advises a range of multinational clients on commercial matters.

Practice head(s):

Anne-Marie Bohan

Other key lawyers:

Deirdre Kilroy; Chris Bollard; Carlo Salizzo

Testimonials

‘Matheson is one of the strongest firms in Ireland at all levels. They have a particularly strong IT, tech and IP group. They are extremely flexible and practical in their approach and always looking to support their clients proactively.’

‘Anne-Marie Bohan is excellent. Always open, always creative and very practical. I’ve been using the firm for over 20 years and her approach and value for money has been the reason why we keep on using Matheson. An excellent lawyer.’

‘I value my firm’s relationship with Matheson very highly. Chris Bollard leads an enthusiastic young team, who are incredibly keen not just to provide advice, but also to learn about our business. The Matheson team is certainly up there with some of the best teams in Ireland that I’ve worked with. Mathesons’ willingness to get underneath the bonnet and really understand the business is a huge asset. Our business is complex but I always have confidence that Chris and the team will really look into the technical details that surround the legal issues in order to inform their analysis.’

‘The stand out for me is Chris Bollard. He is a trusted adviser and a great ally. Chris has a genuine interest in our business and has tackled many complex issue for me. Because he makes a real effort to understand not just the legal issues, but also the business dynamics, he is able to craft advice is a way that is most optimal for me to understand, implement, or escalate, as the need arises. I see Chris not just as a business adviser, but a true partner to our business.’

‘Excellent technical knowledge and industry/regulatory insights. The responsiveness, support and detailed attention on urgent matters is really appreciated.’

Key clients

Microsoft

Facebook

Three

Permanent tsb

Twitter

The Enet Consortium

An Post

Credit Suisse

WhatsApp

Asana

Segment

ConsenSys

Insolvency and corporate restructuring Tier 1

'A very strong team with a wealth of insolvency knowledge', Matheson's insolvency and restructuring practice offers a full service to clients including insolvency practitioners, distressed companies and creditors. The team is particularly active in cross-border insolvencies; its work in this area includes advising international companies entering schemes of arrangement and examinerships in Ireland, as well as the Irish creditors of foreign companies. The breadth of the team is noted as a key strength by clients; Tony O’Grady and Brendan Colgan handle the full range of matters in this practice area, while Julie Murphy-O’Connor stands out for her work in litigation. Senior associate Kevin Gahan is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Tony O’Grady; Julie Murphy-O’Connor; Brendan Colgan

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Gahan

Testimonials

‘Relationship driven partners, balance excellent technical knowledge with commercial advice, bring in other expertise from around the firm as required.’

‘Brendan Colgan is quickly developing as one of the leading insolvency/restructuring solicitors following in Tony’s footsteps, offering excellent technical knowledge but crucially backed up by excellent relationships and a commercial focus.’

‘Tony O’Grady has been for many years one of the leading go-to insolvency/restructuring solicitors in Ireland, and one of the few who has consistently been involved in all the big complex insolvency and restructuring cases.’

‘Julie Murphy-O’Connor provides excellent commercial advice, cuts to the key issues very quickly, very responsive, very strong on lender side work and receiverships.’

‘In the restructuring and insolvency team, the breath of the team is a key strength. Technically the team is very strong across various positions.’

‘Good availability, engagement and technical knowledge.’

‘A very strong team with a wealth of insolvency knowledge. ’

‘Tony O’Grady is a very experienced operator. Kevin Gahan is a proactive and diligent solicitor.

Key clients

PWC

EY

KPMG

Deloitte

Grant Thornton

BDO

Duff & Phelps

Mazars

Baker Tilly

RSM

Smith & Williamson

Russell Brennan Keane

McStay Luby

Goldman Sachs

CarVal Investors

Oaktree / Sabal / Mars

Cerberus

Insurance Tier 1

Matheson's 'extremely responsive and practical' team advises many of Ireland's leading insurers on corporate matters, including high-profile M&A, portfolio transfers and group reorganisations. The team also has significant expertise in regulatory issues and Brexit-related insurance matters. Among the key contacts on the non-contentious side are Darren Maher, Liam Flynn and Gráinne Callanan, who heads the firm's Cork office. April McClements and London-based Sharon Daly lead the insurance disputes practice, which has particular strength in policy interpretation and coverage disputes, including in relation to cyber policies and Covid-19 related business interruption cases, D&O and subrogation claims.

Practice head(s):

Darren Maher; April McClements; Sharon Daly

Other key lawyers:

Gráinne Callanan; Liam Flynn; Alison Shanley; Siobhán Dunne

Testimonials

‘The team are very qualified and well placed to guide you through the step-by-step process that you are working with them on. They also take their time to educate the client throughout the process.’

‘The team have a very personable approach. I specifically worked with Gráinne Callanan, along with Siobhán Dunne and Alison Shanley. I always felt very comfortable that if I had a question, I could pick up the phone or send an e-mail, and that I could contact the team. They really take their time to build relationships with you and make the legal experience enjoyable!’

‘Extremely responsive and practical in their thinking. Will take ownership of matters that others won’t.’

‘Matheson fully understand the business and the lawyers are very knowledgeable. They give excellent customer service. I have great confidence in the Matheson team’s capability.’

‘April McClements and Sharon Daly are experts in their field and are very well respected in the Irish legal arena. They are both very well-informed and thorough professionals. Sharon is an excellent negotiator and April’s technical knowledge and attention to detail is second to none.’

‘I found the level of service to be absolutely exceptional. Both in terms of responsiveness to tight deadlines and in the quality and reasoning of their advice, I found them to be absolutely first rate.’

‘Sharon Daly is very commercially minded and very client friendly. She is prepared to give a view on difficult issues and back it up with sound reasoning. April McClements is very good at turning around important advice to tight deadlines and is excellent as a technical lawyer.’

‘Darren Maher is very well connected with the financial regulators in Ireland and has good relationships across different EU jurisdictions. He provides well-reasoned regulatory advice.’

Key clients

AIB

AIG

AmTrust International Underwriters DAC

Aon Group

Aviva

Axa Insurance DAC

Axis Speciality Europe SE

Beazley PLC

Compre Holdings Limited

DARAG Deutsche Versicherungs-und Ruckversicherungs-AG

Everest Reinsurance Company (Ireland) DAC

Fidelis Insurance Holdings Limited

FM Global

Life Company Consolidation Group (Utmost)

Mapfre Asistencia Compania Internacional de Seguros y Reaseguros S.A.

Marsh

Monument Assurance DAC

PartnerRe Ireland Insurance DAC

Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Limited

State Street

Travelers Companies, Inc.

United Health Group Inc.

Utmost Ireland DAC

Investment funds Tier 1

Matheson is highly regarded for its advice to international asset managers on Brexit contingency planning, including the establishment of new Irish management company structures - an area where Shay Lydon is particularly experienced. In addition to blue-chip asset managers, the team's growing client base includes a large number of Irish domiciled funds. The 'technically exceptional' Tara Doyle, the firm's newly appointed chairperson, leads the practice. Other key contacts in the 'superbly resourced' team include Dualta Counihan, Philip Lovegrove, who has expertise in the ETF space, Michelle Ridge, who is experienced in the establishment of loan origination structures, and Catriona Cole, who was promoted to partner in February 2021.

Practice head(s):

Tara Doyle

Other key lawyers:

Dualta Counihan; Shay Lydon; Philip Lovegrove; Michelle Ridge; Liam Collins; Oisin McClenaghan; Barry O’Connor; Catriona Cole

Testimonials

‘Market-leading team in investment funds. The team is made up of industry experts, best of breed technically, superbly resourced, hungry to support their client base to the best of standards and do so exceptionally well.’

‘Tara Doyle is our trusted adviser – our go-to person. Technically exceptional, great skill in navigating difficult issues and difficult people, and has great common sense.’

‘Matheson’s funds team demonstrate an excellent balance of technical expertise, appreciation of Central Bank of Ireland requirements and commercial judgement. A critical counsel for asset managers outside Ireland looking to Brexit-proof their business and establish a management company in Ireland.’

‘I would highly recommend Matheson, particularly Philip Lovegrove. A very knowledgeable team and a pleasure to deal with.’

Key clients

Rockefeller & Co LLC

Goldman Sachs

BlackRock Asset Management

JP Morgan

Lyxor Asset Management

State Street Global Advisors

Man Group

Barings

Norselab

Morgan Stanley

Invesco

White Oak

Axonic

Funding Circle

Neuberger Berman Europe Limited

Hermes Investment Management

Media and entertainment Tier 1

Matheson stands out in the Irish market for its expertise in film and television production. The team advises on the financing of productions, including on accessing Irish state funding, as well as assisting with contractual matters related to talent and content distribution. The practice also has a focus on advising Irish media companies on regulatory issues including competition law and particularly merger control. Ruth Hunter, who predominantly handles film and television work, and Michael Byrne, who is known for his work on defamation cases, are the practice heads.

Practice head(s):

Ruth Hunter; Michael Byrne

Testimonials

‘They have far-reaching oversight of the industry in Ireland, ranging from government to individual creatives and also have the broadest experience of any practice, making it the most effective across a range of all operations in media and entertainment.’

‘Ruth Hunter is very impressive. Calm, balanced, and incisive.’

Key clients

Port Pictures Limited

Treasure Entertainment Limited

Sky

Irish Music Rights Organisation

Daily Mail and General Trust plc

Three

Independent News and Media

Pensions and employee benefits Tier 1

At Matheson, practice head Deirdre Cummins and associate Jane McKeever have a proven track record in handling both contentious and non-contentious pensions matters. The team is particularly active in advising trustees of pension schemes on issues such as the wind-up of schemes and complaints made to the Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman.

Practice head(s):

Deirdre Cummins

Other key lawyers:

Jane McKeever

Testimonials

‘Deirdre Cummins is always responsive and considered. She always has best interests of client in focus.’

Key clients

Trustees of a defined benefit scheme operated by a multi-national pharma company

Trustees of a defined benefit pension scheme

Planning and environment Tier 1

Matheson's planning and environment practice is active in sectors including energy, residential property, manufacturing, and the growing area of data centres. In addition to advising on planning applications, including handling judicial review proceedings, the team also acts in defence of clients against prosecutions brought by the Environmental Protection Agency. Nicola Dunleavy leads the practice, which also includes Maria Kennedy and senior associate Ruadhán Kenny.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Dunleavy

Other key lawyers:

Maria Kennedy; Ruadhán Kenny; Anita Murphy

Testimonials

‘The Matheson Planning & Environmental team in representing our company has provided exemplary assistance in leading a complex and protracted judicial review challenge. This included clear solution focused advice reflective of the factual circumstances at hand. ’

‘Nicola Dunleavy has assisted our company over an extended period of time and can be relied upon to always provide practical and forthright advice notwithstanding the difficult nature of matters requiring attention. Anita Murphy and Ruadhan Kenny have also provided assistance in a timely and helpful manner and have remained at our disposal throughout the judicial review proceedings. ’

‘They have worked on our business’ legislative issues for many years hence there is a good understanding and history. Their lead on environmental matters has been there for much of this time and hence there is a good stable understanding.’

‘Matheson offer a very competent team, with excellent client engagement and timely updates on progress.’

‘Highly professional and focused on client outcomes.’

Projects and PPP Tier 1

Matheson's sizeable projects and PPP team frequently acts alongside the firm's corporate, banking, and environmental teams to handle a range of matters. The financing and development of projects are a core strength and the group is particularly active in renewable and conventional energy, telecoms and transportation. The practice also advises on PPP projects as well as corporate transactions involving project assets. Garret Farrelly leads the team and has a broad practice in this area, with a particular focus on financing transactions. Rhona Henry is noted for her work on multiplex developments and senior associate Conor Blennerhassett provides additional support.

Practice head(s):

Garret Farrelly

Other key lawyers:

Rhona Henry; Nicola Dunleavy; Isla Stewart; Conor Blennerhassett; Sean Scally

Testimonials

‘High level of knowledge of our industry and great to assess risks and actions to mitigate those.’

‘We recommend Garret Farrelly, Conor Blennerhassett, and Russell Rochford.’

‘Great attention to detail and very determined to get the best outcome for their client. Constantly exploring avenues and highlighting issues that we should be aware of and consider. Information, advice and opinion is provided in clear understandable language in a friendly and relaxed manner.

‘Easy to talk to, straightforward, straight talking friendly people. At the same time well able to pull on the jersey and fight for the team when the need arises. Conor Blennerhassett and Isla Stewart were particularly helpful.’

Key clients

Abbott

ACS Iridium

Air Liquide, SA

Allianz Capital Partners

AMP Capital Partners

Aramark Corporation

Astellas

Aviva Investors

BL Energy Ventures Limited

Bank of Ireland

BBVA

Berkshire Hathaway

Bord na Mona

Brookfield Multiplex Construction Europe Limited

Brookfield Renewable Ireland Limited

Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A / S

Cadent Gas Limited

Caterpillar Inc.

Department of Communications, Climate Change and Environment

CLH Aviación, SA (part of the Compañía Logística de Hidrocarburos group)

Clonmont Developments Limited

Close Brothers Ltd

Coillte

Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU)

Credit Agricole

CRRC Qingdao Sifang Co., Limited

DNB Bank ASA

Drogheda Port Company

Dragados S.A.

Dromash Holdings Ltd

DZ Bank

EDF Renewables

e|net

Eirgrid

Export Development Canada

Exxon Mobil

FCC Construcción, S.A.

First Reserve

Fred Olsen Renewables

General Electric Company

Go Ahead Group

Greencoat Renewables plc

Hanwha Energy Corporation

Hanwha Q Cells GmbH (UK)

Helios Technology Ltd

Hess LNG

Hines

Hones / APG ICAV

Hamburg Commercial Bank (formerly HSH Nordbank)

HSBC Bank plc

IndaverIreland Limited

JCD Group

John Laing

ING Bank

John Sisk & Son Limited/Sisk Group

JP Morgan (Dublin)

Keolis

KFW IPEX-Bank

Liffey Meats

Macquarie Investment Bank

Microsoft Corporation

Mitsui & Co Ltd

National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA)

Naturgy Ltd

Nexen Energy ULC

NFE Management LLC

NGET / SPT Upgrades Limited

Partners Group (UK) Ltd.

Pat Smith Engineering Limited T/A PSE Power

Rabobank

Ratio Petroleum Limited

Renewable Energy Systems Ltd

Roche Diagnostics Limited

Saorgus Energy Limited

Shannon LNG Ltd

Storm Management N.V.

Smart Wires, Inc

Smartest Energy Ltd

Statkraft Ireland Ltd

TerraForm Power Inc

Tetra Communications Ireland

The Carbon and Energy Fund

The Ireland Strategic Investment Fund

The Renewables Infrastructure Group Ltd

Tynagh Energy Limited

Warburg Pincus

William Grant & Sons Ltd

Woodside Energy Ltd

Vermilion Energy, Inc

Zenith Energy

Ulster Bank

Public sector Tier 1

'Experienced across all areas of public sector law', Matheson has wide-ranging expertise in public procurement, environmental and planning law, and judicial review, statutory appeals and disciplinary procedures. Clients include government departments, local councils, and state and semi-state bodies. Michael Byrne focuses on public law litigation, with notable strength in adoption law, and is supported by senior associate Aoiffe Moran, an expert in freedom of information law. Nicola Dunleavy is highly experienced in environmental law, judicial review and regulatory disputes; Garret Farrelly specialises in energy and infrastructure projects; and competition expert Helen Kelly advises on procurement and state aid matters.

Practice head(s):

Michael Byrne; Nicola Dunleavy; Garret Farrelly; Helen Kelly

Other key lawyers:

Kate McKenna; Maria Kennedy; Aoiffe Moran

Testimonials

‘Matheson are experienced across all areas of public sector law. They have the resources to address all public sector legal queries. In particular, they hold the ability to see past the immediate query to understand the risks and consequences of certain decisions. This allows Matheson to provide not just black and white legal advice but propose wider practical courses of action.’

‘Kate McKenna supports an exceptional knowledge of European and state aid law. Kate has a pragmatic view that extends beyond the legislation into a deep understanding of the practicalities of delivering public sector policy.’

Key clients

The Adoption Authority of Ireland

Institute of Chartered Accountants Ireland

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c.

Laois County Council

Enterprise Ireland

Drogheda Port Company

Real estate Tier 1

Matheson's real estate team provides 'innovative and creative solutions'. The group provides a comprehensive service, advising on the development, pre-letting, and eventual sale of large properties such as office blocks. The team is heavily involved in growing areas of the real estate market, including build-to-rent property. Practice head Brian Doran has particular expertise in forward sales and Sally Anne Stone is 'exceptional' and is especially active in representing international clients in transactions. Leonie Dunne and Niamh Maher are also noted, and Cillian O’Boyle was promoted to partner in February 2021.

Practice head(s):

Brian Doran

Other key lawyers:

Sally Anne Stone; Leonie Dunne; Niamh Maher; Jessica Branigan; Cillian O’Boyle

Testimonials

‘Hugely committed, commercial and overall great fun to work with. Matheson take the time to understand your business so that the advice that they give is tailored to the risk profile and ambitions of the client.’

‘Sally Anne Stone is an absolute star, the most engaging, bright and impressive lawyer in Dublin. Her advice is always on point.’

‘Matheson are my go-to firm for real estate transactions in Ireland. I consider their legal expertise, market knowledge and responsiveness to be exceptional. From complex site acquisitions through to more routine discrete enquiries, the standard of their support is always of the highest calibre. I work with law firms across a number of different jurisdictions and would consistently class Matheson as amongst the best performers.’

‘Sally Anne Stone assisted me with a number of significant transactions in the past year. I would say that her expertise, commercial awareness and speed of service were exceptional. I see her as a trusted advisor and key ally on my matters. John Lahart was also centrally involved on my transactions in the past year. His subject matter expertise with regard to technical infrastructure is a rare and valuable resource. I particularly valued John’s calmness under pressure throughout some tense negotiations. Both Sally Anne and John are highly personable and a pleasure to work with. ’

‘Leonie Dunne always responds as quickly as she can, willing to share the pain in jobs with low recoveries from a fee perspective and isn’t afraid to deal with the more granular issues that some other solicitors would push to the bottom of their to-do list. ’

‘The Matheson team provided both innovative and creative solutions to a range of complicated property transactions. They proved to be both resilient in getting deals completed but also pragmatic in managing all stakeholders to ensure a cohesive deal.’

‘Niamh Maher was the partner who led the transactions over the last 2 years. Niamh is a problem solver who understands how to negotiate to achieve completion. Niamh has a rare combination of deep technical skills; exceptional communication skills and high emotional intelligence. This allows Niamh to work across organisations and stakeholders; to build confidence and trust and to get deals done.’

‘Sally Anne Stone & Jessica Branigan have been stand out to me. They have been huge supports to us with Real Estate projects and driving lease negotiations while ensuring that we understand every aspect of said leases. I appreciate how thorough both have been and collaborative in a project and look forward to partner with both on any upcoming Real Estate projects. ’

Key clients

Park Developments Group

Ballymore Group

Oxley Holdings

Google

Trinity College Dublin

Guggenheim Partners

Chartered Land

Horizon Pharma

U + I Group PLC

3M

Steg Europa Immobilien GmbH

Udemy

IGIS Asset Management

United Health / Optum

Nuance

AXA Insurance

Genesys

La Francaise Forum Real Estate Partners

Danske Bank Group

Bank of New York Mellon

Omnipay / Fiserv, Inc

Invesco

Zendesk International Ltd.

Lufthansa

State Street

Knotel

DoTerra International LLC / Lee River Holdings

eBay

Hines

Selfridges

RaboBank

Xerox

Irving Oil

Pepsico

AIB

Oaktree

CA Ventures

Roundhill

DWS

Macquarie Principal Finance

Blackrock

PTC Pharmaceuticals

Legg Mason

Savills Investment Managers

SAP

Tax Tier 1

Matheson's 'practical and responsive' team has wide-ranging tax expertise, with particular strength in the tax aspects of internal reorganisations and restructurings, tax matters in the real estate sector, and transfer pricing. It is also highly active in large-scale tax disputes. Clients include numerous international corporations and financial institutions. Among the key contacts in the sizeable team are practice head John Ryan; corporate tax expert Joe Duffy; Turlough Galvin; Shane Hogan; Catherine O’Meara, who has a strong client base of multinationals headquartered in Ireland; Gerry Thornton; indirect taxes specialist Matthew Broadstock; and senior associate Tomás Bailey.

Practice head(s):

John Ryan

Other key lawyers:

Turlough Galvin; Shane Hogan; Greg Lockhart; Catherine O’Meara; Gerry Thornton; Joe Duffy; Aidan Fahy; Matthew Broadstock; Brian Doohan; Vahan Tchrakian; Philip Tully; Tomás Bailey

Testimonials

‘A great firm that understands our businesses and provides practical advice and the tax expertise and guidance to run our businesses.’

‘They are very practical, very responsive, provide great solutions and are always available at short notice to support our business.’

‘The firm distinguishes itself from its peers by being consistently responsive, even across time zones, and providing concise and direct advice with a good appreciation for commercial concerns as well as legal ones.’

‘The individuals who I have worked with have set themselves apart by being responsive, concise and pragmatic and having a solid appreciation for commercial considerations. I have worked extensively with Gerry Thornton and am highly satisfied with the service provided.’

‘Joe Duffy delivers exceptional service and is a great person to deal with. He has helped us on numerous occasions with to-the-point and swift feedback on tax matters.’

‘They have consistently been able to recommend innovative tax solutions to address our needs and have readily adapted to complex and unique legal structures.’

Key clients

AbbVie

Broadcom

Gardner Denver

Grifols SA

Mergon Group

Symantec

syncreon

Weatherford International plc

Willis Towers Watson

Telecoms Tier 1

Matheson's telecoms practice handles a range of matters in this sector, including advising on compliance with telecoms law and defending against investigations by regulators. The team is particularly active in advising on competition and merger control matters in the telecoms space. Practice head Helen Kelly has considerable experience handling litigation against the Irish telecoms regulator ComReg. Anne-Marie Bohan is another key contact in the team, and also leads Matheson's Technology and Innovation Group. Kate McKenna is heavily involved in providing regulatory advice to telecoms companies.

Practice head(s):

Helen Kelly

Other key lawyers:

Anne-Marie Bohan; Kate McKenna; Simon Shinkwin

Testimonials

‘They deliver commercially focussed and pratical advice on a timely basis ’

‘Simon Shinkwin has been very responsive and aims to understand commercial imperatives and tailors his advice accordingly.’

Key clients

Three Ireland & parent CK Hutchison

Sky UK / Sky Ireland

Microsoft

AMP Capital

An Post / PostMobile

Enet

Cisco

Twitter

Facebook

Amazon

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Large-scale medical negligence litigation is a key area of strength for the team at Matheson, which acts for a number of professional indemnity bodies, insurers, private hospitals and healthcare providers. It also handles high-profile product liability and regulatory litigation, and represents medical practitioners in inquests, statutory inquiries and internal investigations. Practice head Rebecca Ryan has experience in medical negligence litigation, including catastrophic injury claims, and product liability actions, and is noted for her expertise in mediation.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Ryan

Other key lawyers:

Justine Sayers

Intellectual property Tier 2

Matheson's intellectual property team handles the contentious and non-contentious aspects of patents, trade marks and copyright. The practice also advises on commercial contracts involving intellectual property, including IP franchising and licensing agreements. The team also advises on IP due diligence relating to M&A transactions. Practice head Deirdre Kilroy is particularly known for her work in the technology sector.

Practice head(s):

Deirdre Kilroy

Other key lawyers:

Anne-Marie Bohan

Testimonials

‘Matheson’s IP team has expertise in all areas of IP: copyright, patents and trade marks. The key team strength is responsiveness and the personability of the team members.’

‘Deirdre Kilroy is exceptional.’

‘Deirdre Kilroy is an excellent intellectual property lawyer, providing smart and pragmatic IP advice. She tailors her advice so that it is pitched at the right level depending on the audience, and puts a lot of thought into the delivery of the advice.’

‘Deirdre Kilroy is an exceptional support for any in-house lawyer. She provides smart and pragmatic advice in a timely way. She is very clear-thinking and always considers the audience who will read her advice.’

Transport Tier 2

Matheson has wide-ranging expertise in the transport sector, with a particularly strong asset finance practice, which is led by Rory McPhillips and Stuart Kennedy. It advises on complex transactions involving the finance and leasing of ships, rail assets, and predominantly, aircraft. The team also has significant expertise in aviation regulation, including the Cape Town Convention. Transport infrastructure projects are another key area of strength for the group, which is active in port and toll road developments. Garret Farrelly leads the projects and infrastructure groups. Yvonne McWeeney and senior associate Stephen Gardiner are also specialists in aviation finance.

Practice head(s):

Rory McPhillips; Stuart Kennedy; Nicola Dunleavy; Garret Farrelly; Rhona Henry

Other key lawyers:

Yvonne McWeeney; Stephen Gardiner; Conor Blennerhassett

Key clients

ACS Iridium

Allianz Capital Partners

AMP Capital Partners

BBVA

Caterpillar Inc.

Close Brothers Ltd

Credit Agricole

CRRC Qingdao Sifang Co., Limited

DNB Bank ASA

Drogheda Port Company

Dragados S.A.

DZ Bank

Export Development Canada

FCC Construcción, S.A.

Go Ahead Group

Hamburg Commercial Bank (formerly HSH Nordbank)

HSBC Bank plc

ING Bank

JP Morgan (Dublin)

KFW IPEX-Bank

Macquarie Investment Bank

Mitsui & Co Ltd

Rabobank

Ulster Bank

SkyHawk Aviation Limited

Deutsche Bank

Aviareto Limited

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA

Norwegian Air International Limited

CDB Aviation

Castlelake, L.P.

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE)

Arctic Aviation Assets DAC

Engine Lease Finance Corporation

CCB Leasing

AvAir LLC

White-collar crime Tier 2

Matheson's white-collar crime practice is part of the firm's wider commercial litigation and dispute resolution practice, and represents clients in the defence of allegations of criminality and regulatory breaches. The practice also acts for clients that have been affected by white-collar crime, such as the victims of cyber-crime. Karen Reynolds heads the practice. Litigator Nicola Dunleavy and senior associate Ciara Dunny are other key names.

Practice head(s):

Karen Reynolds

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Dunleavy; Tony O’Grady; Connor Cassidy; Ciara Dunny

Testimonials

‘We instructed Matheson in connection with a complex fraud claim against a former senior executive/country manager. Karen Reynolds was the lead partner. She was excellent. An excellent communicator including a great ability to distil complex areas of law in a concise and clear way. She demonstrated a great ability to instil confidence in Board members and senior executives. As a result, Karen’s advice was greatly valued in this complex sensitive matter and her involvement and wise counsel was the determining factor in reaching a satisfactory conclusion. Also, from the General Counsel’s point of view, she was a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Southwire Company LLC

Established in 1825 in Dublin, Ireland and with offices in Cork, London, New York, Palo Alto and San Francisco, more than 700 people work across Matheson’s six offices, including 96 partners and tax principals and over 470 legal and tax professionals. Matheson services the legal needs of internationally focused companies and financial institutions doing business in and from Ireland. Our clients include over half of the world’s 50 largest banks, six of the world’s ten largest asset managers, seven of the top ten global technology brands and we have advised the majority of the Fortune 100. Our expertise is spread across more than 30 practice groups, including finance and capital markets, corporate, international business, mergers and acquisitions, technology and innovation, intellectual property, insolvency and corporate restructuring, EU and competition, asset management and investment funds, employment, pensions and benefits, commercial real estate, litigation and dispute resolution, healthcare, insurance, tax, private client, energy and infrastructure, FinTech and life sciences. We work collaboratively across all areas, reinforcing a client first ethos among our people, and our broad and interconnected spread of industry and sectoral expertise allows us to provide the full range of legal advice and services to our clients.

At Matheson, we have always been committed to having a strong presence where our clients are located. We were the first European law firm to establish a presence in Silicon Valley (in 1996) and, together with our offices in New York, Palo Alto and San Francisco, our six partner-led offices demonstrate our commitment to client service and responsiveness to the needs of our clients – wherever they are located. Our standards of client care have been built on the implementation of a clear client-focused strategy; a commitment to legal excellence; and the calibre of our legal and business support professionals. Our core values of partnership, respect, innovation, diversity and entrepreneurship characterise our collective dynamic as a firm, and push us to achieve the highest standards as legal professionals and advisers to our clients.

Department Name Email Telephone
Asset and aviation finance Chris Quinn
Asset and aviation finance Gerry Thornton
Asset and aviation finance Rory McPhillips
Asset and aviation finance Yvonne McWeeney
Asset and aviation finance Stuart Kennedy
Asset management Tara Doyle
Asset management Michael Jackson
Asset management Dualta Counihan
Asset management Shay Lydon
Asset management Liam Collins
Asset management Philip Lovegrove
Asset management Joe Beashel
Asset management Anne-Marie Bohan
Asset management Elizabeth Grace
Asset management Michelle Ridge
Asset management Oisin McClenaghan
Asset management Barry O'Connor
Asset management Donal O'Byrne
Banking Patrick Molloy
Banking William Prentice
Banking Peter O'Brien
Banking Alma Campion
Banking Donal O'Donovan
Banking David O'Mahony
Banking Michael Hastings
Capital markets Turlough Galvin
Capital markets Christian Donagh
Capital markets George Brady
Capital markets Tim Scanlon
Capital markets Alan Keating
Commercial litigation and dispute resolution Tom Hayes
Commercial litigation and dispute resolution Sharon Daly
Commercial litigation and dispute resolution Nicola Dunleavy
Commercial litigation and dispute resolution Michael Byrne
Commercial litigation and dispute resolution Claire Mcloughlin
Commercial litigation and dispute resolution Karen Reynolds
Commercial real estate Brian Doran
Commercial real estate Sally Anne Stone
Commercial real estate Leonie Dunne
Commercial real estate Niamh Maher
Commercial real estate Peter McKeever
Corporate/M&A Patrick Spicer
Corporate/M&A Fergus Bolster
Corporate/M&A George Brady
Corporate/M&A Tim Scanlon
Corporate/M&A Brian McCloskey
Corporate/M&A Madeline McDonnell
Corporate/M&A Ciaran Healy
Corporate/M&A Padraic Roche
Corporate restructuring and insolvency Tony O'Grady
Corporate restructuring and insolvency Julie Murphy-O'Connor
Corporate restructuring and insolvency Brendan Colgan
Corporate restructuring and insolvency Karen Reynolds
EU, competition and regulatory Helen Kelly
EU, competition and regulatory Kate McKenna
Employment, pensions and benefits Brian Buggy
Employment, pensions and benefits Bryan Dunne
Employment, pensions and benefits Deirdre Cummins
Employment, pensions and benefits Jane McKeever
Employment, pensions and benefits Niall Pelly
Employment, pensions and benefits Russell Rochford
Employment, pensions and benefits Geraldine Carr
Financial institutions Tim Scanlon
Financial institutions Joe Beashel
Financial institutions Grainne Callanan
Financial institutions Darren Maher
FinTech Anne-Marie Bohan
FinTech Michael Jackson
FinTech Tim Scanlon
FinTech Joe Beashel
Food and beverage Michael Finn
Food and beverage Helen Kelly
Food and beverage Patrick Spicer
Healthcare Tom Hayes
Healthcare Rebecca Ryan
Healthcare Michael Finn
Insurance Sharon Daly
Insurance Darren Maher
Insurance April McClements
Intellectual property Sharon Daly
Intellectual property Michael Finn
International business Robert O'Shea
Tax John Ryan
International business Pat English
International business Shane Hogan
International business Mark O'Sullivan
International business Emma Doherty
International business Kieran Trant
Life sciences Michael Finn
Life sciences Robert O'Shea
Life sciences Tom Hayes
Listings Margot Carty
Listings Christian Donagh
Media and entertainment Ruth Hunter
Outsourcing Anne-Marie Bohan
Planning and environmental Nicola Dunleavy
Private client John Gill
Private client Paraic Madigan
Private equity George Brady
Private equity Tim Scanlon
Projects, energy and construction Peter O'Brien
Projects, energy and construction Rhona Henry
Projects, energy and construction Garret Farrelly
Regulatory and investigations Claire McLoughlin
Regulatory risk management and compliance Joe Beashel
Structured finance, securitisation and repackaging Christian Donagh
Structured finance, securitisation and repackaging Turlough Galvin
Structured finance, securitisation and repackaging Richard Kelly
Structured finance, securitisation and repackaging Alan Keating
Tax Turlough Galvin
Tax Liam Quirke
Tax John Ryan
Tax Shane Hogan
Tax Aidan Fahy
Tax John Kelly
Tax Gerry Thornton
Tax Mark O'Sullivan
Tax Joe Duffy
Tax Greg Lockhart
Tax Catherine O'Meara
Tax Matthew Broadstock
Tax Vahan Tchrakian
Tax Kevin Smith
Tax Brian Doohan
Tax Barry McGettrick
Technology innovation Anne-Marie Bohan
Technology innovation Chris Bollard
Technology innovation Deirdre Kilroy
Telecommunications Helen Kelly
Telecommunications Kate McKenna
VAT and indirect taxes Greg Lockhart
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Mr Liam Collins  photo Mr Liam Collins Liam Collins is a partner in the Asset Management Department at Matheson. He…
Mr Dualta Counihan  photo Mr Dualta Counihan Dualta Counihan is a partner in the Asset Management Department at Matheson.…
Ms Deirdre Cummins  photo Ms Deirdre Cummins Deirdre Cummins is a partner in the Employment, Pensions and Benefits Group…
Ms Sharon Daly  photo Ms Sharon Daly Sharon Daly heads the Commercial Litigation Insurance team which is described by…
Ms Emma Doherty  photo Ms Emma Doherty Emma Doherty is a partner and a member of the US Business…
Mr Christian Donagh  photo Mr Christian Donagh Christian Donagh is a partner in the Finance and Capital Markets Department…
Mr Brian Doohan  photo Mr Brian Doohan Brian is a partner in the firm’s Tax Department and advises multinational…
Mr Brian Doran  photo Mr Brian Doran Brian is a partner and head of the Commercial Real Estate Department…
Ms Tara Doyle  photo Ms Tara Doyle Tara Doyle is a partner and head of the Asset Management and…
Mr Joe Duffy  photo Mr Joe Duffy Joe is a partner in the Tax Department at Matheson.  Joe has…
Ms Nicola Dunleavy  photo Ms Nicola Dunleavy Nicola Dunleavy is a partner in Matheson’s Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution…
Mr Bryan Dunne  photo Mr Bryan Dunne Bryan Dunne is a partner and head of the Employment Practice at Matheson.…
Ms Deirdre Dunne  photo Ms Deirdre Dunne Deirdre Dunne is a partner and head of Business Development at Matheson.…
Ms Leonie Dunne  photo Ms Leonie Dunne Leonie is a partner in the Commercial Real Estate Department at Matheson…
Mr Pat English  photo Mr Pat English Pat English is a partner in the Corporate Department at Matheson. He is…
Mr Aidan Fahy  photo Mr Aidan Fahy Aidan Fahy is a partner in the firm’s Tax Department and advises…
Mr Garret Farrelly  photo Mr Garret Farrelly Garret is a partner and head of the Energy and Infrastructure Group…
Ms Catherine Galvin  photo Ms Catherine Galvin Catherine Galvin practises corporate tax and advises on inward investment, cross border…
Mr Turlough Galvin  photo Mr Turlough Galvin Turlough Galvin is the Co-Head of the Finance and Capital Markets Department.…
Mr John Gill  photo Mr John Gill John Gill is a partner in the Private Client Department at Matheson.…
Ms Elizabeth Grace  photo Ms Elizabeth Grace Liz Grace is a partner at Matheson with a background in financial…
Mr Michael Hastings  photo Mr Michael Hastings Michael Hastings is a partner in the Finance and Capital Markets Department…
Ms Rhona Henry  photo Ms Rhona Henry Rhona Henry is a partner and head of Matheson’s Construction & Engineering…
Mr Shane Hogan  photo Mr Shane Hogan Shane Hogan is a partner in the firm’s Tax Department and is…
Ms Ruth Hunter  photo Ms Ruth Hunter Ruth Hunter is a partner in the Finance and Capital Markets Department.…
Mr Michael Jackson  photo Mr Michael Jackson Michael Jackson is the Managing Partner of Matheson. Prior to his appointment…
Mr Alan Keating  photo Mr Alan Keating Alan Keating is a partner in our Finance and Capital Markets Department…
Ms Helen Kelly  photo Ms Helen Kelly Helen Kelly is a partner and head of the EU, Competition and…
Mr Richard Kelly  photo Mr Richard Kelly Richard Kelly is a partner in the Finance and Capital Markets Department…
Ms Maria Kennedy  photo Ms Maria Kennedy Maria Kennedy is a Partner in the Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution…
Mr Stuart Kennedy  photo Mr Stuart Kennedy Stuart is a partner in the Finance and Capital Markets Department and…
Ms Deirdre Kilroy  photo Ms Deirdre Kilroy Deirdre Kilroy is a partner in the Technology and Innovation team and is…
Mr Greg Lockhart  photo Mr Greg Lockhart Greg Lockhart heads up both the firm’s VAT & Customs consultancy practice…
Mr Philip Lovegrove  photo Mr Philip Lovegrove Philip Lovegrove is a partner in Matheson’s Asset Management and Investment Funds…
Mr Shay Lydon  photo Mr Shay Lydon Shay Lydon is a partner in the Asset Management and Investment Funds…
Mr Paraic Madigan  photo Mr Paraic Madigan Paraic Madigan is a partner and head of the Private Client Department…
Mr Darren Maher  photo Mr Darren Maher Darren Maher is a partner and Head of the Financial Institutions Group at Matheson.…
Ms Niamh Maher  photo Ms Niamh Maher Niamh is a partner in the Commercial Real Estate Department at Matheson.…
Ms April McClements  photo Ms April McClements April McClements is a Partner in the Insurance and Dispute Resolution team. …
Mr Oisin McClenaghan  photo Mr Oisin McClenaghan Oisin is a partner in the Asset Management Department at Matheson. He…
Mr Brian McCloskey  photo Mr Brian McCloskey Brian is a partner in the Corporate Department at Matheson where he…
Ms Madeline McDonnell  photo Ms Madeline McDonnell Madeline is a partner in the Corporate Department in Matheson specialising in…
Mr Barry McGettrick  photo Mr Barry McGettrick Barry is a partner in the tax department specialising in international tax.…
Ms Jane McKeever  photo Ms Jane McKeever Jane McKeever is a senior associate in the group’s Pensions Practice.  She…
Mr Peter McKeever  photo Mr Peter McKeever Peter McKeever is a partner in the Commercial Real Estate Department at…
Ms Kate McKenna  photo Ms Kate McKenna Kate is a partner in the EU, Competition and Regulatory Law Group.  Prior…
Ms Claire McLoughlin  photo Ms Claire McLoughlin Claire is co-head of the Regulatory and Investigations team, and a partner…
Mr Rory McPhillips  photo Mr Rory McPhillips Rory McPhillips is a partner in Matheson’s Finance and Capital Markets Department.…
Ms Yvonne McWeeney  photo Ms Yvonne McWeeney Yvonne is a partner in the Finance and Capital Markets Department and…
Mr Patrick Molloy  photo Mr Patrick Molloy Patrick is a partner and co-head of the Finance and Capital Markets…
Ms Julie Murphy-O’Connor  photo Ms Julie Murphy-O’Connor Julie is a partner in Matheson’s Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department,…
Ms Mairéad Ní Ghabháin  photo Ms Mairéad Ní Ghabháin Mairéad Ní Ghabháin is a partner in the Commercial Litigation and Dispute…
 Donal O’Byrne photo Donal O’Byrne Donal is a partner in the Asset Management Department at Matheson.  He…
Mr Barry O’Connor  photo Mr Barry O’Connor Barry O’Connor is a partner in the Asset Management and Investment Funds…
Mr Donal O’Donovan  photo Mr Donal O’Donovan Donal is a partner in the Finance and Capital Markets Department. He…
Mr Tony O’Grady  photo Mr Tony O’Grady Tony O’Grady is a partner in the Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency Group…
Mr David O’Mahony  photo Mr David O’Mahony David O’Mahony is a partner in the Finance and Capital Markets Department. David…
 Catherine O’Meara photo Catherine O’Meara Catherine is a partner in the Tax Department at Matheson. Catherine has…
Mr Robert O’Shea  photo Mr Robert O’Shea Robert O’Shea is a partner and head of the Corporate Department at…
Mr Niall Pelly  photo Mr Niall Pelly Niall is a partner in the Employment, Pensions and Benefits Group. Niall has…
Mr William Prentice  photo Mr William Prentice William Prentice is a member of the Finance and Capital Markets Department…
Mr Chris Quinn  photo Mr Chris Quinn Chris Quinn is a consultant in Matheson’s Finance and Capital Markets Department…
Mr Liam Quirke  photo Mr Liam Quirke Liam Quirke is a member of Matheson’s Tax Department.  He was Managing…
Ms Karen Reynolds  photo Ms Karen Reynolds Karen Reynolds is a partner in the Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution…
Ms Michelle Ridge  photo Ms Michelle Ridge Michelle is a partner in the Asset Management and Investment Funds Department…
Mr Padraic Roche  photo Mr Padraic Roche Padraic Roche is a partner in the firm’s Corporate Department. His practice…
Mr Russell Rochford  photo Mr Russell Rochford Russell is a partner in the Employment, Pensions and Benefits Group and…
Ms Rebecca Ryan  photo Ms Rebecca Ryan Rebecca Ryan is a partner in Matheson’s Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution…
Mr Kevin Smith  photo Mr Kevin Smith Kevin Smith is a partner in the Tax practice of Matheson and…
Mr Patrick Spicer  photo Mr Patrick Spicer Patrick Spicer is a senior partner in the Corporate M&A Group. Patrick…
Ms Sally Anne Stone  photo Ms Sally Anne Stone Sally Anne is a partner in the Commercial Real Estate Department at…
Mr Vahan Tchrakian  photo Mr Vahan Tchrakian Vahan has a particular specialism in tax issues arising in the context…
Mr Gerry Thornton  photo Mr Gerry Thornton Gerry Thornton is a partner in the Tax practice of Matheson. Gerry…
Mr Kieran Trant  photo Mr Kieran Trant Kieran Trant is a partner and a member of the US Business…
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At Matheson, we want as many people as possible in the firm to contribute to making a real impact in our local community. A diverse group of employees and partners representing a range of interests across the firm meet regularly to share ideas and initiatives on our community engagement and to promote and oversee our contribution to our charities of choice.

We do more than merely provide donations. Instead, Matheson is focused on helping our talented people to help other people. Volunteers from the firm build relationships with our chosen organisations, creating a spirit of active engagement between Matheson and the organisations we support.

Matheson in the Community is a strategic charity partner for two local charities Jobcare and RICC.

We are also proud to have worked with a number of charities set out below for many years and continue to provide support to them.


  • Emer Casey Foundation
  • Irish Rule of Law International
  • Calcutta Run
  • Junior Achievement Ireland
  • New Art at IMMA