Mr Stuart Kennedy > Matheson > Dublin, Ireland > Lawyer Profile

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Work Department

Partner in Asset Finance Group


Stuart is a partner in the Finance and Capital Markets Department and advises on all aspects of aviation, shipping, rail and other asset financing, trading and leasing matters on a daily basis.  Stuart has gained considerable experience in advising on the structuring of aircraft purchase, sale, financing and leasing transactions and acts for a number of aircraft lessors, financiers and airlines in leveraged, syndicated and export credit agency backed financing facilities.  Stuart also has considerable experience in advising on structured finance, ABS (asset-backed securities) and repackaging transactions relating to all such asset classes including the establishment of special purpose companies funded by public and private issuances.

Stuart also regularly advises Irish airlines and leasing companies on airline licencing and registration issues with the Irish Aviation Authority and Commission for Aviation Regulation in addition to all aspects of the Cape Town Convention and Aircraft Protocol.

Stuart regularly presents to aircraft and aircraft engine lessors on all aspects of the Cape Town Convention and Aircraft Protocol and to company directors on their duties and responsibilities under Irish law.

Stuart is also a lecturer and tutor on the Law Society of Ireland’s Diploma in Aviation Leasing and Finance.


University of Limerick, Bachelor of Arts in Law and Accounting
Solicitor, Ireland
Solicitor, England and Wales (not practising)

Lawyer Rankings

Ireland > Asset finance

(Next Generation Partners)

Stuart KennedyMatheson

Matheson has particular expertise in aviation finance, but also advises on shipping, rail, agricultural equipment and commercial vehicle assets. The team’s experience covers high-profile portfolio financings and refinancings, leasing transactions, aviation sector M&A, and the use of aircraft trusts, with clients including major aircraft leasing companies, airlines, export credit agencies and investment banks. The ‘proactive and responsiveRory McPhillips jointly heads the team with Stuart Kennedy, who has significant experience in structured finance and ABS transactions. Recently promoted partner Yvonne McWeeney is noted for her advice on the Cape Town Convention. The team also draws on the firm’s expertise in aviation taxation.

Ireland > Transport

Matheson‘s cross-departmental transport group handles contentious and non-contentious matters. Rory McPhillips and Stuart Kennedy specialise in aviation transaction and leasing, representing a several leading international aircraft and aircraft engine financing and leasing companies, as well as several domestic and international airlines. In the infrastructure space, Garret Farrelly handles all aspects of transportation with a special focus on project financing for energy and infrastructure projects. Yvonne McWeeney was promoted to partner in January 2019.