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70 SIR JOHN ROGERSON'S QUAY, DUBLIN 2, IRELAND
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Work +353 1 232 2000
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Matheson, Christian Donagh, Dublin, IRELAND

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Christian Donagh

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Partner in Finance and Capital Markets Department

Position

Christian Donagh is a partner in the Finance and Capital Markets Department at Matheson and is head of the firm's Derivatives, Netting and Collateral Group. Christian's practice focuses on advising asset managers and investment banks doing business in and from Ireland in relation to securitisations, CLOs, fund-linked structured products, repackagings, securities lending and repos. Christian regularly advises Irish corporates and their counterparties in relation to ISDA master agreements and collateral arrangements relating to over-the-counter derivatives transactions such as interest rate and currency linked swaps, caps and collars and on compliance with EMIR. Frequently, the firm provides legal opinions on issues relating to the enforceability of close-out netting provisions and collateral arrangements documented using industry standard or bespoke derivatives, repo and prime brokerage documentation.

Christian qualified as a solicitor with Allen & Overy in 2000 and spent several years in each of its London and Hong Kong offices. Christian joined Matheson in 2006 and became a partner in 2007.

Christian co-chairs the Legal Committee of the Irish Debt Securities Association (IDSA) and is a former chairperson of IDSA. The IDSA is an industry organisation promoting and developing Ireland as a location for activities to support the global securitisation, structured finance, debt securities and specialist securities industries with over 35 corporate members. Christian is also a member of the Rules Committee of Euronext, Dublin and a member of the EMIR working group at Irish Funds.

Education

Qualified as a solicitor in Ireland; Qualified as a solicitor in Hong Kong (non-practising); Qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales (non-practising); University of Hong Kong (PCLL, Postgraduate Certificate of Laws); University College Dublin (LLM in Commercial Law); University College Dublin and DePaul University Law School, US (BCL International).


Ireland

Capital markets

Within: Capital markets

Matheson's 'innovative and commercially focused' DCM team specialises in acting as Irish counsel to international clients; it advised a number of US managers on their debut European collateralised loan obligation (CLO) transactions. In a recent highlight, Christian Donagh acted as Irish counsel to a multinational investment bank as arranger of the high-value issuance of nine tranches of notes. Turlough Galvin ('an experienced, confident practitioner with a strong grasp of the commercials') and New York-based Alan Keating are also key contacts. On the ECM side, practice head Fergus Bolster, George Brady and Madeline McDonnell advised the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund as the cornerstone investor on the €270m placement and listing of Greencoat Renewables on the London and Irish Stock Exchange.

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