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Co-Head of Finance and Capital Markets Department


Turlough Galvin is the Co-Head of the Finance and Capital Markets Department. Prior to this, Turlough was head of the Tax Department for more than 10 years. He advises international corporations, investment banks and financial institutions doing business in and from Ireland. He specialises in all forms of structured finance, securitisation, financial services tax, fund finance, loan portfolio and debt capital markets advice. He also provides strategic advice to the financial services industry in relation to disputes arising from structured finance arrangements and tax litigation issues.

Turlough is recommended as a Tier 1 Capital Markets lawyer and a Tier 1 Tax lawyer by leading legal publications and has been included in the Legal 500 EMEA Hall of Fame.

Turlough was involved in modernising the Irish securitisation legislation framework in 2002 and various amendments to Irish tax and capital markets legislation over the past couple of decades. Turlough helped to establish and served as the first chairperson of the Irish Debt Securities Association (IDSA) from 2012 to 2015.  The IDSA is an industry organisation formed to promote and develop Ireland as a location for activities to support the global structured finance, debt securities and specialist securities industries.

Turlough was educated at law school in Trinity College Dublin, qualified as a solicitor in Ireland in 1995 and as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1996. Prior to joining Matheson in Dublin in 2000, Turlough worked for Deutsche Bank and Slaughter and May in London. Turlough is a regular speaker and writer on international tax and structured finance issues.

Turlough is the Chairperson of The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Talented Youth, Ireland.


Trinity College Dublin (LLB); Qualified as a solicitor in Ireland Qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales.


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Turlough Galvin - Matheson

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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Turlough Galvin - Matheson

Within: Tax

The 'excellent' team at Matheson is noted for its 'great understanding of tax legislation and practical application of the same to the client's business'. The practice specialises in advising on internal reorganisations and restructuring, and is active in the financial services sector. Turlough Galvin and Kevin Smith advised on the sharia financing provisions of Irish tax law; Gerry Thornton assisted with the establishment of an innovative business in the insurance sector; and Aidan Fahy advised Nomad Foods on the Irish legal and tax aspects of the acquisition of Goodfella's Pizza. Barry McGettrick, Joe Duffy, Shane Hogan and Catherine O’Meara are also recommended.

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