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Gerry Thornton

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Partner in Tax Department


Gerry Thornton is a partner in the Tax practice of Matheson. Gerry advises financial institutions and internationally focused corporations doing business in and from Ireland on all aspects of corporate tax. His main focus is the financial services sector, including investment banking, structured finance, investment funds, leasing, derivatives and insurance. Gerry frequently advises on mergers and acquisitions and tax dispute matters in the financial services sector.

Gerry advises many of the world’s leading financial institutions, asset management companies and leasing companies carrying on business in or from Ireland.

Gerry takes an active industry role in developing the Irish internationally-focused financial sector.  He is a member of the tax steering committee of Irish Funds, the representative body for the international investment fund community in Ireland, and is chair of Irish Funds' international tax working group. Gerry was closely involved in the legislative amendments to the Irish securitisation regime in 2011, and has been involved in changes to Irish tax legislation for the financial sector every year since then. In 2014, Gerry was closely involved in the drafting of the legislation introducing the ICAV, Ireland's new investment fund vehicle, into law.

Gerry is the author of the Irish chapter of the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation's publication on permanent establishments. Gerry lectures extensively on financial services tax matters, both at the Irish Taxation Institute and the Law Society of Ireland, including courses on leasing taxation, banking taxation and investment funds taxation. Gerry also publishes articles with leading tax journals on a regular basis.

Gerry is a qualified solicitor and a qualified tax consultant and is a member of the Law Society of Ireland and the Irish Taxation Institute.  Gerry previously worked in the group tax department of Deutsche Bank in the City of London.


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Gerry Thornton - 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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