Managing Partner: Michael Jackson
Number of partners: 86
Number of lawyers: 440+
Languages: English, Various
Established in 1825 in Dublin, Ireland and with offices in Cork, London, New York, Palo Alto and San Francisco, more than 670 people work across Matheson’s six offices, including 86 partners and tax principals and over 440 legal and tax professionals. Matheson services the legal needs of internationally focused companies and financial institutions doing business in and from Ireland. Clients include over half of the world’s 50 largest banks, seven of the world’s ten largest asset managers and seven of the top ten global technology brands. The firm has also advised the majority of the Fortune 100.
Main Areas of Practice:
Asset Management & Investment Funds:
Matheson advises almost 30% of Irish-domiciled investment funds by assets under management. Its clients include the majority of the world’s largest institutional fund managers, prime brokers, fund administrators, custodians and trustees. Matheson advises on all aspects of financial services regulation in Ireland including MiFID, corporate governance, consumer credit, anti-money laundering and fitness and probity.
With more than 100 dispute resolution professionals, the breadth and depth of Matheson’s commercial dispute resolution and litigation expertise is unrivalled in the Irish legal market. It is especially renowned for its expertise in highly regulated industries and multi-jurisdictional litigation and investigations.
Commercial Real Estate:
Matheson advises international and Irish financial institutions, private equity investors and alternative lenders on all aspects of real estate acquisition, investment and financing in Ireland and is also the ‘go-to’ real estate practice for international companies establishing business operations in Ireland with a view to accessing the EU market.
Matheson advises on a wide range of transactions involving Ireland, from the largest and most complex public M&A deals to mid-market private M&A transactions. The firm concentrates on internationally focused companies and financial institutions, and has advised bidders on more cross-border deals involving Ireland than any other law firm in the last ten years.
The firm advises on all aspects of employment law and related areas, with a particular focus on the Irish legal needs of the many substantial international employers established in Ireland, a significant number of whom also operate in highly regulated industries.
Energy & Infrastructure:
Matheson advises domestic and international clients on all aspects of projects and infrastructure, and energy and natural resources law.
EU, Competition & Regulatory:
The firm provides companies and state bodies with EU and Irish competition advice as well as regulatory advice in the telecoms and postal sectors.
Matheson’s financial institutions group advises on all corporate and regulatory aspects of doing business in and from Ireland, including corporate transactions, group restructurings, commercial arrangements and contracts, company law matters, and regulatory and compliance issues.
Finance & Capital Markets:
The finance and capital markets team consists of more than 45 lawyers and advises financial institutions and corporations involved in arranging and executing all forms of finance and capital markets transactions in Ireland, including; alternative finance and non-bank lending, aviation finance and transportation, banking advisory, debt capital markets, entertainment finance, listing services, project finance, real estate finance, regulatory risk management and compliance, and structured finance and securitisation.
Health & Life Sciences:
Matheson’s healthcare litigators and advisers offer a broad range of services including defending medical malpractice, professional negligence and personal injury claims. The life sciences group advises organisations in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical technology, agri-chem and healthcare sectors on the full range of legal issues that affect them.
Matheson’s international business group is the Irish corporate practice of choice for international companies doing business in and from Ireland and is standing Irish corporate counsel to some of the world’s largest technology and life sciences companies.
Insolvency & Corporate Restructuring:
Matheson provides advice on all contentious and non-contentious insolvency matters and has advised on some of the most significant domestic and cross-border insolvencies involving Irish companies.
Matheson’s insurance group advises insurance and reinsurance companies, intermediaries and captive managers active in Ireland, with particular experience advising on the establishment, authorisation, compliance, corporate governance and restructuring of insurance and reinsurance operations in Ireland.
Matheson’s IP practice is the only dedicated and integrated contentious and non-contentious intellectual property law practice in the Irish market and is primarily focused on supporting multinationals and large corporate clients across the full suite of intellectual property legal services.
The firm advises high-net-worth individuals and families on all relevant legal and tax issues affecting the ownership, management, protection and succession to ownership of their assets.
Regulatory Risk Management & Compliance:
The regulatory risk management and compliance group advises Irish and international banks and financial services companies on regulatory matters ranging from the transfer of a banking business to data protection and dealings with the Central Bank of Ireland.
Unrivalled in the Irish legal market for its depth and breadth of expertise, Matheson’s tax practice is generally accepted as the pre-eminent tax practice among Irish law firms and is the ‘go-to’ tax firm for advice of a complex and ground-breaking nature.
Technology & Innovation:
Matheson has the longest established technology law practice in Ireland. The firm has advised the tech sector and blue-chip technology companies in Ireland, including multinationals, with regards to their technology related work, consistently and with a specialised focus for more than 20 years. The group has been involved in cutting edge technology related legal developments over that period and its expertise spans the full spectrum of technology infrastructure, products and services.