Established in 1825, Matheson is one the Ireland's oldest firms. It has six offices in Dublin, Cork, London, New York, Palo Alto and San Francisco.
Focusses / specialisms
The firm is strong across all areas of financial and corporate work, and with an experienced projects team. Structured finance and securitisation, financial services regulatory, and restructuring and insolvency are areas where the firm is especially noted for its expertise.
In the banking space the firm advises large domestic and international financial institutions and corporations on a syndicated loans, acquisition and project finance, real estate and refinancing transactions. Its asset finance offering includes work in transport and aviation sector. It advises airlines, asset managers and leasing companies on financing, leasing and portfolio acquisitions.
The aviation sector also engages the capital markets team on complex asset backed securitisation mandates. The team's strength in securitisation is further highlighted by their work on CLOs where they advise foreign asset managers on European deals. In the equity space the firm is noted for its work on IPOs for issuers and financial advisors. It is also active on the placements of new shares and rights issues.
The funds team advises international asset managers on the establishment of Irish funds and structures including UCITs, AIFs and ETF. Its global client base includes some of the largest US asset managers.
The financial services regulatory team advises international banks and asset managers on Irish regulations assisting them on gaining authorisations from Central Bank of Ireland and other regulating bodies.
The M&A team is strong private equity transactions. It advises US and UK private equity firms on acquisitions and sale of Irish companies across various sectors.
In project development the team is especially active in PPP projects and notably experienced in the developments in public services and the education sector.
The firm's restructuring team advises custodians and international entities on cross border restructuring mandates across various sectors. The firm also represents banks as creditors on bankruptcy and insolvency issues.
Some of the recent key clients of the firm include Weatherford International , Syncreon, Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, SkyHawk Aviation Limited, Barclays Bank, DVB Bank, Allied Irish Banks, Aviation Capital Group, UniCredit Bank, Dell Bank International, Ally Bank, BlackRock, Aon, Willis Towers Watson and Steris.
Research period review: 30th edition (2019/2020)
During the research period in asset finance the firm has advised on aviation and asset financing and leasing, acting for aircraft lessors, lenders, borrowers and airlines in a range of work, including an increase of loan financing, aircraft portfolio acquisition financing, ABS issuances and repackaging deals.
In banking and finance the firm advised domestic and institutional banks and financial institutions in Ireland. It advised of cross-border financial restructurings, with both an Irish examinership and Chapter 11 process element and assisted both borrowing and lending parties renewable energy and data centre project financing.
In capital markets work the firm advised as Irish listing agents and issuers to CLO and multi-currency note issuances and updates to EMTN programmes. The debt team also worked on UK SME loan securitisations, advising many special purpose companies as issuers. In equity, the firm has seen continued increase in re-domiciliation of listed corporations.
In investment funds work the firm established funds with UCITS ETF and ICAV products and structures, many with environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment aspects. It also advised funds on Brexit planning and regulatory.
In M&A the firm advised on public takeovers, advising mainly on the buyer side in acquisitions in technology, financial services, manufacturing and media. It also advised on notable high-profile listed company combinations in the insurance brokerage sector.
In project development the firm advised on public private partnership (PPP) mandates in the healthcare facilities and transport sectors, and represented sponsors, concessions, project companies and contractors in a range of industries including on the establishment and construction of battery energy storage projects, the development of the Bremore Port, National Broadband infrastructure and wind farm PPAs projects.
In restructuring work the firm advised distressed companies in innovative restructurings and examinerships, like Weatherford International plc, as well as advising large international banks, shareholders and investment funds. It also advised receivers in receiverships and creditors in bankruptcies.
Staffing changes saw Peter O’Brien, a banking partner, and Ciaran Healy, a capital markets partner, leave the firm in the research period. In recent hires, the firm hired equity capital markets partners David Fitzgibbon, Susanne McMenamin and David Jones.
Deal highlights: 30th edition (2019/2020)
Ally Bank $2 billion ABS
AerDragon Aviation Partners $220 million financing
Anchorage Europe CLO 3 €411 million note issuances
Aon plc / Willis Towers Watson merger
Ballantyne Re Plc $1.65 billion restructuring
BlackRock European CLO IX €407 million note issuances
Community Nursing Units PPP
Gardner Denver Holdings Inc $7.7 billion acquisition of Ingersoll Rand
MACH 1 Cayman $477 million ABS
Syncreon $260 million financial restructuring
Weatherford International $2.6 billion restructuring
Client Feedback: 30th Edition (2019/2020)
“Very knowledgeable and responsive.”
“Very responsive, always available to discuss, commercial in its thinking to bring efficiencies to the legal negotiation process.”
Capital markets: Debt
“Very commercial, knowledgeable and efficient.”
Capital markets: Equity
“Traditionally, we would have perceived its core strengths to be more in the investment funds space, but recent hires have made them a strong consideration for corporate and ECM work. Some good personnel there and I find them to be proactive in communicating with us with helpful advice on rolling basis.”
“Highly experienced at cross-border mergers, well-versed in advising multinational issues, strong bench, responsive and reasonably priced for the value delivered.”
“Excellent knowledge of issues, experienced, skilled staff with the ability to understand the commerciality at stake.”
“Efficient, commercial, market-based and advice on deal points.”
“Very committed, always available, very reinsuring (when the environment is 100% new for us) and very good negotiation skills.”
“They understand the business, high quality on the deliverables (letters, documents, reviews), high knowledge in legal and management of difficult legal situations and identify risks.”
“Provides a strong team, across the various sectors. Highly engaged at a senior level.”
“Very responsive on communications and pro-active on assistance generally”
“Responsiveness and level of service is excellent.”
“Matheson bring a positive and proactive approach to service delivery with quick turnaround times and flexibility to assist us in delivering our projects.”
“They are experts in the Energy sector and with the sector continuously evolving they keep Naturgy abreast of any potential impacts to our business and are our go to for the majority of our legal work. They are very approachable, accessible and have a very good team.”
“Communication, knowledge and experience.”
“Very accessible, big team, good industry knowledge and contacts.”
“Efficiency, reliable, outstanding professionals (i.e. Connor, Garret and Chelsey) and expertise.”
“They have very up to date legal and industry knowledge and provide valuable advice and insights into the latest industry developments. Their standard of work and track record for delivery is second to none. They are good negotiators, and they take a practical approach to commercial decisions. They can be relied upon to take ownership of issues and deliver projects through to completion.”
“Very dedicated, knowledgeable, skilful and conscientious team members.”
Restructuring and insolvency
“Collegiate approach between restructuring partners but also they know when to bring in other specialists from around the firm to advice on specific matters. Also, Matheson always seem to have the top associates working alongside their restructuring partners.”
“A great tradition in insolvency, very knowledgeable solicitors and large team capable of bringing in the required skills as needed.”
“Brendan is always very responsive, easy to work with on tricky cases and collaborative in his approach. His deep knowledge of the law having worked on a wide array of restructuring cases puts him in a great position to offer the best advice on current engagements.”
“Expertise, management, reliable and has knowledge of the sector.”
“Very personable, pleasure to deal with and has impressive technical knowledge delivered in a clear, uncomplicated manner.”
“Very commercial, knowledgeable, a good negotiator and puts across arguments very well.”
“Highly experienced in cross-border mergers. Fergus made what is a complex process move forward seamlessly, provided practical advice and understands unique issues faced by PLCs listed in the US.”
“Excellent lawyer that provides actionable advice.”
“Excellent levels of service, very quick to respond and also open to general conversations around topics on a non-chargeable basis.”
“Proactive, expert in their field and understands all sides perspectives in terms of the different stakeholders i.e. utilities, developers, etc.”
“He has very in-depth knowledge of industry and relevant legal cases, issues and precedents, and he provides sound advice. He is proactive in maintaining a very strong client relationship and remains very accessible to client requests. He is a very strong leader of a large team. He has built very strong relationships across the industry. Has a very high standard of work and delivery.”
“Conscientiousness and customer attentiveness.”
“Very calm, always available, quick and efficient with good negotiation skills.”
“A very experienced insolvency solicitor, very responsive and knowledgeable.”
“Paddy is extremely knowledgeable, calls on his extensive experience to cut through issues, get straight to the crux of the relevant points and bringing efficiencies to the negotiation process.”
“Rhona is an expert in her field and manages the team to deliver what we need in a timely manner. Always available to address queries and communicates in a clear and concise manner.”
“Very enthusiastic, knowledgeable and accessible.”