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Turlough Galvin is "an industry leader in the space".

Chambers Europe


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.

Experience Highlights

Turlough's experience includes:

  • Advising on the first AAA / Aaa rated public securitisation of pure auto loans in Ireland.
  • Advising on the first issuance and listing of a Sukuk bond that complied with the Sharia financing provisions of Irish tax law.
  • Advising leading financial institutions on the establishment of numerous Irish debt issuance programmes.
  • Advising leading financial institutions on fund finance transactions.
  • Advising on the acquisition and disposal of loan portfolios.

"Excellent knowledge of industry (DCM, securitization, tax etc) from an Irish and European perspective, very responsive and open to discussing matters at short notice."
IFLR1000 33rd edition 2023

"Turlough Galvin is the partner we most frequently work with. We are entirely confident he supervises behind the scenes and ensures everything is to a standard."
Capital Markets : The Legal 500 2023

"We trust Turlough Galvin implicitly and he always guides us in the right way."
Capital Markets Debt: Chambers Global 2023

"Expert in securitisation, structured finance and tax. His expertise in securitisation, structured finance, debt capital markets and tax is first class and he is always available to discuss ongoing transactions and also to discuss the industry, trends and regulations in general. His knowledge, attention to detail, commercial awareness and responsiveness are his standout qualities."
IFLR1000 2022

"Turlough Galvin: The star individual. Hugely experienced practitioner with a wide and varied practice. The person to go to when you have difficult questions."
Tax: The European Legal 500 2022

Turlough Galvin has "high expertise," and is "very responsive."
Banking & Finance: Chambers Global 2022

Turlough Galvin is named a Tax Leading Advisor.
World Tax 2022

Turlough Galvin provides an "exceptional service with turnaround times that are second to none. Responsiveness, knowledge and expertise are his standout qualities".
The Legal 500 2021

We value the "attention and level of expertise we receive from him throughout."
Chambers Europe 2021

Turlough Galvin is an "extremely knowledgeable in all fields of capital markets".
Chambers Europe 2021

Turlough Galvin is named a leading individual.
European Legal 500 2020

Turlough Galvin is named a ‘Market Leader’
IFLR1000 2020

"Turlough Galvin is extremely knowledgeable in the sector, he breaks transactions down to layman's terms so anyone can understand and he is very easy to work with. He makes sure you're informed before you make a decision."
Banking and Finance: Chambers Global 2020

Clients laud Turlough as "an excellent tax lawyer who adopts a sensible, practical style. His depth of market knowledge gives him a real competitive advantage."
Tax: Chambers Global and Europe 2020

  Turlough Galvin is named a leading individual.

European Legal 500 2019

"I’d rate Turlough Galvin as a top player in the market."
Chambers Europe 2019

Turlough Galvin is “a smart lawyer and very commercial”.
Tax: Chambers Europe 2019

Recognised for Capital Markets Law, Structured Finance Law and Tax Law
Best Lawyers Ireland 2019 edition

“Turlough is a go-to man for securitisations.
Chambers Europe 2018 

"An industry leader in the space."
Chambers Europe 2018

Turlough Galvin has been recognised by the Legal 500 as an elite leading lawyer.
Legal 500 EMEA Hall of Fame

Turlough Galvin is "a big hitter in the Irish legal market. For complicated stuff, he is your man – very well rounded, knowledgeable and technical."
Chambers Global 2018

Turlough Galvin is named a Market Leader.
IFLR1000 2018

Recognised for Capital Markets Law, Finance Law and Tax Law
Best Lawyers Ireland 2018 edition

Corporate Tax Expert
Who's Who Legal 2017

Turlough Galvin is named a leading individual.
European Legal 500 2017

Turlough Galvin is praised by clients for his availability, and is said to be "very knowledgeable on Irish vehicles".
Chambers Global & Europe 2017

Turlough Galvin is named a Leading Lawyer.
IFLR1000 2017

Lawyer of year (Ireland) for Debt Capital Markets Law, Structured Finance Law, Tax law
Best Lawyers 2017 edition

Turlough is recognised as a leading individual by international legal directory including European Legal 500, IFLR1000 and Best Lawyers. He is also recommended in the  TDH250, the elite list of the world's 250 leading tax advisers.


Trinity College Dublin (LLB)

Qualified as a solicitor in Ireland

Qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales