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Matheson's Asset Management and Investment Funds Department was ranked by the Monterey Insight Ireland Fund Report, the leading independent industry survey, as Ireland's leading practice by assets under management for the eighth year in a row. The 2019 Monterey Insight report revealed that Matheson acts for 31% of Irish domiciled investment funds by assets under management as at 30 June 2019.

Our dedicated team is comprised of over 50 fund professionals, led by 12 partners.

We are experts in all aspects of UCITS including structured UCITS, UCITS ETFs, money market funds, UCITS platforms, UCITS pursuing alternative or hedge fund strategies, traditional long only equity and bond funds.

Our experience in alternative funds also sets us apart from our competitors. We have advised on alternative investment funds investing in pharmaceutical royalties, life settlements, property, currencies, commodities, bank loans, private equity, other hedge funds and on all hedge fund strategies including long/short, event driven, arbitrage, global macro, distressed debt and multi-strategy amongst others. Our market-leading expertise on AIFMD includes advising on the first AIFM authorisation in Europe and the first inward AIFMD management passport into Ireland. Our partners have advised numerous funds on transition to AIFMD.

The reputation of the Asset Management and Investment Funds Group amongst industry professionals and our involvement in the development of the industry is reflected by the appointment of managing partner Michael Jackson as chairman of the International Financial Services Centre Funds Group Legislative Committee, established by the Department of An Taoiseach (the Irish Prime Minister), and his 2009/2010 chairmanship of the Irish funds industry association (“Irish Funds”). Our partners Tara Doyle, Dualta Counihan, Shay Lydon, Anne-Marie Bohan, Liam Collins, Philip Lovegrove, Oisin McClenaghan and Michelle Ridge are all members of Irish Funds committees in the areas of hedge funds and alternative investment funds, exchange traded funds, UCITS V, client assets, private equity funds, distribution in Asia and Latin America and European Long Term Investment Funds. The head of our team, Tara Doyle, is an elected member of the governing Council of Irish Funds.  At European level, Shay Lydon is a member of the European Fund and Asset Management Association (“EFAMA”) UCITS Working Group and Liam Collins has been appointed as the Irish Funds representative to the EFAMA Financial Benchmarks Working Group.

All of our partners are regular contributors to European and Irish consultations on the development of asset management and funds regulation. Submissions have been made by the Asset Management and Investment Funds Group towards the development of the Central Bank’s policy in a number of areas, including multi-manager funds, structured UCITS using tailored derivatives at share class level, and loan origination by qualified investor alternative investment funds. Matheson partners Michael Jackson, Anne-Marie Bohan and Liam Collins have been heavily involved on the industry side with respect to the introduction of the ICAV, the new Irish bespoke funds vehicle.

With our team of 50 asset management legal and regulatory advisers working alongside Matheson taxation, structured finance and commercial litigation departments, we offer a comprehensive service for clients. As we are one of the few law firms in Ireland with a specialist derivatives practice, we have an unrivalled capacity to provide combined asset management, tax and derivatives advice to our clients. Our regulatory compliance and risk management team assists with authorisations of new investment managers, administrators and custodians, compliance requirements and Central Bank administrative sanctions. In addition to this, we provide a full investment funds listing services, a specialist outsourcing advisory practice and a dedicated investment funds company secretarial service, with online board-room facilities for our clients.

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Asset Management and Investment Funds Publications

Matheson's Asset Management and Investment Funds Group produces updates and briefing notes on the main issues affecting the Irish and European investment fund industry, together with information on Ireland as an international fund domicile and establishing investment funds in Ireland, which may be downloaded below. 

All Publications - Updates
Matheson Investment Fund Newsletter - March 2020 PDF | 679 KB Updated Central Bank Guidance on Financial Indices - September 2019 PDF | 105 KB Horizon Scanning for Investment Funds - January 2018 PDF | 113 KB Sustainable Finance Update - June 2020 PDF | 646 KB The Securitisation Regulation and its Impact on UCITS and AIFs - August 2018 PDF | 370 KB Reforms to Irish Investment Limited Partnership Law - February 2018 PDF | 817 KB Updated Central Bank Guidance on Financial Indices - August 2019 PDF | 105 KB The Benchmark Regulation - Impact on Investment Funds - February 2018 PDF | 845 KB New Transparency Obligations for Asset Managers under SRD II -April 2020 PDF | 422 KB The Securitisation Regulation and its Impact on UCITS and AIFs - August 2018 PDF | 370 KB Streamlined Procedures for UCITS and RIAIFs Announced by Central Bank of Ireland - October 2018 PDF | 1 MB Notice of Intention to Create New Pre Approval Control Functions - February 2020 PDF | 419 KB The Securitisation Regulation an its Impact on UCITS and AIFs - August 2018 PDF | 370 KB Implications of Brexit for Asset Managers and Investment Funds - May 2017 PDF | 89 KB Irish Central Bank Publishes Consultation on Fund Management Company Effectiveness - September 2019 PDF | 111 KB EU Money Market Fund Reform Regulation Finally Published - July 2017 PDF | 209 KB European Commission Proposals on Asset Segregation - July 2018 PDF | 371 KB Reform of the Supervision of EU Financial Services - March 2018 PDF | 815 KB New Filing Obligations for Irish Investmen Funds - June 2017 PDF | 969 KB Central_Bank of Ireland Introduces Increased Flexibility for Exchange Traded Funds - September 2018 PDF | 4 MB Shifting Tides Developing Regulatory Strategy in a Dynamic Environment - February 2017 PDF | 714 KB Matheson_Investment Funds Update - Central Bank of Ireland Responds to Industry Brexit Queries - March 2019 PDF | 812 KB New ESMA Guidance on UCITS KIID Disclosures - October 2019 PDF | 134 KB Implications of Brexit for Asset Managers and Investment Funds - May 2017 PDF | 89 KB ESMA Opinion on UCITS Share Classes - January 2017 PDF | 650 KB Horizon Scanning for Investment Funds - January 2018 PDF | 113 KB European Commission Proposals on Sustainable Finance - July 2018 PDF | 644 KB Establishing an Exchange Traded Fund in Ireland - May 2018 PDF | 316 KB European Commission Proposals on Asset Segregation - July 2018 PDF | 371 KB European Commission Proposals on Sustainable Finance - July 2018 PDF | 644 KB European Commission Review of the AIFMD - June 2020 PDF | 626 KB Central Bank of Ireland Review of Closet Indexing - July 2019 PDF | 164 KB Horizon Scanning for Investment Funds - January 2018 PDF | 113 KB European Commission Proposals on Asset Segregation - July 2018 PDF | 371 KB Central Bank of Ireland Announces Enhancements to Irish Loan Originating Funds Regime - February 2018 PDF | 495 KB Brexit - Where Are We Now PDF | 575 KB European Commission Proposals on Sustainable Finance - July 2018 PDF | 644 KB ESMAs Opinion on Supervisory Convergence in Investment Management - July 2017 PDF | 1 MB EU Money Market Fund Reform Regulation Finally Published - July 2017 PDF | 179 KB EU Money Market Fund Reform Deadline Set - July 2017 PDF | 127 KB ESMA Sets Out Principles on Supervisory Approach to Relocations from the UK - July 2017 PDF | 126 KB ESMA Promotes Supervisory Convergence on the Supervision of Costs - June 2020 PDF | 630 KB Central Bank of Ireland Publishes Discussion Paper on ETFs -May 2017 PDF | 130 KB Cybersecurity Central Bank of Ireland Expectations - March 2020 PDF | 421 KB ESMA SFTR Reporting Guidelines - April 2020 PDF | 418 KB ESMA Guidelines on Performance Fees - April 2020 PDF | 641 KB COVID-19 Implications for Investment Funds and Fund Management Companies - May 2020 PDF | 964 KB ESMA Guidelines on Liquidity Stress Testing - September 2019 PDF | 131 KB CP86 and Irish Managment Companies - November 2019 PDF | 238 KB Central Bank Authorisation Process Increased Scrutiny of Certain Assets - January 2020 PDF | 407 KB Central Bank of Ireland Publishes Updated UCITS Rules - June 2019 PDF | 153 KB Central Bank of Ireland Issues Revised Guidance on the Use of Financial Indices by UCITS - October 2018 PDF | 484 KB Central Bank of Ireland Consults on changes to Central Bank UCITS Regulations - April 2018 PDF | 71 KB Central Bank of Ireland Priorities for Investment Funds 2020 - January 2020 PDF | 420 KB Central Bank of Ireland Review of Closet Indexing - July 2019 PDF | 164 KB Asset Management and Investment Funds Brochure - June 2018 PDF | 489 KB Central Bank of Ireland Letter on Liquidity Management - August 2019 PDF | 142 KB Central Register of Beneficial Ownership for ICAVs and Unit Trusts - March 2020 PDF | 413 KB Central Bank of Ireland PRISM Review - April 2020 PDF | 408 KB Bank_Loan UCITS Could Present Future Growth Opportunity - December 2018 PDF | 239 KB Central Bank of Ireland Consultation on Errors in Investment Funds - September 2019 PDF | 174 KB
All Publications - Briefing Notes
Establishing a UCITS in Ireland - October 2017 - Briefing Note PDF | 7 MB Establishing a Private Equity Fund in Ireland - Briefing Note PDF | 3 MB Establishing a UCITS in Ireland Brochure -Briefing Note PDF | 7 MB The UCITS Marketing Passport - Briefing Note PDF | 575 KB Establishing a Common Contractual Fund in Ireland - Briefing Note PDF | 7 MB UCITS V Overview - Briefing Note PDF | 82 KB UCITS V Sanctions - Briefing Note PDF | 145 KB Irish Loan Origination Investment Funds - Briefing Note PDF | 426 KB UCITS V Depositaries - Briefing Note PDF | 159 KB UCITS Organisation of Self-Managed Investment Companies - Briefing Note PDF | 2 MB UCITS Organisation of Management Companies - Briefing Note PDF | 2 MB Key Investor Information Document Q&A - Briefing Note PDF | 572 KB ICAV Mergers - Briefing Note PDF | 91 KB UCITS V Factsheet on Remuneration - Briefing Note PDF | 154 KB The UCITS Management Company Passport- Briefing Note PDF | 529 KB UCITS Mergers and Master Feeder Structures - Briefing Note PDF | 153 KB Ireland as a Fund Domicile - Briefing Note (2) PDF | 487 KB Establishing a Qualifying Investor AIF in Ireland - Briefing Note PDF | 373 KB Establishing a Private Equity Fund in Ireland - Briefing Note PDF | 2 MB Ireland as a Fund Domicile - Briefing Note PDF | 487 KB The PRIIPs KID and Investment Funds - Briefing Note PDF | 857 KB Establishing Structured Funds in Ireland - Briefing Note PDF | 638 KB GDPR in Contenxt Impacts on the Asset Management Industry - Briefing Note PDF | 2 MB The Securities Financing Transactions Regulation and Investment Funds - Briefing Note PDF | 591 KB Ireland as a Fund Domicile - Briefing Note PDF | 487 KB Establishing a Qualifying Investor Fund in Ireland - Briefing Note PDF | 1 MB Snapshot Ireland as an International Fund Domicile - Briefing Note PDF | 92 KB Irish Loan Origination Investment Funds - Briefing Note (2) PDF | 426 KB Establishing Structured Funds in Ireland - Briefing Note PDF | 638 KB Establishing an Exchange Traded Fund in Ireland - Briefing Note PDF | 316 KB Asset Management and Investment Funds Brochure - Briefing Note PDF | 489 KB
Experience Highlights

Representative experience of the Asset Management and Investment Funds Group includes:

  • The launch of a wide range of UCITS products including traditional long only equity, bond and money market funds; alternative and structured products; ETFs; UCITS employing eligible strategies including long/short (130/30) equity, credit, currency, interest rate, volatility strategies and eligible financial indices.
  • Acting for over half of Irish domiciled money market funds by AUM, with industry leading experience in innovative areas such as negative yield / reverse distribution mechanisms and T setting accumulation share classes.
  • First AIFM authorised in Europe.
  • First inward AIFMD management passport into Ireland.
  • First to advise on bank loan funds using special purpose subsidiaries.
  • First Irish domiciled pharmaceutical royalties funds.
  • First Irish domiciled US life assurance policies funds.
  • First Irish “China” fund, a mutual fund investing in China A shares.
  • First Brazilian promoted Irish domiciled hedge fund.
  • First Irish funds promoted by Dubai and Saudi Arabian financial institutions.
  • First structured UCITS investment limited partnerships investing in property assets.
  • Third party manager platforms (UCITS and QIAIFs).
  • Liability driven investment funds.
  • Insurance linked investment funds.
  • Structured fund platforms.
  • Shariah-compliant UCITS and AIFs.
  • Bank loan funds using section 110 subsidiaries for several large international investment managers, including a hybrid fund/CLO structure.
  • Hedge funds using a variety of strategies including arbitrage, macro, directional, event-driven, long/short, market neutral, directional and quantitative and permitting direct investment and investment in fund of funds and feeder fund structures.
  • Irish, European and US commercial and residential property / real estate funds.
  • Commodities funds.
  • Renewable energy funds.
  • Retail funds of hedge funds.
  • Exchange traded and other index tracking funds, including physical and synthetic replication and smart beta funds.
  • Private equity fund of funds and feeder funds (gaining exposure to structures in Cayman, Jersey, Bermuda, Guernsey and a number of other domiciles worldwide).
  • Common contractual funds for multinational groups seeking tax transparent asset pooling solutions.
  • Listing of Irish and non-Irish domiciled funds on the Irish Stock Exchange.
  • Management company establishment.
  • Negotiation of contracts on behalf of administrators, custodians and prime brokers.
Accolades

Matheson not only has “great legal knowledge but the ability to apply it practically”.
European Legal 500 2019

"They have excellent technical and industry knowledge and are always welcoming."
IFLR1000 2019

"The dual partner model they run works very well to ensure coverage and expertise across a range of projects, and is relatively unique."
Chambers Europe 2018

Matheson is "a very good fund service provider with supporting regulatory expertise".
European Legal 500 2018

"Focused on giving top-quality advice".
Chambers Europe 2018

"The best firm in Dublin for this type of work: they have unrivalled knowledge and expertise, are quick to react and user-friendly."
Chambers Europe 2017

"Excellent, leaders in the field, dynamic and innovative."
IFLR1000 2017

Asset Management and Investment Funds Brochure