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"This domestic giant is applauded for its formidable corporate practice, which excels in all aspects of the area."
Chambers Europe

Matheson’s Corporate Group is one of the leading practices in Ireland. Our lawyers are consistently chosen to advise on the most significant corporate transactions involving Irish and international companies.

We advise on the full range of domestic and international corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate restructurings, private equity, IPOs and other equity capital markets transactions.

Our International Business team provides a full range of Irish corporate law advice and services to overseas clients doing business in and through Ireland. This team has a particular focus on inward investment, cross-border re-organisations and integration projects.

We have advised the bidder on more cross-border deals involving Ireland than any other law firm in the last ten years (Mergermarket September 2017).

Matheson was named Ireland M&A Legal Adviser of Year at the 2017 Mergermarket European M&A Awards.

Our Team

Experience Highlights

Matheson’s corporate lawyers have worked on some of the largest and most innovative deals in Irish corporate history. Highlights of our recent work include advising:

  • Allergan on its $66 billion merger with Actavis.
  • Weatherford International on its corporate re-domiciliation from Switzerland to Ireland.
  • Perella Weinberg Partners LP as financial adviser to US medical device maker Medtronic, Inc. on its $42.9 billion acquisition of Irish-based Covidien plc (NYSE).
  • Auxilium Pharmaceuticals on its $2.6 billion acquisition by Endo International.
  • Allied Irish Banks plc on the sale of Ark Life Assurance plc to Guardian Financial Services.
  • Actavis Inc on its $8.5 billion acquisition of Dublin-based Warner Chilcott plc, and its subsequent listing on the New York Stock Exchange.
  • Apax, a major shareholder, in relation to the initial public offering by Irish company King Digital Entertainment PLC (king.com) on the New York Stock Exchange.
  • Questcor Pharmaceuticals on $5.6 billion merger with Irish based Mallinckrodt.
  • Royalty Pharma on its hostile $6.5 billion bid for Elan, the Irish biotechnology company listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
  • Cemex España on its public takeover of Readymix plc.
  • Eaton Corporation, the US-based power management company, on its acquisition of Cooper Industries plc, valued at $11.8 billion, and its subsequent listing on the New York Stock Exchange.
  • News Corp on its acquisition of Dublin-based social news agency Storyful.
  • The Minister for Finance on the €1.3 billion sale of life and pensions provider Irish Life to Great-West Lifeco.
  • Hutchison Whampoa, through its Irish business Three Ireland, on its €780 million acquisition of communication provider O2 Ireland.

Matheson has "good strength in depth," as well as having "quality lawyers throughout the firm and specialists in every relevant area".
Corporate and Commercial / M&A: Chambers Europe 2019

"Matheson is an excellent one-stop shop." Client goes on to praise the team's "excellent understanding of our business, which allows them to address matters quickly and accurately. It is a top-level firm".
Corporate and Commercial / M&A: Chambers Europe 2019 

"Outstanding service. Strong sector knowledge and commercial approach."
IFLR1000 2019

"Good strength in depth," as well as "quality lawyers throughout the firm with specialists in every relevant area."
Chambers Europe 2018

Ireland M&A Legal Adviser of the Year
Mergermarket European M&A Awards 2017

"Very knowledge, efficient and responsive".
European Legal 500 2017

"One of the best-regarded firms in the country, with a very good understanding of how corporations work and how to interact with in-house teams."
Chambers Europe 2017