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"They are outstanding for debt capital markets."
Chambers Europe

Matheson’s Debt Capital Markets team advises international and domestic financial institutions and corporations involved in arranging and executing debt issuances both in and from Ireland.  The team draws extensively on the specialist skills and technical expertise from the Finance and Capital Markets Department and the Tax Department.  The Debt Capital Markets team is rated Tier 1 for Structured Finance and Debt Capital Markets by Chambers Europe, the Legal 500 and IFLR1000.

The Debt Capital Markets team advises arrangers, issuers, managers, guarantors and trustees on all forms of secured and unsecured corporate debt issuance transactions including public and privately placed bond issues, bank and non-bank capital structures and commercial paper programmes.  The team has advised Irish corporates in relation to the issuance of guaranteed subordinated debt and domestic financial institutions in relation to the issuance of senior and subordinated debt and compliance with Tier 1 capital requirements.

Our Team

Experience Highlights

Representative transactions include:

  • Acting as counsel to the Arranger and Lead Manager in connection with the establishment of a €10 billion EMTN unsecured note issuance programme for an Irish credit institution.
  • Advising PartnerRe Ltd. on its debut €750 million Eurobond offering.  The €750 million 1.25% Guaranteed Notes due 15 September 2026 (the Notes) were issued by PartnerRe Ireland Finance DAC and guaranteed by PartnerRe Ltd.  The Notes were listed on the Main Securities Market of the Irish Stock Exchange and Matheson also acted as Irish listing agent. The successful Eurobond offering, represented the first issuance ever of a Bermuda insurer and reinsurer in the Euro-denominated bond market.
  • Acting as Irish counsel to an Irish corporate in relation to the issuance of €250,000,000 perpetual callable guaranteed securities.
  • Advising a multi-national with significant Irish operations in relation to the issuance and listing of several billion euro of unsecured corporate debt.
  • Acted as lead counsel for an international asset manager, in the establishment of a number of Irish companies to raise finance to invest in renewable power projects throughout Europe.
"The team at Matheson is extremely experienced in the area of capital markets and debt in Ireland, and is able to seamlessly handle complex issues that arise. The lawyers deal with issues in a practical and helpful way."

Capital Markets: Debt Chambers 2023

"The team is able to see a very wide variety of situations and is clever enough to connect the dots and come up with creative ideas to never-seen-before situations, and that requires a good dose of business acumen besides the mastery of legal frameworks."

Capital Markets: Debt Chambers 2023

"I found them easy to work with, provided clear and relevant advice, were very responsive and timely on queries and closed all transactions within the agreed timeline."
Capital Markets: IFLR1000 2022

I recommend Matheson to others as go-to counsel for Irish related matters.”
Capital Markets: Chambers Europe 2019>

Matheson "have a fantastic team, both in Ireland and in their other offices".
Capital Markets: Chambers Europe 2019

Matheson's Capital Markets team operate "with real professionalism and provide a very strong client-focused operation".
Capital Markets: Chambers Europe 2019

"From an Irish perspective, we always use Matheson."
Capital Markets: Chambers Europe 2019

Matheson are "extremely proficient when dealing with cross-border transactions."
Capital Markets: Chambers Europe 2019

"Matheson is top notch."
Capital Markets: Chambers Europe 2019

"They are our go-to Irish counsel. This firm is the top firm in Ireland. Matheson is the most impressive Irish firm by a significant margin".
Capital Markets: Chambers Europe 2019

The Matheson Capital Markets team "did excellent job of navigating the Irish law and legal practice issues raised by this transaction structure, while also managing client expectations".
Capital Markets: Chambers Europe 2019

Matheson is "a wonderful firm" and they place "client service above all else".
Capital Markets: Chambers Europe 2019

Matheson’s Capital Markets team is “innovative and commercially focused”.
Capital Markets: European Legal 500 2019

Matheson’s Capital Markets team "work exceptionally well together as a team and always look to get the balance right between commercial points and legal points."
Capital Markets: Chambers Europe 2019

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

“Matheson in my opinion is best of breed in debt capital markets”.
Chambers Europe 2018

“They are the most sophisticated of the Irish firms”.
Chambers Europe 2018

"An outstanding team deserving of its first-class reputation."
Chambers Europe 2018