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Matheson Wins European Law Firm of the Year 2015
AUTHOR(S): Tara Doyle, Joe Beashel, Anne-Marie Bohan, Michael Jackson, Liam Collins, Dualta Counihan, Elizabeth Grace, Philip Lovegrove, Shay Lydon
PRACTICE AREA GROUP: Asset Management and Investment Funds
Matheson has been awarded "European Law Firm of the Year 2015" at the Hedge Fund Journal Awards.
The awards ceremony, which took place in London on 22 January, was held to recognise the leading service providers to the European hedge fund industry.
Tara Doyle, partner in the Asset Management and Investment Funds Group at Matheson, said “We are delighted to accept the award for European Law Firm of the Year 2015. This reflects Matheson’s position as the number one funds practice in Ireland, acting for over 28% of Irish domiciled investment funds by assets under management, and our reputation in Europe for excellence in client service, legal and regulatory advice, and industry knowledge.”
Ms Doyle said “We are particularly pleased to win this award at a time of such growth in the European alternative funds market. Post-AIFMD we see Ireland as the natural domicile of choice for European and US managers seeking to access European investment in their alternative funds.
In 2014, Matheson was awarded "Best AIFMD Law Firm in Europe 2014" by Wealth & Finance International, and also won Finance Dublin’s 2014 Financial Services (International) Deal of the Year Award for Investment Funds. The Asset Management and Investment Funds Group at Matheson advised on the first AIFM authorisation in Europe. Ms Doyle noted that “Our funds practitioners are experts in alternative investment funds including AIFs investing in pharmaceutical royalties, life settlements, property, currencies, commodities, bank loans, private equity and on all hedge fund strategies including long/short, event driven, arbitrage, global macro, distressed debt and multi-strategy amongst others.
We also specialise in advice on all aspects of UCITS including UCITS pursuing alternative or hedge fund strategies.”
Looking forward to developments for 2015, Ms Doyle referred to the Irish fund vehicle which is expected to be introduced shortly by the Irish legislature, and said “The partners in Matheson’s Asset Management and Investment Funds Group have been to the fore in recommending and assisting in the development and implementation of the Irish Collective Asset-management Vehicle (the ICAV). The ICAV is expected to become the vehicle of choice for both alternative investment funds and UCITS in Europe”.