Christian Donagh



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Christian Donagh "is very thorough, proactive and always available to discuss and provide many alternatives".

Chambers Global & Europe


Christian Donagh is a partner in the Structured Finance and Derivatives Group at Matheson and is head of the firm's derivatives practice. Christian's practice focuses on advising investment banks and asset managers doing business in and from Ireland in relation to securitisations, fund-linked structured products, repackagings, securities lending and repos. Christian regularly advises Irish corporates and their counterparties in relation to ISDA master agreements and collateral arrangements relating to over-the-counter derivatives transactions such as interest rate swaps and collars and credit default swaps. Frequently, the firm is asked to provide legal opinions on issues relating to the enforceability of close-out netting provisions and collateral arrangements documented using industry standard or bespoke derivatives, repo and prime brokerage documentation. Christian is a regular speaker at international conferences on issues related to derivatives and structured finance.

Christian qualified with Allen & Overy in Hong Kong where he specialised in equity-linked securities and derivatives and later transferred to Allen & Overy's London office where he focused on CDOs, repackagings, equity-linked and credit-linked notes and programmes. Christian spent seven months on secondment with the London branch of a European investment bank advising on ISDA documentation policy. Prior to joining Matheson in 2006, Christian acted as legal counsel at the London branch of a US investment bank.

Christian is the current chairperson of the Irish Debt Securities Association (IDSA).  The IDSA is an industry organisation promoting and developing Ireland as a location for activities to support the global structured finance, debt securities and specialist securities industries with over 30 corporate members.  Christian is also a member of the Rules Committee of the Irish Stock Exchange and a member of the Technical Committee of the Irish Association of Corporate Treasurers.


Recognised for Derivatives
Best Lawyers Ireland 2018 edition

One client reports "Christian Donagh finds solutions, he is reassuring when things get hectic, and I know I can rely on him".
Chambers Global & Europe 2017

Christian Donagh is named a Leading Lawyer.
IFLR1000 2017

Clients appreciate Christian Donagh for "taking the initiative to go further than simply delivering what we ask - he sees other areas he can help in addition to taking the solid approach you would expect".
Chambers Global 2016

Christian Donagh is named a Leading Lawyer
IFLR1000 2016

Christian Donagh "is very thorough, proactive and always available to discuss and provide many alternatives. He is passionate about what he does".
Chambers Global & Europe 2015

Christian Donagh is named a leading lawyer.
IFLR1000 2015

Christian Donagh is described as "very calm when under pressure, commercial in his attitude but also capable of innovative thinking and delivering vehicles that are complex".
Chambers Global & Europe 2014

Head of derivatives Christian Donagh is one of the country's top specialists.
IFLR1000 2014

Christian Donagh is lauded as "a proactive, responsive practitioner who knows our business inside out and provides workable solutions".
Chambers Global 2013

Christian Donagh is praised for his derivatives work.
IFLR1000 2013

Christian Donagh is recognised as a leading lawyer by IFLR1000 and Best Lawyers.


Qualified as a solicitor in Ireland
Qualified as a solicitor in Hong Kong (non-practising)
Qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales (non-practising)
University of Hong Kong (PCLL, Postgraduate Certificate of Laws)
University College Dublin (LLM in Commercial Law)
University College Dublin and DePaul University Law School, US (BCL International)

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