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Elizabeth Grace

Partner

Dublin

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Liz Grace is a partner at Matheson with expertise in financial services law. She is also the firm's communications strategy director.

Liz is an accomplished and commercially focused professional with over 15 years’ experience in law and the financial services sector. She has a strong investment funds background and is a partner in the firm’s Asset Management and Investment Funds Group. Liz was appointed communications strategy director at the firm in 2016.

Liz’s experience in investment funds law stems from several years of practice in the area, working from early on in her career in 2000 with Matheson’s global asset management client base in the establishment, operation and re-structuring of Irish domiciled investment funds. She established the first dedicated knowledge management function at practice level in Matheson, focussing on the law and regulator of investment funds and asset managers, in particular in relation to emerging European and Irish legal and regulatory developments affecting asset managers and investment funds.

In 2012, Liz wrote the first university Funds Law syllabus in Ireland for Maynooth University and was appointed Visiting Professor in Funds Law at Maynooth University. Liz also established the annual Matheson Funds Law Internship Awards in a collaboration between Matheson and Maynooth.
Liz’s postgraduate qualifications include a master’s degree in law from Oxford University, where one of her focal points was European business regulation. She has lectured on the UCITS and AIFMD European Union legal frameworks at the Academy of European Law, Germany. Liz has also lectured and tutored in Financial Services Law at the Law School of the Law Society of Ireland, and has tutored in the Law of Trusts at the Law School, Trinity College Dublin.

She is a member of 100 Women in Finance, the International Bar Association and the St Edmund Hall Oxford Association. She is also a friend of the Academy of European Law.

 

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Accolades

“Elizabeth Grace is fantastic. It is very rare to have a partner who would have so much interaction, so she’s very hands-on. Elizabeth’s been very active, and has worked on things that make it clear she’s not acting from a self-interest standpoint”.
Chambers Europe 2017

“Elizabeth Grace has “technical knowledge second to none” and provides “rigorous attention to detail”.”
IFLR1000 2017

Clients say: "Her dedication and work ethic comes through very strongly. She is a relatively young partner and has clearly impressed the firm ….. Funds has also been a male dominated world and yet she has emerged as a strong lawyer who is even more impressive because of this. She is clearly respected in the field."
Chambers Europe 2016

Appointed Ambassador for Gender Diversity 2017
Women Mean Business

National Finalist in the Women Mean Business Empowering Women Award 2016
Women Mean Business

Appointed Ambassador for Gender Diversity 2016
Women Mean Business

National Finalist in the Women Mean Business Empowering Women Award 2015
Women Mean Business

Investment Funds expert
2015 Women in Business Law

Investment Funds expert
2014 Women in Business Law

“At university level there are more and more female undergraduates choosing to study law, and it is really important for these female students to be able to see examples of success such as Liz Grace, a Partner in Matheson’s Asset Management Group, who has reached the very top of her profession.  It is a huge boost for female students to see this. Liz is fantastic at working with and engaging with the students, and for many of our female students she is an inspiring role model. It is hugely significant for students to interact with and work with leading female partners”.
Professor Michael Doherty, Head of the Law Department, Maynooth University

"Liz Grace brings a standard of excellence into the classroom. She is uniquely able to combine academic knowledge with her rich real world experience to the enormous benefit of our students. I know that many of our female students view her as an inspiring role model."
Professor Sandeep Gopalan, Founding Professor of the Maynooth University Department of Law; Dean of Deakin Law School, Australia

 

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Education

Oxford University (Master’s Degree in Law, BCL)
Trinity College Dublin (LLB)
Harvard University (Micro-economics, Harvard Summer School)
University College Dublin (Diploma in Financial Services Law)

Related Practice Areas
Matheson Asset Management and Investment Funds Group
Innovative New Funds Law Course for Ireland

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