Turlough Galvin



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Turlough Galvin is the head of our Tax practice and our Structured Finance and Derivatives Group. He advises international corporations, investment banks and financial institutions doing business in and from Ireland. He practices corporate tax specialising in tax structuring, all forms of structured finance, securitisation, derivatives, mergers and acquisitions and stamp duty. He also provides transfer pricing advice to the financial services industry and is often involved in resolving tax disputes and in tax litigation matters.

Turlough was involved in redrafting the Irish securitisation legislation in 2002 / 2003, the Irish VAT legislation relating to structured finance transactions in 2004 and various changes to Irish tax legislation nearly every year since then.

Turlough is recommended as a leading lawyer in most relevant legal publications and has, in the past, been included in Tax Business magazine's "Top 50", a highly regarded survey of the 50 most influential individuals in global tax.

Turlough was educated at law school in Trinity College Dublin and graduated in 1992 with a First Class honours LLB degree. Turlough qualified as a solicitor in Ireland in 1995 and as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1996. Prior to joining Matheson in Dublin in 2000, Turlough worked for Deutsche Bank and Slaughter and May in London. Turlough is a regular speaker and writer on international tax and structured finance issues.

Turlough served as the first chairperson of the Irish Debt Securities Association (IDSA) from 2012 to 2015.  The IDSA is an industry organisation formed to promote and develop Ireland as a location for activities to support the global structured finance, debt securities and specialist securities industries.

Turlough is a director of The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. The ISPCC is Ireland's oldest and most well-known children's charity and its vision is to see an Ireland where all children are heard and valued — Turlough is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Talented Youth, Ireland. CTYI aims to allow all talented students to reach their potential both academically and socially by providing relevant and interesting challenges based on ability and interest rather than age —


Turlough Galvin is named a Market Leader.
IFLR1000 2018

Recognised for Capital Markets Law, Finance Law and Tax Law
Best Lawyers Ireland 2018 edition

Corporate Tax Expert
Who's Who Legal 2017

Turlough Galvin is named a leading individual.
European Legal 500 2017

Turlough Galvin is praised by clients for his availability, and is said to be "very knowledgeable on Irish vehicles".
Chambers Global & Europe 2017

Turlough Galvin is named a Leading Lawyer.
IFLR1000 2017

Lawyer of year (Ireland) for Debt Capital Markets Law, Structured Finance Law, Tax law
Best Lawyers 2017 edition

"He is excellent, and one of the top advisers in this area."
Chambers Europe 2016

Clients consider him "incredibly knowledgeable about Irish tax law. We always feel that we are getting very strong advice". 
Chambers Europe 2016

Turlough Galvin is named a leading individual.
European Legal 500 2016

Team head Turlough Galvin is "helpful and knowledgeable, and provides sound advice".
European Legal 500 2016

Clients describe Turlough Galvin as "pragmatic, commercial and very solution-driven. He identifies issues and regulatory initiatives very quickly".
Chambers Global 2016

Turlough Galvin’s "tax background and knowledge, plus his capital markets focus, are a really strong combination".
Chambers Global 2016

Turlough Galvin is named a Leading Lawyer
IFLR1000 2016

Best of the Best for Capital Markets, Structured Finance and Securitisation, and Tax
Euromoney Expert Guide 2015

Turlough Galvin is widely regarded as a leader in the DCM space
Chambers Global & Europe 2015

Turlough Galvin is named a leading individual in Capital Markets and Tax.
European Legal 500 2015

Turlough Galvin is the "best of the best".
European Legal 500 2015

Turlough Galvin is named a leading lawyer.
IFLR1000 2015

Turlough Galvin is a "true authority" in the tax sector and "an acclaimed transactional lawyer".
Who’s Who Legal 100 2014: Structured Finance, Corporate Tax expert

Turlough Galvin is "clear and solution-based".
European Legal 500 2014

According to one client Turlough "embodies the firm's characteristics, giving excellent commercial and practical advice and providing nothing less than an excellent service". Other sources describe him as a "clever fellow with long-standing tax expertise"
Chambers Global & Europe 2014

The widely respected Turlough Galvin heads the practice, and "other firms lag behind" his expertise.
Tax Directors Handbook 2014

Turlough Galvin is "exceptionally bright and provides sound advice from a commercial standpoint".
Chambers Global 2013

Practice head Turlough Galvin is widely regarded as one of the jurisdiction's finest practitioners in this area, with market commentators noting that he is "at the top of his game".
Chambers Global 2013

Turlough Galvin heads the practice and "other firms lag behind" his expertise.
European Legal 500 2013

Turlough is described as "very knowledgeable and handy on possible tax issues, a wealth of knowledge".
IFLR1000 2013

Turlough is recognised as a leading individual by international legal directory including European Legal 500, IFLR1000 and Best Lawyers. He is also recommended in the TDH250, the elite list of the world's 250 leading tax advisers.


Trinity College Dublin (LLB)
Qualified as a solicitor in Ireland
Qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales

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