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"This firm is my first port of call. It has a bigger practice and a broader spectrum of knowledge than many other firms."
Chambers Europe

Matheson's Asset Management and Investment Funds Department has been ranked by the Monterey Insight Ireland Fund Report, the leading independent industry survey, as Ireland's leading practice by assets under management for the eighth year in a row. The 2018 Monterey Insight report reveals that Matheson acts for 30% of Irish domiciled investment funds by assets under management as at 30 June 2018.

Our dedicated team comprises over 50 fund professionals in total, led by 12 partners.

We are experts in all aspects of UCITS including structured UCITS, UCITS ETFs, money market funds, UCITS platforms, UCITS pursuing alternative or hedge fund strategies, traditional long only equity and bond funds.

Our experience in alternative funds also sets us apart from our competitors. We have advised on alternative investment funds investing in pharmaceutical royalties, life settlements, property, currencies, commodities, bank loans, private equity, other hedge funds and on all hedge fund strategies including long/short, event driven, arbitrage, global macro, distressed debt and multi-strategy amongst others. Our market-leading expertise on AIFMD includes advising on the first AIFM authorisation in Europe and the first inward AIFMD management passport into Ireland. Our partners have advised numerous funds on transition to AIFMD.

The reputation of the Asset Management and Investment Funds Group amongst industry professionals and our involvement in the development of the industry is reflected by the appointment of managing partner Michael Jackson as chairman of the International Financial Services Centre Funds Group Legislative Committee, established by the Department of An Taoiseach (the Irish Prime Minister), and his 2009/2010 chairmanship of the Irish funds industry association (“Irish Funds”). Our partners Tara Doyle, Dualta Counihan, Shay Lydon, Anne-Marie Bohan, Liam Collins, Philip Lovegrove, Oisin McClenaghan and Michelle Ridge are all members of Irish Funds committees in the areas of hedge funds and alternative investment funds, exchange traded funds, UCITS V, client assets, private equity funds, distribution in Asia and Latin America and European Long Term Investment Funds. The head of our team, Tara Doyle, is an elected member of the governing Council of Irish Funds.  At European level, Shay Lydon is a member of the European Fund and Asset Management Association (“EFAMA”) UCITS Working Group and Liam Collins has been appointed as the Irish Funds representative to the EFAMA Financial Benchmarks Working Group.

All of our partners are regular contributors to European and Irish consultations on the development of asset management and funds regulation. Submissions have been made by the Asset Management and Investment Funds Group towards the development of the Central Bank’s policy in a number of areas, including multi-manager funds, structured UCITS using tailored derivatives at share class level, and loan origination by qualified investor alternative investment funds. Matheson partners Michael Jackson, Anne-Marie Bohan and Liam Collins have been heavily involved on the industry side with respect to the introduction of the ICAV, the new Irish bespoke funds vehicle. Visit the ICAV publications page for further information.

With our team of 50 asset management legal and regulatory advisers working alongside Matheson taxation, structured finance and commercial litigation departments, we offer a comprehensive service for clients. As we are one of the few law firms in Ireland with a specialist derivatives practice, we have an unrivalled capacity to provide combined asset management, tax and derivatives advice to our clients. Our regulatory compliance and risk management team assists with authorisations of new investment managers, administrators and custodians, compliance requirements and Central Bank administrative sanctions. In addition to this, we provide a full investment funds listing services, a specialist outsourcing advisory practice and a dedicated investment funds company secretarial service, with online board-room facilities for our clients.

Experience Highlights

Representative experience of the Asset Management and Investment Funds Group includes:

  • The launch of a wide range of UCITS products including traditional long only equity, bond and money market funds; alternative and structured products; ETFs; UCITS employing eligible strategies including long/short (130/30) equity, credit, currency, interest rate, volatility strategies and eligible financial indices
  • Acting for over half of Irish domiciled money market funds by AUM, with industry leading experience in innovative areas such as negative yield / reverse distribution mechanisms and T setting accumulation share classes.
  • First AIFM authorised in Europe
  • First inward AIFMD management passport into Ireland
  • First to advise on bank loan funds using special purpose subsidiaries
  • First Irish domiciled pharmaceutical royalties funds
  • First Irish domiciled US life assurance policies funds
  • First Irish “China” fund, a mutual fund investing in China A shares
  • First Brazilian promoted Irish domiciled hedge fund
  • First Irish funds promoted by Dubai and Saudi Arabian financial institutions
  • First structured UCITS Investment limited partnerships investing in property assets
  • Third party manager platforms (UCITS and QIAIFs)
  • Liability driven investment funds
  • Insurance linked investment funds
  • Structured fund platforms
  • Shariah-compliant UCITS and AIFs
  • Bank loan funds using section 110 subsidiaries for several large international investment managers, including a hybrid fund/CLO structure
  • Hedge funds using a variety of strategies including arbitrage, macro, directional, event-driven, long/short, market neutral, directional and quantitative and permitting direct investment and investment in fund of funds and feeder fund structures
  • Irish, European and US commercial and residential property / real estate funds
  • Commodities funds
  • Renewable energy funds
  • Retail funds of hedge funds
  • Exchange traded and other index tracking funds, including physical and synthetic replication and smart beta funds
  • Private equity fund of funds and feeder funds (gaining exposure to structures in Cayman, Jersey, Bermuda, Guernsey and a number of other domiciles worldwide)
  • Common contractual funds for multinational groups seeking tax transparent asset pooling solutions
  • Listing of Irish and non-Irish domiciled funds on the Irish Stock Exchange
  • Management company establishment
  • Negotiation of contracts on behalf of administrators, custodians and prime brokers


Matheson not only has “great legal knowledge but the ability to apply it practically”.
European Legal 500 2019

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

"The dual partner model they run works very well to ensure coverage and expertise across a range of projects, and is relatively unique."
Chambers Europe 2018

Matheson is "a very good fund service provider with supporting regulatory expertise".
European Legal 500 2018

"Focused on giving top-quality advice".
Chambers Europe 2018

"The best firm in Dublin for this type of work: they have unrivalled knowledge and expertise, are quick to react and user-friendly."
Chambers Europe 2017

"Excellent, leaders in the field, dynamic and innovative."
IFLR1000 2017

"This firm is the gold standard amongst a choice of providers. The lawyers are fantastically knowledgeable and know what is coming down the line and what impact the regulations will have."
Chambers Europe 2016

"The firm's advice is extremely commercial and high-quality. A smart, savvy team that is prepared to make tough calls that fit our particular business needs and demystify the law."
Chambers Europe 2016

Matheson has "excellent strength in depth".
European Legal 500 2016

"Matheson’s funds practice has a reputation for innovative work."
 IFLR1000 2016

"The variety of funds that these lawyers are involved in means we very rarely have a question that they haven't answered before."
Chambers Europe 2015

"The team we use has a great depth of knowledge."
Chambers Europe 2015

Matheson’s Investment Funds team is "pro-business".
European Legal 500 2015

"This firm is my first port of call. It has a bigger practice and a broader spectrum of knowledge than many other firms."
Chambers Europe 2014

"The service is completely seamless, with dual-partner coverage. If one is away there is always another looking after you. This approach is very client-friendly."
Chambers Europe 2014

Sources describe this team as one of the most active and experienced in the market, and highlight it as a leader for complex funds mandates.
Chambers Europe 2013

Sources say: "It is at the top of the Dublin market. The team has seen everything that might be out there and we definitely benefit from its experience."
Chambers Europe 2013

Matheson's funds practice is led by the highly esteemed Michael Jackson. "I would have a really high regard for Michael Jackson," says one peer.
IFLR1000 2013

"The team is measured and commercial, and really adds value to the transaction." Clients note that the team has "the experience to be able to come back with well thought-out, logical answers".
Chambers Europe 2012