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Matheson’s "outstanding" team is "dedicated and efficient", and "certainly one of the best".
European Legal 500 

Financial institutions are operating in a dynamic and rapidly changing environment. As a consequence of the global financial crisis, governments and regulators have become much more proactive with a view to improving oversight and regulation. The operations, structure and location of regulated businesses are continuously being adapted in response to these developments.

At Matheson we believe that your professional advisers should give you a commercial advantage in dealing with these changes. We have worked extensively over many years with a broad range of financial institutions, both domestic and global, including banks, insurers and investment managers. We continually look to use the breadth and depth of our experience to benefit our clients. In our view, dedicated teams with extensive industry sector knowledge offer the best value for clients.

Our Financial Institutions Group unites lawyers with extensive industry experience, corporate transactional experience and regulatory knowledge who are solely focused on financial institutions.


We believe that detailed sector knowledge is essential in providing a high quality transactional service and are involved in executing and advising on all kinds of transactions in the financial services industry – including mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, joint ventures and reorganisations.

In particular, we have extensive experience of reorganisations done using sector specific legislation, including legislation enacted to address issues in the Irish financial sector arising from the financial crisis.

Product development

We advise on the development of new and often innovative products. Our approach involves detailed consideration of product structures in the light of the relevant regulatory and tax environments and suggesting practical alternatives and adjustments where appropriate.

We work closely with our clients throughout the process of developing new products – from initial assessment to introduction to the market. We assist in adapting products to react to changes in the regulatory and commercial environments.

Regulatory advice

We advise on all aspects of regulation, including:

  • obtaining new authorisations
  • dealing with queries from regulators and enforcement issues
  • the management of regulatory capital
  • general advice on the legislation and regulations affecting financial services providers

We have very good relationships with regulators in the Central Bank of Ireland.

Thought leadership

Thought leadership is particularly important to the Financial Institutions Group as we believe it is as important to shape public policy as it is to advise on it. We regularly make formal and informal submissions to the Central Bank, Department of Finance and other State bodies. Group members regularly write, speak and organise seminars on topics that are important to our clients.

At Matheson the financial services sector is the largest single sector of our practice. The Financial Institutions Group works with many market leading teams including teams in Finance and Capital Markets, Asset Management and Investment Funds, Aviation Finance and Transportation, Structured Finance and Securitisation, Tax, Restructuring and Insolvency and Financial Services Litigation.


Matheson is highly experienced in acting for financial institutions on complex contentious matters.
Chambers Europe 2015

Tim Scanlon heads the financial institutions group and is described as "one of the brightest lawyers out there".
Chambers Global & Europe 2014

This domestic giant is applauded for its formidable corporate practice, which excels in all aspects of the area. International clients are a core source of instructions for the team, which specialises in advising international companies and financial institutions operating in Ireland.
Chambers Europe 2013

Sources say: "It really knows the local market and did a good job of anticipating our needs and providing us with practical advice."
Chambers Europe 2013

Matheson’s "outstanding" team is "dedicated and efficient", and "certainly one of the best".
European Legal 500 2012