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"The team is full of personable, smart people who you can tell really want to help. If necessary, it will tell us what we don't want to hear."

"This firm deserves its highly respected reputation within the Irish market. Its teams are resourced with individuals who are not only extremely capable, but are also very accessible and willing to invest time in developing relationships with clients."
Chambers Europe

Matheson continues to have one of the largest and most experienced Projects and Infrastructure practices in Ireland, spanning projects in transport (roads, bridges, airports, ports and rail), telecoms, social infrastructure, electricity generation, storage, distribution and transmission, fuel transportation, mining, waste, water, sewage, defence and large-scale leisure facilities. 

Matheson’s multi-disciplinary Projects and Infrastructure Group is consistently mandated by domestic and international sponsors, contractors, authorities, lenders and infrastructure funds, as well as the leading project development groups of the largest international law firms to advise on the most complex and challenging infrastructure projects in the Irish market.

A core team of 25 dedicated Projects and Infrastructure lawyers draw upon decades of project development expertise to provide commercially focused legal assistance with:

  • Procurement and Bid Structuring
  • Permitting and Regulation
  • Contract Drafting and Negotiation
  • Risk Allocation and Mitigation
  • Financing and Lender Engagement
  • Planning and Environmental Matters
  • Tax Structuring
  • Corporate Structuring
  • Construction Activities
  • Disputes and Claims (Before, During and After Construction)
     

Experience Highlights

Our recent experience includes advising:

  • the ACS Group (including Iridium Concesiones and Dragados) on its transport infrastructure projects (including PPPs) in Ireland.
  • CLH Aviación on all aspects of its successful tender for the design, build and operation of new aviation fuel terminal and pipeline infrastructure at Dublin Airport under a long term services concession agreement with airport operator daa plc.
  • A large international conglomerate on the development of a 200MW Battery Energy Storage System project in the mid-west region of Ireland (this is the one of the largest projects of its kind in Europe).
  • the National Broadband Ireland project company (backed by Granahan McCourt investments and other investors) on its successful bid to design, finance, build and operate a high speed broadband network serving over 1 million people across Ireland (one of the most ambitious and wide-reaching State-backed broadband interventions in the world).
  • General Electric Company on all of its Irish infrastructure and power assets, including over 300MW of wind generation and a large independent CCGT thermal generating station.
  • Partners Group (UK) Limited, a global private equity firm, on its acquisition of an interest in the Greenlink Interconnector, a project to construct a 500MW subsea electricity interconnector between Ireland and Great Britain.
  • Lenders to the largest ever higher education PPP undertaken by the Irish State. The TUD Grangegorman PPP acts as one of the centrepieces of the Government's policy of making Ireland's education and training service the best in Europe by 2026.
  • Hines on all of its Irish developments, including Cherrywood Town Centre, for which our lawyers recently advised on an €80 million financing from Wells Fargo Bank for the development of the TC2 residential plot at this project.  Our lawyers are working with Hines to deliver over €1.1 billion in residential construction in Dublin.
  • daa plc, the operator of Dublin Airport, on various regulatory and project delivery matters relating to the airport’s continued growth.
  • Oxley Holdings on its Dublin Landings and Connolly Quarter projects.  Dublin Landings comprises up to 10% of all of the development land available in the Dublin Docklands Strategic Development Zone.  The Connolly Quarter is an 82,000 square metre mixed use development at one of Dublin’s primary rail termini. Our work includes advising on construction, financing, leasing and sales for all elements of these projects.
  • John Sisk & Son on the development, construction, financing and restructuring of the Greystones Harbour PPP (and associated residential and commercial elements) with Wicklow County Council which was one of the largest and most complex mixed use development PPPs ever undertaken in Ireland.
  • Caterpillar Inc in relation to its tender to Irish Rail for the largest locomotive overhaul the State railway operator has undertaken in decades.
  • Vermilion Energy as the operator of the Corrib offshore gas field and terminal.  Our team has been closely involved in this project, Ireland’s largest offshore energy project to date, since its inception.
  • Numerous international sponsors, lenders, contractors and operators on Operational PPPs in the road, education, healthcare and justice sectors on an ongoing basis.
  • Irish and international lenders and sponsors on the project financing of over 800MW of renewable energy assets in Ireland over the past few years alone.
  • Sponsors and lenders on four out of the five Schools Bundle PPPs.
  • Lenders on the project financing of a large CCGT power generating station.
     

Accolades

Matheson's performance has been "exceptional".
Chambers Europe 2019

Matheson has a "level of professionalism gives us confidence".
Chambers Europe 2019

"Matheson is highly professional and provides local expertise in distinct areas of law pertaining to the rail industry."
IFLR1000 2019

"The firms greatest strength is their thoroughness and the quality of their work product combined with their responsive and strong client relationships."
IFLR1000 2019

Matheson impresses with its "breadth of expertise" that takes in "experience of international project finance and complex M&A transactions".
European Legal 500 2018

"They are very commercial".
Chambers Europe 2018

Matheson has "a very professional team".
European Legal 500 2017

"Commercially they are very strong."  
Chambers Europe 2017

"They are a very impressive company. They are responsive, meet deadlines and provide good information."
Chambers Europe 2016

"This firm deserves its highly respected reputation within the Irish market. Its teams are resourced with individuals who are not only extremely capable, but are also very accessible and willing to invest time in developing relationships with clients."
Chambers Europe 2016

Matheson is set apart by its "knowledge of key banking players".
European Legal 500 2016

"An excellent team - practical and business-oriented with full knowledge of PPP guidelines and regulations. The lawyers are always available at the other end of the phone."
Chambers Europe 2015

Matheson has the "bench strength and knowledge to provide excellent advice".
European Legal 500 2015

"We have found this firm to be responsive, efficient and solution-focused."
Chambers Europe 2014

"The team has great foresight regarding the issues we will come across and everyone is always up to speed with the issues on the table. Its recommendations have saved us a lot of money."
Chambers Europe 2013

This firm offers an established team that is regularly present on market-leading transactions. It has comprehensive projects expertise, and is notably strong in project finance.
Chambers Europe 2013

"The team is full of personable, smart people who you can tell really want to help. If necessary, it will tell us what we don't want to hear."

"This firm deserves its highly respected reputation within the Irish market. Its teams are resourced with individuals who are not only extremely capable, but are also very accessible and willing to invest time in developing relationships with clients."
Chambers Europe

Matheson continues to have one of the largest and most experienced Projects and Infrastructure practices in Ireland, spanning projects in transport (roads, bridges, airports, ports and rail), telecoms, social infrastructure, electricity generation, storage, distribution and transmission, fuel transportation, mining, waste, water, sewage, defence and large-scale leisure facilities. 

Matheson’s multi-disciplinary Projects and Infrastructure Group is consistently mandated by domestic and international sponsors, contractors, authorities, lenders and infrastructure funds, as well as the leading project development groups of the largest international law firms to advise on the most complex and challenging infrastructure projects in the Irish market.

A core team of 25 dedicated Projects and Infrastructure lawyers draw upon decades of project development expertise to provide commercially focused legal assistance with:

  • Procurement and Bid Structuring
  • Permitting and Regulation
  • Contract Drafting and Negotiation
  • Risk Allocation and Mitigation
  • Financing and Lender Engagement
  • Planning and Environmental Matters
  • Tax Structuring
  • Corporate Structuring
  • Construction Activities
  • Disputes and Claims (Before, During and After Construction)
     

Our recent experience includes advising:

  • the ACS Group (including Iridium Concesiones and Dragados) on its transport infrastructure projects (including PPPs) in Ireland.
  • CLH Aviación on all aspects of its successful tender for the design, build and operation of new aviation fuel terminal and pipeline infrastructure at Dublin Airport under a long term services concession agreement with airport operator daa plc.
  • A large international conglomerate on the development of a 200MW Battery Energy Storage System project in the mid-west region of Ireland (this is the one of the largest projects of its kind in Europe).
  • the National Broadband Ireland project company (backed by Granahan McCourt investments and other investors) on its successful bid to design, finance, build and operate a high speed broadband network serving over 1 million people across Ireland (one of the most ambitious and wide-reaching State-backed broadband interventions in the world).
  • General Electric Company on all of its Irish infrastructure and power assets, including over 300MW of wind generation and a large independent CCGT thermal generating station.
  • Partners Group (UK) Limited, a global private equity firm, on its acquisition of an interest in the Greenlink Interconnector, a project to construct a 500MW subsea electricity interconnector between Ireland and Great Britain.
  • Lenders to the largest ever higher education PPP undertaken by the Irish State. The TUD Grangegorman PPP acts as one of the centrepieces of the Government's policy of making Ireland's education and training service the best in Europe by 2026.
  • Hines on all of its Irish developments, including Cherrywood Town Centre, for which our lawyers recently advised on an €80 million financing from Wells Fargo Bank for the development of the TC2 residential plot at this project.  Our lawyers are working with Hines to deliver over €1.1 billion in residential construction in Dublin.
  • daa plc, the operator of Dublin Airport, on various regulatory and project delivery matters relating to the airport’s continued growth.
  • Oxley Holdings on its Dublin Landings and Connolly Quarter projects.  Dublin Landings comprises up to 10% of all of the development land available in the Dublin Docklands Strategic Development Zone.  The Connolly Quarter is an 82,000 square metre mixed use development at one of Dublin’s primary rail termini. Our work includes advising on construction, financing, leasing and sales for all elements of these projects.
  • John Sisk & Son on the development, construction, financing and restructuring of the Greystones Harbour PPP (and associated residential and commercial elements) with Wicklow County Council which was one of the largest and most complex mixed use development PPPs ever undertaken in Ireland.
  • Caterpillar Inc in relation to its tender to Irish Rail for the largest locomotive overhaul the State railway operator has undertaken in decades.
  • Vermilion Energy as the operator of the Corrib offshore gas field and terminal.  Our team has been closely involved in this project, Ireland’s largest offshore energy project to date, since its inception.
  • Numerous international sponsors, lenders, contractors and operators on Operational PPPs in the road, education, healthcare and justice sectors on an ongoing basis.
  • Irish and international lenders and sponsors on the project financing of over 800MW of renewable energy assets in Ireland over the past few years alone.
  • Sponsors and lenders on four out of the five Schools Bundle PPPs.
  • Lenders on the project financing of a large CCGT power generating station.
     

Matheson's performance has been "exceptional".
Chambers Europe 2019

Matheson has a "level of professionalism gives us confidence".
Chambers Europe 2019

"Matheson is highly professional and provides local expertise in distinct areas of law pertaining to the rail industry."
IFLR1000 2019

"The firms greatest strength is their thoroughness and the quality of their work product combined with their responsive and strong client relationships."
IFLR1000 2019

Matheson impresses with its "breadth of expertise" that takes in "experience of international project finance and complex M&A transactions".
European Legal 500 2018

"They are very commercial".
Chambers Europe 2018

Matheson has "a very professional team".
European Legal 500 2017

"Commercially they are very strong."  
Chambers Europe 2017

"They are a very impressive company. They are responsive, meet deadlines and provide good information."
Chambers Europe 2016

"This firm deserves its highly respected reputation within the Irish market. Its teams are resourced with individuals who are not only extremely capable, but are also very accessible and willing to invest time in developing relationships with clients."
Chambers Europe 2016

Matheson is set apart by its "knowledge of key banking players".
European Legal 500 2016

"An excellent team - practical and business-oriented with full knowledge of PPP guidelines and regulations. The lawyers are always available at the other end of the phone."
Chambers Europe 2015

Matheson has the "bench strength and knowledge to provide excellent advice".
European Legal 500 2015

"We have found this firm to be responsive, efficient and solution-focused."
Chambers Europe 2014

"The team has great foresight regarding the issues we will come across and everyone is always up to speed with the issues on the table. Its recommendations have saved us a lot of money."
Chambers Europe 2013

This firm offers an established team that is regularly present on market-leading transactions. It has comprehensive projects expertise, and is notably strong in project finance.
Chambers Europe 2013



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