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Matheson Collaboration with Academia sees Graduates Reap the Rewards

AUTHOR(S): Michael Jackson, Tara Doyle, Elizabeth Grace
PRACTICE AREA GROUP: Asset Management and Investment Funds
DATE: 11.09.2015


Pictured with the winners of the Matheson Funds Law internships 2015 are, l-r Liz Grace, Partner, Matheson,  Tara Doyle, Partner, Matheson, Shane O’Callaghan, Winner, Maynooth University, Ronan Califf, Winner, Maynooth University, Michael Jackson, Partner, Matheson. 

Matheson is pleased to announce that two Maynooth University law students have been awarded prizes for their contributions on the specialised Funds Law course which is delivered by Matheson as part of the Maynooth University LLM in Global Legal Studies and the LLM in International Business Law awarded jointly by Maynooth University and the University of Lyon, France.

Students Ronan Califf from Louth and Shane O’Callaghan from Cork competed for the legal writing prize and also a six-month internship at Matheson, working with the firm’s Asset Management and Investment Funds Group.

Formally announcing the winners at a special event to honour Shane and Ronan and their families, Head of Investment Funds, Tara Doyle, said: “Matheson is delighted to be part of Shane and Ronan’s success story to date, and to help fast-track them into a thriving sector of Ireland’s economy through this dynamic third level initiative. Partnerships such as this between academia and industry are vital to develop Irish university students’ expertise and employment prospects, and to give them the skills necessary to succeed in the Irish international financial services sector." 
The students won their awards for the high calibre of the work which they produced as part of an innovative new funds law module, which is taught as a collaboration between Maynooth University and Matheson, combined with a competitive interview process.
Shane said: “This internship award is a fantastic opportunity at the start of my career and I am delighted to have chosen to study this area of law and to have competed for this prize. There is a real opportunity for Irish graduates in the investment funds industry and it is important for students to be exposed to this area at an early stage.”
Ronan said: “I am thrilled to have won this prestigious award. I thoroughly enjoyed the Funds Law course - and what I learned from it will be extremely beneficial to me now as I start my internship with Matheson.”

Professor Michael Doherty, Head of the Law Department at Maynooth University said: “This collaborative partnership with Matheson is hugely significant, and students like Ronan and Shane can benefit from this innovative and dynamic funds law course which is not taught at any other Irish university.”

Founder of the course, partner Liz Grace said, "It was a pleasure to teach Shane and Ronan. I am very proud of these two talented young students, and what they have achieved through this course. I look forward now to working with them both in Matheson".


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