Trinity College Dublin (Law Degree)
Kate is a partner in the EU, Competition and Regulatory Law Group. Prior to joining Matheson, Kate worked at a leading Magic Circle law firm in London.
Kate’s practice spans the areas of merger control, behavioural competition issues (including abuse of dominance, cartels and other restrictive arrangements), State aid, sectoral regulation and public procurement. Kate’s clients are leaders across a broad range of industries and Kate has particular expertise on the financial services, agri-food, media, pharma and postal sectors. Kate has advised on numerous notable mergers, investigations and court cases. With her extensive experience of regulators and courts at Irish and EU level, clients turn to Kate for expert advice on defending their interests and for practical solutions which achieve their commercial objectives.
Kate has consistently been recommended by Legal Directories, including being named as a lawyer ‘to watch’ by Chambers Europe. Her clients have noted her to be a 'flexible and dedicated' provider of 'tailored advice' (Chambers Europe 2017), ‘very knowledgeable and turns things around very quickly' (Chambers Europe 2015), someone who 'combines deep knowledge of state aid policy with a sharp legal brain' (Legal 500 2015), and 'very good at picking up the exact issue and giving clear advice' (Chambers Europe 2014).
Kate contributes articles to leading international legal publications and speaks regularly on EU law issues including as a lecturer on Law Society courses.
Kate McKenna is "extremely knowledgeable and technically excellent".
European Legal 500 2018
Kate McKenna has "commercial pragmatism and ability to create a way through a heavily regulated area."
Chambers Europe 2018
Her clients have noted her to be a 'flexible and dedicated' provider of 'tailored advice'
Chambers Europe 2017
Kate is 'very knowledgeable and turns things around very quickly'
Chambers Europe 2015
Kate 'combines deep knowledge of state aid policy with a sharp legal brain'
Legal 500 2015
Kate is 'very good at picking up the exact issue and giving clear advice'
Chambers Europe 2014