Tony O'Grady



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Tony O’Grady is "one of the most technically proficient lawyers in the market".

Chambers Global & Europe


Tony O’Grady is a partner in the Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency Group and the Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department at Matheson. He advises on all aspects of corporate restructuring and insolvency law matters and represents a number of financial institutions, public and private companies and insolvency office-holders.

Tony is a member of INSOL, R3 and the Insolvency Lawyers Association. He lectures frequently on corporate restructuring and insolvency law matters. He has spoken at conferences organised by many professional bodies and other organisations including the American Bankruptcy Institute and other insolvency related matters. He has written widely on the subject and is co-author of the Law Society of Ireland's insolvency manual.

Experience Highlights

Tony has advised:

  • in high profile examinerships of Agcert, Fate Park, Golden Discs, Linen Supply of Ireland, Blackshore Group, Aer Arann, McInerney homes and eircom
  • financial institutions in relation to complex tax schemes in the hotel and nursing home industries involving the enforcement of security against investors, promoters, operators, including the Carnbeg hotel co-ownership
  • on a number of major restructurings including in the financial services industry, Cheyne Finance plc, and Rhinebridge plc and in the examinerships of Agcert plc and Mobileaware and related companies
  • on numerous large domestic insolvencies and receiverships including McConnell's Advertising, Superquinn, JJB Sports, Payzone and the Pierse Construction group
  • on numerous cross-border insolvencies and restructurings including those relating to KPNQwest, Exodus Communications, Flightlease, Sea Containers and Eurofood, (the Irish subsidiary of the Parmalat Group) in relation to the first reference to the European Court of Justice for an interpretation of the European Insolvency Regulation
  • liquidators and creditors in relation to fraudulent and reckless trading proceedings (including PSK Construction Limited (in voluntary liquidation) and Swedex Windows & Doors Limited (in liquidation)) which could result in the directors being held personally liable for some or all of the debts of the company

Tony O’Grady is named a ‘Market Leader’
IFLR1000 2020

Tony O’Grady is named a leading individual.
European Legal 500 2019

Tony O’Grady is "recognised across the market as the foremost practitioner in this space," and described as being "highly technical, but also commercial and approachable".
Restructuring / Insolvency: Chambers Europe 2019

"The way he solves potentially litigious, acrimonious problems and finds solutions with minimal collateral damage is beautiful."
Chambers Europe 2019

Tony O’Grady is a "strong lawyer who practically uses his depth of knowledge to provide sound commercial advice."
IFLR1000 2019

Recognised for Insolvency and Reorganisation Law
Best Lawyers Ireland 2019 edition

"Tony O’Grady is at the absolute top of his profession."
Chambers Europe 2018

Tony is "a top-notch and knows everything there is to know about insolvency."
Chambers Europe 2018

Tony O'Grady is named a Market Leader.
IFLR1000 2018

Recognised for Insolvency and Reorganisation Law 
Best Lawyers Ireland 2018 edition

Tony O’Grady is named a leading individual.
European Legal 500 2017

Tony O’Grady is named a leading lawyer.
IFLR1000 2017

Clients rate outstanding practitioner Tony O'Grady "amongst the best lawyers in town. He has amazing commercial acumen, strategic sense and just knows how to tackle everything you come across”. 
Chambers Europe 2016

Tony O’Grady “is someone you would want in a dog fight, when the pressure is really on and you need someone to fight your corner".
Chambers Europe 2016

Tony O’Grady is named a leading individual.
European Legal 500 2016

Tony O’Grady is named a leading lawyer.
IFLR1000 2016

Insolvency and Restructuring expert
Euromoney Expert Guide 2015

Tony O’Grady is named a leading individual.
European Legal 500 2015

Tony O’Grady is a "market leader".
European Legal 500 2015

Tony O’Grady is "one of the most technically proficient lawyers in the market - you want to have him on your side, as he is an all-round performer who delivers whatever you need".
Chambers Global & Europe 2015

Tony O'Grady "gives clear, unequivocal advice, and will not sit on the fence".
Chambers Global & Europe 2015

Tony O'Grady is named a leading lawyer.
IFLR1000 2015

Insolvency and Restructuring expert
Who's Who Legal 100 2014

Tony O’Grady is "technically excellent".
European Legal 500 2014

Tony O'Grady is lauded by sources as "one of the strongest insolvency solicitors in Dublin".
Chambers Global & Europe 2014

Clients often remark on how impressed they are by practice head Tony O'Grady's multitasking: "He's very good, he's been very busy during the recession," says one. While another expands "he manages a big caseload, but still makes you feel like you're getting all his time".
IFLR1000 2014

Tony O'Grady is viewed as "one of the finest insolvency lawyers in the city. He deals with complex issues, cuts through everything and comes up with practical proposals and suggestions".
Chambers Global 2013

Tony O'Grady is a recognised expert in the market with both peers and clients singling him out as unflappable and a strong negotiator. One client says: "Tony is at the top of the game. You want to have him on your side".
IFLR1000 2013

Tony O’Grady is "an innovative and strategic thinker".
European Legal 500 2013

Tony is recognised as a leading lawyer by a number of international legal directories, including Chambers GlobalEuropean Legal 500, Euromoney Expert GuidesIFLR1000 and Best Lawyers.


Qualified as a solicitor in Ireland
University College Cork

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