Turlough Galvin



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Turlough Galvin is "an industry leader in the space".

Chambers Europe


Turlough Galvin is the Co-Head of the Finance and Capital Markets Department. Prior to this, Turlough was head of the Tax Department for more than 10 years. He advises international corporations, investment banks and financial institutions doing business in and from Ireland. He specialises in all forms of structured finance, securitisation, financial services tax, fund finance, loan portfolio and debt capital markets advice. He also provides strategic advice to the financial services industry in relation to disputes arising from structured finance arrangements and tax litigation issues.

Turlough is recommended as a Tier 1 Capital Markets lawyer and a Tier 1 Tax lawyer by leading legal publications and has been included in the Legal 500 EMEA Hall of Fame.

Turlough was involved in modernising the Irish securitisation legislation framework in 2002 and various amendments to Irish tax and capital markets legislation over the past couple of decades. Turlough helped to establish and served as the first chairperson of the Irish Debt Securities Association (IDSA) from 2012 to 2015.  The IDSA is an industry organisation formed to promote and develop Ireland as a location for activities to support the global structured finance, debt securities and specialist securities industries.

Turlough was educated at law school in Trinity College Dublin, qualified as a solicitor in Ireland in 1995 and as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1996. Prior to joining Matheson in Dublin in 2000, Turlough worked for Deutsche Bank and Slaughter and May in London. Turlough is a regular speaker and writer on international tax and structured finance issues.



Turlough Galvin is named a leading individual.
European Legal 500 2020

Turlough Galvin is named a ‘Market Leader’
IFLR1000 2020

"Turlough Galvin is extremely knowledgeable in the sector, he breaks transactions down to layman's terms so anyone can understand and he is very easy to work with. He makes sure you're informed before you make a decision."
Banking and Finance: Chambers Global 2020

Turlough Galvin is named a leading individual.
European Legal 500 2019

"I’d rate Turlough Galvin as a top player in the market."
Chambers Europe 2019

Turlough Galvin is “a smart lawyer and very commercial”.
Tax: Chambers Europe 2019

Recognised for Capital Markets Law, Structured Finance Law and Tax Law
Best Lawyers Ireland 2019 edition

“Turlough is a go-to man for securitisations.
Chambers Europe 2018 

"An industry leader in the space."
Chambers Europe 2018

Turlough Galvin has been recognised by the Legal 500 as an elite leading lawyer.
Legal 500 EMEA Hall of Fame

Turlough Galvin is "a big hitter in the Irish legal market. For complicated stuff, he is your man – very well rounded, knowledgeable and technical."
Chambers Global 2018

Turlough Galvin is named a Market Leader.
IFLR1000 2018

Recognised for Capital Markets Law, Finance Law and Tax Law
Best Lawyers Ireland 2018 edition

Corporate Tax Expert
Who's Who Legal 2017

Turlough Galvin is named a leading individual.
European Legal 500 2017

Turlough Galvin is praised by clients for his availability, and is said to be "very knowledgeable on Irish vehicles".
Chambers Global & Europe 2017

Turlough Galvin is named a Leading Lawyer.
IFLR1000 2017

Lawyer of year (Ireland) for Debt Capital Markets Law, Structured Finance Law, Tax law
Best Lawyers 2017 edition

"He is excellent, and one of the top advisers in this area."
Chambers Europe 2016

Clients consider him "incredibly knowledgeable about Irish tax law. We always feel that we are getting very strong advice". 
Chambers Europe 2016

Turlough Galvin is named a leading individual.
European Legal 500 2016

Team head Turlough Galvin is "helpful and knowledgeable, and provides sound advice".
European Legal 500 2016

Clients describe Turlough Galvin as "pragmatic, commercial and very solution-driven. He identifies issues and regulatory initiatives very quickly".
Chambers Global 2016

Turlough Galvin’s "tax background and knowledge, plus his capital markets focus, are a really strong combination".
Chambers Global 2016

Turlough Galvin is named a Leading Lawyer
IFLR1000 2016

Best of the Best for Capital Markets, Structured Finance and Securitisation, and Tax
Euromoney Expert Guide 2015

Turlough Galvin is widely regarded as a leader in the DCM space
Chambers Global & Europe 2015

Turlough Galvin is named a leading individual in Capital Markets and Tax.
European Legal 500 2015

Turlough Galvin is the "best of the best".
European Legal 500 2015

Turlough Galvin is named a leading lawyer.
IFLR1000 2015

Turlough Galvin is a "true authority" in the tax sector and "an acclaimed transactional lawyer".
Who’s Who Legal 100 2014: Structured Finance, Corporate Tax expert

Turlough Galvin is "clear and solution-based".
European Legal 500 2014

According to one client Turlough "embodies the firm's characteristics, giving excellent commercial and practical advice and providing nothing less than an excellent service". Other sources describe him as a "clever fellow with long-standing tax expertise"
Chambers Global & Europe 2014

The widely respected Turlough Galvin heads the practice, and "other firms lag behind" his expertise.
Tax Directors Handbook 2014

Turlough Galvin is "exceptionally bright and provides sound advice from a commercial standpoint".
Chambers Global 2013

Practice head Turlough Galvin is widely regarded as one of the jurisdiction's finest practitioners in this area, with market commentators noting that he is "at the top of his game".
Chambers Global 2013

Turlough Galvin heads the practice and "other firms lag behind" his expertise.
European Legal 500 2013

Turlough is described as "very knowledgeable and handy on possible tax issues, a wealth of knowledge".
IFLR1000 2013

Turlough is recognised as a leading individual by international legal directory including European Legal 500, IFLR1000 and Best Lawyers. He is also recommended in the TDH250, the elite list of the world's 250 leading tax advisers.


Trinity College Dublin (LLB)
Qualified as a solicitor in Ireland
Qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales

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