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"Matheson's real advantage to other Irish firms is Alan Keating in New York.  We can have face to face contact, that's immensely helpful."

Chambers Europe


Alan Keating is a partner in our Finance and Capital Markets Department and heads the firm’s New York office.  Alan has been based in the New York office since 2011.

Alan advises international companies and financial institutions, asset managers, private equity firms, hedge funds, investment banks, alternative lenders, arrangers, issuers, rating agencies, trustees and investors on all aspects (including restructuring) of debt capital markets, securitisation (cross-border and domestic), structured finance and fund finance transactions.

In particular, Alan advises on CLOs, CDOs, LPNs, NPLs, RMBS, CMBS, US life settlements, receivables and mortgage securitisations, ABS, ABCP, MTN and repackaging programmes, deposit and fund-linked structured products (including Shariah-compliant structures), cat bonds and other insurance-linked securities (ILS), high-yield and other debt offerings (both public and private).

Alan has extensive experience of advising US based alternative asset managers on the structuring, establishment and capital-raising for funds implementing a wide range of investment strategies and also funds investing in private equity, distressed debt and other credit-led opportunities, real estate, infrastructure and a broad range of other asset classes.

Alan also advises clients on Irish prospectus, transparency and market abuse law, and listing queries relating to the listing of debt securities on the Main Securities Market and the Global Exchange Market of Euronext Dublin.

Alan has acted on a number of high profile and market-first transactions involving peer-to-peer (P2P) and marketplace lending platforms, including Europe’s first marketplace lending securitisation.

Alan is a qualified solicitor and a qualified tax consultant and is a member of the Law Society of Ireland and the Irish Tax Institute.  Alan was previously seconded to the legal department of a large investment bank in London where he acted as in-house counsel to the Global Markets — Fixed Income trading desk.  Alan is licensed as a Foreign Legal Consultant with the Supreme Court of the State of New York.

Alan previously tutored at the Law Society of Ireland and University College Dublin.

Experience Highlights

Recent highlights include:

  • Advising a US alternative asset manager on the structuring and establishment of a US$2 billion senior direct lending loan fund.
  • Advising on Europe’s first marketplace lending securitisation of UK SME loans originated through one of the largest UK online marketplace lending platforms.
  • Acting as issuer legal and tax counsel on European CLO transactions (synthetic and cash, managed and static), including a number of US managers’ debut European CLO transactions.
  • Advising US based asset managers, hedge funds and private equity funds on the establishment of Irish investment vehicles for the purposes of acquiring and / or originating (directly or indirectly) a broad range of financial assets in North America and across Europe.
  • Advising a global asset manager on the structuring and establishment of a number of multi-billion dollar funds focusing on infrastructure, real estate and credit-related assets.
  • Advising a US investment firm on the structuring of a US$300 million investment by a European pension fund in a senior secured loan fund focused on North American borrowers.
  • Acting as Irish legal and tax counsel on the European Investment Bank’s first marketplace lending investment.
  • Advising asset managers and hedge funds on acquisitions and disposals of non-core or distressed loan portfolios and financial assets.
  • Advising many of the world’s leading investment banks on an on-going basis in respect of their ABCP, MTN and repackaging programmes.
  • Advising various arrangers on structuring and offering of equity, fund and commodity linked securities.
  • Acting as trustee and agency counsel on structured finance transactions.
  • Acting as borrower and lender counsel in connection with a number of secured revolving credit facilities.
  • Acting as issuer counsel on the acquisition, origination and migration of US life settlement structures
  • Advising on ECB eligible ABS transactions.
  • Advising an Australian pension fund on its investment in a European CLO.
  • Advising Irish corporates on their high-yield bond offerings, including the first ever Eurobond offering by a Bermuda based insurer and reinsurer.
  • Advising insurance and reinsurance companies on the establishment of special purpose reinsurance vehicles (SPRVs).

Alan Keating is a true professional who understands his clients' needs.
Chambers Global

New York-based Alan Keating is "knowledgeable in all areas of financing and capital markets law, he is practical and gets the job done."  Alan advises financial sector clients on a broad array of cross-border debt capital markets mandates with a US-Irish nexus, including note issuances and securitisations.
Chambers Global 

Alan Keating is named as a Highly Regarded Individual

Alan Keating is recommended.
Capital Markets: European Legal 500 

"Alan Keating has been great to work with from the very beginning. He knows how to strike the balance of communicating with the client at a business level but handling mire technical work independently." 
Chambers Europe 

Alan Keating "is the most responsive man on earth".
Chambers Europe 

Alan Keating "is very detail oriented". 
Chambers Europe 

"Matheson’s real advantage compared to other Irish firms is Alan Keating in New York. We can have face to face contact, that’s immensely helpful."
Chambers Europe 

"He is one of the most responsive lawyers in the market."
Chambers Europe 

Alan Keating “thought hard about the issues and did a tremendous job of keeping the process on track". 
Capital Markets: Chambers Global and Europe 

"He is doing much more day-to-day work.  The turnaround time in helping us to get deals done is outstanding. His response time is very strong. He is technically very good, and identifies issues very quickly."
Chambers Europe 


Qualified as a solicitor in Ireland

Qualified as a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales (non-practising)

Irish Tax Institute (Chartered Tax Adviser)

University College Dublin (LLM in Commercial Law)

University College Dublin (BBLS)