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Donal O'Donovan is "excellent"

European Legal 500


Donal is a partner in the Finance and Capital Markets Department. He specialises in a wide range of domestic and international finance transactions including secured and unsecured lending transactions, acquisition finance, property finance, bilateral loans, syndicated loans, financing to Qualifying Investor Alternative Investment Funds (QIAIFs) and debt restructuring. Donal acts for a number of domestic and international banks and a wide range of corporate borrowers. Donal is a lecturer for the Irish Law Society’s Diploma in Financial Law.

Experience Highlights

Donal has advised:

  • Syndicates of lenders in relation to the provision of acquisition financing to a number of corporates.
  • Syndicates of lenders in relation to syndicated credit facilities to a number of Irish corporates with affiliates in overseas jurisdictions (both secured and unsecured).
  • Lenders, both domestic and international, in relation to the provision of bilateral credit facilities to a number of Irish corporates (both secured and unsecured).
  • Lenders and borrowers in relation to the restructuring of a variety of debt financings.
  • Irish and international corporates in relation to borrowings and the provision of guarantees and security in respect of such borrowings.
  • Acquirers and vendors in respect of a number of loan portfolio sales.
  • Lenders in relation to the financing of loan portfolio acquisitions.

Recent Transaction Experience

Donal has advised:

  • A market leader in the telecommunications industry in connection with €100,000,000 working capital and capital expenditure facilities.
  • An iconic Irish agricultural food and produce supplier with global operations in connection with €168,000,000 acquisition, capital expenditure and working capital facilities.
  • An international bank on a €45,000,000 facility to an Irish sub-fund for the purposes of real estate acquisitions and investments.
  • A leading financial institution on its provision of €33,000,000 facilities to finance the acquisition of a prominent pharmaceutical group of companies and other future acquisitions.
"Donal O’Donovan is an excellent transaction lawyer – personable and very practical."

Banking & Finance: The Legal 500 2023

"Donal O’Donovan and Patrick Molloy are brilliant to work with. They bring a huge work ethic, an eye for detail while retaining an ability to step out of the trees in order to see the woods. They make themselves available for discussions and advice whenever required and take control of the legal work for us in a very assured and collaborative manner. Beyond the deal, they are active in providing us with training, thought leadership and ideas for new ways of operating."

Banking & Finance: The Legal 500 2023

"Donal O'Donovan is very responsive and commercial in his advice."

Banking & Finance: Chambers Global 2023

Donal O’Donovan "is excellent at getting deals done in a no-nonsense manner."
The Legal 500 2022

Donal O’Donovan stands out for being "solution-focused," as well as for his "strong client management skills."
Banking & Finance: Chambers Global 2022

Donal O'Donovan "has excellent knowledge of how banks operate."
Chambers Europe 2021 

Donal O'Donovan is recommended.
European Legal 500 2020

Donal O'Donovan "epitomises the culture in Matheson. He is very commercial in his dealings and I find him very responsive. His knowledge of legal matters is excellent".
European Legal 500 2020

Donal O'Donovan is "very strong and commercial, with a work ethic second to none".
Banking and Finance: Chambers Global 2020

Donal O'Donovan is recommended.
European Legal 500 2019

Donal O’Donovan’s "work ethic is phenomenal".
Chambers Europe 2019

Donal O’Donovan is "excellent".
European Legal 500 2018

Donal O’Donovan provides “great service”.
IFLR1000 2017


Solicitor, Law Society of Ireland 

University College Dublin, Bachelor of Business and Legal Studies

Law Society, Diploma in Applied Finance