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Joe Beashel’s "industry experience has been invaluable".



Joe Beashel is a partner in the Financial Institutions Group and is head of the regulatory risk management and compliance team at Matheson.

He is a solicitor with over twenty years’ experience, most of which were gained in the financial services sector. Before joining Matheson in 2004, he was the managing director of the Irish fund administration unit of a leading international investment manager.

Joe assists clients with the authorisation of new entities by the Central Bank of Ireland including banks, MiFID / investment firms, fund services providers, alternative investment fund managers, payment institutions, retail credit firms and others. He also assists in expanding the regulatory authorisations of existing entities. Drawing on his extensive industry experience, Joe provides practical advice and assistance to boards of directors, senior management, in-house counsel and compliance officers in relation to the impact of new regulation. He assists clients in the effective and timely implementation of any required changes and works to provide a robust assurance that implementation meets legal requirements. Joe and his team assist clients to carry out reviews of their process and procedures covering issues such as anti-money laundering, MiFID suitability, client assets requirements. He assists clients prepare for reviews by the Central Bank notably so-called “PRISM” reviews which have become increasingly common.

When issues arise he assists clients in assessing the legal and regulatory impact and helps develop remediation plans. Where the Central Bank initiates its administrative sanctions process he works with clients to minimise the impact of any sanction imposed. He also helps clients who are dealing with complaints to the Financial Services Ombudsman to ensure the most favourable outcome possible.

Joe is a member of the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland and the Institute of Bankers. He co-ordinates the drafting of course materials and lectures for the Institute of Bankers of Ireland as part of its Professional Development (Level 3) qualification. He has spoken and written on topics including the new Payment Services Directive, the updated Markets in Financial Instruments Directive and many others. He published a book, the Fitness and Probity Handbook which gathers together all the relevant materials regarding the Central Bank's Fitness and Probity regime. Joe's previous publications include the MiFID Directory.


"Joe Beashel is a market leader – he is constantly responsive and understands the need to balance business need with regulatory expectations."
Fintech: The European Legal 500 2024

"Joe Beashel is an expert in his field. No other partner in the industry has such deep sectoral knowledge and insights."
Fintech: The European Legal 500  2024

"Joe Beashel is exceptional in terms of knowledge, practical advice and judgement."
Fintech: The European Legal 500  2023

"Joe Beashel is an outstanding lawyer and market leader in the fintech space."
Fintech: The European Legal 500  2023

"Joe Beashel is an excellent lawyer with a deep understanding of the market"
Fintech: The European Legal 500  2023

"Joe Beashel has his finger on the pulse of industry and regulator. He always seems to know the right level to pitch issues with regulators."
Fintech: The European Legal 500  2023

Joe Beashel is named ‘Highly Regarded’
Financial Services RegulatoryIFLR1000 2020

Joe Beashel is named a ‘Market Leader’
Financial Services RegulatoryIFLR1000 2020

Joe Beashel’s "industry experience has been invaluable".
Financial Services RegulatoryIFLR1000 2020

Recognised for Regulatory Practice
Best Lawyers Ireland 2019 edition

Joe Beashel is named a Market Leader
Financial Services RegulatoryIFLR1000 2018

Recognised for Regulatory Practice
Best Lawyers Ireland 2018 edition

Joe Beashel is "always readily available and provides pragmatic, client-tailored advice".
Financial Services Regulatory: IFLR1000 2017

Joe Beashel is named a Leading Lawyer.
Financial Services Regulatory: IFLR1000 2017

Joe Beashel is recognised as a leading lawyer by Best Lawyers.


Trinity College Dublin (LLB)