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Michelle is "responsive to needs, skilled with respect to technical knowledge and aware of the commercial context"

ILO Client Choice Awards


Michelle is a partner in the Asset Management and Investment Funds Group at Matheson.

Michelle practises Irish financial services law and advises many of the world's leading financial institutions, investment banks, asset management companies and service providers carrying on business in Ireland or through Irish vehicles.

She has extensive experience in advising a wide range of domestic and international clients on the structuring, establishment, marketing and sale of investment vehicles and products in Ireland and other jurisdictions. In particular, Michelle advises on the legal and regulatory issues surrounding the establishment of AIF and UCITS structures, including hedge funds, managed account platforms, master feeder, fund of fund, complex and bespoke structures. She also advises on the structuring, offer and sale of investment instruments and investment products, the provision of investment advice and other financial services.

Michelle has advised some of the world’s largest alternative investment managers on the implementation of AIFMD and also advised on the first inward AIFMD management passport into Ireland. She also has extensive experience in advising international clients in relation to UCITS’ legislative and regulatory developments.

Michelle also has extensive experience in advising on the establishment of loan origination structures and advised on the establishment of one of the first regulated loan origination AIFs in Ireland.

Michelle is the 2017 International Law Office Client Choice award winner for Banking Law in Ireland, a category that incorporates financial services and has been listed one of the 50 Leading Women in Hedge Funds for 2019 by The Hedge Fund Journal, a leading global publication for Asset Management.


Michelle Ridge is named a Highly Regarded Individual
IFLR1000 2020

Michelle Ridge is recommended.
European Legal 500 2020

Michelle Ridge is a "key partner for funds and knowledge of our business".
European Legal 500 2020

Michelle Ridge is recognised in 50 Leading Women in Hedge Funds 2019 Global Report
The Hedge Fund Journal

Michelle Ridge is “solutions driven”.
Chambers Europe 2018

Client Choice Award Winner for Banking Law, incorporating Financial Services
International Law Office 2017

Michelle is a "pragmatic and thoughtful partner; she invests in understanding the idiosyncrasies of the business to deliver top drawer, concise and practical advice that takes into consideration the risk appetite and business culture."
International Law Office 2017

Michelle's "knowledge and insight has proved invaluable; the quality of her advice is extremely high."
International Law Office 2017


University College Dublin, Post Graduate Diploma in International Financial Services Law

University College Dublin, Diploma in Applied Finance Law

Incorporated Law Society of Ireland Professional Qualification

University College Dublin, LLM International Commercial Law

University College Dublin, BCL