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Padraic Roche is a partner in the firm’s Corporate Department. His practice focuses on advising both public and private companies on a range of corporate law issues, with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions, equity investments, corporate restructuring, portfolio transfers and corporate governance. Padraic’s practice has a sector focus on financial institutions, including banks, insurers, investment managers and Fintech companies.

Padraic joined Matheson after serving for three years as general counsel and company secretary of Malin Corporation plc, an internationally-focused life sciences investment company listed on the ESM of the Irish Stock Exchange. Prior to his role in Malin, Padraic served as head of legal in Ireland for Mercer, a leading global consulting firm, and as EMEA legal counsel for Xilinx, a NASDAQ listed technology company headquartered in Silicon Valley. Padraic also previously worked in another major Irish law firm for over six years.

From his time as a senior in-house lawyer, Padraic gained deep understanding of the challenges faced by companies and their in-house legal teams and developed extensive experience across multiple areas including public markets, private company investments, group structuring, risk management, project execution, management of external counsel and corporate governance.

Padraic holds a first class honours degree in Corporate Law from NUI, Galway and he completed an MSc in Business (Leadership and Management Practice) in UCD in 2019.

Experience Highlights

Padraic’s experience in Matheson includes:

  • Acting for DMS Governance on its acquisition of each of MontLake Funds, MDO Management and Oligo Fund Services
  • Advising Global Risk Partners (GRP) on its acquisition of a majority stake in Crotty Insurance
  • Acting for IFG Group plc on its £206m recommended public takeover by Epiris LLP
  • Acting for Independent News & Media plc on its €145m recommended public takeover by Mediahuis NV
  • Advising Battery Ventures and Dawn Capital on their participation in Soldo’s $61m Series B fundraising round Advising Horizon Therapeutics plc (NASDAQ listed) on Irish aspects of its $345m equity financing
  • Advising Horizon Therapeutics plc (NASDAQ listed, Irish plc) on Irish aspects of its $345m equity financing in Feb 2019, its $800m equity financing in August 2020 and on its ongoing Irish law
  • Acting for An Post on its sale of Data Ireland
  • Advising the Greenman Group on its group restructuring
  • Advising a number of large multinational clients (including a major global investment bank and major global asset manager) in respect of cross border mergers, Irish domestic mergers, portfolio transfers and related regulatory approvals
  • Advising multiple companies on corporate structuring as part of Brexit-related planning

Padraic’s experience in industry includes:

  • The legal execution of all investments made by Malin Corporation plc between June 2015 and June 2018, ranging in value from €1- €72 million
  • Three secondary share offerings by Malin Corporation plc on the ESM of the Irish Stock Exchange
  • Serving as a member of Mercer’s European transaction team and lead Mercer lawyer on strategic UK-based acquisition
  • Significant experience at advising c-suite on corporate governance and regulatory issues
Accolades
Padraic Roche is named a ‘Notable Practitioner’
IFLR1000 2020
Education

University College Dublin, MSc in Business (Leadership and Management Practice)

National College of Ireland, Galway, Bachelor of Corporate Law

National College of Ireland, Galway, LLB

Law Society of Ireland, admitted as a solicitor

Continued Business Growth Drives Ten New Partner Appointments at Matheson

Aug 20, 2020, 14:44 PM
- Leading Irish law firm Matheson announces the appointment of ten new partners across a range of industry sectors; - Partner team expands to 96, operating in more than 30 sector focused legal practice groups; - In an uncertain international climate, the firm continues to experience growing demand for its ability to combine deep industry and sectoral knowledge with top tier legal expertise.
Title : Continued Business Growth Drives Ten New Partner Appointments at Matheson
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Insight Date : Feb 15, 2019, 00:00 AM

- Leading Irish law firm Matheson announces the appointment of ten new partners across a range of industry sectors;

- Partner team expands to 96, operating in more than 30 sector focused legal practice groups;

- In an uncertain international climate, the firm continues to experience growing demand for its ability to combine deep industry and sectoral knowledge with top tier legal expertise.

Matheson today announced further expansion at the firm with the appointment of ten new partners in the areas of Corporate, Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Commercial Real Estate, Finance and Capital Markets, and Tax.

The new partners will continue to work closely with the firm’s domestic and multinational clients doing business in and from Ireland. With six global offices, the most recent opening in Cork in September 2018, Matheson has 96 partners and tax principals, and over 470 legal and tax professionals.

Commenting on the new appointments, Michael Jackson, Managing Partner at Matheson, said:

“I would like to congratulate each of our ten partners on their appointment. It is both a great personal achievement and a reflection of the continued growth of all sectors of our business. 

In an at times volatile and uncertain international environment, we have continued to provide full service and sector specific advice to our clients, directing them on the legal and business consequences of emerging international developments including Brexit. Our new partners are highly experienced advisers in sectors impacted by the impending departure of the UK from the European Union and are working alongside our clients to help mitigate the ramifications and maximise the future opportunities.”

Jackson continued –

"These new partners are a valuable addition to our management team.  Matheson is committed to ensuring that the firm provides a working environment where diversity and inclusion are positively engrained in everything we do.  45% of partners promoted over the last three years have been female and in June last year, Matheson was named the sixth most diverse law firm in Europe by The Lawyer magazine.”

The ten new Matheson partners and their practice areas are:

  • Grainne Callanan (Corporate)
  • Geraldine Carr (Employment)
  • Brian Doohan (Tax)
  • Richard Kelly (Finance and Capital Markets)
  • Yvonne McWeeney (Asset Finance)
  • Niamh Maher (Commercial Real Estate)
  • Mairéad Ní Ghabháin (Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution)
  • Padraic Roche (Corporate)
  • Vahan Tchrakian (Tax)
  • Kieran Trant (Corporate)
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