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Serving all Private Capital Strategies

Matheson is recognised as a market leader in the provision of legal services to private capital investors.

Matheson serves all types and strategies of private capital including private equity, private credit, infrastructure, real estate investors and distressed investors. 

Our tax, asset management, finance and capital markets, corporate and financial services regulatory practices are the market leaders and are critical to advising our clients.  Matheson lawyers work on an interdisciplinary basis across the capital structure and across practice areas to deliver outstanding results.

Our teams advise on the most complex, domestic and cross-border mandates at all stages of the fund raising, leverage and investment cycle, including advice on the most optimal fund structures. 

Our Experience

Matheson's Private Equity team, led by eight partners, advise a host of leading international and domestic private capital investors including Advent International, Astorg, Bain Capital, BC Partners, CVC, EQT, Lead Edge Capital, Macquarie, Montagu, Towerbrook Capital Partners and Waterland Private Equity.

Our experience in alternative investment funds and on the establishment of Investment Limited Partnerships ("ILPs") also sets us apart. Matheson has advised on more than 40% of the ILPs established to date in Ireland.  Our specialist team advise on alternative investment funds investing in life settlements, property, currencies, commodities, bank loans, private equity, other hedge funds and on all hedge fund strategies including long/short, event driven, arbitrage, global macro, distressed debt and multi-strategy amongst others.  Our market-leading expertise on AIFMD includes advising on the first AIFM authorisation in Europe, the first inward AIFMD management passport into Ireland and we have advised numerous funds on their transition to AIFMD. We have also advised a leading global manager of healthcare royalty investments on the establishment of Irish collective investment schemes and in relation to the use of Irish domiciled funds for pharmaceutical royalties, musical royalties and other royalty based assets. For more information on alternative investment funds and establishing investment funds in Ireland, please browse our full range of briefing notes.

Our Commercial Real Estate investment team, led by six partners, advise the full range of property investment vehicles (including corporate entities, co-ownerships, partnerships, limited partnerships, ILPs, ICAVs and REITS) acquiring and financing real estate in all sectors of the market, including leading investors such as ARES, Kennedy Wilson, La Francaise Group, Macquarie, Oxley Holdings and Varde.

Matheson's Energy and Infrastructure Group continues to advise the largest sponsors and PE, infrastructure, pension and insurance funds on their investments and financings in the Irish energy and infrastructure sector. Some of our recent experience includes advising on transformational projects such as Asterion's acquisition of a majority stake in the National Broadband Ireland, Partners Group's investment in the Greenlink 500MW electricity interconnector and listed renewable energy fund ORIT (and its investors) on its acquisition and acquisition financing of the 200MW Ballymacarney solar project from Statkraft, the largest solar park to be constructed to date in Ireland. In recent years, Matheson has advised sponsors and lenders on over 2GW renewable and conventional power plant developments, including over 1GW of onshore wind farm developments. 

Recent Transactions

Private Equity / Growth Equity Investments
  • Advent International, a leading global private equity investor, on the buy-out of public relations firm Financial Dynamics by specialist global infrastructure and real assets manager Cordiant Communications Group.
  • Asterion Industrial Partners, a specialist European infrastructure investor, on its acquisition of an 80% stake in National Broadband Ireland.
  • Bregal Milestone, a leading technology growth capital firm, on its investments in technology solutions providers Arkphire and Teamwork.
  • Carlyle Cardinal Ireland, a leading Irish provider of alternative investment capital, and the founders of the Sports Surgery Clinic, a centre of excellence for joint replacement and surgery for sports soft tissue injuries, on its sale to international healthcare provider UPMC.
  • CVC Capital Partners, a European private equity and investment advisory firm, on the acquisition of motoring group The AA.
  • Graham Partners, a US-based specialist investor in advanced manufacturing solutions, on the acquisition of Taoglas, the Irish-based distributor of antennas, filters, cables, and connectors.
  • Insight Venture Partners, a global software investor, on a range of acquisitions, bolt-on transactions and exits including Fenergo, AMCS, Statistical Solutions Limited and BrowserStack.
  • Irish Strategic Investment Fund, Ireland's sovereign development fund, on a range of investments in both listed and private companies across various industry sectors.
  • JP Morgan, a global leader in financial services, on its investment in Paulus Holdings, the owner of medical tech company LetsGetChecked.
  • Lead Edge Capital, a growth-stage fund based in New York and California, on the sale of Immedis Limited, an Irish global payroll software developer to UKG, one of the US' largest privately owned software groups.
  • Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 6 on its acquisition of Ireland’s largest waste company, Beauparc Utilities Holdings Limited, from founder Eamon Waters and Blackstone Tactical Opportunities Fund.
  • Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 7 on its agreement to acquire the Beacon Hospital Group, one of Ireland's most technologically advanced private hospitals.
  • Macquarie Capital Principal Finance on its investment in digital technology and cyber security company, Viatel Technology Group Limited
  • Riverside Partners, a Boston-based technology and healthcare specialist private equity firm, on its acquisition of Netwatch, a leading private security company with operations in Ireland, the UK and the US.
  • Towerbrook Capital Partners, a transatlantic investment fund manager, on their €100m controlling equity investment in CarTrawler, the leading B2B provider of car rental and mobility solutions to the travel industry. 
Energy and Infrastructure Investments
  • Asterion Industrial Partners, a specialist European infrastructure investor, on its acquisition of an 80% stake in National Broadband Ireland.
  • AMP Capital on the sale of the assets of the Irish Infrastructure Fund for sale, comprising controlling stakes in the Speed Fibre Group (Magnet Networks, Airspeed and Enet) and the Convention Centre Dublin PPP project.
  • CVC (via its legal advisers) on its acquisition of leading infrastructure manager DIF
  • EFS European Holdco BV, an affiliate of General Electric Company, on its sale of Ronaver Energy Limited to an affiliate of Apollo Global Management LLC, as part of a $1 billion portfolio sale.
  • Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 6 on its acquisition of Ireland’s largest waste company, Beauparc Utilities Holdings Limited, from founder Eamon Waters and Blackstone Tactical Opportunities Fund.
  • Octopus Renewables, one of the largest owners and managers of renewable energy assets in Europe, on its significant minority stake and subsequent investments, in Simply Blue Group, a marine project developer focused on early stage floating wind projects.
  • Listed renewable energy fund ORIT (and its investors) on its acquisition and acquisition financing of the 200MW Ballymacarney solar project from Statkraft, the largest solar park to be constructed to date in Ireland.
  • Partners Group's investment in the Greenlink 500MW electricity interconnector.
  • Waterland Private Equity, an alternative investment fund manager, in relation to its investment in MTM Engineering, a Irish data centre cable specialist, and in relation to MTM Engineering's subsequent acquisitions of CET Connect and ATSS Ventures.
Real Estate Investments 
  • Ares on a refinance in excess of €165m of a PRS development at Spencer North Dublin 2.
  • Bank of America and Wells Fargo in providing acquisition finance for in excess of €300m to a Blackstone vehicle to assist in its purchase of Salesforce Tower and the wider North Wall Quay campus in Dublin
  • Biocon Biologics Limited in connection with the financing of its acquisition of Viatris Inc.’s global Biosimilars business.
  • Barings in the providing acquisition finance in excess of €150m for the acquisition of the 'Core Portfolio' of logistics units by a KKR/Palm Capital JV entity.
  • DekaBank and ING Bank in refinancing for in excess of €125m One Spencer Dock, an office development, occupied by PWC as its Headquarters in Ireland;
  • NBK and Roundhill Capital on a refinance for in excess of €140m of a portfolio of student accommodation developments in Dublin and Cork.
  • Société Générale in the provision of financing to Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd secured on certain property assets including The Sorting Office, Cardiff Lane, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2 and Nova Atria, Arkle Road, Sandyford, Dublin
  • Société Générale in connection with a USD 300 million warehouse facility for the financing of certain aircraft types by Clover Aviation Capital Company Limited.
  • Wells Fargo in providing development finance to Bain Capital for the development of a PRS, Hotel and Retail development at Newmarket Square, Dublin.

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