Aiden is a partner in the Finance Group and leads the Debt Capital Markets team.

He specialises in structured finance, securitisation, credit structures/CLOs and private funds transactions. Aiden’s clients include arrangers, asset managers, hedge funds, private equity firms and institutional investors. Prior to joining Arthur Cox, Aiden worked for a number of years in London with Allen & Overy, UBS and Morgan Stanley.

Relevant Experience

  • Advising in respect of CLO transactions for collateral managers including CIFC, CVC, KKR, MAN GLG and Sound Point
  • Advising Blackstone/GSO, HIG Capital, Investcorp, MacKay Shields, Partners Group and Napier Park on the establishment of S.110 risk retention holding structures
  • Advising Lone Star on all of its Irish RMBS transactions
  • Advising on Irish RMBS transactions for originators including Bank of Ireland, Jepson, Oaktree, Pepper Finance and PTSB
  • Advising Morgan Stanley and Bank of America Merrill Lynch on various CMBS transactions under the ELOC and Taurus programmes, respectively
  • Advising Partners Group on the irish aspects of its Australian listed investment trust structure, Partners Group Global Income Fund
  • Advising Be-spoke Capital in connection with the establishment of a novel SME direct lending platform focussed on the Spanish SME market
  • Advising KKR and Blackstone/GSO on various direct lending vehicles and platforms (European and global) and general Irish financial regulatory matters including MiFID and AIFMD issues
  • Advising Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and NatWest Markets on various portfolio financings involving Irish S.110 and fund structures
  • Advising on various Greek NPL financing transactions for Alpha Bank, Eurobank and Piraeus Bank including projects such as Pillar, Cairo, Galaxy and Orion


“Aiden Small is practical and pragmatic and a go-to in the Irish finance market.”

The Legal 500: Europe, Middle East & Africa, 2023

“He is excellent technically and a pleasure to deal with.”

Chambers Europe: Europe’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2023

Aiden Small is “reliable, and very commercial in the way he looks at things.”

Chambers Europe: Europe’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2022

Aiden Small “is particularly effective at bringing a sense of commerciality to the engagement. Nothing is ever a problem; he is candid and allows us to focus our efforts and fees on the most important areas.”

Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2020


Education & Qualifications

  • B. Corp Law, 1996, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • LL B, 1997 National University of Ireland, Galway
  • LL M, 1998, University of Cambridge
  • Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland, 2001
  • Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales, 2003 (non-practising)