Cormac Kissane is a partner in the firm’s Capital Markets Group.

He has very broad experience in the securitisation, purchase and financing of all assets, including residential and commercial mortgages, structured finance transactions and debt capital markets. He has acted on many of the major loan sale transactions in Ireland for sellers, buyers and funders and has advised issuers and arrangers on many RMBS and other securitisation transactions. He advises the Dealers on all of Ireland’s sovereign bonds. Cormac previously worked for leading international law firms in London, New York and Hong Kong.  He has lectured in Trinity College, Dublin on Finance Law.

Relevant Experience

  • Advising M&G on the first residential mortgage securitisation by Finance Ireland, Ireland’s largest non-bank lender
  • Advising the arrangers of securitisations for Ulster Bank, Dilosk, KBC, Permanent TSB and Mars/Oaktree and the trustee on a securitisation for Bank of Ireland
  • Advising AIB on an RMBS transaction (Burlington Mortgages), Ireland’s first STS compliant RMBS
  • Advising EBS and Bank of Scotland on all of their residential mortgage securitisations
  • Advising the dealers on all Irish covered bond programmes (for AIBMB, BOIMB and EBSMF)
  • Advising the dealers on all of Ireland’s syndicated sovereign bond issues
  • Advising the dealers on Ireland’s first Green sovereign bond
  • Advising sellers, buyers and financiers of Irish NPLs, including advising Carval, Goldman Sachs, Blackstone, Sankaty, Citibank, Deutsche Bank, Nomura and Morgan Stanley
  • Advising on numerous ABS transactions including CMBS transactions for BAML, RBS and Morgan Stanley and the only public Irish CBMS transaction and receivables financing transactions for many corporates and banks
  • Advising arrangers and managers on multiple CLO transactions including for the following investment managers: Apollo, AXA, Carlyle and Chenavari


“His experience and knowledge in the market are second to none and he is able to be creative and come up with new ideas.”

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

“His whole way of working is about taking work off clients’ desks as opposed to creating work for them. He gets on with stuff with minimal fuss and only ever raises things if they are material. We have absolute faith in him.”

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

“Cormac Kissane is an experienced and talented partner and an excellent relationship manager.”

The Legal 500, 2022

Cormac Kissane is “a class act, an outstandingly astute and pragmatic operator with a deep knowledge of his field. He is hugely responsive and has an instinctive understanding of our priorities and our needs.”

The Legal 500: Europe, Middle East & Africa, 2021

Cormac Kissane “brings a wealth of experience and depth of knowledge” to the transactions.

Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2021

Education & Qualifications

  • LL B, 1992, Trinity College Dublin
  • Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales (non-practising), 1998
  • Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland, 2003
  • Admitted as a solicitor in Northern Ireland (non-practising), 2003
  • Admitted to the New York Bar, 2003