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John is a corporate partner and is Head of International at the firm. He specialises in corporate law and has a broad corporate and commercial practice including advising upon domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions and other complex corporate transactions.

John also deals with corporate reorganisations and migrations, loan portfolio acquisitions and sales and has significant experience in corporate governance matters for both regulated and unregulated entities. He also deals extensively with overseas clients and counsel on the establishment of business operations in Ireland and in respect of ongoing legal requirements and issues. He has particular experience and expertise in transactions and advisory work in the technology, energy and insurance and financial services sectors. John has, during the course of his career, headed up both our London and New York offices, headed up one of the firm’s M&A teams and has served on, and participates in, the firm’s Management Committee.

Relevant Experience

  • Acting for Brewin Dolphin on its proposed acquisition of Investec Ireland’s wealth management business
  • Acting for Epiris funds on its take private acquisition of IFG Group plc
  • Acting for Orbcomm Inc. on the acquisition of Blue Tree Systems
  • Acting for Lufthansa in respect of various corporate transactions
  • Acting for LSG Sky Chefs on the acquisition of the Retail in Motion group
  • Acting for Centrica Plc on the acquisition of Bord Gáis Energy
  • Acting for Bain Capital on the acquisition of certain loan portfolio assets
  • Acting for Blackstone on the acquisition of certain loan portfolio assets
  • Acting for a number of other leading US private equity houses with respect to the acquisition of certain Irish loan portfolio and other assets
  • Acting for KBC Bank on the sale of its Irish asset management business to Kleinwort Benson and other corporate and loan portfolio transactions


+353 1 920 1173

Ten Earlsfort Terrace
Dublin 2
D02 T380

  • HDBS, 1993, Smurfit Graduate School of Business, University College, Dublin
  • BCL, 1992, University College, Cork
  • Admitted to the New York Bar, 1999
  • Admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales (non-practising), 1998
  • Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland, 1996
  • Member of the Bar Association of the City of New York
  • Member of the International Bar Association
  • Member of the New York Bar Association
  • Member of the American Bar Association
  • Member of the Irish Chamber of Commerce in the U.S.
  • Member of the Board of Directors and Past Chairman of Lex Mundi

“John Matson stands out for his can-do attitude, strong business sense and responsiveness.”

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

John Matson is “a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer who understands clients’ concerns.”

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

“John is extremely responsive and always delivers high quality, commercial advice.  He is my “go-to” corporate lawyer in Ireland.”

IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms, 2021

“John is the best counsel with whom I have worked with at any firm. He is very knowledgeable and well connected, has a pleasant and calm demeanour and offers an unusually high work ethic that meets all our needs on time and on budget. He is top-notch!”

IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms, 2020