Matt Hedigan

Matt Hedigan


T +353 1 470 6688
M +353 87 227 8653

Practice Areas

Matt Hedigan is based in Walkers' Ireland office and specialises in banking and finance transactions in, and through, Ireland with particular emphasis on cross border debt capital markets, structured, asset and fund finance transactions, including mortgage and aircraft securitisations, warehousing, CLO, loan portfolio financing, repackaging and real estate finance transactions. He regularly advises on Irish and European Union financial services and securities law including the Prospectus Directive, EMIR, AIFMD, MiFID, Market Abuse and Capital Requirements Regulation.

Matt also specialises in advising clients on derivative and securities lending transactions being entered into by a wide range of Irish entities utilising industry standard documentation such as ISDAs and GMRAs.


Recent Experience:


  • acted as issuer counsel for a large number of US and European CLO 2.0 issuances, refinancing's and resets;

  • advising Irish and US based collateral managers on CLO risk retention structures including using Irish risk retention vehicles;

  • advising investment banks and aircraft leasing companies on tax efficient leasing and financing structures, in addition to platform establishments and acquisitions and disposals;

  • regularly advises US hedge and private equity funds which invest in distressed, stressed, performing and non-performing assets in Ireland, Europe and Asia Pacific;

  • advising exchange traded product providers on the establishment of listed collateralised exchange traded note issuance programmes using Irish SPVs;

  • advising originators and arrangers on the securitisation of a wide variety of assets classes including drug royalties, aircraft and rolling stock leases and residential and commercial mortgage portfolios;

  • advising alternative and bank lenders on bilateral and syndicated lending and real estate financing transactions; and

  • regularly advises international banks on repackaging programmes through Irish SPVs.

Prior to joining Walkers, Matt worked as a senior associate in the finance team of a large corporate law firm in Dublin and also previously completed a secondment with Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Admitted In:

LLB, Trinity College Dublin
Diploma in Applied Finance, Law Society of Ireland

2021 IFLR 1000 (31st Edition) - Rising Star Partner - "Matt is an absolute pleasure to work with. He is incredibly knowledgeable and authoritative and happy to talk through any elements of a deal, which, when acting as legal counsel alongside him, is really helpful in ensuring that we present a united front to the client. He is also really happy to introduce us to clients and to suggest ways that we can win more work together, which I really like."

"Good at problem solving and understanding our business. Great at communication and has a deep understanding of the industry."

2021 Legal 500 - Next Generation Partner and Recommended Lawyer (Capital Markets: Debt) - ‘Andrew Traynor and Matt Hedigan have been very professional, reliable and most helpful with the task at hand. They have shown their dedication to the client and flexibility where required.’

2021 Chambers Global Guide - Up and Coming (Capital Markets: Debt) - Sources say that Matt Hedigan is "a very efficient and practical lawyer who gets things done with no fuss." Clients further highlight his ability to find "innovative" solutions. He regularly assists asset management companies with note issuances, structured finance products and loan portfolio acquisitions.

2020 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer (Asset Finance) - "The team provides an almost unique coverage of the Irish and certain offshore jurisdictions such as Bermuda and is able to provide an integrated service across these jurisdictions."

2020 Chambers Europe Guide - Up and Coming (Captial Markets: Debt)

2020 Chambers Global Guide - Up and Coming (Capital Markets: Debt) - "client-focused and thinks outside the box."

2019 Legal 500 - Recommended Lawyer (Capital Markets)

2018 Chambers Europe Guide - (Capital Markets: Debt) Associate to Watch.

2017 Chambers Europe Guide - (Capital Markets: Debt) Associate to Watch. "Matt Hedigan is described by clients as 'very diligent and responsive'."

Matt has contributed to industry publications in areas of securitisation and capital markets and has spoken at industry events presenting on the topic of "Derivatives Compliance for SPVs" at the Irish Debt Securities Association industry briefing in June 2017.

Member of the Incorporated Law Society of Ireland
Irish Debt Securities Association