Matt Hedigan

Matt Hedigan


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Matt Hedigan is a partner in Walkers Asset and Aviation Finance Group, specialising in all aspects of the financing and leasing of aviation assets. Matt advises private equity investors, operating lessors, financial institutions and airlines on a wide range of tax-efficient leasing and financing structures including platform establishments, warehouse financings, joint ventures and transportation business acquisitions disposals. In addition, Matt has a strong structured finance background with particular emphasis on cross-border debt capital markets transactions, including aircraft securitisations and loan portfolio financings, acquisitions and restructurings. He regularly advises on Irish and European Union financial services and securities law including the Prospectus Directive, EMIR, AIFMD, MiFID, Market Abuse and the Securitisation 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.

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

2022 IFLR 1000 (32nd Edition) - "An expert in the asset finance field, a great all-rounder, very attentive and business-minded. Very adaptable to changes in structures."

2022 Legal 500 - Next Generation Partner and Recommended Lawyer (Capital Markets: Debt) - "We worked with Matt Hedigan and Michael Caulfield. Both had an excellent understanding of the particularities of a continental jurisdiction such as Greece and their drafting in the Irish law documents of the transaction was also very clear. They were available at short notice most of the time."

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