Matthew Cole, Partner - Dublin - A&L Goodbody

Matthew Cole

Matthew Cole is a Partner in the Firm's Corporate Department. He advises Irish, UK and International clients on M&A and capital markets transactions in Ireland. His experience includes advising on numerous high profile, cross-border M&A and private equity deals. Matthew also has an extensive track-record advising corporate issuers and major investment banks on a wide range of debt and equity capital markets transactions including bond offerings, IPOs, rights issues and equity placings. He practised and worked for a number of years with a leading international law firm in London.

A&L Goodbody's M&A team is ranked No.1 Irish M&A Law Firm for 2012 - 2016 by each of the leading international research publications – Mergermarket, Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters and Experian Corpfin.


Matthew's experience includes advising:

  • Glenveagh Properties PLC on its €550m IPO on the Irish and London Stock Exchanges.
  • Brookfield on the disposal of the Killhills and Knockacummer Wind Farms to Greencoat.
  • The underwriters on the $750,000,000 rights issue by Tullow Oil.
  • Pyramid Hotel Group on the sale of the Temple Bar Hotel to Ascott.
  • An Irish REIT on its IPO on the Irish Stock Exchange.
  • Xylem on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Selc Group.
  • Aegon on the sale of Aegon Ireland to AGER Bermuda Holding.
  • Numis Securities and Goodbody Stockbrokers on the £95.2m placing and subscription by Draper Esprit.
  • Fortune 500 company, Owens & Minor on its acquisition of the ArcRoyal Group.
  • IHS Markit on its acquisition of Information Mosaic.
  • Red Hat on its acquisition of FeedHenry.

Market Recommendations

  • "Very capable partner who is very strong for equity capital markets and knows the UK market well." (Chambers Global 2017)
  • "The technical expertise he has is extremely strong and his client service is excellent...performs wonderfully well in a demanding environment." (Chambers Global 2016)
  • "Equity capital markets expert." (Legal 500 2016)
  • "A key name for Commercial, Corporate and M&A." (Legal 500 2015)


  • BSc. International History, The London School of Economics and Political Science, 2000.
  • Solicitor, Law Society of Ireland, 2013.
  • Solicitor, Law Society of England and Wales, 2005.

Professional activities

Matthew is co-author of the Irish chapters of 'Mergers & Acquisitions: International Series' (Second Edition) which was published by Sweet & Maxwell in 2016 and 'The Initial Public Offerings Law Review' (First Edition) which was published by Law Business Research in 2017.

Matthew Cole

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His client service is excellent

(Chambers Global 2016)