Michelle is a partner in the Asset Management and Investment Funds Department at Matheson. Michelle practises Irish financial services law and advises many of the world's leading financial institutions, investment banks, asset management companies and service providers carrying on business in Ireland or through Irish vehicles.
She has extensive experience in advising a wide range of domestic and international clients on the structuring, establishment, marketing and sale of investment vehicles and products in Ireland and other jurisdictions. In particular, Michelle advises on the legal and regulatory issues surrounding the establishment of AIF and UCITS structures, including hedge funds, managed account platforms, master feeder, fund of fund, complex and bespoke structures. She also advises on the structuring, offer and sale of investment instruments and investment products, the provision of investment advice and other financial services.
Michelle has advised some of the world's largest alternative investment managers on the implementation of AIFMD and also advised on the first inward AIFMD management passport into Ireland. She also has extensive experience in advising international clients in relation to UCITS' legislative and regulatory developments.
Michelle also has considerable experience in advising on the establishment of loan origination structures and advised on the establishment of one of the first regulated loan origination AIFs in Ireland.
Michelle is the 2017 International Law Office Client Choice award winner for Banking Law in Ireland, a category that incorporates financial services.
Michelle is a "pragmatic and thoughtful partner; she invests in understanding the idiosyncrasies of the business to deliver top drawer, concise and practical advice that takes into consideration the risk appetite and business culture." - International Law Office 2017
Michelle's "knowledge and insight has proved invaluable; the quality of her advice is extremely high." - International Law Office 2017
Michelle Ridge is recommended. - European Legal 500 2016