Maynooth University law students Jordan Donoghue and Alanna Kells have been presented with prizes from Matheson LLP in recognition of their achievements in the funds law course delivered by the firm as part of Maynooth’s LLM programme.
Mr Donoghue, from Longford, has been awarded a six-month internship in Matheson’s asset management and investment funds department, based on her results and a competitive interview process.
Alanna Kells, from Cavan, has won a legal writing prize, having received the highest grade for her written assignment forming part of the course assessment.
This year marks a decade since Matheson partnered with Maynooth University to deliver the first specialised funds law course at third level, creating a valuable link between graduate skills and the demand for talent in a thriving area of Ireland’s economy.
Tara Doyle, head of Matheson’s asset management and investment funds department, said: “We are delighted to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our collaboration with Maynooth University, which is focused on ensuring that our graduates have the necessary knowledge and mentoring to pursue successful careers in the funds sector and to make a meaningful contribution to ensuring that we preserve and enhance Ireland’s reputation as an international leader in financial services and as a leading international fund domicile.”
Dr Fergus Ryan, head of the School of Law and Criminology at Maynooth University, said: “It is wonderful to mark the 10th anniversary of the funds law module, a vital collaboration between Matheson and Maynooth University.
“This module underlines the particular strengths of Law and Criminology at Maynooth — innovation, dynamic industry partnerships, and opportunities for our students. We greatly value the fantastic support we’ve had from Matheson over many years, particularly in establishing and delivering the Funds Law module.
“Our enthusiastic appreciation goes out to Matheson, and to Liz, Tara, and Brónagh for their support and huge commitment to the module. Many congratulations to Alanna and Jordan on their great successes!”
The Funds Law Module forms part of the LLM in Global Legal Studies and the LLM in International Business Law offered by Maynooth School of Law and Criminology, and is coordinated and delivered by Matheson’s Brónagh Maher, together with partners from the firm’s asset management and investment funds department.
This innovative course gives students the opportunity to attend lectures in Matheson’s offices, offering a unique insight into a top international law firm. Matheson also directly employs the most talented graduates from the course, fast-tracking them into the funds sector, an area in which Ireland has established itself as a global player.
Matheson partner Liz Grace said: “The availability of a skilled workforce is a key factor for international companies considering locating in Ireland.
“Having senior female leaders as part of a diverse pool of experts mentoring and developing our graduates in their transition from the campus to the offices is essential if we are to establish gender diversity as a competitive advantage for the Irish international financial services sector.”