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Callaghan Kennedy

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Callaghan is a partner of Maples and Calder's Finance team in the Maples Group's Dublin office.

Callaghan advises arrangers, managers, investors and issuers on a wide range of finance, debt capital markets and structured finance transactions. He focuses particularly on structured products, such as CLOs and other asset backed securitisations, commodities, utilities, marketplace lending and other alternative asset class financings, as well as on repackagings and other programme issuers. Callaghan also advises on fund-linked structures, such as managed account platforms, loan funds and debt funds. He regularly advises on wider financial services and regulatory law, both in relation to regimes that impact structured finance transactions‒such as STS, securities  offerings, market abuse, EMIR and risk retention‒ and on issues generally affecting financial services firms, such as like licensing and establishment, change of control and ongoing regulatory compliance.


Callaghan joined the Maples Group as a trainee in 2009, and upon qualification in 2012, joined the Finance team. He was elected as a partner in 2018.

Callaghan has been ranked as a Leading Lawyer - Highly Regarded in IFLR1000 2020 and 2019 in Capital markets: Debt and Capital Markets: Structured Finance and Securitisation. He has been described by clients as "fast, accurate, knowledgeable and detail orientated; collegial and a strong communicator". In IFLR's 2020 guide a client attested that Callaghan "added great value to any transaction he is on" and reported that he is "a very dynamic individual with excellent legal skills which are deployed in a commercial way". Callaghan is also listed as a Next Generation Partner in The Legal 500 2019 EMEA guide, where he is described as "responsive, clear and pragmatic".  In the 2020 Chambers Global Guide, Callaghan was ranked as an 'Up & Coming' lawyer where a source stated: "He is incredibly dynamic and really engrossed in the area," and added that he is "someone who brings a lot of value to transactions, is proactive and responsive and goes out of his way to facilitate everything."

Callaghan is a qualified Irish tax advisor.


Callaghan is the co-chair of the Princeton University Alumni Schools Committee, Ireland. Callaghan has led and participated in various working groups of the legal sub-committee of the Irish Debt Securities Association.



Structured Finance


2012 - Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland


Irish Taxation Institute, Eire, AITI Chartered Tax Advisor (CTA), 2011

Princeton University, USA, BA, History, 2005


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