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Tony O’Grady is "one of the most technically proficient lawyers in the market".

Chambers Global & Europe


Tony O’Grady is a partner in the Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department and head of the Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency Group at Matheson.  He advises on all aspects of corporate restructuring and insolvency law matters and represents a number of financial institutions, public and private companies and insolvency office-holders.

Tony is a member of INSOL, R3 and the Insolvency Lawyers Association.  He lectures frequently on corporate restructuring and insolvency law matters.  He has spoken at conferences organised by many professional bodies and other organisations including most recently the American Bankruptcy Institute.  He has written widely on the subject of insolvency and is co-author of the Law Society of Ireland's insolvency manual.

Experience Highlights

Tony has advised:

  • in high profile restructurings of Aer Arann, Cityjet, Nordic Aviation and Stobart Aer;
  • in relation to numerous international and domestic financial institutions financial institutions in relation to distressed debt resolution;
  • insolvency officiaIs in relation to numerous large domestic insolvencies including many in the aviation sector; and
  • in numerous other cross-border insolvencies and restructurings over the years including those relating to KPNQwest, Exodus Communications, Flightlease, Sea Containers, Eurofood, (the Irish subsidiary of the Parmalat Group, in relation to the first reference to the European Court of Justice for an interpretation of the European Insolvency Regulation) and  Petroceltic.


"Extremely knowledgeable on all aspects of insolvency law. Very reassuring to have him representing you. Always in very safe hands."
IFLR 1000 2022

“The Matheson team has very strong commercial acumen, deep legal expertise and a continuity of key people that Tony O’Grady ensures consistently high standards.”
The Legal 500 2022

“Tony O’ Grady and Kevin Gahan. Very experienced and professional. Provide practical solutions to complex matters. Very reassuring considering the pressurised industry we work in. Always feel in safe hands. A pleasure to work with both of them.”
The Legal 500 2022

Tony O’Grady “is a recognised leader in the insolvency / work out field.”
The Legal 500 2022

Tony O’Grady is "one of the top lawyers in the country" and "the most knowledgeable restructuring lawyer I have come across."
Chambers Europe 2022

Tony O'Grady is “focused, accessible and commercial.”
IFLR 1000 2021

Tony O'Grady "is probably the most respected insolvency lawyer in Ireland"
Chambers Europe 2021

Tony O'Grady "is very commercial, very tough and gets a good deal done."
Chambers Europe 2021

"Tony O’Grady has been for many years one of the leading go-to insolvency/restructuring solicitors in Ireland, and one of the few who has consistently been involved in all the big complex insolvency and restructuring cases."
European Legal 500 2021

"Tony O’Grady is a very experienced operator."
European Legal 500 2021

Tony O'Grady is recommended.
European Legal 500 2020

Tony O'Grady is named a leading individual.
European Legal 500 2020

Tony O'Grady has "unrivalled experience and respect in this field".
European Legal 500 2020

Tony O’Grady is named a ‘Market Leader’
IFLR1000 2020

"Tony O’Grady has been recognised by The Legal 500 as an elite leading lawyer."
Legal 500 EMEA Hall of Fame 2020

“We deal with Brendan Colgan and Tony O’Grady. Brendan is extremely technically proficient and effective, whilst Tony has unrivalled experience and respect in this field.”
Insolvency and Corporate Restructuring: European Legal 500 2020

Tony O’Grady is named a leading individual.
European Legal 500 2019

Tony O’Grady is "recognised across the market as the foremost practitioner in this space," and described as being "highly technical, but also commercial and approachable".
Restructuring / Insolvency: Chambers Europe 2019

"The way he solves potentially litigious, acrimonious problems and finds solutions with minimal collateral damage is beautiful."
Chambers Europe 2019

Tony O’Grady is a "strong lawyer who practically uses his depth of knowledge to provide sound commercial advice."
IFLR1000 2019

Recognised for Insolvency and Reorganisation Law
Best Lawyers Ireland 2019 edition

"Tony O’Grady is at the absolute top of his profession."
Chambers Europe 2018

Tony is "a top-notch and knows everything there is to know about insolvency."
Chambers Europe 2018

Tony O'Grady is named a Market Leader.
IFLR1000 2018

Recognised for Insolvency and Reorganisation Law 
Best Lawyers Ireland 2018 edition

Tony O’Grady is named a leading individual.
European Legal 500 2017

Tony O’Grady is named a leading lawyer.
IFLR1000 2017


Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland - 1993

University College Cork