Matthew Heaton

Partner, Head of Office, Head of Banking & Finance - Qatar


Matthew Heaton is the Head of Office in Qatar, and he also forms part of Qatar’s Banking & Finance practice.

Matthew has broad experience of all aspects of finance law, acting for both borrowers and lenders.  Prior to joining, Matthew was a banking & finance partner based in London at a leading global law firm.  He has particular expertise in acquisition and leveraged finance, corporate lending and real estate finance. He advises borrowers, funders, sponsors (including banks, equity and debt funds, listed corporates, private companies and mezzanine funders). He also advises on syndicated, club and bilateral financings. He has broad experience of leveraged finance and private equity transactions, and in advising purchasers and sellers of stressed and distressed loan portfolios.

In addition, Matthew has experience of general corporate and commercial transactions.

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Recent Experience

  • Advising a syndicate of international banks on a £400m facility made available to a FTSE 100 investment company
  • Advising a major UK lender on committed, underwritten facilities made available to acquire a landmark London building
  • Advising a global music streaming business on its new high yield financing
  • Advising a private equity fund on its €8 billion acquisition of a portfolio of non-performing loans secured against assets located across Europe


  • English


1995 – Bachelor of Law, London School of Economics and Political Science


1998 – Solicitor, England & Wales

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