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Cara O'Hagan

Firm: Matheson
Country: Ireland

Practice Area: Commercial Property

  • 70 Sir John Rogerson's Quay
    Dublin 2
Cara O’Hagan is Head of the Commercial Property Department at Matheson. She has over 15 years' experience in commercial real estate matters, including: large scale acquisitions and disposals; portfolio acquisitions (assets and loans); commercial landlord and tenant matters (retail, office and industrial leases); real estate investment structuring including tax-driven, private healthcare, enterprise area / urban renewal, co-ownership, joint venture and other syndicated transactions, forward sales, sale and leaseback and rent sharing lease arrangements.

Cara has advised a number of Irish and non-Irish institutional, private equity and alternative fund investors on the acquisition of real estate assets and real estate backed loans in Ireland. She also has significant experience in leasing and acquiring high profile, high value assets from bank appointed Receivers and from vendors and landlords whose borrowings have transferred to the National Asset Management Agency.

Cara also has a wide international client base. She and her team deliver the Irish legal requirements for the EMEA and global real estate divisions of many of our international clients, and they are fast becoming the ‘go to’ real estate team of businesses in the technology, pharmaceutical and gaming industries coming into the Irish market. They have advised several new entrants to Ireland on the acquisition of their office headquarters here.

Cara advises a number of multinational companies in the technology sector in respect of both their office and technical space requirements, and has substantial experience in the acquisition and development of data centres.

Cara is a member of the Law Society of Ireland.


Cara has advised:
- on the acquisition and management of regional retail shopping centre for private investor for in excess of €35 million
- private investor in respect of forward purchase of flagship office building in Dublin 8
- on the sale of large development site in Dublin for An Post by public tender for in excess of €100 million
- on the acquisition of site and development of data centre in South County Dublin for multi-national IT company
- an investor consortium on the financing of a €167 million private hospital in South Dublin
- on the leasing in excess of 135,000 square feet of office space to PayPal on behalf of Xerox

Lawyer of the year (Ireland) for Real Estate Law
Best Lawyers Ireland 2018 edition

Cara O’Hagan is named a leading individual.
European Legal 500 2017

Cara O'Hagan is "extrememly knowledgeable, very assured, calm and client focused."
Chambers Europe 2017

Real Estate expert
Euromoney Expert Guide 2017

Cara O'Hagan tops this year's rankings following extensive praise from interviewees: "She is stellar in every interaction, incredibly quick in her turnaround, offering insightful advice.
Chambers Europe 2016

Cara O’Hagan “represented our interests exceptionally well”.
Chambers Europe 2016

Cara O’Hagan is named a leading individual.
European Legal 500 2016

Real Estate expert
2015 Women in Business Law

Cara O’Hagan is named a leading individual.
European Legal 500 2015

Cara O’Hagan has a "safe pair of hands".
European Legal 500 2015

Real Estate expert
Who's Who Legal 100 2014

Real Estate expert
2014 Women in Business Law

Cara O’Hagan "is very easy-going and easy to deal with; her advice is timely, very commercial and concise".
Chambers Europe 2014

Cara O’Hagan is "technically very strong".
European Legal 500 2014

Department head Cara O'Hagan "is attuned to our business needs and extremely efficient".
Chambers Europe 2013

Cara is also recognised as a leading lawyer by international legal directory European Legal 500 and Best Lawyers.

- Law Society of Ireland (Diploma in Property Tax)
- Trinity College, Dublin (LLB)

- Commercial Property
- Retail and Leisure
- Telecommunications

Matheson is a recommended firm in the following areas:

Commercial Property - Ireland

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