Matthew Birchall

Matthew Birchall

Matthew Birchall
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Matthew Birchall is an associate in Goodwin’s Tax practice. Matthew advises on a wide range of tax matters, with a focus on private investment funds, M&A and real estate tax. Matthew also has particular expertise in transactional risk insurance (both W&I/R&W and specific tax risk insurance).


Matthew’s representative experience includes advising:

  • ICG on a number of its European fundraisings, including its €8.1 billion eighth European Corporate fund
  • Creat-backedTiancheng International
    • on its proposed €1.1 billion sale to Grifols of its indirect majority stake in Biotest, a specialist in innovative hematology and clinical immunology solutions
    • on the disposal of its majority stake in Bio Products Laboratory, a specialist in the development of rare disease products using fractionated blood plasma, to Permira
  • Graphite Capital on its £428 million sale of U-POL, an automotive repair and refinishing products provider, to Axalta Coating Systems
  • GTT Communications, Inc. on its sale of its infrastructure business to I Squared Capital for US$2.15 billion. I Squared Capital is an independent global infrastructure investment management firm focusing on energy, utilities, digital infrastructure, transport and social infrastructure
  • Wavecrest Growth Partners, along with co-investor Abry Partners, on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Pole Star Space Applications, a SaaS provider of regulatory and compliance maritime technology servicing a range of financial institutions, governments and shipping companies
  • Shareholders of Receipt Bank / Dext on its majority sale to Hg Capital
  • Levine Leichtman Capital Partners on its investment in Prime Global Medical Communications Ltd. in partnership with its founder and management team
  • Kymab on its agreement under which Sanofi will acquire Kymab for an upfront payment of approximately $1.1 billion and up to $350 million upon achievement of certain milestones
  • Queens Park Equity on the leveraged acquisition of Sagacity Group, a London-based IT consultancy company
  • Several major W&I insurers in the London market on tax coverage aspects of 50+ W&I policies*

*Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin.




University of Bristol




  • Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales

Recognition & Awards

Matthew has been recognized by Chambers UK as an “Associate to Watch” in the Tax category in 2021, 2022, and 2023. Matthew was described as “an associate with a burgeoning reputation for his work on corporate and real estate tax … He is an exceptional tax lawyer who understands the issues, the risks and the client's requirements … His ability to translate technical tax issues into commercial issues is very good."