Matthew Birchall

Matthew Birchall

Matthew Birchall
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Matt Birchall is an associate in Goodwin’s Tax practice, specializing in tax matters relating to private investment funds - in particular, fund structuring and formation, private equity M&A, secondaries, and associated financings (both fund finance and acquisition finance). He advises across a range of asset classes, with a particular focus on private equity, private credit and real estate (including extensive experience advising on UK REITs under private funds).


Matthew’s representative experience includes advising:

  • ICG on a number of its European fundraisings, including its €8.1 billion eighth European Corporate fund
  • Clarion Partners Europe Limited, the real estate investment fund manager specialising in logistics and industrial assets, on the closing of its core-plus, closed-end UK logistics fund
  • Arma Partners, a UK corporate advisory firm specialising in digital finance, on its acquisition by Mediobanca, an Italian bank
  • Accer-KKR on its investment in PayProp, a leading processor of rental payments for the property management industry
  • TowerBrook on its impact investment in TXO, a provider of telecom network hardware and asset management services
  • Creat-backed Tiancheng 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*

*Includes experience prior to joining Goodwin.




University of Bristol




  • England & Wales

Recognition & Awards

Matthew has been recognized by Chambers UK as an “Associate to Watch” in the Tax category since 2021. 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." Clients have commented "Matt is superb technically. He really focuses on the technical detail and is ready to challenge or debate the application of tax law. He’s a future star of the profession."