Who We Are

JOHN MATTHEWS

MANAGING PARTNER

Founded Carrig Partners in 2018.  He was previously a Senior Vice President at global private equity investor Finstar Financial Group, which he joined in 2016.  From 2007-2015 he was formerly a Managing Director in the Global Markets division, Institutional Client Group at Deutsche Bank AG where he was also Head of Key Clients UK (2011-2014).  Having started his financial career in 1993, John previously worked at ABN AMRO Bank NV and Close Brothers Group.  From 2016-2019 he was a Board Member of Mash Group, a leading European consumer lender where he sat on the Audit, Remuneration & Finance Committees.  John holds a M.Sc. degree from Royal Holloway College, University of London, and a B.Sc. degree from University College Dublin.

LEON BATCHELOR

PARTNER

Co-founded Carrig Partners in 2018 and leads our Commercial Real Estate Financing and Equity-Raising activities, including managing relationships with sophisticated Professional investors such as UHNWIs, Single- &  Multi-Family Offices and Institutions to meet the Joint Venture Equity requirements of a select group of UK real estate developers.

He was previously a Founder and Managing Director at boutique debt advisory firm Arc & Co. where from 2009 he originated, structured and closed numerous business jet and superyacht financings for Ultra High Net Worth Individuals and Private Family Offices globally. Leon has unrivalled sector expertise and long-standing relationships with all the major participants in these markets including manufacturers, specialist law & accounting firms and finance providers. Leon started his career at Touchbase Communications and has also worked at Avaya and Cisco Systems.  He is a Business Economics & Finance graduate of Loughborough University.

SIMON OSBORNE

PARTNER

Simon joined Carrig Partners in June 2022 as a Partner to expand our Commercial Real Estate Financing business.  He has over two decades of experience in Real Estate Principal Investing & Lending, Capital & Financial Advisory, Valuation and Operating activities across the UK, Europe and the Middle East.   Simon was previously Director of Capital Advisory with Blackbear Capital and prior to that was a Senior Associate with principal lender Fortwell Capital.  A graduate of Nottingham Trent University, Simon began his career in Central Europe and London with Cushman & Wakefield before joining Deutsche Bank’s European CRE team.  His Middle East experience was with two private equity real estate investors, Arady Capital in Abu Dhabi and Union Properties in Dubai.  Simon has originated, underwritten and closed financings across multiple sectors including residential, strategic land, development, commercial, industrial/logistics, PBSA and hotels.

DAIRE DOWLING

PARTNER

Daire joined the firm in November 2022 as a Partner & Head of Private Finance to lead and develop our UHNWI Private Client mortgage financing activities. Daire has over two decades of experience in Prime & Super-Prime mortgage lending for Family Offices, UHNWI Private Clients and Professional Investors across the UK, the US and Europe. Daire previously worked with specialist debt advisory firms such as Fulcrum Private Clients, Arc & Co., Savills Private Finance and Alexander Hall in both client-facing and management roles. He has originated, structured and closed numerous financings including acquisition, development, construction and cash-out refinancing for Prime residential property worldwide as well as other strategic Family Office assets such as jets, yachts, art and single-stock holdings.