Matthew now offers only distinct consultancy services on a referral only basis. This work includes four major elements starting with forming private equity and similar entities; working on transactions for such funds; working on a wide array of cross-border joint ventures involving emerging markets and ending with working on various infrastructure projects in emerging markets which includes a wide range of credit & capital raise real estate based projects.
He has also represented many private companies in making various investments in developments that include financing and restructuring of investments, establishing joint ventures connected to construction, real estate, financial and franchise projects in Africa, central & South America, South Asia and the Middle East regions.
Matthews work with Project99 involves the establishment of banking facilities for clients in jurisdictions such as Singapore, Dubai and Liechtenstein. Clients funds remain under their control at all times whilst also being able to leverage the funds for use in managed buy sell programs. The nature of the funding mechanisms offered require specialist knowledge and understanding of the the sale and purchase of bank debt.
I have been acquainted with Matthew Roddan since 2001 mostly in a personal capacity. However, as a former barrister (1973 - 1979) and retired solicitor (1980 - 2001) - my previous positions having included inter alia the post of Resident Local Partner of Clifford Chance in charge of their United Arab Emirates operation I am also in a position to comment from a lawyer's perspective.
We first met in 2001 in the context of our children being at the same school. My family and his then became friends, and there has been considerable personal contact since then.
On the personal side, the predominant impression he has made is a combination of great humour and charm - he is extremely good company socially - backed by total dependability and moral honesty, and a markedly practical approach.
On the professional front, in my capacity as former head of Clifford Chance's offices in the UAE, I took a close and friendly interest in the business aspect of how he ran his practice in Devon. I was particularly impressed by the way he had, from what on the face of it has the appearance of a medium sized local West Country firm, built up a nationwide niche. He is not a man to wait for business to come to him. He had a much wider and more ambitious idea of what his practice could be than any other provincial adviser I have known or could contemplate having, and he went out and made it happen.
For quite a while I have had the strong impression that he could comfortably fit and fill the role of partner in a major city firm. In fact he is exactly the kind of man I might have expected to see as a colleague in my former Clifford Chance days.
James Whelan - former local partner of Clifford Chance and manager of the merged Dubai and Sharjah offices in 1989. By special consent from HH the Ruler of Dubai, given in recognition of his services to the emirate of Dubai in the field of legal translation, he was granted a personal licence to establish his own law firm in Dubai in 1993. Retired to the UK in 2001.