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Matthew Getz

Partner
London

t: + 44 207 614 0982
f: +44 207 614 0999

mgetz@bsfllp.com
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Areas of Practice

Crisis Management and Government Response

Global Investigations and White Collar Defense


Education

Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., magna cum laude, 2005; Executive Editor, Georgetown Law Journal; Member, Order of the Coif; North American Champion, Space Law Moot Court

Stanford University, A.B., English, 1994


Clerkships

Judicial Intern to President Theodor Meron, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia


Admissions

New York

Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales

Matthew Getz is a partner in the firm's London office. His practice focuses on government and internal investigations, white collar defense, anti-corruption due diligence and regulatory compliance.

Mr. Getz has represented large multinational companies and financial institutions in some of the world’s largest anti-corruption internal investigations. He has represented individuals and corporations under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office, Department of Justice and Financial Reporting Council, and has successfully represented individuals challenging Interpol Red Notices. 

He advises clients on all aspects of their anti-corruption requirements, including investigations, representations before regulators transactional support, assessments of compliance with the FCPA and Bribery Act, and creating and implementing appropriate compliance programmes and procedures.

In addition, he regularly advises multinational clients on EU and UK sanctions and money-laundering regulations, and EU data protection regimes.

Selected representations include:

  • Siemens AG’s Audit Committee in a world-wide investigation into possible corrupt payments to government officials leading to an early settlement with the U.S. and German authorities.
  • Rolls-Royce plc in an internal investigation relating to allegations of corruption in several jurisdictions. 
  • ENRC, a leading natural resources group, in its criminal investigation by the SFO into allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption relating to the activities of the company or its subsidiaries in Kazakhstan and Africa.
  • Ferrostaal AG, a global provider of industrial services in plant construction and engineering, in an extensive internal compliance investigation relating to allegations of corruption and other wrongdoing in several jurisdictions.
  • A Russian company in the criminal investigation and related extradition and Interpol proceedings initiated in Belarus against certain of its managers.
  • The financial director of a UK company, under administration, in investigations into potential accounting irregularities by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC). A successful settlement was reached with the FRC.
  • Numerous clients on compliance issues relating to the UK Bribery Act and international anti-money-laundering and sanctions laws, including reviewing and devising compliance manuals and programmes.
  • Clients in various sectors, including energy and mining, in pre-acquisition due diligence in high-risk countries.

Mr. Getz is regularly asked to speak on corruption, sanctions and money laundering.

Selected Professional Awards and Associations

2016 Distinguished Legal Writing Award

Young Fraud Lawyers Association

Publications

First Reactions to the U.K.'s Second Deferred Prosecution Agreement, The New York Law Journal (click here) (with Matthew Schwartz)

"Brexit: Consequences for Investigations," Boies, Schiller & Flexner (July, 2016)

“Your employees’ private messages: are they now fair game?” Global Investigations Review (January, 2016); 

“Internal Controls of Olympic Proportions: BHP Billiton Settles SEC Investigation of Olympic Hospitality,” Debevoise & Plimpton FCPA Update (May, 2015);

“Important English Bribery and Corruption Cases,” Financial Fraud Law Report (January, 2015);

“Russian Sanctions: Six Things Every GP Should Know,” Private Funds Management (December, 2014);

“Increasing EU Sanctions Set To Challenge Insurers,” Insurance Day (December, 2014);

“2014 Anti-Corruption Survey: UK,” IFLR (June, 2014); 

“Foreign Bribery and Corruption: Sentencing Trends,” Practical Law Company (June, 2013);

“The UK Bribery Act 2010: Implementation and Guidance,” Westlaw Journal of White Collar Crime (May, 2011); 

“Drowned in Advertising Chatter: The Case for Regulating Ad Time on Television,” Georgetown Law Journal (2005).

Related News

Commentary: Here's one way to get rid of the stigma on whistleblowing (09.13.2016)

First Reactions to the U.K.'s Second Deferred Prosecution Agreement (The New York Law Journal)