Matt’s practice focuses on government and internal investigations, white collar defense, anti-corruption due diligence, and regulatory compliance. He 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 UK Serious Fraud Office, U.S. Department of Justice and other regulators and prosecutors, and has successfully represented individuals challenging Interpol Red Notices and extradition.

Matt advises clients on all aspects of their anti-corruption requirements, including investigations, representations before prosecutors and regulators, transactional support, assessments of compliance with the FCPA and Bribery Act, and creating and implementing appropriate compliance programmes and procedures. Matt also regularly advises multinational clients on EU and UK sanctions and money-laundering regulations, EU data protection regimes, cybersecurity and compliance with human rights investigative and reporting requirements.

He is regularly asked to write and speak about these topics in publications and before audiences around the world.

Matt is recognized as a leading financial crime practitioner by Legal 500 and Chambers, with particular reference to his sanctions and anti-corruption expertise, and by Who’s Who Legal as a leading investigative lawyer. In Chambers UK 2021, Matt is described as having “an encyclopedic knowledge, sees the issue in its commercial context and has good, sound judgement.” In Legal 500 UK 2021, Matt is noted to be “a thoughtful, pragmatic and effective advisor who quickly understands the litigation situation and can get past the noise to focus on what matters to the client.”

In December 2017, Matt was selected by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the European Commission as an arbitrator for the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework.

Prior to law school, Matt was a financial journalist writing for leading publications in South Africa and the UK.

Some of Matt’s numerous significant investigations and white collar matters include:

  • Defending a mining company executive in an SFO investigation into bribery in West Africa
  • Advising a mining company in a successful defence of tax fraud by an African state
  • Defending a financial company against accusations of bribery by the Libyan Investment Authority
  • Defending a global bank against accusations that violations of US sanctions led to support for terrorism
  • Representing a financial services company in an SFO investigation into market manipulation
  • Siemens AG’s Audit Committee in a worldwide 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

Connected and Collateral Consequences of Corporate Crime: Can a Corporate Survive a Criminal Conviction?, International Comparative Legal Guide to Business Crime (October 2020)

Money Laundering Compliance and Investigations Across EMEA, Global Investigations Review, June, 2017 (with Elly Brindle)

Collective Action and Securities Law in the UK: Recent and Anticipated Developments and International Trends, Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law, May, 2017 (with Peter Barnett)

First Reactions to the U.K.'s Second Deferred Prosecution Agreement, The New York Law Journal, August 4, 2016 (with Matthew Schwartz)

Brexit: Consequences for Investigations, Boies, Schiller & Flexner, July 5, 2016 (with Natasha Harrison)

“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).

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

Bars

  • New York
  • Solicitor of England & Wales

2016 Distinguished Legal Writing Award

Young Fraud Lawyers Association

  • Hon. Theodor Meron, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, (Judicial Intern)