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Matthew Matule

Matthew Matule

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About

Matt joins DLA Piper after five years in Amsterdam, where he served as deputy general counsel for disputes, investigations and policy with a Nasdaq-listed global telecommunications provider operating in ten countries across Europe, Asia and Africa. In that role, he led the strategic execution of complex multi-national commercial disputes and international investor-state arbitrations while separately overseeing an internal team with primary responsibility for handling all sensitive FCPA-related investigations per the company's agreements with US authorities and three-year compliance monitorship.

Prior to his in-house counsel role, Matt was a partner at another international law firm, where, for nearly two decades, he represented a broad spectrum of domestic and international clients, including corporations, partnerships, C-suite executives, boards/special committees and individuals in complex commercial disputes, corporate transactions, government investigations and other regulatory matters. During that time, Matt also developed considerable experience outside the courtroom advising corporate boards and senior executives on sanctions, anti-corruption and anti-money laundering programs, as well as providing critical guidance concerning internal and government-facing investigations and regulatory proceedings conducted by the US Department of Justice, the US Securities and Exchange Commission and offices of the US Attorney and state attorneys general.

Matt has contested federal securities law claims from the initial motion to dismiss stage and class certification proceedings through to merits discovery and summary judgment and upon subsequent appellate review. More broadly, his practice has involved helping clients navigate a diverse range of complex direct, derivative and class action litigation in federal and state courts throughout the country. He has led expedited litigations in federal and state courts involving corporate control contests, employee non-disclosures of trade secrets and other confidential information, as well as litigations involving enforcement of covenants not-to-compete and non-solicitation agreements. 

Notably, he has devoted considerable time on a pro bono basis as well, focusing on the protection of prisoners' rights and migrant workers' rights in numerous federal court litigations. He secured a First Circuit reversal on a jurisdictional issue of first impression in Massachusetts, a decision that was highlighted in The National Law Journal's Appellate Hot List 2008 selection.

Bar admissionsMassachusetts

EXPERIENCE

Representative matters include a diverse array of proceedings involving securities and other commercial direct, derivative and class action litigation; arbitrations, including investor-state matters; the False Claims Act; the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; bankruptcy proceedings; corporate financings; copyright; and insurance claims as well as whistleblower and other employment matters. While too numerous to individually mention, the following are reflective of some more notable experiences:

  • LCIA arbitration determination concerning US$180 million post-transaction tax indemnity and consequent enforcement resulting in 100 percent collection
  • Developed litigation support underlying negotiated restructuring of a core transformational vendor agreement, resulting in positive financial payments in excess of US$450 million
  • Actively engaged with the US Commerce Department and also sought direct relief to address the operational ramifications of US sanctions on a Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor
  • Numerous government investigations into pharmaceutical sales and marketing practices
  • Post-transaction litigation arising from disputed provisions of an earn-out arrangement
  • Advised a Dutch telecommunications company, following a successful representation in arbitration proceedings involving post-closing financial statement matters, in litigation arising from the sale of certain North American subsidiaries
  • Assisted a Sweden-based office supply and hobby products company in its defense against an alleged breach of contract and trade secret litigation in federal court
  • In an expedited federal court trial, successfully litigated a question of first impression under Connecticut’s Business Combinations Act arising from a proposed, and successfully closed post-trial, corporate recapitalization
  • Obtained a rare dismissal in an ERISA proceeding on statute of limitations grounds, and affirmance in the Second Circuit of the dismissal, of a multimillion dollar breach of fiduciary duties action
Education
  • J.D., Vermont Law School 1994

    Notes Editor, Vermont Law Review


    magna cum laude
  • B.S., Boston College 1989

Awards

  • "In-house Individual of the Year" honor for Litigation by Legal 500 UK Awards, 2018 
  • "Most Innovative" in-house legal team in Europe, Financial Times, 2018
  • Best team for “Managing Complexity and Scale," Financial Times, 2019 
  • Leading team for “Innovation as Strategic Advisors," Financial Times, 2020

Bylines

  • "Will Halliburton Restore Parity to Securities Litigation?" Law360, December 2013
  • "Supreme Court Rules on Proof of Materiality for Class Certifica­tion," The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, March 2013
  • "Supreme Court on Statute of Limitations for SEC Enforcement Actions," The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, March 2013
  • "1st Thoughts on Supreme Court’s Amgen Ruling," Law360, Febru­ary 2013
  • "Review: Recent Securities Litigation, Rising Trends," Law 360, February 2012
  • "Federal Court Application of Janus Capital Group, Inc. v. First Derivative Traders," BNA’s Securities Regulation & Law Report, December 2011
  • "Understanding Janus Capital v. First Derivative Traders," Westlaw Journal Securities Litigation & Regulation (Volume 17, Issue 13), November 2011
  • "The ‘Maker’ of a Statement Under Section 10(b)," Law360, June 2011
  • "Case Study: Erica P. John Fund v. Halliburton," Law360, June 2011

Media Mentions

Prior Experience

  • Law clerk to the late Honorable Shane Devine, 1994-1996
  • US Senior District Judge, District of New Hampshire 

Civic and Charitable

  • Member, Vermont Law School Board of Trustees, 2008-2016, 
    • Chair of the Investment Committee, with responsibility for oversight of the school’s endowment

Memberships And Affiliations

  • Co-Chair, Corporate Law Committee
  • Boston Bar Association, 2000-2002

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