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Matthew T. Simpson

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Education

  • American University (MA, International Affairs)
  • American University (JD, cum laude)
  • Hobart College (BA, cum laude, highest honors)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Court of International Trade

Languages

  • French

Matt focuses his corporate transactional practice on helping domestic and international companies solve the increasingly complex and sophisticated challenges of acquisitions, financings, and governance matters. 

Leveraging his unique background as an international negotiator, Matt serves as a trusted counselor and advisor to his clients, working with them to structure, execute and implement various transactional arrangements, including debt and equity financings, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial arrangements.

Some of Matt’s more recent representative matters include representing:

  • A global financial services firm in the acquisition of the assets of a financial services provider.
  • A leading investment advisory/broker dealer firm in the strategic acquisition of a rival’s advisors and other assets.
  • A middle-market private equity fund in the acquisition of a consumer products portfolio company.
  • A national wholesale grocery company on the acquisition of a grocery distribution company’s assets.
  • A wastewater treatment company on an innovative project financing structure.
  • A solar distributor on the sale of its EPC business and the development industry-leading debt financing arrangements.
  • A solar developer in the debt and equity financings of various solar projects.
  • A venture-backed technology company on the sale of its assets to a strategic investor.
  • An early-stage technology company on the merger of its assets and management team with a foreign rival.

Prior to joining Mintz Levin, Matt worked at a law firm in New York advising public and private companies in various mergers and acquisitions, including cross-border transactions, leverage buy-outs, management buy-outs, and takeovers. Additionally, Matt served as a summer associate and then an associate with the Washington, DC office of another New York-based law firm, where he advised sovereign governments, public and private companies, and industry associations on investment disputes, WTO, bilateral, and domestic trade remedy mechanisms as well as corporate clients on transactional compliance with U.S. export control regulations.  Prior to law firm service, Matt ran the sales department of the then-largest college marketing program where he liaised directly with C-level executives and sold $1 million+ marketing programs to Fortune 500 companies.

In addition to his corporate practice, Matt is a recognized international negotiator, having been appointed by the United Nations and African Union as the Principal Legal Advisor to the Darfur Delegation in the 2010 Darfur Peace Negotiations.  Based in Doha, Qatar for two years, Matt was a key member of the Darfur delegation and lead a team of legal and policy advisors on all aspects of the peace negotiations including issues related to power and wealth sharing, the negotiation of a $2 billion development fund, the overhaul of the petroleum and natural resources sectors, and the formation of a regional government for Darfur.

From 2006 to 2011, Matthew was affiliated with the Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG) in Washington, DC where he worked on over a dozen post-conflict legal and policy initiatives including leading the first-ever surrender to the International Criminal Court, amending the Iraqi Constitution, designing war crimes witness protection programs in Uganda, and advising on the establishment of the Republic of South Sudan.

During law school, Matthew was an editor of the American University International Law Review and was the president and co-founder of the International Trade Law Society at American University.

Recognitions & Awards

  • Washington D.C. Super Lawyers: Rising Star (2015 - 2016)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Former Competitive Sailor: North American, National, and Provincial Champion (1993-2000)
  • Former Vice-Chairman, American Bar Association- International Trade Committee
  • Registered Expert, ABA/UNDP International Law Resource Centre
  • Member, International Network to Promote the Rule of Law (INPROL)
  • Member, CANADEM Experts Roster
  • Member, American Society of International Law
  • Former Co-Chair, Hobart and William Smith Colleges Alumni Association, Washington, DC