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Matt Hanson represents companies and individuals in government investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Justice, Congress, and other federal and state regulators. He spends much of his time on investigations involving financial services and FinTech issues, along with related matters. In addition to ongoing investigations, Matt also counsels clients on related disclosure and regulatory issues and helps conduct internal investigations to assess potential liability before the government becomes involved.

Matt has particular experience in matters involving federal securities laws, digital assets, and the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (“FIRREA”), and large-scale congressional investigations. Matt’s clients have included public companies, broker-dealers, investment advisers, financial institutions, and firms operating in the digital asset / cryptocurrency space, as well as corporate officers and other individuals.

Matt is a partner in King & Spalding’s Special Matters and Investigations practice and co-leader of the firm's global FinTech, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency practice. Before becoming a lawyer, Matt worked as a news reporter covering municipal bonds, structured finance, and other financial markets.

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Credentials

J.D., University of Virginia School of Law

B.A. Journalism, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, honors

District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Virginia

American Bar Association

Matters

Digital asset fund manager in connection with an SEC enforcement inquiry and as a witness in a separate SEC investigation.

Global technology company before the House Committee on the Judiciary in an investigation of competition issues relating to "Big Tech."

Publicly traded company in an SEC investigation of possible accounting fraud.

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Digital asset fund manager in connection with an SEC enforcement inquiry and as a witness in a separate SEC investigation.

Global technology company before the House Committee on the Judiciary in an investigation of competition issues relating to "Big Tech."

Publicly traded company in an SEC investigation of possible accounting fraud.

Financial services firms in government inquiries arising out of large-scale cybersecurity incidents, including before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, and the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Multiple blockchain-related start-up companies in connection with SEC document and information requests.

Multiple individuals before the SEC and DOJ in connection with a wide range of issues including investigative testimony, post-merger insider trading questions, revolving-door ethics rules, and third-party witness testimony in SEC litigation.

Turnkey asset management platform in multiple SEC investigations of leveraged ETF trades and separate allegations by former employees.

Multinational financial institution in a Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force investigation relating to residential mortgage-backed securities disclosures.

Conducted an internal investigation for a foreign, state-owned energy company regarding compliance with foreign anti-bribery laws.

Insights

Article · Source: The Journal of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence & Law

January 1, 2022
Decentralized Finance—Risks, Regulation, and the Road Ahead

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Matters

Digital asset fund manager in connection with an SEC enforcement inquiry and as a witness in a separate SEC investigation.

Global technology company before the House Committee on the Judiciary in an investigation of competition issues relating to "Big Tech."

Publicly traded company in an SEC investigation of possible accounting fraud.

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Matters

Digital asset fund manager in connection with an SEC enforcement inquiry and as a witness in a separate SEC investigation.

Global technology company before the House Committee on the Judiciary in an investigation of competition issues relating to "Big Tech."

Publicly traded company in an SEC investigation of possible accounting fraud.

Financial services firms in government inquiries arising out of large-scale cybersecurity incidents, including before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, and the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Multiple blockchain-related start-up companies in connection with SEC document and information requests.

Multiple individuals before the SEC and DOJ in connection with a wide range of issues including investigative testimony, post-merger insider trading questions, revolving-door ethics rules, and third-party witness testimony in SEC litigation.

Turnkey asset management platform in multiple SEC investigations of leveraged ETF trades and separate allegations by former employees.

Multinational financial institution in a Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force investigation relating to residential mortgage-backed securities disclosures.

Conducted an internal investigation for a foreign, state-owned energy company regarding compliance with foreign anti-bribery laws.

Insights

Article · Source: The Journal of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence & Law

January 1, 2022
Decentralized Finance—Risks, Regulation, and the Road Ahead

View all

Credentials

J.D., University of Virginia School of Law

B.A. Journalism, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, honors

District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Virginia

American Bar Association