Overview

Matthew Bisanz is a senior associate in Mayer Brown’s Financial Services Regulatory & Enforcement practice. He counsels domestic and global financial services firms on a variety of regulatory and compliance matters, transactions, and investigations.

Regulatory and Compliance: Matt advises financial institutions on core bank regulatory issues and adjacent subject matter domains. Matt is knowledgeable in all major aspects of the operations of an insured depository institution, its affiliates, and its partners—including chartering, acquisition, and permissibility analyses; risk management, governance, and compliance requirements; and insolvency and resolution issues. He also advises clients on Dodd-Frank Act compliance issues, including the Volcker Rule, capital and liquidity requirements and stress testing, Reg YY enhanced prudential standards, and Title VII compliance. Further, his practice extends to the other regulatory and risk management needs of the firm’s clients through counseling on regulatory inventories and change management, cybersecurity and data privacy concerns, and anti-money laundering compliance. Matt currently serves as the vice-chair of the American Bar Association’s subcommittee on banking legislation and regulation.

Transactional: Matt counsels financial institutions on regulatory developments affecting complex financial instruments and significant cross-border transactions. Matt works extensively with Mayer Brown’s deal teams to provide comprehensive advice for innovative and strategic transactions, including with respect to capital and liquidity relief, derivatives/hedge compliance, and foreign direct investment reporting. His transactional work also includes identification and preparation of required regulatory filings, development of supporting legal opinions and memoranda, third-party risk management, and review of disclosures and required terms (e.g., QFC stay rule). Matt’s broad-based regulatory and accounting background allows him to see where transactions may create issues with an institution’s enterprise-wide risk management and compliance frameworks and identify efficient paths to resolution.

Investigations: Matt is experienced with sensitive internal investigations and compliance negotiations involving financial services firms. He has led investigations of swap reporting issues, Volcker Rule compliance, and futures trading, and served as the primary representative in negotiations with the US Bureau of Economic Analysis. Matt previously served as the chair of the American Bar Association’s subcommittee on bank enforcement and troubled institutions.

Prior to joining the Washington DC office of Mayer Brown in 2013, Matt worked at the SEC, CFTC, DOJ, and FDIC in various regulatory and investigative roles and at a Big Four accounting firm in New York. He also is a certified public accountant and teaches accounting at the University of Maryland Global Campus.

Highlights
Securities Investigations: Internal, Civil and Criminal

Experience

Bank Regulatory

  • Counseled non-US banks on entry into the US market and restructuring of US operations to maximize regulatory and cost efficiency.
  • Advised clients on governance structures relating to implementation of the Federal Reserve’s Regulation YY and the OCC’s Heightened Standards and revised Comptroller’s Handbook.
  • Guided US and non-US banks in complying with the Federal Reserve’s capital and liquidity stress testing and reporting regimes, including by structuring transactions to minimize capital charges.
  • Assisted financial institutions in drafting and filing Change in Bank Control Act and trust powers regulatory filings.
  • Provided financial institutions with advice and opinions regarding clearinghouse membership issues, default fund contributions, and insolvency protections.
  • Drafted banking and commodities-related disclosures in US securities filings and similar documentation for US and non-US reporting companies.

Derivatives and Commodities Regulatory

  • Analyzed entity and product/instrument status questions relating to Title VII implementing regulations for dealers and non-dealer counterparties.
  • Assisted a trade association in drafting and submitting a comment letter for the CFTC’s proposed swap dealer capital rule.
  • Counseled non-US brokers and traders regarding compliance with CFTC’s ownership and control reporting rules and analogous SRO rules.

Financial Cybersecurity and Data Privacy

  • Advised banks, insurers, and mortgage lenders with respect to the implementation of the New York Department of Financial Services’ cybersecurity regulations;
  • Managed cybersecurity gap assessments for a large US insurer, the US operations of a large non-US bank, and multi-state mortgage lender.
  • Provided non-US banks and insurers with multi-state advice on customer privacy and data safeguarding obligations.

Education

Georgetown University, LLM, with distinction

Georgetown University, JD
Operations Projects Editor, Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics

New York University
Advanced Graduate Certificate

University of Maryland Global Campus
Graduate Certificate

Hofstra University, MBA, with distinction
Beta Alpha Psi; Alumni Submission Editor, Hofstra Journal of International Business & Law

Hofstra University, BBA, magna cum laude
Beta Gamma Sigma

Hofstra University, BA, magna cum laude
Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New Jersey
  • New York

Activities

  • Member, Banking Law Committee, American Bar Association       
  • Vice Chair, Legislation and Regulation Subcommittee, Banking Law Committee
  • Member, Exchequer Club
  • Member, 2021 Banking Editorial Advisory Board, Law360
  • Adjunct Associate Professor of Accounting, University of Maryland Global Campus
  • Certified Public Accountant, New York State Board for Public Accountancy
  • Certified Public Accountant, District of Columbia Board of Accountancy