Overview

Matthew Bisanz is a Financial Services Regulatory & Enforcement associate in Mayer Brown's Washington DC office. He counsels US and non-US financial services firms on a variety of regulatory, compliance, enforcement, and transactional matters.

Regulatory: Matt advises financial institutions on banking and derivatives regulations, insolvency and resolution issues, cybersecurity and data privacy concerns, and financial technology. He also advises on Dodd-Frank Act compliance issues, including Title VII requirements, the Volcker Rule, stress testing, and Reg YY enhanced prudential standards, and Basel III capital and liquidity requirements.

Enforcement: Matt also has experience with sensitive internal investigations and similar matters involving financial services firms (e.g., DOJ/IRS FATCA investigations, OFAC sanctions appeals and compliance, and FinCEN BSA/AML compliance).

Transactional: Matt also advises financial institutions on legislative and regulatory developments regarding complex financial instruments and transactions that are of significance to the financial services industry. In addition, he addresses regulatory status questions for US and non-US financial institutions effecting transactions in, and providing advice with respect to, securities and derivatives.

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.

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

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

Memberships

  • Adjunct Associate Professor of Accounting, University of Maryland University College
  • Certified Public Accountant, New York State Board for Public Accountancy
  • Certified Public Accountant, District of Columbia Board of Accountancy
  • Chair, Enforcement, Insider Liability, and Troubled Banks Subcommittee, American Bar Association
  • Member, Banking Law Committee, American Bar Association  
  • Member, Governance Committee, Wikimedia District of Columbia