Matthew Bisanz is a senior 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 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; ongoing 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 cybersecurity and data privacy concerns, regulatory inventories, anti-money laundering compliance, foreign direct investment reporting, and traditional securities and commodity interest issues.
Transactional: Matt counsels financial institutions on legislative and regulatory developments regarding complex financial instruments and cross-border transactions that are of significance to the financial services industry. Matt works extensively with Mayer Brown’s deal teams to provide comprehensive regulatory advice for innovative and strategic transactions. This advice 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 is the chair of the American Bar Association’s subcommittee on Bank Enforcement, Insider Liability, and Troubled Banks.
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.
- 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.
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
- 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
- Chair, Enforcement, Insider Liability, and Troubled Banks Subcommittee, American Bar Association
- Member, Banking Law Committee, American Bar Association