Matt Martel has more than 20 years of experience representing financial institution clients in a broad range of disputes including securities litigation, litigation arising from mergers and acquisitions, government and self-regulatory organization investigations and enforcement actions, and bankruptcy matters. He works with commercial and investment banks, trustee banks and other custodial institutions, investment advisers, broker-dealers, hedge funds, and other private equity funds. Clients value equally his creative approaches to litigation avoidance and his ability to obtain successful outcomes in high-stakes litigation.
Matt has represented financial institutions in matters involving the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission), CFTC (Commodity Futures Trading Commission), CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau), OCC (Office of the Comptroller of the Currency), Department of the Treasury, Department of Commerce, FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority), and state securities and consumer regulators. He successfully tried a case on behalf of a management buyout group involved in a going private transaction for a financial services firm in which the plaintiffs sought statutory appraisal of their shares. Matt also represented the indenture trustee in favorable outcomes in federal court actions in which equity holders challenged the trustee's foreclosures on aircraft subject to leases with debtor airlines and obtained a multimillion dollar judgment for a client in the electronics contract manufacturing industry following a summary judgment hearing in a bankruptcy court adversary proceeding.
Matt regularly speaks at financial industry events and has written articles on a range of topics, including subprime litigation faced by mortgage lenders in bankruptcy.
The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.
Represented an investment bank in several cases in which it was accused of securities fraud in connection with the issuance of residential mortgage-backed securities.
Represented a financial services provider in successful resolution of a state securities class action arising out of a going private transaction.
Represented a telecommunications services provider in federal derivative actions and a federal securities class action arising out of alleged options backdating, all of which were either dismissed or settled on favorable terms.
Government and Self-Regulatory Organization Investigations and Enforcement
Represented a large mortgage servicer in a civil enforcement action brought by the state attorney general challenging the servicer's foreclosure practices in connection with residential mortgage-backed securitizations.
Represented the trustee of residential mortgage-backed securitizations in several cases challenging use of an electronic mortgage registry by the trustee.
Represented indenture trustee in a bankruptcy adversary proceeding concerning the rights of certain trust-preferred security holders to trigger the redemption of defeasance of the securities.
Second Circuit Holds That Certain Private Student Loans May Be Dischargeable Under Section 523(a)(8)(A)(ii)
- The Catholic University of America (J.D. magna cum laude 1998); College of the Holy Cross (B.A. 1993)
- Massachusetts and U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
- Named a "Massachusetts Rising Star" in the areas of general litigation and securities litigation by Super Lawyers