Matthew A. Magidson Partner and Chair, Derivatives and Structured Products

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Matthew Magidson discusses trading in General Motors Co.'s credit-default swaps during a segment of Bloomberg Television's "Bottom Line."

Matt is a trusted advisor whose practice focuses on derivatives and structured products. As a dealer, an investment manager, and outside counsel, he has considered derivatives and their markets from virtually every angle. While his current practice focuses mostly on the buy side, working with hedge funds and their investment managers, Matt also has an informed understanding of the sell side. He is fluent in the dealers’ language and executes trading agreements quickly and efficiently.

Clients routinely turn to Matt to negotiate the complex agreements and credit facilities at the heart of critical transactions. In addition, Matt advises derivatives clients on regulatory compliance, most notably Dodd-Frank, and on the uncertainties facing the industry regarding further regulation.

Matt has represented a leading hedge fund manager with more than $10 billion in managed assets in the acquisition of the legacy correlation credit book of the Corporate and Investment Banking arm of one of Europe’s largest banks. He also handled the trading agreements for all of the manager’s fund launches. Currently representing one of the world’s top fund managers, with over $25 billion in assets under management (AUM) in its derivatives trading activities, Matt works with several multi-strategy fund managers with over $1 billion in AUM in the negotiation of ISDA Master Agreements, Prime Brokerage Agreements, and related trading documents.

Representative Engagements

Represented a leading hedge fund manager, with over $10 billion in assets under management, in the acquisition of the legacy correlation credit book of the Corporate and Investment Banking arm of one of Europe’s largest banks, and in the trading agreements for all of the manager’s fund launches.
Represents several multi-strategy fund managers, with over $1 billion AUM in the negotiation of ISDA Master Agreements, Prime Brokerage Agreements and related trading documents.
Represents one of the world’s top fund managers, with over $25 billion in AUM in its derivatives trading activities.
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Speaking Engagements

  • Moderator, “Reform and Regulation of Derivative Transactions,” 2nd National Advanced Summit, American Conference Institute, Washington, DC January 14, 2014 
     
  • Moderator, HFM US COO Summit, "OTC/Derivatives Clearing is Here, But Where is It Going Next?", June 25, 2013, White Plains, NY
     
  • Panelist, Lowenstein Sandler Client Breakfast Seminar, "OTC Derivatives:  Clearing, Trading, and Collateral Management", June 19, 2013, New York City 
     
  • Presenter, OPG Group Meeting, "Regulatory Developments in the Area of OTC Derivatives", April 9, 2013, New York City
     
  • Panelist, Lowenstein Sandler and ACA Annual CCO Roundtable, "OTC Derivatives:  Clearing and Trading Compliance Update", March 20, 2013, New York City

Publications

Year-End Developments and Compliance Checklist
Investment Management Client Alert, January 2016
Scott Moss, Matthew Magidson, Andrew Graw, Brian Silikovitz, Karen R. Abraham, George Danenhauer, Darren Goodman, Lesley Adamo
Year-End Developments and Compliance Checklists
Investment Management Client Alert, January 22, 2015
Scott Moss, George Danenhauer, Andrew Graw, Matthew Magidson, Brian Silikovitz, Jonathan Wishnia, Lesley Adamo
A Practical Guide to the Implications of Derivatives Reforms for Hedge Fund Managers
The HedgeFund Law Report, July 25, 2013
Matthew Magidson
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Press Mentions

Matthew Magidson comments on the use of internally-derived values for positions in light of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. seeking to collect $3.2 billion on derivatives through 2015. , The Wall Street Journal , July 24, 2013
In BNA Securities Regulation & Law ReportMatthew Magidson comments on the positive impact of the CFTC and European Commission’s agreement on substituted compliance ‘path forward’. , BNA Securities Regulation & Law Report , July 15, 2013
Matthew Magidson comments in a Law360 article on the implications of the CFTC's derivatives plans for non-U.S. companies. , Law360 , July 12, 2013
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Related Areas

Corporate
Derivatives and Structured Products
Global Capital Markets Litigation
Investment Management
Mortgage Banking and Finance

Education


Georgetown University Law Center ( J.D. , 1998 ) , cum laude, editorial staff member, The Tax Lawyer
University of Minnesota ( M.B.A. , 1994 ) , Finance
Washington University ( B.S. , 1993 ) , Business Administration

Bar Admissions


New Jersey
Texas
District of Columbia