Matthew R. Hays


Matthew R. Hays


Chicago | 35 West Wacker Drive, Suite 3400, Chicago, IL, United States of America 60601-1608
+1 312 646 5804 | +1 312 646 5858


Matthew R. Hays leads Dechert’s asset-backed securitization team. Mr. Hays has considerable experience with matters across a broad range of asset classes relating to structured finance transactions, warehouse facilities, asset sale transactions, as well as public and private securitization transactions. He represents clients in numerous industries such as automotive finance, banking, technology and manufacturing. 

Mr. Hays regularly provides insight on FinTech and marketplace lending at conferences around the country, including the ABS East Conference, SFIG Conference, and Lend360 Conference. Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Hays was a corporate partner at a large global law firm.  

  • Affirm, Inc., Avant, Inc., Carvana Co., BFS Capital, Inc., Enova International, Inc. and, LLC in connection with bank partnership arrangements; whole loan sale and forward flow programs;144A securitization transactions; and warehouse and term financing facilities.
  • Fund managers in connection with loan purchases and financing facilities related to loans originated on platforms sponsored by Lending Club, SoFi, Freedom Plus, Square, CommonBond, Funding Circle U.S., Funding Circle U.K., Upstart and others.
  • Multiple ABS offerings, whole loan sales, forward flow arrangements and warehouse facilities representing banks and finance companies such as Ally Financial Inc., Ally Bank, CarMax Business Services, LLC, Bank of the West and World Omni Financial Corp., backed by pools of retail auto loans, subprime auto loans, dealer floorplan loans, and vehicle leases.
  • Issuers, sponsors and fund managers in ABS offerings and warehouse facilities involving cellular sites, distributed antenna systems, personal installment loans, and solar panel loans and leases.
  • Sellers in whole loan sales and forward flow arrangements involving charged-off credit card receivables, health care receivables, and point of sale loans.
  • Mortgage originators and sellers in connection with multiple mortgage repurchase facilities.
  • The ad hoc committee of term loan holders for Walter Investment Management Corp. in connection with its Chapter 11 restructuring of US$2.1 billion of indebtedness.
  • S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc. in its €245 million acquisition of Sara Lee Corporation's global shoe care business.
  • The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of in connection with the spin-off of TripAdvisor, Inc.

Includes matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining the firm.

  • Boston College, B.S., 2005, magna cum laude, Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society, Omicron Delta Epsilon Economics Honor Society
  • University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 2008, Notre Dame Law Review Production Editor, John Bruce Dodds Memorial Fellowship, cum laude
  • Illinois
  • Structured Finance Industry Group
  • Co-Chair, Enforcement Committee of the SFIG
  • Marketplace Lending Committee
  • American Bar Association
  • Presenter, Federal Bar Association and District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Credit Abuse and Resistance Education Program (pro bono)
Speaking Engagements
  • TALF Funds - Opportunities for Credit Fund Managers - Dechert LLP, COVID-19 Coronavirus Business Impact Webinar (April 3, 2020)
  • The Current State and Outlook of the US Marketplace Lending Industry - Opal Group's Marketplace Lending & Alternative Financing Summit 2019, Dana Point, CA (December 8, 2019)
  • Alternative/Marketplace Lending - 2019 Los Angeles Investment Management Symposium, Los Angeles, CA (November 21, 2019)
  • Alternative/Marketplace Lending - 2019 San Francisco Investment Management Symposium, San Francisco, CA (November 19, 2019)
  • Digital Securities: Bringing New Asset Types to the Market - ABS East Conference, Miami Beach, FL (September 22, 2019)
  • Securitization in Marketplace Lending - Is the Market Heading for a Slowdown? - LendIt Fintech USA 2019, San Francisco, CA (April 9, 2019)
  • Debt Investor Roundtable - Opal Group's Marketplace Lending & Alternative Financing Summit 2018, Dana Point, CA (November 29, 2018)
  • ABS and Warehouse Facility Documents - 2018 SFIG Legal Forum, New York, NY (June 27, 2018)