Matthew K. Kerfoot

Matthew Kerfoot Dechert private funds lawyer New York

Matthew K. Kerfoot


New York | Three Bryant Park, 1095 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, United States of America 10036-6797
+1 212 641 5694 | +1 212 698 3599


Recognized by Chambers as an “outstanding” corporate lawyer, Matthew K. Kerfoot is a partner in Dechert’s global finance practice. Mr. Kerfoot focuses his practice on fund finance, synthetic finance and other complex financial transactions and structured products. 

Mr. Kerfoot advises both lenders and borrowers on subscription facilities, NAV facilities, hybrids, private equity LP financing platforms, SPV/ABL facilities, structured repurchase agreements, TRS financings and other types of fund finance and structured transactions. Mr. Kerfoot has advised Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, UBS, Barclays, Credit Suisse, Apollo, Ares, StepStone and GSO, among other global financial institutions. 

Chambers adds that Mr. Kerfoot is “endlessly creative and thoughtful on all sorts of complex issues.” Legal 500 has recognized Mr. Kerfoot’s representation of leading banks as part of his fund finance practice, and lauded him as “a dynamic talent.” 

Mr. Kerfoot is also the Chair of PLI’s Fund Finance Conference. He has written numerous articles on fund finance and investment leverage and is a contributing author to Fund Finance, Third Edition, published by Global Legal Group. Mr. Kerfoot is often cited as an authority on finance and related matters in the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Bloomberg and various other publications.

Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Kerfoot was a senior banker at HSBC, where he structured and marketed committed and uncommitted financing solutions to investment manager clients.

  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 1994, summa cum laude
  • New York University School of Law, J.D., 1999, Articles Editor of the Annual Survey of American Law (1998-1999)
  • New York
Speaking Engagements
  • Fund Finance: NAV Facilities in the Current Market Dechert LLP, Webinar (April 22, 2020)
  • ABCs of Fund Finance Webinar: Subscription Lines, NAV Facilities and Asset-Based Loans — Dechert LLP, Webinar (September 10, 2019)
  • Private Credit Finance Overview — Presented to Nomura Securities, New York, NY (December 7, 2018) 
  • Advanced Swaps & Other Derivatives 2018 — Presented by the Practising Law Institute, New York, NY (October 24, 2018)
  • Fund Finance: Terms and Structures — Presented by the Practising Law Institute, New York, NY (October 3, 2018) 
  • Introduction to Fund Finance — Presented by the Hedge Fund Law Report, New York, NY (May 22, 2018) 
  • Hedge Funds Nuts & Bolts: An Overview of Subscription Credit Facilities — Dechert LLP, Webinar (May 9, 2018)
  • Advanced Swaps & Other Derivatives 2017 — Presented by the Practising Law Institute, New York, NY (October 24, 2017)
  • ABCs of Fund Finance: Subscription Lines and Asset-based Facilities — Dechert LLP, Webinar (October 17, 2017)
  • Fund Finance – New Developments in Terms and Structures — Dechert LLP, New York, NY (May 17, 2017)
  • Hedge Funds Nuts & Bolts: Prime Brokerage and Financing Arrangements — Dechert LLP, Webinar (March 8, 2017)
  • Hedge Funds Nuts & Bolts: Direct Lending Funds — Dechert LLP, Webinar (October 19, 2016)
  • Hedge Funds in 2016 - Evolving Trends and Structures Webinar — Dechert LLP, Webinar (June 29, 2016)
  • Developments in Global Commodities and Derivatives Regulation — Dechert LLP, Philadelphia, PA (March 30, 2016)
  • Financings for Investment Funds — Dechert LLP, Webinar (December 17, 2015)
  • Advanced Swaps & Other Derivatives 2015 — Presented by the Practising Law Institute, New York (October 21, 2015)
  • Forum 2015 — Presented by the Managed Funds Association, Chicago (June 24, 2015)
  • Hot Topics in Derivatives Regulation: Issues for the Buy Side — Investment Adviser Association and Dechert LLP, Webinar (June 3, 2015)
  • Alternative Financing for BDCs and Closed-end Funds — Dechert LLP, Webinar (May 19, 2015)
  • Liquid Alts: The Next Conversation — Presented by Pershing Prime Services, New York, NY (December 3, 2014)
  • Mainstreaming Alternatives – The Growth of the 1940 Act Space — Fall 2014 ETP Trading & Investing Forum, New York, NY (November 19, 2014)
  • Regulation of Swap Market Participants — Practising Law Institute's Advanced Swaps & Other Derivatives 2014, New York, NY (October 17, 2014)
  • Using Derivatives & Leverage in '40 Act Funds — Liquid Alternatives Strategies East, New York, NY (October 6, 2014)
  • MFA Funds of Funds Forum — Managed Funds Association, New York, NY (June 3, 2014)
  • The Alternative Mutual Fund Revolution: Insights from the Market Leaders — Managed Funds Association's Network 2014, Miami, FL (January 27, 2014)
  • Living with the Volcker Rule: Proprietary Trading — Dechert LLP, Webinar (January 23, 2014)
  • HedgeWorld West — Presented by Reuters HedgeWorld, Half Moon Bay, CA (October 7, 2013)
  • Riding the Wave of Convergence — Presented by Pershing Prime Services, New York, NY (September 23, 2013)
  • U.S. Derivatives Regulation: Current Issues for Asian Managers — Dechert LLP, Hong Kong (September 10, 2013)
  • Liquid Alternatives: Raising Assets Through Registered Funds — Co-hosted by Dechert LLP and Deutsche Bank AG, New York, NY (April 24, 2013)
  • From the Buy-Side: The ABC’s of Negotiating Cleared Derivatives Agreements — Dechert LLP, Webinar (April 11, 2013)
  • Offering Alternative Strategies and Alternative Asset Classes to Retail Investors — Investment Company Institute’s 2013 Mutual Funds and Investment Management Conference, Palm Desert, CA (March 19, 2013)
  • Regulation of Derivatives and Revisiting Dodd-Frank — PLI's Securities Products of Insurance Companies in the Course of Regulatory Reform 2013, New York, NY (January 23, 2013)
  • Washington Regulatory Review — American Council of Life Insurers Annual Conference, Washington, D.C. (October 21, 2012)
  • Fundamentals of CFTC Registration: What Asian Fund Managers Need to Know — Dechert LLP, Hong Kong (August 22, 2012)
  • Product Development Opportunities in the Commodity and Alternative Fund Space — Dechert LLP, Webinar (July 25, 2012)
  • Euro Crisis Webinar Series: Hedge Fund and Trading Considerations: Risks and Mitigants — Dechert LLP, Webinar (June 28, 2012)
  • Fundamentals of CFTC Registration and Compliance: What Private Fund Managers Need to Know — Dechert LLP, Webinar (June 20, 2012)
  • Regulatory/Dodd Frank/NAIC Update — American Council of Life Insurers Senior Investment Managers Seminar, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (November 6, 2011)
  • US Investment Advisors Registration, Dodd-Frank and Volcker Rule — BVI Bundesverband Investment and Asset Management e.V. Program, Frankfurt (October 6, 2011)
  • Dodd Frank Act & What it Means to the Life Insurance Industry — ACLI Compliance & Legal Sections Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX (July 11, 2011)
  • Shareholder Opportunism in a World of Risky Debt — Inaugural Fordham Law Global Finance Symposium: The New World of Derivative Regulation, London (June 10, 2011)
  • Reshaping the Regulatory Landscape: Issues for the Fund Industry — Investment Company Institute Securities Law Developments Conference, Washington, DC (December 14, 2010)
  • Dodd-Frank: The Regulatory Reset of Derivatives Regulation — Dechert LLP, Webinar (July 22, 2010)