Matthew M. McDonagh
Associate | New York
Matthew M. McDonagh

Matthew M. McDonagh focuses his practice on white-collar defense, securities litigation, internal investigations, and compliance counseling. He regularly advises companies, boards, committees, and individuals in criminal and regulatory investigations by the DOJ, SEC, CFTC, State Attorney Generals, and other governmental agencies. 

He has broad experience in matters relating to securities fraud, anti-money laundering, the False Claims Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, insider trading, and antitrust laws. His experience in internal and government investigations and enforcement actions spans a wide range of issues across a broad spectrum of industries, including financial services, healthcare, retail, automotive and private funds. In addition, he also advises multinational companies in assessing and enhancing their regulatory compliance programs.  

In his pro-bono practice, Mr. McDonagh represents individuals in federal criminal cases who cannot afford to pay for a lawyer as part of Dechert’s participation in the Criminal Justice Act Panel of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. McDonagh served as an associate at another global law firm.

  • The Conflicts Committee of Apollo Global Management in conducting an internal review of the relationship between Apollo’s former CEO and Jeffrey Epstein.
  • Wal-Mart’s Audit Committee in an extensive investigation by the SEC and DOJ into the Company’s global FCPA compliance and allegations of corruption.
  • A large multinational company in anticorruption pre-acquisition due diligence and post-acquisition compliance in connection with M&A activities across a range of industries.
  • A large multinational company in connection with on-the-ground FCPA compliance assessments in Kenya, South Africa, Canada, and the UK. 
  • A leading automotive manufacturer in connection with SEC investigations that resulted in the SEC closing the investigations without action.
  • The Independent Monitor of Toyota Motor Corporation in providing advice as part of a deferred prosecution agreement, focusing on guiding the company in the development and implementation of a centralized compliance program.

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

  • The Cryptocurrency Market – Prepare for an Uptick in Enforcement Activity - (October 20, 2021)
  • Dechert Concludes Investigation on Behalf of Apollo Global Management's Board - (March 26, 2021)
  • Play to Win: Judge Overturns FCPA Guilty Verdict - (April 08, 2020)
  • COVID-19 New Realities: Considerations for Conducting an Internal Investigation During the Coronavirus Outbreak - (April 02, 2020)
  • The Evolution of DOJ’s FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy: DOJ’s Attempt To Minimize the Fear of the Unknown – New York Law Journal (January 10, 2020) 
    • Fairfield University, B.S., Finance, 2011, cum laude
    • Hofstra University School of Law, J.D., 2014, Associate Editor, Hofstra Law Review
    • New York
    • New Jersey
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York