Roger Matthews


Roger Matthews

Senior Director

London | 160 Queen Victoria Street, London, UK EC4V 4QQ
+44 20 7184 7418 | +44 20 7184 7001

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Roger Matthews is a senior lawyer in the firm’s International Trade, EU and Government Relations practice. He advises on all aspects of international trade regulation with a particular focus on international financial sanctions and trade restrictions, including export controls. He also specialises in EU law and practice, including trade and services regulation, (financial services regulation) and all issues relating to Brexit

Mr. Matthews has extensive international and EU sanctions experience, and currently advises a range of large multinational companies on both ensuring sanctions compliance and on specific strategic and contentious issues. He advises across all sectors, including financial services, energy and natural resources, media and telecommunications and other manufacturers and distributors. He brings a wealth of previous experience on sanctions and trade law and policy, having served as a European Commission policy officer, drafting sanctions regulations, representing the European Commission in Council negotiations on sanctions with EU Member States and engaging with the United Nations. Before that he served in the HM Treasury sanctions unit where he focussed on sanctions licensing and implementation. Through these experiences, he brings both intricate knowledge of the international sanctions framework and an understanding of the regulatory perspective. He is the Lexis Nexis external expert on International Sanctions. 

Mr. Mathews also has significant expertise in EU law and practice. He advises clients on a range of EU law issues, in particular recently issues arising out of Brexit, and more generally issues relating to EU and international trade agreements, the EU financial services regulatory framework, and on EU sanctions and trade restrictions. He advises on both the legal and the practical and procedural aspects of EU law-making, on challenging EU legal acts and engaging with EU institutions. Prior to joining Dechert, and in addition to his time as a policy officer at the European Commission referred to above, Mr. Matthews has served as a legal advisor to the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority, and before that to HM Treasury, in both of which roles he advised on the negotiation (at EU level) and domestic implementation of EU financial services laws, and advised on legal actions in the EU courts.

While at the European Commission, Mr. Matthews also represented the EU in the Kimberley Process, an inter-governmental framework which collaborates with the private diamond industry and civil society to regulate the international trade in rough diamonds.

Prior to his work in these institutions, Mr. Matthews was a corporate, commercial and IP litigation associate at another leading City firm.

Legal 500 UK 2017 comments that Mr. Matthews is ‘extremely clever and knowledgeable’ and has ‘invaluable former government experience’. The 2016 guide of Legal 500 UK also praises Mr. Matthews' 'sound technical understanding of the law’ and 'realistic outlook’.

Mr Matthews is a member of the Law Society’s Money Laundering Task Force, with a particular focus on its work in relation to sanctions.

  • King’s College London, M.A., European Union Law, 2011
  • Oxford University, Lincoln College, B.A. in Law, 1997, scholarship awarded
  • Solicitor, England and Wales