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Matthew Howard Getz
International Counsel
65 Gresham Street
T: +44 20 7786 5518
F: +44 20 7588 4180
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Areas of Practice
Litigation International Dispute Resolution; International Corporate Investigations and Defence; White Collar and Regulatory Defense; Intellectual Property & Media Litigation

Media & Communications, Technology and Intellectual Property Intellectual Property & Media Litigation

Matthew Getz is a New York and English-qualified International Counsel in the firm’s International Corporate Investigations and Defence Group and International Dispute Resolution Group based in the London office.

Mr. Getz’s practice focuses on internal investigations, in particular regarding compliance with corrupt practices legislation, conducting compliance assessments and creating and implementing appropriate compliance programmes and procedures, as well as complex international arbitration matters. He regularly advises clients in connection with EU and UK sanctions and money-laundering regulations.

Mr. Getz has represented large multinational companies in anti-corruption internal investigations, contractual litigation, intellectual property lawsuits and international arbitration. He has represented both individuals and corporations under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office and has advised numerous clients on compliance with the FCPA and the UK Bribery Act. He has advised an EU agency on construction and adjudication. His pro bono work has included the representation of NGOs and international courts in international criminal law matters.

Mr. Getz joined Debevoise in New York in October 2005, moving to the London office in January 2008. He graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in 1994 and from Georgetown University Law Center with a JD magna cum laude in 2005. Between 2005 and 2006, Mr. Getz worked as a judicial intern for Theodor Meron, the President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. He was admitted to the New York Bar in 2006 and was admitted to practise in England and Wales in 2009.

Mr. Getz has written numerous articles. Recent publications include co-authoring “How to investigate misbehavior in international sports organisations,” Reforming FIFA edited by Mark Pieth (July 2014), “Deferred Prosecution Agreements Enter Into Force In The UK”, Financial Fraud Law Report (April 2014), “UK White Collar Crime Enforcement – Latest Developments 2014”, Practicing Law Institute (February 2014), “Sentencing Guidelines For Corporates: Giving Teeth To The DPA?”, Practical Law Company Magazine (February 2014), “U.K. Sentencing Guidelines For Organizations: Implications For Violators Of The U.K. Anti-Bribery Regime”, FCPA Professor (February 2014); “What Impact Will The UK Sentencing Guideline For Corporate Offenses Have On Doing Business?”, Ethic-Intelligence (February 2014); “Post-Election Zimbabwe and the Current State of Sanctions”, Law360 (September 2013), “Foreign Bribery and Corruption: Sentencing Trends”, Practical Law Company (June 2013), “Privilege and internal investigations”, Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law (April 2013), co-author of Inside the UK’s Latest Bribery-Related Settlement (Law360, November 2012); UK’s Deferred Prosecution Agreements: How Useful Will They Be? (International Financial Law Review, September 2012); UK Banks’ Anti-Bribery Test (International Financial Law Review, May 2012); Lessons Learnt From The First Anti-Bribery Act Case (The Lawyer, November, 2011); The U.K. FSA Reminds Financial Services Firms of Anti-Corruption Compliance Obligations (Westlaw Journal of White Collar Crime, November 2011); Doing Business in the UK Under The Bribery Act (Law360, October 2011); The UK Proceeds of Crime Act and the SFO’s Latest Bribery-Related Settlement (Financial Fraud Law Report, August 2011); and The UK Bribery Act 2010: Implementation and Guidance (Westlaw Journal of White Collar Crime, May 2011). Mr. Getz is the author of Drowned in Advertising Chatter: The Case for Regulating Ad Time on Television, Georgetown Law Journal (2005).

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Bar Admissions
Solicitor, England & Wales
New York

Georgetown University Law Center, 2005, J.D.
Stanford University, 1994, B.A.

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