Matthew D. Cipolla is a partner in the firm’s Investigations, Compliance and Defense Practice and a member of its Monitorship Practice. He specializes in high-profile investigations, monitorships and compliance counseling, representing corporations and individuals across a broad spectrum of financial crimes, including bribery and corruption, financial and trade sanctions, exchange rate rigging, and mortgage and bank fraud. He has extensive experience managing complex cross-border investigations in Asia, Europe and the Americas, navigating an array of due process and data protection laws and regulations applying to such work. He also conducts compliance risk assessments and counsels clients on improving their compliance framework and organizational culture. In 2020, Mr. Cipolla was recognized as a ‘Top 40 Under 40’ leading global investigations specialist by Global Investigations Review. In 2016, Mr. Cipolla was recognized by the New York Law Journal as a ‘Rising Star’ and by the National LGBT Bar Association as one of the ‘Best 40 Under 40’ in the country.
Representative matters include:
- Leading the investigative team of the monitorship of Credit Suisse AG following the bank’s $715 million settlement with the New York Department of Financial Services, part of a broader $2.6 billion settlement that involved the US Department of Justice and federal regulators.
- Conducting an investigation and producing an internal report to the board of directors for General Motors Company with regard to events leading up to certain recalls stemming from faulty ignition switches, as well as representing the company in a related investigation by the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, culminating in the resolution of the matter through a deferred prosecution agreement.
- Representing the New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation in its investigation of the decision to close access lanes to the George Washington Bridge, and other matters (generally referred to as “Bridgegate”).
- Representing individuals in connection with domestic and international criminal and regulatory investigations into the setting of foreign exchange rates.
- Representing executives of a global financial institution in connection with sanctions investigations by banking regulators, the Department of Justice, the New York Attorney General’s Office and the New York County District Attorney’s Office.
- Defending a global financial institution in a number of financial crisis regulatory inquiries and civil securities class actions.
- Conducting an internal investigation of a mortgage lender in connection with a Department of Justice fraud investigation.
- Conducting an internal investigation of a manufacturer regarding compliance with import/export and consumer protection laws.
Mr. Cipolla maintains an active pro bono practice, which has included representing individual criminal defendants in federal and state court, including vacating a conviction on appeal in the Second Circuit for prosecutorial misconduct, obtaining a below-Guidelines sentence for a criminal defendant in the Eastern District of New York and the dismissal of all charges for an individual criminally indicted by the New York County District Attorney’s Office. In 2014, he was awarded the Albert E. Jenner pro bono award for his outstanding commitment to pro bono work, and in 2010, he was recognized with a Safe Haven Award from Immigration Equality for his representation of LGBT asylum applicants.
Mr. Cipolla is a member of the firm’s Hiring Committee and Paralegal Committee.