Matthew Reed is Of Counsel at Impresa. Matt assists financial services and technology companies with general corporate, transactional, compliance and regulatory matters. His extensive financial services and regulatory experience includes serving as an executive at the Royal Bank of Canada where he advocated for policies before regulators and the Congress. During his tenure as Chief Counsel at the Department of the Treasury he oversaw all APA rulemakings, contracts and intellectual property licenses, and general legal matters for an independent bureau focused on systemic risk and financial innovation; he was awarded the prestigious Secretary’s Meritorious Service Award for his leadership. As a former Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission Trial Attorney, Matt has handled dozens of matters involving government investigations, contracts, and securities law litigations; he was awarded the SEC Enforcement Director’s Award for his work on the Enron case. While in government Matt also served as counsel to an SEC Commissioner, an Assistant Chief Counsel to the SEC’s Division of Economics and Risk Assessment where he received the Chairman’s Award for Dodd-Frank regulatory implementation and was counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee where he advised Senator Chuck Grassley on, among other laws, the Class Action Fairness Act.

Following the 2008 financial crisis, Matt drove the founding of an international financial utility, the Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation in Basle, Switzerland, and served for three years as the inaugural Chairman of the multi-jurisdictional oversight body for this system that provides unique identification to almost two million companies. Matt graduated with high honors from the George Mason University School of Law and served on the law review. He began his legal career as a law clerk in the Eastern District of Virginia.


  • Juris Doctor: George Mason University
  • Bachelor of Arts: Michigan State University

Practice Areas

  • Admin Law
  • Compliance
  • Litigation
  • Business Transactions
  • Outside GC

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia