Mr Matthew R. Hays > Dechert LLP > Chicago, United States > Lawyer Profile

Dechert LLP
35 West Wacker Drive
Suite 3400
CHICAGO, IL 60601-1608
United States
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Work Department

Finance & Real Estate


Matthew R. Hays leads Dechert’s asset-backed securitization team. Mr. Hays has considerable experience with matters across a broad range of asset classes relating to structured finance transactions, warehouse facilities, asset sale transactions, as well as public and private securitization transactions. He represents clients in numerous industries such as automotive finance, banking, technology and manufacturing. 

Mr. Hays regularly provides insight on FinTech and marketplace lending at conferences around the country, including the ABS East Conference, SFIG Conference, and Lend360 Conference. Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Hays was a corporate partner at a large global law firm.


Structured Finance Industry Group; Co-Chair, Enforcement Committee of the SFIG; Marketplace Lending Committee; American Bar Association; Presenter, Federal Bar Association and District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Credit Abuse and Resistance Education Program (pro bono)


Boston College, B.S., 2005, magna cum laude, Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society, Omicron Delta Epsilon Economics Honor Society; University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 2008, Notre Dame Law Review Production Editor, John Bruce Dodds Memorial Fellowship, cum laude

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Fintech

Dechert LLP is particularly active in the online investment and lending segments, and is also particularly strong in cryptocurrencies and blockchain, an area where Silicon Valley partner Timothy Spangler has developed a solid reputation. Other key partners include Chicago’s Matthew Hays, who handles related structured finance and securitizations, and Washington DC’s Susan Grafton and San Francisco’s Mark Perlow, names to note for online investment advisers and marketplace lenders. Timothy Blank in Boston co-heads the firm’s privacy and cybersecurity practice, which was boosted by the arrival of Washington DC-based Karen Neuman from Goodwin in October 2020.