MATTHEW SHERIDAN is the managing partner of Sidley’s office in Singapore and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. He is global co-leader of the Capital Markets practice and Asia co-leader of the International Corporate Finance practice. Matt has lived and worked in Asia for over 25 years. He has been recognized as one of the early pioneers of the Asian high-yield debt capital markets, helping adapt a New York law product to Asian markets and regularly works on some of the most complex landmark transactions in the region. Matt excels in helping clients diversify and develop their capital structures.
Matt represents underwriters and issuers, including corporate enterprises, financial institutions, governments and governmental entities, in connection with corporate financings through global offerings of debt and equity securities, as well as mergers and acquisitions, corporate and distressed restructurings, liability management transactions, including tender and exchange offers, and consent solicitations. He advises clients throughout the Asia Pacific region, including Indonesia, mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam. His experience includes transactions involving a broad range of sectors, including real estate, telecommunications, financial institutions, technology, transportation, metals, mining, forest products, consumer products, power, and oil and gas.
Matt has been ranked in the 2021 editions of Chambers Global and Chambers Asia-Pacific for Capital Markets: International in Singapore and Indonesia (Expertise Based Abroad). He was also ranked by Chambers Global in the same category for China (Expertise Based Abroad). Chambers notes that clients praise Matt for his “good experience and good ideas.” The 2020 edition of the Asia-Pacific guide described him as “very pragmatic when it comes to advising issuers and banks, he understands what works and doesn't work. He is also solution-oriented and a great bank counsel in terms of thinking of the risks.” In the 2019 edition of the guide, Matt was described as “a respected capital markets practitioner, who regularly acts on complex debt and equity securities… he comes with a wealth of experience and leadership in numerous high-yield bond issues. His knowledge and advice are invaluable and represents both issuers and underwriters across South-East Asia and is particularly active in Indonesia.” The 2016 edition of the guide praised Matt as “a terrific lawyer who knows the law inside out.”
Matt has also been recognized as a leading lawyer by numerous publications, including The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Asia Business Law Journal, International Financial Law Review’s IFLR 1000, Asia Law & Practice’s Asialaw Leading Lawyers, The Asian Lawyer, PLC Which Lawyer, and Who’s Who Legal – Capital Markets. Matt was recognized in the 2018 and 2019 A-List of Singapore’s Top 100 Lawyers by Asia Business Law Journal. Matt was named a “Real Estate All Star Lawyer” for his representation of real estate clients across a broad range of financing transactions by The Asian Lawyer, a sister publication of The American Lawyer, in 2014.