MATTHEW SHERIDAN is Asia leader of Sidley's Capital Markets practice. He has lived and worked in Asia for nearly 30 years. Matt 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. He excels in helping clients diversify, develop, and, in down markets, restructure their capital structures.
Matt represents underwriters and issuers, including corporate enterprises, financial institutions, and governmental entities in connection with corporate transactions through market cycles, consisting of debt and equity capital markets transactions, as well as destressed restructurings and liability management transactions, including tender and exchange offers, and consent solicitations. He advises clients throughout the Asia Pacific region, including Indonesia, Greater China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam. Matt’s experience encompasses transactions involving a broad range of sectors: real estate, telecommunications, financial institutions, technology, transportation, metals, mining, forest products, consumer products, power, and oil and gas.
For many years, Matt has been regularly ranked in Band 1 for High Yield Debt in the Chambers Global and Chambers Asia Pacific guides, most recently in 2023, in which a client emphasized Matt’s pre-eminence, noting that Matt’s “strong presence in South-East Asia gives us confidence during negotiations”. In recent editions of Chambers, feedback from clients included that Matt “comes with a wealth of experience and leadership in numerous high-yield bond issues. His knowledge and advice are invaluable” and another client notes his “tremendous experience.” In previous editions, clients praised him for his “good experience and good ideas” (2021), clients also note that he “comes with a wealth of experience and leadership…” (2019), and he is described as “a terrific lawyer who knows the law inside out” (2016).
Matt has also been recognized as a leading lawyer by numerous publications, including The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Asia Business Law Journal, IFLR1000, Asialaw’s “Leading Lawyers,” The Asian Lawyer, PLC Which Lawyer?, and Who’s Who Legal – Capital Markets. He was named “Best Lawyer” in the Singapore chapter of The Best Lawyers 2020–2022. Matt was also recognized in the 2018, 2019 and 2023 “Singapore’s Top 100 Lawyers” A-List by Asia Business Law Journal. He 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 in 2014.