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Matteson EllisMatt Ellis is an FCPA attorney with extensive experience in all areas of international anti-corruption compliance and enforcement. Before forming Matteson Ellis Law, PLLC, he worked on FCPA and anti-corruption matters at the Washington, DC offices of Miller & Chevalier Chartered, Coudert Brothers LLP, and The World Bank. Mr. Ellis has:

  • Advised companies and individuals on all areas of FCPA enforcement and compliance;
  • Helped build compliance programs under some of the largest FCPA settlements to date;
  • Performed complex, independent, and on-site internal investigations in over 20 countries throughout the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Africa considered “high corruption risk” by international monitoring organizations;
  • Investigated fraud and corruption and supported administrative sanctions and debarment proceedings for The World Bank and The Inter-American Development Bank;
  • Utilized fluency in Spanish and Portuguese to maximize value for clients.

Mr. Ellis focuses particularly on the Americas, having spent several years in the region working for a Fortune 50 multinational corporation and a government ethics watchdog group. He regularly speaks on corruption matters throughout the region and is Editor of the FCPAméricas Blog.

Mr. Ellis received his law degree, cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center, his Masters in foreign affairs from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, and his B.A. from Dartmouth College. He co-founded The School for Ethics and Global Leadership in Washington, DC.

He is a member of the District of Columbia, Texas, New York, and New Jersey bar associations.

Mr. Ellis has worked with every facet of FCPA enforcement and compliance, including:

Legal analysis
Internal investigations
Third party due diligence
Transactional due diligence
Anti-corruption policy drafting
Compliance training
Compliance audits
Corruption risk assessments
Voluntary disclosures to the U.S. government
Resolutions with the U.S. government

He has conducted investigations in the following countries:

Angola Equatorial Guinea
Argentina Georgia
Armenia Germany
Austria India
Bolivia Kyrgyz Republic
Bosnia Mexico
Brazil Russia
Bulgaria Serbia
Canada Tajikistan
Congo, People’s Republic Turkey
Croatia Uzbekistan

He has conducted anti-corruption enforcement and compliance work in the following sectors:

Agriculture
Construction
Defense
Energy/Oil and Gas
Engineering
Financial Services
Medical Devices
Mining
Pharmaceuticals
Gaming
Roads/Infrastructure
Technology


Washington, DC