Matt Wirig is a partner in the Corporate and Securities Department and Investment Management Group and has been practicing law since 2006 when he joined Chapman and Cutler LLP. He has extensive experience representing clients involved in the investment management industry. Matt's experience includes the formation and ongoing representation of over 2,500 investment companies including unit investment trusts, open-end funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), closed-end funds, hedge funds and private equity funds. He has worked extensively with investment advisers, broker-dealers and municipal securities dealers in a wide range of matters including the development of regulatory compliance and risk management programs.

Matt has been active in the development and implementation of a range of technology-enabled legal solutions for clients including document automation applications, document management systems and automated compliance and contract management programs.

Matt is active in legal education. He is an Adjunct Professor at Notre Dame Law School teaching a course on modern transactional legal practice. He is a facilitator at Northwestern Law School for a course on client counseling and modern legal practice. Matt also serves on the Advisory Board for Northwestern Law School’s Center for Practice Engagement and Innovation. He has an active pro bono practice through the American Bar Association's (ABA) Free Legal Answers program, administered in Illinois by Illinois Legal Aid Online. Matt also serves on the board of directors for Illinois Legal Aid Online, an organization that sits at the center of the legal aid system in Illinois and uses technology to simplify our complex legal system and connect people to the best help that is available to them.

Selected Matters

  • Representation of over 2,500 registered investment companies in matters regarding their organization, federal and state registration, preparation of offering materials, regulatory analysis and compliance obligations.
  • Representation of investment advisers with regard to their organization, federal and state registration requirements, advertising restrictions, contract provisions, periodic filings, continuing compliance obligations and their preparation of compliance manuals and supervisory procedures.
  • Representation of broker-dealers in matters regarding their organization and registration with FINRA, MSRB and SEC, continuing compliance obligations, periodic filings, and their preparation of compliance manuals and supervisory procedures.
  • Representation of investment companies, investment advisers and broker-dealers in the development of compliance and risk management programs.
  • Representation of over 2,000 unit investment trusts and their sponsors in matters regarding their organization, federal and state registration, primary and secondary market offerings, advertising and continuing compliance obligations. These trusts had portfolios including equity securities, municipal bonds, corporate bonds, derivatives, U.S. Treasury securities, government agency and government-sponsored enterprise securities, sovereign debt obligations, preferred stocks, real estate investment trusts, trust preferred securities, and shares of other investment companies.
  • Preparation and negotiation of a wide range of contracts, including investment management agreements, limited liability company and partnership agreements, consulting agreements, employment and confidentiality agreements, licensing and distribution agreements, and financing agreements.
  • Representation of investment managers in general corporate matters including mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, contract negotiations, corporate litigation, stockholder arrangements, real estate transactions and employment issues.
  • Representation of sponsors in connection with the formation and operation of hedge funds and private equity funds, including ongoing compliance obligations.
  • Preparing and negotiating applications for exemptions from federal securities laws and “no-action” requests with the staff of the SEC.
  • Advising a wide range of companies outside of the investment management industry on the status of transaction structures and activities under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 to understand inadvertent investment company or investment adviser status.

Practice Innovation

  • Development and implementation of document automation applications.
  • Implementation of automated compliance and contract management programs.
  • Consultation on process improvement and knowledge management initiatives. 


Chicago Bar Association

  • Investment Management Subcommittee
  • Legal Aid Committee
  • Law Practice Management and Technology Committee

Nicsa (National Investment Company Service Association)

  • Unit Investment Trust Committee


Illinois, 2006


University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2006

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S., Finance, highest honors, 2003




Illinois Legal Aid Online

  • Board Member

Notre Dame Law School

  • Adjunct Professor

Northwestern Law School Center for Practice Engagement and Innovation

  • Advisory Board Member
  • Course Facilitator

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