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Matthew J. Chapman

Matthew Chapman is a partner in the firm's Pittsburgh office where he focuses his practice on advising public and private companies, boards of directors, special committees, senior management, trustees, and institutional fiduciaries in connection with transformative corporate events and significant structuring and planning issues.

His transactional experience includes domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, employee stock ownership plans, including ESOP refinancing and re-leveraging transactions, and general corporate matters. Matt’s M&A and ESOP representations have had transaction values ranging from a few million dollars to well over US$1 billion. 

Matt also has experience in pension risk transfers, including representing independent fiduciaries and plan sponsors in pension risk transfers valued in the aggregate at over US$100 billion. Matt has negotiated hundreds of purchase/commitment agreements (assets-in-kind and cash) and group annuity contracts (buy-in and buy-out) with leading insurers in pension risk transfers. Matt has also negotiated reinsurance agreements, insurance company guarantees, capital maintenance agreements, retrocession agreements, cut-through trusts, separate account plan of operations, investment guidelines, plan trustee agreements, trustee direction letters, investment appointment agreements and similar on behalf of plan sponsor and independent fiduciary clients.

Prior to rejoining K&L Gates as a partner, Matt was a Vice President at Eaton Corporation where he led the team responsible for the people side of Eaton's global M&A business including with respect to employee benefits, executive compensation, labor, employee relations, and other HR related matters in acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, and investments across North America, South America, Asia, and Europe.

Before he began his legal career, Matt served in the U.S. Air Force for more than eight years, attaining the rank of captain. During his time in the U.S. Air Force, Matt flew F-15E fighter jets as a weapons systems operator and was deployed three times to Afghanistan. Among other awards, Matt was decorated with seven Air Medals and one Combat Action Medal for his actions in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Matt was also a distinguished graduate out of several U.S. Air Force schools, including Officer Training School and the F-15E Basic Course.

  • Listed in the “Ones to Watch” section, The Best Lawyers in America© 2021 and 2022 for his work in Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • David Stahl Memorial Award for attaining the highest grade average in the graduating class of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • Co-Author, “Bridging the Gap between Unmet Legal Needs and an Oversupply of Lawyers: Creating Neighborhood Law Offices – The Philadelphia Experiment,” VA. J. OF SOC. POL’Y & L. 22.1.
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