Matthew Beville


Beville, Matthew

Matthew Beville’s practice focuses on investigations, enforcement actions and litigation involving the federal securities laws. He has represented financial institutions, broker-dealers, investment advisers, public companies and their employees before the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, FINRA and self-regulatory organizations. Mr. Beville has experience in matters involving algorithmic trading; accounting issues; pay-to-play violations; the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; and compliance with regulatory requirements, including the net capital rule, Regulation NMS, and the market access rule. 

Prior to joining WilmerHale, Mr. Beville was an associate at a prominent law firm in Washington DC where he handled securities defense and white collar matters.  

Publications & News


April 4, 2018

Developments In CFTC Cooperation Program

In this article written by Paul Architzel, Matthew Beville, Yeve Chitiga and Daniel Martin, published by Futures and Derivatives Law Report, the authors analyze the steps that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission recently took to further encourage cooperation with and self-reporting to the Commission's Division of Enforcement.

February 6, 2018

2017 CFTC Year-in-Review and a Look Forward

In 2017, under the leadership of new Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) adopted a notable shift in its enforcement priorities and regulatory agenda.

September 27, 2017

Attorneys Seek More Answers Into New CFTC Enforcement Policy

Matthew Beville is quoted in a Bloomberg BNA Securities Law Daily article about a new Commodity Futures Trading Commission initiative that actively encourages companies to self-report violations, marking a shift in policy. “The formal nature of this policy is in and of itself significant,” he told BNA.

February 17, 2017

Derivative Exchange Rule Amendment May Help Fight Fraud

Matthew Beville is quoted in a Bloomberg BNA Securities Law Daily article about a rule change that will affect enforcement on derivatives exchanges. “The change is part of a broader effort to increase regulators' ability to challenge potentially fraudulent or manipulative conduct,” he told BNA.

January 23, 2017

2016 CFTC Year-in-Review and a Look Forward

In 2016, the CFTC continued to pursue high-profile enforcement cases and to test its new enforcement authority under the Dodd-Frank Act. This WilmerHale Client Alert was republished by the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation and the Futures and Derivatives Law Report.

October 21, 2016

The Manipulation Standard and a Setback for CFTC

An article by Paul Architzel, Anjan Sahni and Matthew Beville, published in Law360, discusses a recent decision by Judge Analisa of the Southern District of New York that provides important protections to market participants engaged in legitimate trading strategies and is a blow to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's effort to lower the standard for proving price manipulation.

October 12, 2016

District Court Judge Rejects CFTC Manipulative Intent Standard

On September 30, 2016, Judge Analisa Torres of the Southern District of New York issued an order resolving competing motions for summary judgment in the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's ongoing action against Donald R. Wilson and his firm, DRW Investments LLC, for allegedly manipulating and attempting to manipulate the settlement price of certain interest rate futures contracts.

January 26, 2016

2015 CFTC Year-in-Review, and a Look Forward

CFTC continues to bring high-profile, large-penalty enforcement cases; begins bringing cases to enforce Dodd-Frank Act implementing regulations; and embarks on post-Dodd-Frank Act regulatory initiatives.

April 20, 2015

US Attorney's Office Dismisses Case Against Gathers and Mitchell

The US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia informed DC Superior Court Judge Michael Ryan today that it was dropping all charges against Gary Gathers and Keith Mitchell, whose convictions for first degree murder while armed were reversed by the DC Court of Appeals in October 2014.

February 10, 2015

2014 CFTC Enforcement Year-in-Review, and a Look Forward

In 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or the “Commission”) filed 67 new enforcement cases—fewer than any year since 2010—but obtained a record $3.27 billion in monetary sanctions, nearly double the previous record of $1.7 billion set in 2013.


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JD, summa cum laude, Florida State University College of Law, 2009, Order of the Coif; Managing Editor & Notes and Comments Editor, Florida State University Law Review, Mark & Ruthelen Williamson Scholarship, Blank Miller Scholarship

BA, Philosophy, Florida State University, 2005

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia


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