Matthew Syrkin is a partner and the global chair of Hughes Hubbard’s Media, Technology and Commercial Transactions Group, and co-chair of the Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Group.
Recognized by Chambers, Legal 500, Law360 and other leading publications, Matthew provides strategic business counsel and commercial/corporate transactional support for clients in the technology, financial services, fintech, media, outsourcing, entertainment, consumer retail, e-commerce, transportation, gaming and hospitality industries.
Matthew has repeatedly been named by Variety Magazine as one of the top “Elite Dealmakers” in the country in the media and technology industry for his work advising industry-leading businesses, including matters for Ernst & Young, Daimler, EPIX, Bumble, CBS, The Madison Square Garden Company (NY Knicks and Rangers), HBO Latin America, Infosys, Condé Nast, AMC Networks, Wipro, MGM, Davidson Kempner, John Varvatos Enterprises and Banco Davivienda.
Matthew also specializes in cross-border commercial transactions, with a particular focus on Latin America and East Asia. He holds a degree in East Asian Studies and Languages, and speaks Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and Spanish. During his significant time abroad in East Asia, he attended the prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing and Keio University in Tokyo.
Prior to joining Hughes Hubbard, Matthew worked on technology transactions in the legal departments at Major League Baseball, News Corporation and TiVo, Inc. While at Hughes Hubbard, he was seconded to Viacom to handle interactive entertainment and e-commerce transactions as lead counsel for Viacom affiliate, Harmonix Music Systems, Inc., developer of the “Guitar Hero” and “Rock Band” franchises. In that role, he negotiated complex licensing, manufacturing, payment and technology partnerships with Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony Electronics, Electronic Arts and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
Matthew is a globally-recognized practitioner and frequent speaker, lecturer and author on the business and legal aspects of disruptive technologies, digital platforms and complex commercial transactions. He has authored books on technology transactions, contributed articles to major publications and been quoted on the front page of the New York Times as an expert on technology law.
A member of the planning committee for the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. since 2007, Matthew has been the keynote speaker at several industry conferences, including the Global Latin America Marketing Summit and DCM East and has both moderated and served on high-profile industry and university panels dealing with OTT television disruption, dynamic advertising solutions, crypto currency, cloud-based entertainment and online payment systems.