Matthew S. Heiter

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First Tennessee Building
165 Madison Avenue
Suite 2000
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
T: 901.577.8117
F: 901.577.0737


Matt Heiter focuses his practice on public and private securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and business planning and organization. Mr. Heiter's experience includes the representation of life sciences, medical device, biotechnology and technology investors and companies. From December 1999 to June 2002, Mr. Heiter served as executive vice president and general counsel of a publicly held, NASDAQ traded technology company. Matt is the former Chair of the Firm's Securities/Corporate Governance Group.

Representative Experience

  • Represented a non-traded, equipment leasing fund in connection with a $150 million initial public offering.
  • Represented publicly-traded, nonstandard automobile insurer in its IPO, follow-on offering and sale to private equity consortium for $630 million.
  • Represented a national bank holding company in connection with the offering of subordinated debt and bank notes in excess of $6.0 billion.
  • Represented public internet services company in connection with acquisition of a competing business.
  • Represented private food manufacturer with regard to its growth program and related acquisitions.
  • Represented life sciences, medical device, technology and other startup ventures in connection with investments from angel and venture capital investors.
  • Represented biotech focused venture capital firm in connection with several investments in portfolio companies.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • "We Must All Be Evangelists for the Growing Memphis Entrepreneurial Ecosystem," MBQ: Inside Memphis Business magazine, August 7, 2013
  • "Some Reasons Why (Not) to Take the Money and Run," The Daily News, June 25, 2013
  • "Who's Your Client? A Corporate Counsel's Dilemma," Memphis Bar Association, March 2010
  • "The Art and Science of Due Diligence," Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants, November 2009
  • "Doing Business in the United States," Sino-US Investment and Joint Development Seminar, Nanjing, China, March, 2008
  • "Recent Developments in Derivative Actions: A Transactional Lawyer's Perspective," Aspatore Special Report – The Issue of Standing in Shareholder Derivative Lawsuits, Aspatore Books, 2008
  • "Outlining Securities Law," The Art and Science of Securities Law, Aspatore Books, September, 2005
  • "Diverse Roles: The Venture Capital Lawyer and the Client," The Venture Capital Legal Handbook, Aspatore Books, April 2004
  • "The Effects of Sarbanes-Oxley on Private Companies," "Compliance – The Key Post SOX," Sarbanes-Oxley Act in Tennessee (Lorman Education Services, multiple locations, 2004 – 2005)

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers in Corporate/M&A, since 2010 
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers,  2006 – 2008, 2010 – 2014
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2005; Securities/Capital Markets Law, Corporate Governance and Compliance Law, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Private Funds Law, and Venture Capital Law 
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2015 Memphis Securities/Capital Markets Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2012 Memphis Mergers & Acquisitions Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Named an "MBQ Power Player" in Entrepreneurship by MBQ: Inside Memphis Business magazine, 2013 
  • Graduate – Leadership Academy, Masters Program, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Recipient – "Top 40 Under 40" award from the Memphis Business Journal, which recognizes the top 40 professionals under the age of 40 in the Memphis and Mid-South community (1999)


  • Tennessee, 1985


  • Vanderbilt University School of Law, J.D., 1985
  • University of Mississippi, B.A., 1982, summa cum laude