Dan advises public and private corporations on a wide range of Delaware corporate law matters, including corporate governance issues as well as the Delaware aspects of corporate transactions.
Dan’s work involves a variety of complex transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, preferred stock investments and other financing transactions, as well as counseling boards of directors and committees of independent directors on their fiduciary duties. Dan also provides formal legal opinions on issues involving Delaware corporate law.
In addition, Dan counsels corporations on the technical requirements of the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL). Drawing on that experience, Dan has guided hundreds of corporations through Delaware’s statutory ratification process under Section 204 of the DGCL and has provided corporate related advice in several of the key cases involving application of Delaware’s validation procedures before the Court of Chancery under Section 205 of the DGCL.
Dan has been recognized by The Legal 500 US for his M&A corporate and commercial Delaware counsel work. A frequent writer on Delaware corporate law, Dan is the lead editor of the treatise Drexler, Black and Sparks, Delaware Corporation Law and Practice and is the author of the Bloomberg BNA Corporate Practice Series Portfolio The Delaware Corporation: Legal Aspects of Organization and Operation.
News & Insights
- Speaking Engagement, 09.22.2021 through 09.24.2021
Four Morris Nichols partners will attend the conference as committee leaders and speakers, sharing insights on Delaware corporate law and VC/PE developments.
- Media Mention, The Legal 500, 06.10.2021
Morris Nichols was ranked in The Legal 500 US, a nationwide guide to the foremost law firms in the United States.
- Speaking Engagement, Webinar, 05.06.2021
The Practising Law Institute presents its annual daylong program on Venture Capital 2021: Nuts and Bolts program. Morris Nichols partner Dan Matthews serves as faculty and will speak in the ethics session, “Crisis Management, Tough Judgment Calls and Legal Ethics Considerations in Representing Emerging Growth Companies.”
- Client Alert, 05.08.2020
The first quarter of 2020 has brought interesting Delaware law developments for private, venture-backed companies. As is often the case, arising issues for companies in the venture capital and private equity space have had a different emphasis from the public company area. While public companies may be considering issues such as “virtual” stockholder meetings, delayed dividends and MACs in merger agreements, we have identified five main Delaware law highlights below in the VC/PE space.
- Article, Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 10.01.2018
The 2018 amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (the "DGCL") were recently enacted. The amendments update the ratification statute, Section 204, to address recent case law. Nonstock or "membership" corporations are now also permitted to use the statutory ratification provisions to cure corporate defects.
- Publication, Can Delaware Be Dethroned?: Evaluating Delaware's Dominance of Corporate Law, 01.2018
Morris Nichols attorneys A. Gilchrist Sparks III and Daniel D. Matthews co-authored the closing chapter in a treatise on legal developments in Delaware and the First State’s contributions to US corporate law.
- Firm News, 12.26.2017
Wilmington, DE (December 26, 2017) - Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP is pleased to announce that Kate Betterly, Brian Egan, Michael Flynn and Dan Matthews will become partners, effective January 1, 2018. “We are thrilled that these outstanding attorneys will be partners at Morris Nichols, and we congratulate them on reaching this milestone in their careers,” said Rodger D. Smith II, Chair of the Morris Nichols Executive Committee.
- Publication, Bloomberg BNA Corporate Practice Portfolio Series, 01.01.2016
- Article, Insights: The Corporate & Securities Law Advisor, 07.31.2015
- Article, Insights: The Corporate & Securities Advisor, 04.01.2015
- Article, 07.01.2013
Rick Alexander, James Honaker, and Daniel Matthews authored “Forum Selection Bylaws: Where We Are and Where We Go from Here,” published in the July 2013 Securities Litigation section of Insights: The Corporate & Securities Advisor (Vol. 27, No. 7).
- Article, 05.11.2011
Rick Alexander and Daniel Matthews authored “The Multi-Jurisdictional Stockholder Litigation Problem and the Forum Selection Solution,” published in the May 11, 2011 issue (Vol. 26, No. 19) of BNA’s Corporate Counsel Weekly.
Professional & Civic
American Bar Association (Business Law Section)
Delaware State Bar Association
Society for Corporate Governance
College of William and Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law, JD, Order of the Coif, 2009
The William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal, Senior Articles Editor, 2008-2009; Member, 2007-2008
Pennsylvania State University, BA, Classics, Phi Beta Kappa, with high distinction, 2005
- Delaware, 2009