Contact Information

matthew.thompson@FaegreBD.com2200 Wells Fargo Center
90 S. Seventh Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
T: +1 612 766 6854
F: +1 612 766 1600


University of Minnesota Law School
J.D., cum laude (1985)
Gustavus Adolphus College
B.A., magna cum laude (1979)

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Matthew L. Thompson


Matt Thompson counsels a diverse clientele in the investment management and financial services industries. He organized Faegre Baker Daniels' investment management practice in 1995 and served as the leader of the practice from its inception through 2009.

Matt assists and counsels hedge fund managers, venture capitalists, private equity firms and other investment managers regarding the formation, organization, structuring, syndication and ongoing compliance requirements of private investment funds and related management organizations, and with other products and services (for example, management contracts, marketing arrangements, strategic partnerships, vendor contracts, and mergers and acquisitions).

His practice encompasses a variety of investment products and services, including hedge funds (both domestic and offshore), private equity and venture capital funds, hybrid structures and individually managed accounts. He also regularly represents institutional investors and their advisers in their review of prospective investments.

Matt has participated in the organization and ongoing counseling of numerous mutual funds and in structuring many investment company mergers and acquisitions. His practice also includes serving as independent legal counsel to mutual fund boards.

Commencing his legal career in 1985 with Dorsey & Whitney, Matt was promoted to partner on January 1, 1993. He joined Faegre Baker Daniels as a partner in 1995. From 1994 to 1995, Matt served as vice president and fund counsel of Inter-Regional Financial Group (now RBC Wealth Management). Prior to law school, Matt spent over three years in the audit department of Laventhol & Horwath, a national certified public accounting firm.


  • Certified Public Accountant (inactive)

Civic Activities

  • Children's Cancer Research Fund — Board of Directors
  • Carlson Funds Enterprise at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota — Advisory board member; Carlson School Growth Fund and the Carlson School Fixed Income Fund (student-managed investment funds) (Legal Advisor)
  • The Bulldog Fund (investment fund managed by students of the Labovitz School of Business and Economics at the University of Minnesota, Duluth) — Legal Advisor 
  • Our Lady of Grace Church, Edina, Minnesota — Parish Council
  • Boy Scout Troop 102, Edina, Minnesota


  • Who's Paying Who
    Ascendant Conferences & Education Webinar, 2011
  • Setting Up Your Fund
    National Advisors Trust Company Annual Shareholders and Vendor Conference, 2009
  • Telephone Conferences on Pooled Funds
    National Advisors Trust Company, Various dates
  • Sound Practices for Hedge Fund Managers
    Panelist, Managed Funds Association Minneapolis Seminar, 2008
  • Brave New World: Regulatory Developments for Investment Advisers
    Faegre & Benson Seminar/CLE, 2005


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