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Matthew Hawken

Consultant - Admitted as a Solicitor in England & Wales, Sydney

Matthew is a Consultant in DWF's Corporate and Commercial team, and is based in our Sydney office. Matthew specialises in emerging technologies.
Matt Hawken


Matthew has over 20 years’ experience in legal and commercial advisory roles, having worked for leading corporate and legal institutions in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Europe and Asia.  With a strong background in corporate and commercial advisory, banking and finance, capital markets and financial regulation, he specialises in the legal aspects of emerging global technologies such as blockchain based solutions and businesses, digital currency exchange and brokerage.

Matthew’s recent experience includes:

  • Advising Australian digital currency exchanges on all aspects of financial regulation including anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing registration and compliance
  • Advising on the establishment of a foreign based digital currency businesses in Australia
  • Advising on capital raising by means of combined institutional and crowd-sourced funding for early stage technology businesses
  • Advising on regulatory issues for blockchain based projects
  • Drafting and negotiation of shareholder agreements, share sale and purchase agreements, commercial and joint venture agreements, equity and debt financing, software development and licensing agreements, corporate governance, risk and compliance policies

In Matthew’s spare time, he enjoys playing and coaching basketball and supports initiatives to improve the natural environment and address social and economic disadvantage. He is a keen musician, performing as a guitarist with a local Sydney band and a member of Sydney’s jazz and funk community. Matthew has worked and lived in London and Italy and speaks Italian.



  • Property Council of Australia
  • Law Society of England & Wales
  • Association of Corporate Council
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Australian Marine Conservation Society 


“Emparta has been working closely with Matthew and the DWF team for several months as we navigate the complex legal and compliance framework associated with financial services and Blockchain. Matthew’s expertise in this space is unrivalled and his collaborative approach has been instrumental in the success of Emparta to date. I cannot recommend Matt and DWF highly enough in addressing the many legal challenges of this evolving industry and offering pragmatic and valuable advice.”

- James Hill, Director of Emparta

“I have recently been working with Matt on a corporate transaction. He is an experienced adviser, with an excellent understanding of the dynamics of business and technology to complement his strong technical skills. This combination enables him to develop and communicate complex strategies to address challenging commercial and regulatory issues confronting small and mid cap companies. He is committed, hard working and, above all, a great guy to work with.”

- Stuart Nelson, Corporate Adviser

“I have known Matthew for a number of years. He is a man (and lawyer) of the highest integrity and legal competence with great humility. He is passionate about social issues and can be entirely trusted to deliver on any project or issue he is engaged on. I would recommend him highly for any legal position he takes up in the future.”

- Steve Mark AM, Director of Creative Consequences

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