Matthew DeFrancesco has diverse experience representing clients involved in high-profile matters across a wide breadth of industries.  Mr. DeFrancesco’s practice focuses on a wide variety of complex commercial litigation matters before federal courts, state courts, and alternative dispute resolution tribunals, including matters involving title disputes, as well as intellectual property, accounting malpractice, post-closing M&A, real estate, breach of contract, employment, construction, data security, and benefits and insurance disputes, among other things.

Mr. DeFrancesco also has extensive experience dealing with all aspects of competition law, including antitrust litigation, government investigations, and multi-jurisdictional merger clearance matters. He represents clients in connection with obtaining antitrust clearance for high-stakes, multi-billion-dollar mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures reviewed by the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice, as well as international competition law enforcers. His merger control experience spans a vast array of industries, including the aerospace, oil and gas, casino, entertainment, education, and publishing...

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  • Recognition and Accomplishments

    Mr. DeFrancesco has been recognized by New York Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” in business litigation and antitrust for four consecutive years from 2017 to 2023. Before attending law school, Mr. DeFrancesco received his B.S. in economics, cum laude, from the Villanova School of Business. Subsequently, he received his J.D., magna cum laude, from New York Law School, where he was a merit-based Presidential Scholar and a merit-based Harlan Scholar for the Center of Business Law and Policy. During law school, Mr. DeFrancesco was the President of the Corporate Law Society, a Notes and Comments Editor for the New York Law School Law Review, as well as a teaching fellow responsible for devising lesson plans for, and independently teaching, first-year law students. Upon graduating, he was awarded the Trustee’s Prize for being a finalist for the highest grade point average at the time of commencement.

  • Teaching Experience

    Adjunct Professor of Antitrust & Competition Law, New York Law School

  • Publications

    Supreme Court Opens Door to Antitrust Claims Against Online Platforms in Apple, Inc. v. Pepper (2019), available at

    Leveraged Finance and Syndicated Lending: Stricter Antitrust Scrutiny? (2017), available at

    Accountants’ Liability Under the Federal Securities Laws, Matthew Bender Treatise on Federal Securities Exchange Act of 1934, Chapter 5A (2016)



New York

Matthew C. DeFrancesco


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New York

Southern District of New York

Eastern District of New York


New York Law School, J.D., Magna Cum Laude (2013) (Presidential Scholar)

Villanova School of Business, B.S., Economics, Cum Laude (2010)

Prior Law Firm Experience

Milbank LLP

Troutman Sanders LLP

Practice Areas