Mathew's legal career spans over four decades, with extensive experience in International Law, covering trade law, maritime and aviation security, international and bilateral negotiations, anti-money laundering, bribery issues, and mutual legal assistance and extradition matters.
In his previous capacity as the Deputy Director-General of the International Affairs Division of the Singapore Attorney-General’s Chambers, Mathew has led the Singapore delegation to several United Nations (UN) multilateral negotiations.
In recognition of such contributions, Mathew was appointed as an Asia-Pacific Regional Consultant for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in 2005. In this role, he was involved in several UN missions to provide capacity building and technical assistance on issues relating to anti-corruption, extradition, money laundering, and terrorism financing to countries in the Middle East, Central Asia, Africa, and ASEAN.
Mathew has also been invited as an expert to the Commonwealth Secretariat, FATF anti-money laundering meetings, and ASEAN Expert Working Groups in the areas of money laundering, anti-terrorism, extradition, and international cooperation. Other international organizations that he has collaborated and worked with include the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Commonwealth, EU, and regional organizations.
Having worked with both common law and civil law legal systems, Mathew has gained a deep understanding of the various legal systems in the world. He has advised numerous states on how to respond to information requests or compliance notices from the US, EU, Interpol, foreign regulators, and various law enforcement agencies. He also regularly contributed towards keeping domestic legal frameworks robust in order to respond to emerging global trends and ensure effective compliance with global standards.
After graduating from the National University of Singapore’s Law School in 1981, he was admitted to the Singapore Bar in 1987. As a Singapore Legal Service scholar, he obtained his Master of Laws degree in 1994 from UCL, University of London.