Matthew Thornton is an Assistant General Counsel for the Investment Company Institute, with responsibility for a wide range of legal issues affecting registered investment companies. Mr. Thornton’s primary areas of responsibility include valuation, liquidity, stress testing, corporate governance and proxy voting, advertising/social media, issues related to fixed income, anti–money laundering, target date funds, disclosure, and investment advisory matters. Before joining the Institute in 2014, he was an associate in Dechert LLP’s financial services group from 2005 to 2014. Before practicing law, Mr. Thornton held positions in the financial services industry at SunTrust Banks from 1998 to 2005 and Merrill Lynch from 1997 to 1998. Mr. Thornton is a Certified Financial Planner™. He received his BA in economics from the University of Notre Dame and his JD from Georgetown University Law Center.