Dispute Resolution Counsel, Hong Kong SAR
"International corporates and financial institutions regularly face cross-border regulatory and enforcement risks to their operations. I bring a dozen years of global experience in private practice and in-house to help clients through their most pressured situations"
Education and qualifications
Michael is the US qualified lawyer in the Hong Kong and Asia white collar crime team. He has extensive experience representing companies and individuals in a range of cross-border disputes and investigations across Asia, Mainland Europe, the UK, and the US. Michael focuses his practice on financial crime related matters, including the US FCPA. He regularly advises clients on identifying and mitigating risks arising from US economic sanctions, including the recently announced Hong Kong program. Michael also represents financial institutions and other regulated entities in contentious regulatory matters both in Asia and the US.
Michael previously led global investigations for more than three years as in-house counsel for a global financial institution in London. Before moving in-house, Michael worked at a leading international law firm in Washington, D.C., specializing in corporate investigations and white collar criminal defense matters.
- advising global financial institutions in investigations into historic-pricing and disclosure practices in Singapore and Hong Kong
- representing multinationals in connection with US DOJ FCPA investigations into activities in high risk jurisdictions
- acting on compliance consultant team for global construction company arising from US DOJ and EPA Clean Air Act resolutions
Michael regularly speaks at seminars about financial crime and regulatory matters, including the below:
Conferences and Seminars
- Panelist, Regulatory Inspections & Investigations in Hong Kong, Linklaters Webinar, November 17, 2020
- Panelist, US economic sanctions - Navigating the rocky shoals to minimise impacts on your business, Linklaters Webinar, July 22, 2020
- Panelist, Practical Tips for Financial Institution In-House Lawyers: Applying Lessons Learned from the GFC, Linklaters Webinar, June 17, 2020
Education and qualifications
Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts in international relations from Tufts University, and a Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the University of Maryland School of Law, where he was also editor-in-chief of the Maryland Law Review.
After law school, Michael served as a law clerk for District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr., United States District Court for the District of Maryland.
Michael is a member of the District of Columbia and New York State Bars, United States.
- “Leading by example”, International Financial Law Review, February 26, 2019
- SEC Enforcement Developments: Renewed Focus on Lawyers, 45 Bloomberg BNA, Securities Regulation & Law Report (2013), with William McLucas and Douglas Davison.