Michael is a specialist in the defence of corporate and financial crime and regulatory investigations and prosecutions. He has represented senior executives and other professionals in many high-profile domestic and international investigations and prosecutions conducted by the SFO, FCA, NCA and other prosecution/regulatory agencies.
Adept at navigating the overlap between jurisdictions, Michael regularly advises in international cases that involve overseas prosecutors/regulators and has managed and coordinated responses in each jurisdiction on numerous occasions.
Michael regularly advises and represents senior financial services personnel facing FCA/PRA and other regulator investigations and disciplinary action. He also advises and represents high-net-worth individuals facing revenue investigations and potential prosecutions.
Michael has also been extensively involved in advising clients facing financial and trade sanctions both domestically and globally with experience of sanctions regimes in a range of countries, including Russia, Iran, Myanmar, North Korea and Syria. His most recent experience includes representing high-net-worth individuals that are the subject of sanctions imposed by OFAC, OFSI and the Minister for External Relations and Financial Services (Jersey), including challenging the ‘designated’ status of a number of high-profile Russian Oligarchs, and advising various Russian companies in a range of industry sectors on potential exposures arising from the evolving EU, US and UK sanctions regime
In addition, he advises both companies and professional firms on their anti-money laundering compliance. Michael is a Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts Criminal and Civil Proceedings).
The directories say:
Michael is ranked as a leading individual in the 2021 Legal 500 Fraud: White Collar Crime (Advice to Individuals) and is described as a ‘first-rate lawyer’.
Chambers and Partners
Michael is highly ranked in the 2021 Chambers and Partners Directory in the category of Financial Crime – Individuals, with the description: ‘He is very impressive’ and ‘he is very experienced and a skilful tactician’.
He is also highly ranked for his POCA Work and Asset Forfeiture being described as: ‘a scholarly, skilful tactician’. ‘He’s got a light touch, a good manner and a lot of experience.’
Michael is also ranked in the Chambers and Partners High-Net-Worth Directory for Financial Crime – HNW Individuals and is described as ‘a very solid and bright lawyer, very hard-working and driven’. ‘He is a very calm set of hands. He has a very broad knowledge of other jurisdictions and he is a real expert in this space. He speaks with authority and is a very bright guy; very hard-working and very good with clients.’