Michael advises on a broad range of corporate transactional matters, with particular emphasis on capital markets work (both equity and debt), mergers and acquisitions and complex corporate restructuring. Michael’s BVI law practice also encompasses cross-border joint ventures and emerging market investment, structured finance and financial reconstruction, and he is a trusted advisor on general BVI corporate matters to Intel, TPG, Hyatt Hotels and United Airlines as well as a number of other major financial and commercial institutions and enterprises.
Having joined Ogier in January 2012 after ten years in the Corporate and Securities Group of Sidley Austin LLP's London Office, where he also trained, Michael quickly established himself as a key member of the firm’s BVI Practice. Michael is recommended by Chambers and IFLR while Legal 500 cites Michael as an 'excellent deal counsel, who knows BVI corporate law inside-out and gives pragmatic, commercially-orientated advice'. Michael is also becoming increasingly sought after as a BVI based expert on the use of BVI companies as listed Special Acquisition Companies (SPACs).
Michael often speaks on behalf of the BVI financial services industry and has contributed a number of magazine and journal articles on matters of BVI law and business development to various publications. He currently advises BVI Business (the BVI’s official financial services industry promotion body) on industry matters, sitting as Chairman of that body’s Corporate Business Advisory Group.
Michael studied at BPP Law School in London for his Post-Graduate Diploma in Law (with Distinction) and then for the Legal Practice Course (with Commendation). He was awarded the Blackstone Award for the most outstanding student of the year in 1999. Michael also holds both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Oxford (where he read history at St Peter's College) and a Master of Arts degree from Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
2012 - British Virgin Islands
2002 - England and Wales (non practising)