Michael is reliable and motivated, has an outstanding record of success and is one of the few to comprehensively embrace the challenges of innovation and new technologies.
Michael heads the German Banking & Finance practice in our Frankfurt office and is a member of the international Banking & Finance practice group.
Michael mainly advises in the areas of national and international financial and capital markets law, as well as banking, payment services, insurance regulation, and corporate law. He has many years of experience of advising on the implementation and restructuring of transactions, both in Germany and internationally. Michael has also corresponded and liaised with lawyers on finance transactions and restructurings in over 50 jurisdictions worldwide.
Michael works with clients across a large variety of sectors including Financial Services, Payment Services, e-commerce, FinTech, InsureTech, RegTech, Energy & Utilities, Telecommunications and Media.
He advises international investors and banks on their European investments and credit exposures. His areas of expertise exceed general lending work and range from distressed investments through financing of private equity transactions to loan trading. He also advises on the ongoing management of loan portfolios, other securitised assets and investments in companies and capital market transactions. He has particular expertise in LMA-based and other structured loans as well as German securities law, public take over law and German and European stock corporation law (Societas Europaea).
Incumbents and start-ups, rely on Michael’s know-how in all fields of regulatory law and its interdependence with digitalisation. Michael has remarkable knowledge on new and disruptive technologies such as blockchain and distributed ledgers, and the legal issues the respective business models face. The scope of support ranges from early steps in the lobbying process of new legislation to the comprehensive application of regulatory law to all sorts of FinTech, InsureTech, RegTech and other related business models with the result of practical solutions for the client. For example, he advised Mastercard on the effective lobbying efforts in the course of new anti-money laundering laws in Germany and Europe. On a regular basis, he gives presentations at conferences and expert opinions as well as interviews for the daily and specialised press regarding the future of banking and the financial services industry.
In one of his landmark cases he advised Germany’s bank bailout fund on the development of interim and final stabilisation measures for WestLB AG in accordance with the Financial Market Stabilisation Act, including the formation of the first German “bad bank”. This highly complex case led to the establishment of new standards in the banking regulation in Germany.