Partner - Banking and Finance
Michael specialises in banking, financial law, property development, construction finance, restructuring and insolvency. Michael’s experience spans domestic and cross-border financings (at both the senior and mezzanine levels) and he acts for local and international banks, mezzanine and other financial institutions, corporates and insolvency practitioners. He also has experience in the construction, commercial property and agricultural industries.
Michael advises all of the major trading banks (on syndicated and bi-lateral transactions) and many of the mezzanine funders and developers on construction projects and property investments.
An acknowledged strategist and named as a leading insolvency and restructuring lawyer by international directories for his banking and finance work, Michael also advises his clients on restructuring and workouts, selling distressed debt and security, security enforcement and recovery strategies.
Michael advises directors (on issues relating to directors’ duties in a distressed context) unsecured creditors, corporate borrowers on all aspects of financings, insolvency and restructurings.
Dick Smith voluntary administration
Advised on this high profile, cross border insolvency transaction for a diverse group of companies which went into both administration and receivership in January 2016. This was New Zealand’s largest voluntary administration impacting on a diverse group of stakeholders.
Mainzeal Richina Group insolvency
We advised the liquidators of 14 companies in the Mainzeal Group in one of the most complex group liquidations to have occurred in New Zealand.
Crafar Farms receivership
Acted for the receivers appointed by Westpac to four related companies that between them operated 22 dairy farms throughout the North Island. This was the largest privately owned dairy farming operation in New Zealand and, in view of the strategic and cultural significance farming has for New Zealand, it attracted substantial media attention.
- 1999, England and Wales
- 1998, New Zealand
- LLB, BA, University of Auckland
- Corporate Finance
- Creditor Claims
- Project Finance
- Structured Finance
- Voluntary Administration
- Ranked as a leading Insolvency and Restructuring lawyer, Chambers Asia-Pacific
- Ranked as a Leading Individual – Insolvency and Restructuring, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
- Ranked as Highly Regarded – Restructuring & Insolvency, Banking and Project Finance, IFLR1000
- Recognised for Restructuring & Insolvency Law, Who’s Who Legal (2020)
- Winner – Insolvency Lawyer of the Year New Zealand, Best Lawyers (2015)
- Recognised for Insolvency and Reorganisation Law, Best Lawyers