Michael specialises in banking & finance law, with a particular focus on complex and structured financing arrangements.
He is well known in the banking market (from his years within the firm, and his period outside it in the corporate world). He aims to help clients identify and implement effective solutions to apparent hurdles to, or complexities in, debt financing transactions.
Michael was a partner at Chapman Tripp from 1998 to 2006 (having previously been a partner in another top-tier firm for about eight years). Michael returned to the firm in 2016. While a partner at Chapman Tripp in the period to 2006 Michael specialised in the design and execution of complex cross border financing transactions, and was consistently rated by Chambers Global as a leading lawyer.
Michael was at Heartland Bank Limited (an NZX top 50 listed entity) for six years, where he was an essential member of the core executive team which led and executed a number of mission critical projects (including the acquisition of other financial institutions to create a single entity with scale and diversity, the NZX listing of that entity, and that entity's successful application for bank registration). The ultimate outcome of these projects was the successful creation of the only New Zealand controlled and managed bank listed on the NZX.
Michael's role at Heartland Bank after the successful completion of those projects included being an Executive Director of, and Head of Strategy for, the organisation. As Head of Strategy Michael's role included leading the mergers and acquisitions team and identifying and executing strategic growth opportunities.
Since returning to Chapman Tripp in 2016 Michael has:
- advised registered banks on regulatory capital structures
- acted for an NZX Listed entity on a retail offering of debt instruments, as part of its portfolio of core funding core (and to diversify that portfolio)
- acted for a number of financial institutions on New Zealand aspects of multi-national or cross border transactions, and
- acted for major corporates on core debt financing arrangements (including in connection with major acquisitions, mergers and disposals).