As global head of the firm’s Capital Markets practice, Michael is widely acknowledged as an authority on derivatives law and practice. He advises on financial markets infrastructure entities and sophisticated financial products, including securitised, OTC and exchange traded derivatives, repackagings, investment fund products (including CPPI products), collateralised debt obligations, regulatory capital raising for financial institutions, and note and warrant programmes. He also advises on the regulatory capital treatment of exposures to financial entities and products.
Michael’s particular specialisms include clearing of derivatives, financial market infrastructure, regulatory capital treatment of derivatives, equity derivatives (including investment fund derivatives), longevity derivatives, hybrid (multi-asset class) derivatives, proprietary financial indices/benchmarks and synthetic products, as well as related Fintech applications.
Michael has been a board member of the Futures Industry Association since 2016. Michael developed the firm’s knowledge and thought leadership relating to the Eurozone crisis and has since been closely involved in the development of the firm’s knowledge in relation to cryptoassets, smart contracts and settlement finality.