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Michael specialises in corporate and personal insolvency law and is recognised as one of Australia’s leading insolvency lawyers.

He acts regularly for banks, financial institutions and other secured lenders providing advice in relation to the security enforcement. He acts for insolvency practitioners in all types of personal and corporate business restructuring and insolvency administrations.

Michael is regularly engaged to act for companies and directors providing advice on the restructuring of distressed businesses. He continues to act in some of Australia’s most high profile bankruptcy administrations.

With thirty years’ experience acting in insolvency matters Michael mixes his high level of technical skills with his commercial experience in identifying and achieving the optimal outcome for his clients. In workouts and restructuring Michael will set out the framework for a successful restructure and then work closely with our commercial and property teams on execution of the plan. 

Michael is also regularly involved in the bringing and defending of a wide range of insolvency actions including preference claims, insolvent trading and avoidance of property transfers. Michael is regularly engaged to assist in the forensic investigation through the undertaking of public examinations of directors and related parties. 

Michael is a past National Chair of the Law Council’s Insolvency and Reconstruction Committee. As a member of that committee he has actively participated in the reform of the Bankruptcy Act over recent years.

Since 2009, Michael has been selected by his industry peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers ® list for Australia in the specialty of Insolvency & Reorganisation Law. In 2012, in the same publication, he was named Melbourne Insolvency and Reorganisation "Lawyer of the Year". In the 2014 Asia Pacific Legal 500 Michael is described as having 'very strong insolvency knowledge'.

Michael is a member of the Australian Restructuring, Insolvency and Turnaround Association. He is the author of Chapter 4.7 of the LexisNexis publication Personal Property Securities in Australia on “Agricultural Security Interests”.

Michael is also a member of the Piper Alderman Risk and Finance Committee.