Michael is a partner in his firm’s Competition practice which deals with competition, regulatory and trade issues. The practice includes advice on distribution issues for a wide range of clients including brewers, whisky distillers, electronics companies and financial institutions. He advises on dealings with agents and distributors, pricing issues, resale price maintenance and termination strategies and claims. His team covers all proceedings by authorities in the UK in respect of competition law, anti-bribery law and other aspects of corporate governance, export controls and corporate investigations. He has experience of mediation in the US, litigation in the UK and other jurisdictions, as well as in European Court proceedings and follow-on cartel damages actions. His practice includes merger clearance inquiries at both phase 1 and phase 2 and defence and pursuit of cartel damage claims. Michael led one of the few successful challenges to a UK Phase 2 merger decision on grounds of rationality. His team successfully challenged the Competition & Markets Authority on behalf of Skyscanner in the Hotel online booking case. Michael is a member of the International Association of Defence Counsel and is appointed a member of the expert governmental panel advising on the role of competition in consumer advocacy prior to the recent setting up of a consumer and competition body in Scotland. He has presented at ALI-CLE program on distribution.
Michael is a graduate of the University of Glasgow and the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.