Michael Preston is a partner based in the London and Hong Kong offices of Cleary Gottlieb. Mr. Preston has a broad commercial practice focusing on private equity and mergers and acquisitions. He has experience across a range of business sectors, with particular experience in emerging markets, energy and commodities.
Mr. Preston is recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers Asia and IFLR. He was named the 2014 M&A Lawyer of the Year by The Asian Lawyer, and named a "Star Partner" in The Lawyer’s 2011 Transatlantic Elite review of Energy and Resource lawyers. In 2012, he was recognized as a "rising star" in energy law by Law360. Mr. Preston joined the firm in 2004 and became a partner in 2011. Previously he was an associate at Allen & Overy LLP in London and at Russell McVeagh in Wellington, New Zealand. Mr. Preston is a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales, a solicitor of the High Court of Hong Kong, and is admitted to the Bar in New Zealand.