Brief Bio

Michael’s research interests lie broadly in the areas of transnational, European and comparative private and commercial law with particular emphasis on contract, company and corporate insolvency law. Michael is currently working on a book: Comparative Company Law – Text, Cases and Materials (with Carsten Gerner-Beuerle) for Oxford University Press.

Michael joined King’s College London in 2007, following three years as the DAAD Lecturer in Law at the University of Sheffield. Michael read law at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, obtained his LLM from King’s College London and his PhD from Humboldt University Berlin. He was a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, and at the University of California, Los Angeles. Michael’s research and teaching generally focus on financial law from both a regulatory and transactional perspective, as well as on corporate law, corporate insolvency law and European contract law.

In 2013, he carried out an extensive comparative Study on the Unfair Contract Terms Directive across Europe for the Office of Fair Trading (now the Competition and Market Authority), which was funded by the European Union. In his most recent book on Resolution and Insolvency of Banks and Financial Institutions (Oxford: OUP, 2016) he comprehensively analyses the newly established bank resolution frameworks in Europe and the United States. At the moment, Michael works on a book on Comparative Company Law for Oxford University Press (with C Gerner-Beuerle) with the aim of producing a systematic and coherent volume on important issues in corporate law and capital markets regulation. Michael’s previous writings have been cited widely by Advocates General at the Court of Justice of the European Union and by national courts.

Courses taught at CTLS

  • Secured Transactions in Transnational Perspective (Fall 2013, Spring 2012)