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Michael Makridakis is a partner in the Hong Kong office of Conyers, having joined the firm in March 2021. Michael is an experienced offshore lawyer, having lived and practiced law in the Cayman Islands since 2008 and in Hong Kong since 2016. Michael is an accredited insolvency and restructuring law specialist and an accomplished commercial litigator and advocate.

Michael’s practice areas encompass virtually all aspects of offshore litigation, spanning cross-border insolvencies and restructurings, distressed/contentious investment funds, shareholders’ rights and remedies, directors’ duties, audit and professional services, fraud claims, as well as commercial litigation disputes. As a lawyer in the Cayman Islands during the financial crisis of 2008 and its aftermath, Michael has particular expertise in the distressed investment fund space, from both the fund and investor perspectives. In 2013 Michael was appointed as head of litigation in the Cayman Islands, and subsequently in Hong Kong, for another large offshore law firm. Most recently Michael was the Managing Director in Asia of a private equity fund focused upon litigation funding and specialty finance. He maintains a senior advisory role for that fund.

Chambers Global notes that Michael has been “applauded for his technical grasp of the law as much as his shrewd commercial perspective.” Sources inform Legal 500 that Michael is “an excellent litigator, who fits seamlessly into any multi-jurisdictional team” and “genuinely cares about his clients and their cases, and takes a vested interest in delivering practical and creative solutions”.

Experience Highlights

Some of Michael’s experience prior to joining Conyers includes:

  • Acting for a major investor in a Chinese based pharmaceutical company in relation to the investor’s redemption rights and investment recovery options.
  • Acting for the minority shareholder in a just and equitable winding up petition based upon the quasi-partnership, justifiable loss of confidence in management and exclusion from management grounds. The value of the company exceeded US$1 billion.
  • Acting for the petitioning lead-lender in a high profile, multi-billion dollar winding up in the Cayman Islands.
  • Acting for a joint venture partner in a just and equitable winding up petition based upon the quasi-partnership, justifiable loss of confidence in management and exclusion from management grounds.
  • Acting for the petitioning secured lender in a matter which involved injunction proceedings to restrain presentation of the winding up petition and ultimately the appointment of provisional liquidators.
  • Provided insolvency advice to investors in various feeder funds.

Professional Background

  • Walkers, Cayman Islands
  • Ogier, Cayman Islands
  • Carey Olsen, Cayman Islands and Hong Kong
  • Clayton Utz, Australia
  • King & Wood Mallesons (formerly Mallesons Stephen Jaques), Australia

Education

  • University of Queensland, LLB
  • College of Law, Grad. Dip. Legal Practice
  • Insolvency Practitioners Association of Australia, Insolvency Law specialist

Bar Admissions

  • Bermuda, Registered Associate, 2021
  • Hong Kong Law Society, Registered Foreign Lawyer (Cayman Islands), 2016
  • Cayman Islands, Attorney-at-Law of the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands, 2008
  • Australia, Solicitor of the High Court of Australia, 2002
  • Australia, Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland, 2001
  • Australia, Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, 2001

Associations

  • INSOL

Area(s) of Expertise

Upcoming Firm Events

14 Sep 2021
2021 London International Shipping Week Gala

Terrace Gallery and Rotunda Garden at the Museum of London