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