He brings more than 14 years of experience in forensic accounting, post transaction disputes, fraud investigations, expert witness evidence, loss of profits quantification, expert determination, investigations on behalf of banks and U.K. government authorities and auditor negligence claims.
Mr. Michael has worked with clients in a wide range of sectors including shipping, banking, manufacturing, mining, fleet management, telecom, transport, property, media and government. Mr. Michael has worked on a number of cases that have proceeded to trial or arbitral hearing and has given evidence as a witness of fact in the Queen’s Bench Division of the Mercantile Court.
Mr. Michael has recently acted as expert in an arbitration between a Venezuelan oil company and one of its offshore drilling contractors, as well as in litigation between a Zambian copper mine and one of its mining contractors.
Mr. Michael is advising a major European manufacturer in the aviation industry on a number of allegations involving alleged procurement frauds and bribery and corruption. He also advised this client on its successful legal action against a former employee and two suppliers for ill-gotten gains obtained by these parties while colluding against the company.
He co-led a large investigation into a number of alleged employee frauds at the London office of a major Irish bank, which resulted in successful legal action against a senior ex-bank official through the London High Court.
Other assignments include the asset tracing of the former president of a North African country as well as assets of his family and associates. He led a team of forensic accountants to analyze large volumes of banking transactions to determine sources and destinations of funds and compare these to other financial and real estate documents. He also led the forensic accounting advice to a shipping operator in its arbitration with a partner in a failed joint venture, and led a team in tracing the assets of a spouse as part of a high profile matrimonial dispute.
Before joining A&M, Mr. Michael served in the forensic and investigation services department of Grant Thornton UK, working on a wide range of expert witness and investigation assignments. He was also an audit manager at Grant Thornton, working with clients listed on the London Stock Exchange and Alternative Investment Market.
Mr. Michael earned an honors degree in accountancy from the University of Pretoria. He is a Chartered Accountant (England and Wales and South Africa) and a Certified Fraud Examiner. He is also a trainer for the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) Exam Review Course and CFE Exam in Europe and is both a U.K. and South African national.