He brings over sixteen years of experience in fraud investigations, expert witness, post-transaction disputes, loss of profits quantification, investigations on behalf of governments and regulators and auditor negligence investigations. He has worked with clients in a wide range of sectors including aviation, shipping, manufacturing, banking, government, media, oil and gas, fleet management, telecoms and transport. Mr. Michael has worked on several cases that have proceeded to trial or arbitral hearing and has given evidence as a witness of fact in the U.K. High Court.
Mr. Michael recently provided expert advice to a major U.K. retailer in response to a regulator’s allegations of inappropriate financial management, including profit extractions and dividends and disposing of the company whilst insolvent.
Mr. Michael recently acted as an expert in an arbitration between a Venezuelan oil company and one of its offshore drilling contractors, as well as in a litigation between a Zambian copper mine and one of its mining contractors.
Mr. Michael also advised a U.K. website developer in its defence of a claim raised by a retailer which claimed loss of profits resulting from the allegedly defective website.
Mr. Michael led the forensic accounting advice to a shipping operator in its arbitration with a partner in a failed joint venture.
He was part of a multi-disciplinary team on a major international arbitration dispute, involving allegations of fraudulent conduct and breach of pre-contractual duties for a listed Belgian company with worldwide operations. In this role he prepared a number of expert reports for the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) proceedings and supported the instructing solicitors throughout the Tribunal Hearing and subsequent submissions.
He also prepared numerous expert reports in relation to the assessment of pass-on damages stemming from an air cargo cartel before the High Court in London.
Mr. Michael is a Chartered Accountant (England and Wales, and South Africa) and is a Certified Fraud Examiner. He is also a trainer for the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) Exam Review Course and CFE Exam in Europe. Mr. Michael is both a U.K. and South African national and is fluent in English and Afrikaans.