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Michael is a partner in the Entertainment and Media Industry Group. For more than 35 years, Michael has worked in film and television financing, usually representing banks and other financiers in connection with single production or distribution financings, revolving lines of credit, and tax structured transactions. He has also represented producers, distributors, private investors, and broadcasters. He has a particular knowledge in "gap", “presale”, and “tax credit” lending and complex multi-party financings and is highly regarded for his drafting ability: many of the standard documents used in film financings in the UK are substantially authored by Michael. He is active with Coutts & Co., Barclays, Natixis Coficine, Arbuthnot Latham & Co., the British Film Institute, the BBC, Three Point Capital, Paterson James, and The Bureau, among others.


  • University of Cambridge, St Catharine's College

  • 英格兰和威尔士


  • Ranked in Chambers UK for UK-wide Media & Entertainment: Film & Television, 2020-2024
  • Listed as a 'Leading Individual' in The Legal 500 UK for TMT Media: Media Finance, 2020-2024
  • Selected through peer review for inclusion in The Best Lawyers™ in the United Kingdom for Media & Entertainment Law, 2009-2024