Michael Fischer has been practicing in the financial services industry for more than 20 years. He draws on his extensive in-house banking and investment funds experience to advise clients in transactional, compliance, regulatory, and enforcement matters.
Prior to joining Jones Day in 2018, Michael served as the general counsel for the German operations of an international Swiss bank for seven years. In this role, he was responsible for the bank's business divisions, structural change, and proprietary M&A projects and led regulatory and criminal investigations. He also was responsible for the EMEA region within the Wealth Management division of the global banking group, where he advised on strategic regulatory initiatives.
Michael also served as head of strategy and policy for the Financial Market Stabilisation Agency, the manager of the German government's rescue fund for the stabilization of the financial markets (SoFFin). He was in charge of regulatory projects, co-led the €77 bn. WestLB AG transaction establishing the first German bad bank-vehicle, and led a €11 bn. rights offering to repay a portion of the fund's stake in Commerzbank AG.
Earlier in his career, Michael worked as general counsel and chief compliance officer for two alternative asset management firms in New York City where he was responsible for all legal and compliance matters affecting the businesses. He started his career as a corporate/M&A attorney in the Cologne and New York offices of international UK and U.S. law firms.
Michael is a board member of the German-American Lawyers Association (DAJV) and co-head of the association's M&A practice group.
Bank of England Publishes Discussion Paper on Risk Management Systems for Collateral Referencing LIBOR
Leveling the Financial Institutions Playing Field: EBA Publishes Revised Guidelines on Outsourcing Arrangements
Publications Prior to Jones Day
Angebotsabwicklung (Completion of tender offers)
Chapter in: Handbuch Übernahmerecht nach dem WpÜG (Handbook Takeover Law pursuant to the WpÜG), editors Dr. Nikolaos Paschos and Prof. Dr. Holger Fleischer
Speaking Engagements Prior to Jones Day
January 31 - February 1, 2017
C5’s 12th Advanced Conference on International Compliance, Legal Risks and Corporate Integrity - Panel Discussion: The Impact of BREXIT on the Legal and Compli-ance Community in Europe and Beyond
EBS Law School - Lecture: Recovery Planning for Financial Institutions
EBS Law School - Lecture: Law Department in International Banking Group
May 4, 2015
ILF Banking Union Seminar - Panel Discussion: The Single Resolution Mechanism
June 23 – 24, 2014
BUJ M&A Summit - Panel Discussion: Regulatorische Herausforderungen fuer die Rechtsabteilung im Verlauf von M&A-Transaktionen (Regulatory challenges for the Legal Department in connection with M&A transactions)
UBS Investor Day - Presentation: Banking Union
November 3, 2010
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, House of Finance - Symposium / Presentation: Architektur der internationalen Finanzmarktaufsicht: Das Restrukturierungsgesetz in der Fassung vom 26.10.2010 (The German Restructuring Statute - proposal dated 26 October 2010)
October 7, 2010
True Sales Initiative, Annual Conference - Presentation and Panel Discussion: Bestandsaufnahme Finanzmarktstabilisierungsfondsgesetz – die Arbeit des SoFFin (Status Report on the Financial Markets Stabilization Funds Law - the work done by SoFFin)
March 18, 2010
The American Chamber of Commerce, Expert Briefing - Presentation and Panel Discussion: 1.5 Years Later - SoFFin and the Stabilization of the German Financial Markets
- University of Hamburg (Dr. iur. 1998); Second State Examination (Higher Regional Court Cologne, 1996); Pennsylvania State University (LL.M. 1994); Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University of Bonn (First State Examination, 1993)
- Federal Republic of Germany and New York
- Recommended financial services lawyer, Legal 500's 2017 GC Powerlist Germany directory
- German and English