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.
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- October 18, 2019
Vorhang auf für €STR und andere Referenzzinssätze, Presentation
- September 23, 2019
Supervisory Convergence, Panel Discussion
- September 20, 2019
Legal Committee of German Association of private banks (Bundesverband deutscher Banken) DLT – Blockchain use cases in the securities and payments sectors, Presentation
- September 10, 2019
AML and DLT / Blockchain technology, Presentation
- August 18, 2019
Frankfurt School of Management and Finance Banking Supervisory Laws, Lectures
- June 13, 2019
JONES DAY German Client Conference IBOR Transition - Panel discussion
- May 9, 2019
A new paradigm – Financial Services Regulation Foreign Banking Association, Workshop
- April 5, 2019
German American Lawyers Association – M&A Committee The MAC is back – Panel discussion on FMC vs Akorn
- February 8, 2019
ICO's and Compliance, Securities law aspects of ICO's
- January 16, 2019
Blockchain: A U.S. Perspective and Implications for the Banking Business
- 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