Managing Partner, EY Law Vietnam
Michael currently leads the newly launched law firm of EY Indochina, a fast growing team of 15 corporate lawyers based in Ho Chi Minh City. EY Law Global has over 4,000 lawyers in 85 offices around the world, and now intends to expand quickly throughout ASEAN. Michael will head this expansion process in Indochina.
Michael has over 20 years’ experience in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and corporate law. Prior to joining EY, Michael worked as a corporate attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York, London and Los Angeles, as well as Debevoise & Plimpton in New York, focusing on international corporate bankruptcy, securities and M&A work. He is a member of the bar of New York and California and is a licensed foreign lawyer in Vietnam.
Outside of law, Michael worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company in their pharmaceutical practice group and managed his own hedge funds for a decade.
Michael graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University, received his M.A. from Princeton University and his J.D. from Yale Law School. He also studied at both Cambridge University in the UK and Georg-August University in Germany.
Participation and Support of AmCham Vietnam and Vision for AmCham Vietnam
Michael currently serves as one of the two Vice Chairs of the Board of Governors of AmCham Vietnam, a position which allows him to support actively and closely Amanda Rasmussen in her many activities as Chair.
Michael served as the chair of the Search Committee for the new Executive Director, which culminated with great success in the hiring of Mary Tarnowka, former US Consul General. Michael feels highly confident Mary is the right person to lead and grow AmCham Vietnam into a bright new future.
He also served as the chair of the Nominating Committee in 2018. He actively recruited women to run for the Board and felt real satisfaction when every woman that ran won the election, bringing the total number of women on the Board to an all-time record high of 6 (up from 2 at the end of 2018!).
With a woman as Chair, a woman as the other Vice Chair, a woman as Executive Director, and six women on the Board, AmCham Vietnam has never been more gender inclusive. At the last Board meeting, Michael noted with no small astonishment that the women present in the room actually outnumbered the men.
Michael founded the new Agriculture Committee in May 2019, which continues to meet regularly and to add members. He has also been actively involved at various stages with the Women in Leadership, Education and Healthcare Committees.
Michael’s vision for AmCham Vietnam is to create a more inclusive, diverse, younger and more dynamic Chamber, focused on bringing the members together in meaningful ways, holding content-rich events that about issues members care about, and providing effective advocacy for the members’ needs.