Michael is a corporate and commercial lawyer whose practice includes a strong emphasis on cross-border work and assisting clients realize opportunities and overcome challenges in the U.S. market. He provides transactional and other assistance to businesses, handling mergers and acquisitions, technology development and licensing, joint ventures and product and supply agreements. Michael works extensively with technology, service and product innovators from Finland and other parts of the Nordic region. He has a more than thirty year track record helping clients with market entry and scale up, customer contracts, growth through fund-raising and acquisitions, risk matters and exit transactions.   

Representative Client Work

  • Represented Nederman Holding AB of Sweden, an environmental technology company focusing on clean air solutions, in its recent acquisition of RoboVent, a leading industrial air filtration company. Sullivan has provided acquisition advice to Nederman since 2017
  • Represented an owner of International Transportation and Marine Agency, a managing general agent specializing in marine and other specialty lines of insurance, in its sale to MS Amlin, a London-based insurer and reinsurer
  • Represented Sharper Shape Group, a technology-based provider of infrastructure data collection and analysis services to the utility industry, in Series A, Series B and convertible note financings, as well as the company’s initial US market entry and ongoing commercial activities
  • Represented the founders of Foundry9, a digital media and customer engagement solutions provider, in the company’s sale to LiquidHub
  • Represented Finland’s Bittium Corporation, a developer of technology products and solutions for communications, healthcare and other fields, in its development, licensing and supply agreement with Preventice Technologies, a subsidiary of Boston Scientific
  • Advised dozens of businesses from Finland and elsewhere on U.S. market entry, establishment and expansion

Bar & Court Admissions

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York


  • J.D., Columbia University School of Law, Casenotes and Comments Editor, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law
  • B.A., cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Hobart College

Community Engagement

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member of the Board of Directors and Former President, Finnish American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (New York)
  • Member of the Board of Directors and Secretary of American Friends of CMI, Inc.

Seminars & Presentations

  • Lecturer on challenges in dealing with financially troubled U.S. customers, Helsinki and Oulu, Finland
  • "Trading in the U.S. Market," Tampere, Finland
  • "AmCham 2012 Legal Forum - Getting the M&A Deal Done," Helsinki, Finland
  • "Compliance in International Business," Finnish Industrial Lawyers Association, New York State Bar Association Finland Chapter and the Association of Corporate Counsel – Europe Chapter, Helsinki, Finland
  • Guest lecturer, Finnish Institute for International Trade’s "North American Business Law" and "International Business Law" conferences in Helsinki and New York
  • Lecturer on venture capital transactions for programs sponsored by Finpro, Finland
  • Lecturer to business and legal audiences on commercial contracting, technology service agreements, outsourcing, basics of intellectual property law and mergers and acquisitions, and doing business in the United States



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