Michael's practice focuses on assisting clients in a broad range of commercial endeavors, including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, cross-border transactions, licensing, and strategic alliances. He regularly counsels enterprises in the technology sector. Michael also advises non-U.S. companies looking to establish or expand in the United States, with a particular focus on clients in Finland and other parts of the Nordic region. Prior to joining Sullivan, Michael was a partner at Arent Fox.

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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