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Robert E. Michael
Prof. Robert E. Michael is the Managing Member of Robert E. Michael & Associates PLLC, a boutique law firm that represents clients in a variety of areas dealing with problem situations, with a primary focus on cross-border workouts and bankruptcies, representing offshore corporate clients either with claims against, or an interest in investing in, U.S. entities in financial difficulty. Prof. Michael, a graduate of Brown University and New York University School of Law, is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and is probably the only person to have headed a Workout/Restructure Department in a commercial bank (Manufacturers Hanover), an investment bank (Paribas Corporation), and a law firm (Windels, Marx, Davies & Ives), and was also a partner of Morrison & Foerster, based in New York City. He is also the Chair Emeritus of the Committee on Foreign and Comparative Law of the New York City Bar Association and its current Chair of the Subcommittee on Islamic Law and a Member of its Council on International Affairs. He created and is leading the City Bar's initiatives in studying and expanding the understanding of Islamic Law, and heads the City Bar's delegation to the Working Group of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) focused on secured transactions.
In addition to Prof. Michael's many achievements, the most recent is the achievement of the chairmanship of the Islamic Law Committee for American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA).