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Michael Shepherd



Shepherd Michael
Michael Shepherd



Michael advises the firm’s key international clients and their senior executives on their most significant disputes and regulatory investigations. His practice focuses on complex, high stakes, commercial litigation, class actions and contentious regulatory matters. Michael has represented multi-national corporations and global financial institutions in high profile trials and investigations in Australia, the U.S. and Asia. Michael regularly advises clients in relation to investigations and enforcement actions brought by ASIC and the ACCC. His cross border regulatory experience includes dealings with key U.S., European and Asian financial services and anti-trust agencies.

Michael has advised on some of Australia’s largest disputes and investigations including, most recently, successfully defending The Sage Group plc from an AUD200 million claim brought by Archer Capital, successfully defending Lanco entities from an AUD150m claim brought by the Griffin Energy Group, and advising leading financial institutions in relation to international benchmark investigations.

Michael is recognised by Chambers Asia Pacific 2016 as an “up and coming partner” “especially respected for his knowledge of financial services issues”. Chambers notes that Michael “attracts highly positive comments from both peers and clients, the former seeing him as ‘an up-and-coming partner with a lot going for him,’ whilst the latter describe him as ‘very on the ball’ and an ‘insightful, clear and forthright’ practitioner who ‘gets stuck into things.’”

Michael is a member of the New York Bar, having spent six years with a leading U.S. firm. He is co-author of the chapter on class action law in Australia for “Litigating Securities Class Actions” (published by LexisNexis).

News & insights

Collection of lights

Publications: 30 NOVEMBER 2021

The sun never sets on English law governed debt: reviewing the Re Prosafe SE decision

The recent decision in Re Prosafe SE pits the principle of freedom of contract against the increasingly popular modified universalism in the cross-border restructuring and insolvency space.

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view of Berlin - new coalition agreement

Publications: 29 NOVEMBER 2021

Germany's new coalition agreement: Change is afoot for the financial services industry?

The three political parties set to form the next German government published a coalition agreement on 24 November. Its part on the German and European financial market in most respects seems to…

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Glass building

News: 29 NOVEMBER 2021

Allen & Overy advises Ørsted in purchase of 302 MW onshore wind farm

Allen & Overy advised Ørsted in the acquisition of Lincoln Land Wind, a 302 MW onshore wind farm in Morgan County, Illinois, from Ares Management. This transaction also includes the acquisitions of…

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Accountability regime for senior managers of financial institutions in Singapore

Publications: 29 SEPTEMBER 2020

Accountability regime for senior managers of financial institutions in Singapore

The MAS has issued its finalised Guidelines on Individual Accountability and Conduct, which will come into effect on 10 September 2021.

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Admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales, Australia, 2001

Admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of New York, U.S.A. 2007

Admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, U.S.A 2007

Admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, U.S.A 2011


BCL, Oxford University, 2004

Bachelor of Laws, (First Class Hons), University of Sydney, 2000

Bachelor of Arts, (First Class Hons), University of Western Australia, 1997