Michael assists in clients in pre-litigation situations, helping them to develop a true defense strategy, which often leads to early dispute settlements. He acts regularly as lead counsel in arbitrations under the ICC Rules and those of the arbitration associations of Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, and the United States and under the UNCITRAL Rules, ICSID, WIPO (Geneva), and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Lausanne). He conducts arbitrations throughout Europe, North America, the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific region in the following fields: civil construction, engineering, supply of industrial equipment, and industrial or power plants (often involving the application of the FIDIC Conditions of Contract, in common, civil, and Islamic law); oil and gas projects; hotel development projects and hotel management contracts; and distribution and license agreements in various sectors, including the chemical, pharmaceutical, food, liquor, and luxury goods industries.
Michael started his career as counsel at the ICC International Court of Arbitration, of which he was the German member (1997-2009). He was co-chair of the Task Force of the ICC Commission on Arbitration on the Revision of the ICC Arbitration Rules (2008-2011) (which led to the adoption of the 2012 ICC Rules of Arbitration, which to date remain the state-of-the-art arbitration rules), and is a member of the ICC Commission on International Arbitration and the IBA, as well as numerous arbitral institutions such as CEPANI, DIS, ASA and DIAC and has been appointed to the Panel of Arbitrators for Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board, the Vienna International Arbitration Centre and the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration.