Michel is a partner within the tax department. He began his career in 1993 at the firm's corporate tax group, before joining Linklaters in 2000 (Paris and London). Following his return to CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats, Michel chaired the tax practice in the New York office from 2002 to 2007.
Michel advises on merger and acquisition, cross-border restructuring, corporate finance and real estate. He is acting for multinationals, funds (including sovereign), financial institutions. He advises high-net-worth individuals for international planning (including international sportsmen and artists). He is also active in litigation and audits.
Michel represents l'Association Française des Fiduciaires for tax matters relating to fiducies. He is also the international organisations liaison (Europe) of the tax committee for the IBA. In addition, Michel is an active member of the American Bar Association (ABA), the International Bar Association (IBA), the International Fiscal Association (IFA) and the Tax Review.
Michel was a member of the European Commission's Growth 2020 programme, set up by the finance minister for proposing reforms to foster the growth in France. He was the co-reporter for France at the 2010 annual IFA conference on "tax treaties and tax avoidance: application of anti-avoidance provisions". He is a former officer of tax committee of the IBA (2010-2011); former co-chair of the international tax committee of the international law committee of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) (2007); former member of the steering committee – New York branch of the IFA; and former chair of the carbon finance working group of Paris (Europlace).
Michel regularly writes articles in Tax Note International, Euromoney and French publications such as Les Echos. He frequently appears in media and professional publications in France and abroad.
Michel seats on the Board of the Association Ecole Jeannine Manuel. He is also part of the admission jury to Science Po within the Programme dedicated to students living in socially deprived areas (Convention d'Education Prioritaire).
He used to be a lecturer on international/European taxation and corporate tax at Paris Dauphine University from 1998 to 2000.
Michel holds a postgraduate degree in international tax law from the University of Paris XI/HEC. A French native speaker, he is also fluent in English.