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Michael Doran

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Michael is a finance partner in the London office and has deep experience of the international financial markets.

Michael has extensive experience across the developed, emerging and frontier markets. His clients include private equity/credit funds, investment banks, multinational corporations, sovereign governments, state-owned entities, state agencies, supranational development banks, sovereign wealth funds and family offices.

Practice Focus

Michael's practice centres on: (1) real estate advisory, investment and financing, (2) bank restructuring / de-leveraging following the Great Financial Crisis and now the Covid-19 Pandemic – with a focus on various types of non-performing loan portfolio sales and related advisory work, (3) sovereign advisory work (including new money financings and sovereign debt restructurings), as well as strategic sovereign advisory mandates for Governments and central banks, (4) a rapidly expanding sustainable finance practice – in particular in the Green Bond space - helping to come up with creative solutions to novel funding problems, informed by and benefiting from his deep experience of the financial markets, (5) capital markets work (including equity-linked bonds and IPO preparation) and (6) special situations financings and re-financings.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales – 1995
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Northern Ireland – 1988


  • Supreme Court of England~United Kingdom (1995)
  • Northern Ireland (1988)


  • Institute of Professional Legal Studies Belfast (1987)
  • Queen's University Belfast (LLB, with Honors) (1986)


  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Co-author, "Critical Challenges Facing the Green Bond Market," International Financial Law Review, September 2019

Author, "The view from Cyprus: Paradigm shift in approach to Eurozone crisis," Journal of International Banking and Financial Law (JIBFL), 2013

Author, "Bond exit consents: No way out?" PLC, 30 August 2012

Author, "Difficult Times for Junior Creditors: IMO Car Wash and other recent developments," Bankers Law, March 2010

Author, "Sovereign wealth funds: the rapidly evolving landscape," PLC, January/February 2009