Michaël Schlesinger’s practice focuses on complex cross-border disputes.

He has extensive experience in civil procedure, international law and recovery procedures.

He has been a member of the Paris bar since 2012 and works in French, English and Spanish.

Michaël joined Archipel in 2012. He previously clerked at the Versailles Court of Appeal and trained with an international firm and a third-party funder.

He graduated in Private International Law and International Business Law (University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) and Private Law (University Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas). He also studied at the University of Birmingham (United Kingdom).

Practice areas

  • Sovereign debt
  • Cross-border litigation
  • Enforcement
  • Asset tracing & recovery
  • Evidentiary proceedings
  • Provisional & protective measures

Recent projects

  • Investigative measure by the receiver of a Middle-East bankrupted bank in order to identify assets diverted by former shareholders
  • Resisting recognition of sanctions ordered by a North American administrative authority supervising financial market
  • Attachment of foreign States assets in France (aircraft, tax claims, real estate, commercial leases…)
  • Advising an African State for the recovery of ill-gotten assets
  • Challenge against dissipations of assets made by a debtor in fraud of creditor’s rights
  • Litigation regarding payment of sovereign bonds issued and guaranteed by an East European State
  • Resisting recognition of a foreign judgement declaring an African company bankrupted
  • Action on the merits before French courts against a Lebanese bank in the context of the 2019 liquidity crisis

Publications / Conferences

  • Enforcement against sovereign States (Tour d’Horizon CFA-40 2020)
  • La localisation des créances incorporelles (Séminaire M2 DIPCI Assas, 2020)
  • Enforcement of foreign judgments (International comparative legal Guide 2020)
  • L’exécution des sentences arbitrales (Etats généraux de l’Arbitrage CNB, 2019)
  • La suspension de l’exécution provisoire (Colloque de l’association des avocats praticiens des procédures et de l’exécution 2016)

Professional affiliations

  • French Association of Enforcement Litigation Lawyers (AAPPE)
  • CFA-40
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