Mr Michael S Carl joined SSEK in 2004 and has more than 20 years of experience practicing law in Southeast Asia, principally in Indonesia. He is recognised by Chambers & Partners as a leading lawyer for Indonesian banking and finance, corporate/mergers and acquisitions, projects and energy, and real estate, and by IFLR1000 as a leading lawyer for banking, capital markets, project finance, and restructuring and insolvency.
Mr Carl has been selected for inclusion in Who’s Who Legal: Mining and Who’s Who Legal: Capital Markets, which recognise the world’s leading mining and capital markets lawyers. He was voted in 2012 as an Indonesian External Counsel of the Year by Asian-MENA Counsel readers, who cited his wide-ranging knowledge and experience with Indonesian law.
Mr Carl’s practice is oriented toward energy, mining, infrastructure, finance, insolvency restructurings, and mergers and acquisitions.
Mr Carl obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Harvard University in 1988 and received his Juris Doctor in 1994 from the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall) School of Law. Michael earned an SH (the equivalent of an LLB) in Indonesian law in 2012 from Atma Jaya University, Jakarta, where he was first in his class. He is a member of the California State Bar.
Before joining SSEK, Mr Carl was associated with the international law firm Baker & McKenzie in its Singapore and Bangkok offices, where he handled capital markets and investment transactions and represented Indonesian and Thai companies in US debt and equity offerings and debt restructurings. He was also previously associated with Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy and Coudert Brothers.
Mr Carl obtained an Master of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Hawaii in 1990, where he was a graduate fellow at the East-West Center. Prior to beginning his legal practice, Michael spent a year studying Indonesian commercial law at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta. He is fluent in Indonesian.