Francois Michaud
François Michaud has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services sector and advises on government enforcement, white collar crime, internal investigations, compliance, anti-bribery, anti-corruption and banking regulatory matters.


Prior to joining Skadden in 2014, Mr. Michaud served as senior legal counsel and head of special affairs and regulatory at a major international corporate and investment bank, handling significant cross-border criminal and regulatory investigations and advising on a wide range of regulatory matters.

As in-house counsel to the bank, he also gained extensive experience on banking and financing matters, including the restructuring of major financings (including Eurodisney and Alstom), LBOs and project finance. He was involved in the creation of Newedge, a major broker-dealer, and he managed complex international litigation in Argentina and the U.S. relating to the sale of Russian bonds funds.

Prior to that, Mr. Michaud was an attorney focusing on banking and finance matters within the Paris office of another major U.S. law firm.

In addition, Mr. Michaud has been a speaker and participated as a panelist in conferences on U.S. sanctions, anti-money laundering and counter-fighting terrorism, including with United Nations experts.



  • DESC (International Business), Euromed Management School, 1989
  • B.A.(Hon), University of Canterbury, 1988
  • Maîtrise en droit (Grenoble 2), 1987


  • Paris


  • French
  • English

Francois Michaud

Counsel, Financial Institutions Regulation and Enforcement