Our Team

Michael Phillips

Part­ner, Cor­po­rate

Hav­ing relo­cat­ed from Hong Kong to Syd­ney, I joined Swaab’s cor­po­rate group as a part­ner. I have prac­ticed for over 20 years —16 of which as a part­ner with­in inter­na­tion­al law firms in Lon­don and Hong Kong. 


My expe­ri­ence ranges from cor­po­rate finance, merg­ers and acqui­si­tions, pri­vate equi­ty and reg­u­la­to­ry com­pli­ance to gen­er­al cor­po­rate and com­mer­cial law. 

I have rep­re­sent­ed numer­ous inter­na­tion­al clients on enter­ing as well as exit­ing the Chi­na mar­ket and on both pub­lic and pri­vate merg­er and acqui­si­tion trans­ac­tions. I have also advised boards in con­nec­tion with cor­po­rate gov­er­nance protocols. 

I also assist both star­tups and SMEs on struc­tur­ing, fundrais­ing and employ­ment share schemes.


  • Cor­po­rate and com­mer­cial law
  • Cor­po­rate finance
  • Merg­ers & acquisitions
  • Pri­vate equity
  • Reg­u­la­to­ry compliance
  • Star­tups

Roles, mem­ber­ships and education

  • Bach­e­lor of Arts in Law and Indus­tri­al Psy­chol­o­gy, Uni­ver­si­ty of the Witwatersrand
  • Bach­e­lor of Laws LLB
    Uni­ver­si­ty of the Wit­wa­ter­srand, 1984
  • High­er Diplo­ma in Com­pa­ny Law, 
    Uni­ver­si­ty of the Wit­wa­ter­srand, 2000
  • Mem­ber – Law Soci­ety of Eng­land and Wales
  • Mem­ber – Law Soci­ety of Hong Kong
  • Mem­ber – Law Soci­ety of New South Wales
  • Grad­u­ate of the Aus­tralian Insti­tute of Com­pa­ny Directors.
  • Recog­nised as Lead­ing Indi­vid­ual’ in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 in the field of Cap­i­tal Mar­kets by The Asia Pacif­ic Legal 500.