Education

Indiana University Maurer School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2002

  • Notes & Comments Editor, Indiana Law Journal 

DePauw University, B.A., Economics, 1997

Admitted

California

Illinois

Memberships

American College of Investment Counsel

Michael Harrison is a partner in the firm's Corporate Finance Department. He has experience across a broad range of domestic and cross-border corporate and infrastructure financing transactions, including debt private placements, commercial lending, and structured finance.  In the cross-border space, Michael has extensive experience on financings by issuers and borrowers in Australia, New Zealand, and Europe.

Michael acts regularly on transactions involving a range of industries and asset types, including transactions involving energy and utility companies; real estate investment trusts; mining and industrial engineering companies; gaming and hospitality companies; media companies; shipping companies; retailers; universities; hospitals and laboratory testing companies; airports; pipelines; water treatment facilities; transportation centers; wind farms; and commodities.  He has experience on new financings, amendments, and workouts of distressed credits.

Michael has acted for both debt investors and issuers on numerous project finance and infrastructure transactions.  In recent years, Michael has acted for debt investors on public-private partnership financings related to a major railway station and transportation hub and a water desalination facility, and on secured financings related to a coal export terminal and a wind farm. Additionally, prior to joining the firm, Michael acted for numerous airports and pipeline operators in the Southern Hemisphere on their debt financings.  He also has extensive experience on debt financings by utility companies, having represented investors and (before joining the firm) issuers on transactions by utility companies located in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand.  In the social infrastructure space, Michael has also acted on debt financings by major universities and the operators of hospitals and medical centers.

Before joining Chapman in 2013, Michael practiced at a major international law firm in Chicago and in Sydney, Australia.  Prior to becoming a lawyer, Michael was a fixed income portfolio analyst for a buy-side institutional investment management firm.

Publications

Co-Author, "Financing Public-Private Partnerships in the U.S. Private Placement Market," ACIC Private Notes. May 2016.