Michael Bray

Senior Adviser

Michael is a senior international banking lawyer with more than 50 years of experience practising in the City of London.

Michael joined Coward Chance (which later became Clifford Chance) in 1970 and was a banking partner in that firm, and latterly a consultant, until he retired in 2015.  He held a number of senior management roles at the firm and in the period leading up to, and after, 2000, he helped the firm to navigate through its mergers with US and German firms. He was the firm’s CEO from 2000 to 2002.

During his career at Clifford Chance, Michael acted for many of the world’s leading banking institutions.  He is used to advising at Board level and during and after the financial crisis in 2008, he often acted as a high level strategic legal adviser to major financial institutions on issues ranging from litigation disputes to the implications of the euro crisis.

Since retiring from Clifford Chance, Michael has been a partner in Grimaldi Studio Legale, an independent Italian law firm which he co-founded in 1993 with fellow professional Vittorio Grimaldi, which was part of Clifford Chance until 2002.

Michael has a number of other business interests, mainly with start-up ventures.  He also has more than ten years’ experience as a member of the Global Board of Governors of JA Worldwide, one of the world’s most impactful youth-serving NGOs, where he chaired the Governance and Nominations Committee and remains as an Emeritus Governor.  He also serves on the Board of Trustees of a recently formed charity, the Voluntary Solidarity Fund International.

Michael’s outside interests include opera, theatre, skiing, golf and supporting Tottenham Hotspur FC (of which he has been a life-long supporter).

Michael graduated from the University of Liverpool in 1969 with a first class honours degree in law.