University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., Order of the Coif
Wisconsin Law Review, Executive Editor: Research & Writing

Albert Einstein College of Medicine, M.D., Special Distinction in Research

University of Wisconsin, B.B.A, with distinction


New York
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Michael J.T. McMillen
New York
PHONE: +1 212-696-6157
FAX: +1 917-368-7357

Mr. McMillen is a partner in the Finance group.  He focuses his practice in the finance sector, particularly on Islamic finance, project and infrastructure development and finance, investment funds and real estate.

Mr. McMillen has more than 30 years of broad-based finance and corporate experience and is recognized as a global leader in Islamic finance and investment. Mr. McMillen has vast experience in the development and implementation of innovative Shari`ah-compliant financial products and structures, many the first of their kind.  His transactional work in the Middle East, North America, Europe, and Southeast Asia has included extensive investment funds work and transactions involving most major asset classes.

His project, infrastructure, equipment and structured finance work includes responsibility as the lead counsel on a wide range of financings in industries such as petrochemicals, mining, infrastructure, real estate, pulp and paper and electricity generation, including nuclear, hydro, coal, gas and renewable sources, in countries such as Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Egypt, India, Pakistan, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Yemen and the United States. Many of his transactions were the first of their kind in these jurisdictions.

Mr. McMillen is an adjunct professor teaching Islamic finance at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and The Wharton School.  He was the founding Chairman of the Islamic Finance Section of the American Bar Association and thereafter served as Chairman and Senior Advisor for that Section.  He has been responsible for capital markets initiatives of the Islamic Financial Services Board.

Mr. McMillen has twice been the recipient of Euromoney’s award as the “Best Legal Adviser in Islamic Finance.”  Euromoney has also recognized him as one of the 18 pioneers in the Islamic finance and investment field.  He has additionally been honored with the Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al-Makhtoum Award For Special Contributions to Islamic Finance and the Best Legal Advisor in Islamic Finance in North America.


American Bar Association
     Islamic Finance Section, Chairman (2007-2008 (Founder)2008-2009 (Chair); 2010-2010 (Senior Advisor) 
New York City Bar Association
Islamic Development Bank Committee on the Global Financial Crisis, Member (2009)
International Swaps and Derivatives Working Group on Islamic Finance, Member


Euromoney, Best Legal Advisor in Islamic Finance (twice)
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Makhtoum Award for Special Contributions to Islamic Finance