Did you know Hofstra Law has a global presence? More than 150 alumni are currently practicing in countries around the world, including Afghanistan, Bahrain, France, Germany, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Thailand, and the United Kingdom.
This December, Allyson Lehrer, director of alumni relations, had the pleasure of meeting with Michael Yadgar ’99, who resides in the Kingdom of Bahrain, a sovereign state in Arabian Gulf.
Here are some highlights from their conversation:
Like many of our alumni, Michael credits his incredible career to his time at Hofstra Law, and the relationships he formed and continues to maintain. Michael started his career as an attorney in New York, first at Certilman Balin, and then at Sidley Austin. During his six years at Sidley Austin, Michael’s principal areas of practice were securities, futures-related funds, and corporate transactions. He was also involved in the successful development and launch of the first commodity pool to be listed on a securities exchange in the U.S.
From there, his life took a truly remarkable turn. Michael, the son of Jewish Bahraini immigrants to the United States, had the opportunity to re-open and lead DLA Piper’s office in Bahrain as a legal director and country head. Having been traveling to and from Bahrain as a child almost yearly, he was very familiar with the country and had many friends and thought it was a great opportunity.
While leading DLA Piper’s Bahrain office, Michael focused on general corporate mergers and acquisitions, and counseled U.S. companies coming into Bahrain and the wider region. After four years, Michael became a partner at the law firm, Meysan Partners that was made up of lawyers who came from large firms and established a boutique corporate practice based in Kuwait. He has since left Meysan Partners and currently works as the director of special projects at Apiso.io, an integrated financial solutions firm providing virtual card payment solutions, Banking-as-a-Service and Software-as-a-Service solutions, and is excited about a NeoBank in the project pipeline.
Michael divides his time between the Middle East and UK, with frequent trips to New York to visit family and friends.
Michael’s story is fascinating — personally and professionally — and Hofstra Law, and Allyson, are so fortunate to have the opportunity to meet with outstanding alumni like Michael.