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About Michael

Michael advises companies, financial sponsors and foreign law firms on a wide variety of transactions inbound to Canada, including cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, joint venture and shareholders agreements, corporate reorganizations, and general advisory matters.

Michael has particular expertise in private equity, and in the technology, mining, energy, infrastructure, and defence sectors.

Early in his career, Michael was seconded to a multinational integrated energy company, providing him with valuable experience considering issues from the perspectives of business and in-house legal teams.

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  • Avania (portfolio company of Astorg) on its acquisition of Ironstone Product Development

  • Advent International on Canadian aspects of ADIA's investment in INNIO

  • The Citation Group (portfolio company of Hg and KKR) on its acquisition of HRdownloads

  • Litera Microsystems (portfolio company of Hg) on Canadian aspects of its acquisition of Kira Systems

  • Hg on Canadian aspects of its acquisitions of CaseWare International, Benevity and Prophix

  • Odyssey Investment Partners on the Canadian aspects of its acquisition of ProPharma Group from Linden Capital Partners

  • Coty Inc. on Canadian aspects of its strategic transaction with KKR for Coty's Professional and Retail Hair business valued at US$4.3-billion

  • Real Assets Advisers on Canadian aspects of the proposed sale of KKR's 33.33% equity stake in ACCIONA Energía Internacional to AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets and ACCIONA S.A.

  • Brand Addition (portfolio company of Elysian Capital) on its acquisition of Facilisgroup Canada, and listing of parent company, The Pebble Group, on Canadian aspects of its IPO and admission to AIM

  • ECI on Canadian aspects of its acquisition of MThree Corporate Consulting

  • Gravity Media Group (portfolio company of TowerBrook Capital) on its acquisition of Proshow Broadcast

  • An international FX and money transfer business and its private equity investors on various Canadian matters

  • Reservoir Minerals on earn-in and joint ventures with Freeport-McMoRan and Rio Tinto, its acquisition of an increased interest in the Timok copper-gold project in Serbia, and its merger with Nevsun Resources

  • Microgen on its acquisition of Primacy Corporation, a Toronto-based provider of software to the trust and fund administration market

  • QinetiQ Group on its acquisition of the Canadian subsidiaries of Meggitt Target Systems

  • AXIO Data Group (portfolio company of Electra Private Equity) on its acquisition of Chipworks

  • Keller Group on its acquisition of North American Energy Partners' piling division, and on a corporate reorganization of its Canadian business

  • Cerberus Capital Management on Canadian aspects of its acquisition of Renovalia Energy

  • Solway Investment Group on its acquisition of the Fenix ferro-nickel project in Guatemala

  • Acron JSC on its joint venture with Rio Tinto to explore and develop potash licences in Canada

  • A supermajor in structuring an oil sands joint venture in Canada with an international oil and gas company, in connection with its acquisition of assets in Brazil, Azerbaijan and the Gulf of Mexico

  • A supermajor on a cross-border oil sands and refinery assets swap and joint venture transaction involving the acquisition of a 50% interest in an oil sands heavy-oil mining project in Canada and the divestiture of 50% of a U.S. refinery

Awards & Recognition

Michael has been recognized as a leading lawyer in The Legal 500 Canada 2022 (International Expertise).

Professional Activities

Michael is a member of the International Bar Association (IBA), the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA), and the International Association of Lawyers (UIA).

Professional Appearances

Admitted to the New York State Bar – 2010
Admitted to the Alberta Bar – 2006
LLM, New York University – 2009
LLB, University of Calgary – 2005
BA, University of British Columbia – 2001

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