Michael practises corporate and securities law, focusing on financings, public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate reorganizations.

He represents a broad range of private and public companies, both established and emerging, in various industries, including technology, cannabis, mining, oil and gas and industrial. Michael counsels companies in all aspects of corporate and commercial activities, including corporate governance, disclosure obligations and regulatory compliance issues.

As Co-Head of the firm’s Cannabis practice group, Michael advises licensed producers and dealers, applicants, technology and software companies with respect to a broad range of corporate, securities, licensing and compliance matters.

Michael’s corporate practice also includes advising companies on shareholder and partnership agreements, joint venture agreements, share and asset transactions, executive employment and consulting agreements, and other commercial contracts.

    Significant Transactions

    Acted for Applied Inventions Management Corp. in connection with a reverse takeover by Acreage Holdings, Inc. and its listing on the Canadian Securities Exchange.

    Acted for GrowForce Holdings Inc. in connection with its acquisition of WILL Cannabis, a licensed producer under the Cannabis Act.

    Acted for GrowForce Holdings Inc. in connection with its brokered and non-brokered equity financings of an aggregate of approximately $44.5M and debt facility of approximately $96M.

    Acted for GrowForce Holdings Inc. in connection with its going pubic transaction by way of acquisition by MJardin Group, Inc. which is listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange.

    Acted for CannTx Life Sciences Inc. in connection with a streaming agreement with Cannabis Wheaton Income Corp.

    Acted for Danbel Ventures Inc. in connection with a reverse takeover by Maricann Inc. and its listing on the Canadian Securities Exchange.

    Acted for Platform Eight Capital Corp., a capital pool company, in connection with its initial public offering and listing on the TSX Venture Exchange.

    Acted for Palamina Corp. in connection with a $2.15M private placement financing.

    Acted for Platform 9 Capital Corp., a capital pool company, in connection with its initial public offering and listing on the TSX Venture Exchange.

    Acted for Mjardin Group in connection with $25M equity raise and $32M debt facility.

    Acted for Lonestar West Inc. in connection with its acquisition by Clean Harbors, Inc. by way of an amalgamation under the Canada Business Corporations Act in a transaction valued at $43 million.

    Acted for African Gold Group, Inc. in connection with a $6.7M private placement financing.

    Acted for Boulevard Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust in connection with its disposition by way of a plan of arrangement to PRO Real Estate Investment Trust pursuant to which PROREIT acquired 100% of the issued and outstanding trust units and debentures of Boulevard.

    Acted for Soltoro Ltd. in connection with its successful disposition by plan of arrangement to Agnico Eagle Mines Limited pursuant to which Agnico Eagle acquired 100% of the issued and outstanding common shares of Soltoro for total consideration of approximately C$32 million.

    Acted for Maple Power Capital Corporation, a capital pool company, in connection with its Qualifying Transaction with Intrinsic4D LLC.

    Acted for Lonestar West Inc. in connection with a $20M brokered private placement financing

    Acted for African Gold Group, Inc. in connection with a $12M brokered private placement financing.

    Acted for HHT Investments Inc., a capital pool company, in connection with its Qualifying Transaction with Boulevard Capital Corp. and its reorganization as a real estate investment trust by way of plan of arrangement.

    Acted for Lorne Park Capital Partners in connection with a reverse takeover and listing on the TSX Venture Exchange.

    Acted for Lingo Media Corporation in connection with its acquisition of Speak2Me Inc., a transaction valued at $9 million.

    Acted for Amazon Mining Holding PLC in connection with its $16 Million initial public offering.

    Acted for First Metals Inc. in connection with its $10 Million initial public offering.

    Acted for Exall Energy Corporation in connection with its convertible debenture financing and listing on the TSX.

    Acted for the underwriters in connection with an offering of common shares pursuant to a short form prospectus for gross proceeds of $28.75 Million.

    Acted for issuer in the public offering of limited partnership units for the purpose of investing in flow-through shares for gross proceeds of $192.7 Million.

    Acted on behalf of private company in connection with a RTO of issuer and the completion of two private placements for aggregate gross proceeds of $75 Million.

    Called to the Bar
    • Ontario (2005)
    • New York (2004)
    • California (2002)
    Education
    • J.D., Southwestern University School of Law, 2002
    • B.A., University of Western Ontario, 1997
    Affiliations
    • Ontario Bar Association
    • Canadian Bar Association
    • American Bar Association
    • New York State Bar Association
    • California State Bar Association
    • Beverly Hills Bar Association

    Speaking Engagements

    Moderator, "New Financing Options", Canadian Securities Exchange Day Toronto - Spring Pitch 2016, April 28, 2016
    Speaker, "Legal Considerations of Going Public in Canada", Canadian Securities Exchange Day New York, October 17, 2015

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