Michael Bantey
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4003

Michael's practice focuses on corporate and securities transactions, as well as mergers and acquisitions. He has experience in a broad range of transactions, many having a cross-border component. As such, Michael regularly represents investors, private and public companies, investment dealers and other market actors. In addition to advising on securities and derivatives regulation and compliance, he also maintains a wide-ranging commercial practice as external adviser to industrial and knowledge-based enterprises.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Recent matters on which Michael has acted include representing:

  • A Japanese strategic investor in connection with its minority investment in a private Quebec-based industrial enterprise

  • A global private equity firm in connection with a US$40 million investment in a Quebec-based pharmaceutical company

  • A Quebec-based financial institution in connection with its investments in a mezzanine capital fund

  • A Quebec-based financial institution in connection with its investment in a private infrastructure fund

  • A U.S.-based real estate-focused private equity firm in connection with its offerings to accredited investors in Canada

  • Mexico-based private equity funds in connection with Canadian structuring matters

  • A global hedge fund in connection with a series of loan and equity investments made by way of private placements in a junior exploration company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange
  • A Canadian pension fund in connection with a series of equity investments made by way of private placements in a TSX-listed professional services company
  • An investment bank in connection with its fairness opinion and follow-on valuation in the context of a contested acquisition of a TSX-listed paper and forest products company
  • The selling shareholders in connection with the sale of a Quebec-based drilling services company to a strategic buyer
  • A TSX-listed target company in the mining sector in connection with a business combination by way of plan of arrangement valued at over C$600-million
  • A mining company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange in a US$25-million financing by way of a metal purchase agreement
  • An international mining company in connection with its strategic private placements in Canadian junior exploration companies listed on the TSX Venture Exchange
  • Consortia in offerings of senior bonds totalling approximately C$1.8-billion in connection with public-private partnership hospital projects in Quebec
  • A Canadian transportation services company in connection with its cross-border offering of senior secured notes
  • The institutional investors and GMP Securities LP in connection with the recapitalization of MEGA Brands Inc. by way of plan of arrangement, which included a C$110-million bought deal public offering of subscription receipts and a private placement of US$121-million of units led by Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd.
  • TUI, Hapag-Lloyd and CP Ships in connection with the sale of an 80 per cent stake in its Canadian container terminal activities of the Montreal Gateway Terminals to a private equity buyer for a reported C$460-million
AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Michael is recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016 and 2017 (Structured Finance Law)
  • Martindale-Hubbell (BV® Distinguished Rated Lawyer)
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MEDIA APPEARANCES
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Mentioned: Ontario wades into cap-and-trade
Lexpert, June 2015.
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