Michael Hickey
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4318

Michael advises clients in a wide variety of capital markets transactions and securities regulatory matters, including mergers and acquisitions, public and private financings, private equity and other business transactions. He acts on transactions involving a wide range of industry sectors, including financial institutions and financial services, health care, technology, mining, power generation and consumer products. He also provides ongoing advice to a variety of public issuers regarding corporate governance (including board advisory mandates) and continuous disclosure obligations.

Michael spent over a year in the Firm's New York office, where he focused on Canada/U.S. cross-border M&A as well as corporate finance and private equity transactions, while providing Canadian corporate advice to both Canadian and foreign clients conducting business or offerings in Canada. Michael currently serves as a member of the Firm's Student Committee.

Before joining Blakes, Michael worked in the legal department of one of the Firm's foreign investment banking clients.


Recent representative transactions include acting as counsel to:

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Element Financial Corporation on its "butterfly" spin-off transaction by way of plan of arrangement pursuant to which Element separated into two new public companies: Element Fleet Management Corp. and ECN Capital Corp.

  • RR Donnelley in connection with its spin-offs (by way of distribution) of each of LSC Communications, Inc., a publishing and retail-centric print services and office products company, and Donnelley Financial Solutions, Inc., a financial communications and data services company

  • Element Financial Corporation, in 2015, on its C$8.6-billion cross-border acquisition of GE Capital's North American and ANZ fleet operations; in 2014, on its US$5-billion cross-border acquisition of the vehicle fleet management services business of PHH Corporation; in 2013, on its C$570-million acquisition of the assets comprising GE Canada's Vehicle Fleet Leasing business, C$243-million portfolio acquisition of leased helicopters from GE Capital, C$2-billion railcar finance vendor program with Trinity Industries and C$20-million acquisition of Nexcap Finance Corporation; and in 2012, on its C$527-million acquisition of Transportaction Lease Systems Inc. and C$300-million acquisition of CoActiv Capital Partners, Inc.

  • Talison Lithium Limited on its C$728-million proposed acquisition by Rockwood Holdings Inc. and the subsequent C$848-million successful competitive acquisition by Chengdu Tianqi Industry (Group) Co., Ltd.

  • FAM REIT in connection with its responsorship transaction with Slate Capital and subsequent acquisition of seven GTA office properties from Slate Capital for C$190-million

  • Equity Financial Holdings Inc. on the sale of its transfer agency and corporate trust services business to the TMX Group Limited

  • A leading mid-market private equity platform of a global investment bank in connection with its acquisition of Access Cash General Partnership

  • Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (formerly Biovail Corporation) in its US$8-billion merger with U.S. public company Valeant Pharmaceuticals International

Corporate Finance

  • Open Text Corporation on its US$585-million cross-border equity offering and concurrent US$250-million offering of senior unsecured notes to partially finance its acquisition of Dell EMC’s Enterprise Content Division

  • Element Financial Corporation in respect of its C$2.8-billion public offering of subscription receipts, extendible debentures and preferred shares for acquisition financing opportunities, the proceeds of which were ultimately used to partially fund its acquisition of GE Capital's North American and ANZ fleet operations

  • Element Financial Corporation in respect of its C$1.42-billion public offering of subscription receipts, extendible debentures and preferred shares to partially finance its US$1.4-billion acquisition of PHH Corporation's vehicle fleet management services business

  • Goldman Sachs and RBC Capital Markets, as underwriters, in connection with Concordia Healthcare's US$520-million public offering of common shares and US$790-million private placement offering of senior notes to partially fund its acquisition of Amdipharm Mercury Limited

  • Pattern Energy Group in connection with its US$352M U.S./Canada cross-border initial public offering, its follow-on U.S./Canada cross-border public offerings (treasury and secondary) totalling approximately US$1.1-billion and its private placement offering of US$225 convertible senior notes

  • The underwriters and agents in connection with Choice Properties REIT's initial C$400-million equity and C$600-million debenture offerings

  • The underwriters in connection with a C$125-million offering of high-yield notes by Alliance Grain Traders

  • The underwriters in connection with a C$550-million high-yield note offering by Athabasca Oil Corporation

  • IAMGOLD in connection with its US$650-million offering of high-yield notes

  • A Schedule I Canadian bank client with respect to its first Canada/U.S. multi-jurisdictional disclosure system (MJDS) public offering of US$1.5-billion aggregate principal amount of senior notes and subsequent public offerings totalling approximately US$5-billion under the MJDS platform

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