Michael Kariya
Partner | London
London: +44-20-7429-3553

Michael Kariya’s practice focuses on corporate and commercial transactions, including cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate reorganizations, and general advisory matters.

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

Michael has been on secondment with an oil and gas supermajor and with a large Canadian integrated energy company, providing him with valuable experience considering issues from the perspectives of business and in-house legal teams.


Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Mincon Group on its acquisition of Pacific Bit of Canada

  • 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 £135-million IPO and admission to AIM

  • ECI on its acquisition of MThree Corporate Consulting

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

  • Reservoir Minerals on its acquisition of an increased interest in the Timok copper-gold project in Serbia and its merger with Nevsun

  • 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 elements of its acquisition of Renovalia Energy

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

Joint Ventures

  • Reservoir Minerals on a joint venture with Freeport-McMoRan Exploration Corporation to develop the Timok copper-gold project in Serbia and on an earn-in and joint venture with Rio Tinto in Serbia

  • 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


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

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

  • CompactGTL, a private company pioneering modular gas-to-liquids technology, on commercial agreements with Petrobras, SBM Offshore, Sumitomo and other companies

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Blakes Bulletin on Mergers & Acquisitions, July 12, 2018.
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