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Michael Bantey

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Recent matters on which Michael has acted include representing:

  • A NYSE-listed biotechnology company in its Canadian special warrant financing and accompanying filing of a Canadian prospectus and listing on the TSX

  • 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 2016-2018 (Structured Finance Law)

  • Martindale-Hubbell (BV® Distinguished Rated Lawyer)

Professional Activities

Michael is editor of the Firm's Doing Business in Quebec guide, and is a frequent speaker at Canadian securities law and M&A conferences. He is also a regular contributor to Blakes publications on securities and derivatives matters.

Education
Admitted to the Quebec Bar - 1989
B.C.L. and LL.B. (Upper Second Class Honours and University Scholar), McGill University - 1988
B.Sc. Math., McGill University - 1984
Exchange Program, The Fletcher School, Tufts University - 1983-1984
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