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Michael Gans

Michael I. Gans Michael I. Gans
Michael I. Gans Partner | Toronto, New York
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Recent examples of Michael's experience include:

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Leading the Blakes team advising Americold Realty Trust in connection with its acquisition of Nova Cold Logistics

  • Leading the Blakes team advising Evo Payments in connection with its acquisition of Delego Software

  • Advising The Stars Group on its US$15-billion enterprise value combination with Flutter Entertainment to form the world's largest online betting and gaming operator, which includes the PokerStars, Fox Bet and FanDuel businesses in the U.S.

  • Advising Hudson’s Bay Company in connection with a proposal from a shareholder group led by the Executive Chairman to privatize the Company

  • Advising Starlight Fund 5 in connection with its US$1.4-billion acquisition by Tricon Capital Group

  • Leading the Blakes team advising Lavazza S.p.A. on its acquisition of Kicking Horse Coffee Co. Ltd.

  • Leading the Blakes team advising DigitalGlobe, Inc. in connection with its US$3-billion acquisition by MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates

Private Equity

  • Leading the Blakes team advising Parthenon Capital in connection with its acquisition of BluePay Canada

  • Leading the Blakes team advising Maroon Group, a portfolio company of CI Capital, in connection with its acquisition of the assets of Cambrian Chemicals

  • Advising WestJet in connection with its C$5.0-billion acquisition by funds affiliated with Onex Corporation

  • Leading the Blakes team advising ABC Group Inc., a portfolio company of Cerberus Capital Management, in connection with its disposition of the Polybottle Companies

  • Leading the Blakes team advising Impact Group, a portfolio company of CI Capital, in connection with its acquisition of Cluep Inc.

  • Leading the Blakes team advising Audax Capital in connection with its acquisition of Altasciences Company

  • Advising the Executive Chairman of Halogen Software Inc. in connection with the MBO/LBO of Halogen Software and combination with Saba Software, Inc.

Fairness

  • Advising numerous investment banks, including Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse, Jefferies, Moelis and Macquarie, in connection with their roles as financial advisers to acquirors and targets in M&A transactions

Awards & Recognition

Michael has been recognized as a leading lawyer by the following publications:

  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada 2020 (Corporate Commercial Law and M&A)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2020 (Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Securities Law)

  • Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders - Global Elite 2020 (M&A and Governance)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2020 (Corporate/Commercial)

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2019 (Corporate/M&A)

  • Who’s Who Legal: Capital Markets 2019 (Debt and Equity Chapter)

  • Who’s Who Legal: M&A and Governance 2019 (M&A Chapter)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2019 (Recommended - Corporate and M&A and Capital Markets)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2019 (M&A and Private Equity)

  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms - 2018 Edition (Highly Regarded - Mergers & Acquisitions)

Professional Activities

Michael is a member of the Board of Governors of Branksome Hall. He is a former member of the Mergers and Acquisitions and the Securities Regulation Committees of the New York City Bar Association.

Publications
  • Co-author: The Legal 500: Corporate Governance Country Comparative Guide – Canada Chapter
    The In-House Lawyer, February 2019.
  • Co-author: 2018 Market Trends and New Issues in Canada - 2018
    Corporate, Who's Who Legal, July 2018.
Professional Appearances
  • Panellist: Private Equity Panel
    37th Annual Federal Securities Institute, Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida, February 11-12, 2019.
Education

Admitted as a Legal Consultant, State of New York - 2004
Admitted to the Ontario Bar - 1996
LL.B., University of British Columbia - 1994
B.A., University of Pennsylvania - 1991

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