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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 HP, Inc. in connection with its acquisition of Teradici Corporation

  • Advising WPT Industrial REIT in connection with its US$3.1-billion acquisition by Blackstone REIT

  • Leading the Blakes team advising Danaher Corporation in connection with its acquisitions of Aquatics Informatics, VanRx Pharmasystems, Precision Nanosystems and Tilia Labs

  • Leading the Blakes team advising Americold Realty Trust in connection with its acquisitions of Nova Cold Logistics and Liberty Infrastructures

  • Advising The Stars Group on its US$15-billion combination with Flutter Entertainment to form the world's largest online betting and gaming operator

  • Advising Hudson's Bay Company in connection with its privatization by a shareholder group led by the Executive Chairman

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

Private Equity

  • Leading the Blakes team in connection with the acquisition by Sycamore Partners of the Canadian business of Lowe’s Companies

  • Leading the Blakes team advising Audax Capital in connection with its sale of LifeMark Health Group to George Weston Limited and acquisition of Thermogenics Inc.

  • Leading the Blakes team advising Barentz International, a portfolio company of Cinven, in connection with its acquisition of Pestell Nutrition

  • Leading the Blakes team advising Electrical Components International, a portfolio company of Cerberus Capital Management, in connection with its acquisition of Promark Electronics

  • Leading the Blakes team advising Cerberus Capital Management in connection with its sale of ABC Technologies Inc. 

  • Leading the Blakes team in connection with Cerberus Capital Management's offer to acquire Dorel Industries

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

  • Advising WestJet in connection with its C$5-billion acquisition by funds affiliated with Onex Corporation

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 was named a Global Elite Thought Leader in M&A in 2020 by Who's Who Legal, one of only three Canadian practitioners so chosen.

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

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2023 (Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Securities Law)

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2022 (Corporate/M&A)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2022 (Corporate/Commercial)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2022 (Corporate and M&A)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2022 (Corporate Commercial Law, Private Equity, Mergers & Acquisitions)

  • Who's Who Legal: Global 2022 (Capital Markets – Debt & Equity, M&A)

  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada 2022 (Corporate Commercial Law and M&A)

  • Who's Who Legal: Thought Leaders – Global Elite 2021 (M&A and Governance)

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2021 (Capital Markets, M&A)

  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms – 2021 Edition (Mergers and 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.

Professional Appearances
  • Panellist: Private Equity Panel
    37th and 38th Annual Federal Securities Institutes, Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida, February 2019 and 2020.
Education

Admitted as a Legal Consultant, State of New York – 2004
Admitted to the Ontario Bar – 1996
LLB, University of British Columbia – 1994
BA, University of Pennsylvania – 1991

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