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Mike acts for numerous small and medium sized domestic and foreign issuers, involved in a broad range of industries and service sectors.

He also has significant experience acting for investment banks and securities dealers, with an emphasis in public and private equity and venture capital financings; stock exchange listings; and in mergers and acquisitions and takeovers (both friendly and hostile), including domestic and cross-border transactions. 

Mike also has extensive experience in a wide range of general corporate and commercial transactions and dissident shareholder disputes.

Mike has practiced securities, corporate, commercial and natural resource law for nearly 40 years.

From 2005 to 2011, he was a member of BLG’s Partnership Board. He has previously served as the Regional Business Group Leader and a member of the Regional Management Committee in Calgary.

Mike has also acted as corporate secretary and/or a director of over 25 public corporations engaged in the petroleum and natural gas, mining, industrial, technology and venture capital industries, as well as numerous private corporations and charitable societies.

Experience

  • General securities and capital market solicitor’s practice including preparation and clearance of capital pool, short-form and long-form prospectuses offerings up to $100 million, private placement of equity and debt securities up to $100 million, and private equity exempt offerings up to $75 million.
  • Preparation of filing of listing applications and filing statements for domestic and foreign stock exchange listings; negotiation/preparation of underwriting agreements and due-diligence counsel, issuer bids, including both normal course and substantive bids on domestic and international stock exchanges.
  • Takeover bids both friendly and hostile.
  • Corporate/commercial solicitor’s practice, including purchase and sale of private and public companies involving transactions up to $750 million; corporate re-organizations involving reverse takeovers of companies, amalgamations; mergers, plans of arrangement, negotiation/preparation of limited partnership agreements, joint venture agreements, shareholder and governance agreements, for a variety of commercial ventures.
  • Oil and gas solicitor’s practice, including the purchase and sale of oil and gas assets, including working interests, production facilities, pipelines, underground storage facilities ranging in size up to $1 billion, negotiation/preparation of domestic/international/offshore exploration agreements, operating agreements,  limited partnership agreements, farmout agreements, royalty agreements, drilling contracts, and construction, ownership and operating agreements.
  • Negotiating and drafting of option agreements, joint venture agreements, purchase and sale agreements, and finance agreements for the acquisition, exploration and financing of mining projects both domestic and international.
  • Extensive experience with respect to all aspects of corporate governance and advising boards of directors in related matters.
  • Dissident shareholder disputes, including advising management and board of directors in all matters related to dissident shareholder disputes, conduct of dissident of shareholder meetings, including acting as special counsel to several corporate trust companies, issuers and special shareholder groups in respect of dissident shareholder disputes and dissident shareholder meetings.
  • Experience acting for borrowers in negotiation/preparation of various lines of credit ranging in size to $100 million and repatriation of debt between domestic and foreign jurisdictions.
  • Significant experience related to debt restructurings and corporate reorganizations, including negotiations/preparation of documents relating to debt restructuring, debt work outs, plans of arrangement under CCAA and the bankruptcy proceedings, and sale of assets under CCAA, bankruptcy and receivership proceedings for transactions ranging between $5 million to $300 million.

Beyond our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Former Professional Advisor for Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) – Haskayne School of Business
  • Member, Calgary Bar Association
  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association, Natural Resources and Security Subsections

Community Involvement

  • Director, Alberta Conservation Association
  • Director, Senior Officer and Lifetime Member, Pheasants Forever Canada Inc. and Calgary Pheasants Forever
  • Lifetime Member, former Director and Executive Committee Member, Trout Unlimited Canada
  • Member, Ducks Unlimited Canada
  • Former Director and Calgary Athletic Leader Award Recipient, Calgary Booster Club
  • Former Director and Senior Officer, Founders Award Recipient and Special Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, Calgary West Little League
  • Alberta Little League Wall of Excellence Inductee
  • Former Director and Senior Officer, Babe Ruth Baseball Association of Calgary
  • Former Director and Senior Officer, Trails West Hockey Association

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada (Mergers & Acquisitions Law).
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition of Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Corporate Mid-Market).

Bar Admission & Education

  • Alberta, 1981
  • LLB, Université de l'Alberta, 1980
  • BA, Université de Calgary, 1976