Michael practices corporate and securities law and has experience acting for public and private companies, financial institutions and private equity funds on a broad range of legal transactions, including Canadian and U.S. capital markets financings, mergers and acquisitions, including plans of arrangement, going-private and spin-out transactions, and joint ventures and shareholders agreements.

Michael also regularly advises clients on corporate governance and securities regulatory matters, including shareholder meeting processes, securities legislation and compliance with stock exchange listing rules.

Prior to joining Lawson Lundell, Michael practiced at a leading national law firm in Vancouver and at the Hong Kong office of a leading offshore international law firm.



  • Barrick Gold Corporation in connection with the divesture of its interest in the Lagunas Norte mine in Peru to Boroo Pte Ltd (Singapore) for a total consideration of up to US$81 million, plus the assumption by Boroo of Barrick’s closure liability relating to Lagunas Norte of US$226 million backed by an existing US$173 million bonding obligation.
  • Cornish Metals Inc. in connection with its listing on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange and concurrent financing of approximately £8.2 million
  • SSR Mining Inc. in connection with its merger-of-equals transaction with Alacer Gold Corp. to create a combined entity with market capitalization of approximately US$5 billion.
  • B2Gold Corp. in connection with the sale of all of its Nicaragua assets to Calibre Mining Corp. for approximately US$100 million.
  • Coeur Mining, Inc. in connection with its acquisition of Northern Empire Resources Corp. by way of plan of arrangement.
  • Hudbay Minerals Inc. in connection with its acquisition of Mason Resources Corp. by way of plan of arrangement.
  • EHR Resources Ltd. in connection with its option agreement with North Arrow Minerals Inc. for the Naujaat Diamond Project, Nunavut.
  • Newmont Corporation in connection with its acquisition from NOVAGOLD RESOURCES INC. of 50% interest in the Galore Creek project.
  • Vancity Community Investment Bank in its acquisition of CoPower Inc., an issuer of green bonds.
  • Pender Growth Fund Inc. and PenderFund Capital Management Ltd. in connection with their equity investments in issuers listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange.
  • SSR Mining Inc. in connection with its equity investment in SilverCrest Metals Inc.
  • Bathurst Resources Limited in connection with its investment in, and right to acquire up to a 50% interest in, the Crown Mountain Coking Coal Project located in British Columbia.
  • Transaction counsel for certain portfolio companies of Brookfield in acquisitions in the building services and service station industries.
  • Provided M&A and securities laws advice in connection with going-public transactions on the Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange.

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Bar Admissions

  • British Columbia (2012)


  • University of Western Ontario (J.D., 2011)
  • King’s College London, United Kingdom (M.A., 2008)
  • University of Toronto (B.A. Hon., with High Distinction, 2007)


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