Michael McIntosh KC > Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP > Calgary, Canada > Lawyer Profile

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Work Department

Financial Services


Michael is a partner in the Financial Services group in Calgary. His practice focuses on banking, corporate lending, acquisition finance, structured finance and project finance. He also has extensive experience in corporate and commercial acquisitions and regularly advises on cross-border financings. His recent transactions include major project financings, private placements, major acquisition financings and cross-border structured financings, as well as financings of oil sands projects, conventional oil and gas reserves, refineries, petrochemical plants, pipelines, mining assets and power generating assets.


Michael is recognized as a leading lawyer in all major legal directories and ranking publications.

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Canada > Banking and finance

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Michael McIntosh KC – Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Combining standalone offerings in both banking regulation and financial transactions, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP fields one of the broadest financial services practices in the market. Through its well-staffed platforms in Toronto, Calgary, Montreal and Vancouver, the team enjoys close relationships with major Canadian banks, and its New York and London offices also mark it as a popular choice to advise multinational financial institutions. On the regulatory side, national financial services head Paul Belanger is widely regarded as a market leader; in a notable pathfinder mandate, he advised Definity Financial (formerly Economical Mutual Insurance Company) on the first property and casualty demutualization in Canada. Jacqueline Shinfield and up-and-coming partner Bonny Murray are also key contacts for regulatory work. On the transactional front, Michael Matheson represents financial institutions and alternative lenders on many of Canada’s largest financings; he recently advised BMO, and a syndicate of lenders, on providing $1.4bn of credit facilities to support Brookfield Infrastructure’s C$8bn acquisition of Inter Pipeline. Other senior names include Calgary-based Michael McIntosh KC, who specializes in energy-related financings; Simon Finch, who routinely acts for both lenders and corporate borrowers; and seasoned finance expert Michael Harquail. The group also leans on Calgary-based next-generation partner Nick Tropak and counsel Mena Bellofiore, whose practice is dedicated to regulatory compliance. Named lawyers are based in Toronto unless otherwise stated.