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Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Work Department

Corporate & Commercial; Securities


Michael’s practice focuses on international inbound as well as domestic and cross-border merger and acquisition transactions. He acts for offerors, targets and significant shareholders on negotiated and unsolicited domestic and cross-border acquisition transactions. He frequently acts for financial sponsors in both platform and roll-up transactions. Michael also has experience representing special committees of boards in connection with M&A transactions, related party transactions and internal investigations.


Recent mandates include advising The Stars Group on its combination with Flutter Entertainment, Starlight Fund 5 on its acquisition by Tricon Capital, Americold Realty Trust in connection with its acquisition of Nova Cold Logistics and Parthenon Capital in connection with its acquisition of BluePay.


Michael is a Governor of Branksome Hall, an independent girls school in Toronto.

Lawyer Rankings

Canada > Corporate and M&A

(Leading individuals)

Michael GansBlake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP leverages a broad national footprint, in addition to overseas office in London and New York, to support on a variety of public and private M&A matters, both domestic and multinational. Calgary lawyer Ross Bentley has transacted some of the largest capital market transactions and M&A deals over recent years, many of which are valued in the multi-billions, meanwhile, at the Toronto office, practice co-head David Kruse serves as a leading authority on all-manner of matters within the automotive sector. Based alongside him is Michael Gans, a go-to for both middle market and industry redefining deals, as well as Jeffrey Lloyd who supplements his dealmaking prowess with knowledge of corporate governance, shareholder activism and securities law. At the more junior end of the partnership spectrum, Linda Tu is a high-flyer, active on M&A, public and private offering transactions, disclosure requirements and corporate finance. The workload covers a far-reaching range of sectors including financial services, health and pharmaceuticals, insurance, food and beverage, gaming, power and automotive, among many others.