Michael served as Practice Group Leader of Blakes' Toronto Capital Markets practice from 2013 to 2019 and prior to that was resident in the firm's New York office. His practice focuses on international inbound as well as domestic merger & acquisition transactions. Michael has advised on many of Canada's highest-profile M&A transactions, including Suncor/PetroCan, BHP Billiton/Potash, and CNOOC/Nexen, as well as numerous middle-market transactions. He acts for offerors and targets on public negotiated and unsolicited domestic and cross-border acquisition transactions, as well as purchasers and vendors in connection with asset and share purchase transactions. He also frequently acts for financial sponsors in both platform and roll-up transactions. Recent examples of his experience include advising The Stars Group Inc. in connection with its announced $6 billion acquisition of Sky Betting & Gaming, leading the Blakes team advising Lavazza S.p.A. on its acquisition of Kicking Horse Coffee Co. Ltd., leading the Blakes team advising Audax Capital in connection with its acquisition of Altasciences Company, and advising the management of Sandvine Corporation on its acquisition by Procera Networks, Inc.