Michael is a partner in the Tax, M&A, Private Equity, and Private Client practices. He has a broad practice with a particular focus on cross-border taxation. Clients turn to him for meticulous and innovative tax advice. He works with major Canadian, US, and other publicly traded companies, private equity, and hedge funds, as well as tax-exempt institutions on investments, divestments, financings, mergers & acquisitions, reorganizations, and real estate and resource projects. Michael provides counsel on disputes with tax authorities and has particular expertise in international tax issues and transfer pricing matters. He also advises individuals on estate planning, personal trusts, and immigration and emigration matters. A frequent speaker at tax conferences in Canada and abroad, Michael has also published extensively in a variety of tax periodicals. He is a councillor and treasurer of the Canadian Branch of the International Fiscal Association. He is a contributing editor to Wolsters Kluwer International Tax Journal. Select Recognition: Chambers Canada; The Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada; Lexpert® Special Edition — Finance and M&A; The Best Lawyers in Canada.
On February 22, 2019, CDP Financial Inc. (“CDP Financial”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (“CDPQ”), launched a Senior Note Program for the issue and sale of up to an aggregate principal amount of US$20 billion of senior notes (the “Program”), to be unconditionally and irrevocably guaranteed by CDPQ. On March 6, 2019, CDP Financial completed an initial offering of US$2 billion aggregate principal amount of senior notes due 2022 under the Program (the “Offering”), with Goldman Sachs International, BNP Paribas, HSBC Bank plc and TD Securities (USA) LLC acting as agents for the Offering.