“Well regarded by sources as a top-tier securitisation lawyer. He is at the forefront of structured asset-backed lending, secured lending and aircraft financing”.
- Chambers Global
Michael's practice focuses on corporate and commercial law, with an emphasis on structured asset-backed financing, securitization, private M&A, capital markets, secured lending, aircraft financing and derivatives. He has represented issuers and underwriters on various public and private securitizations and sellers and conduit sponsors on asset-backed commercial paper transactions. Michael has particular experience in the broad financial services industry, involving numerous asset classes, including residential and commercial mortgages, auto loans and leases, personal lines of credit, credit cards and trade receivables.
Michael is consistently recognized as a leading lawyer in capital markets, asset and equipment finance/leasing and asset securitization by the industry’s best known directories and guides to legal talent.
Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in capital markets: securitisation (2016-2021)
Chambers Global—Leading lawyer in capital markets: securitisation (2009-2021)
Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in equipment finance law, securities law, structured finance law (2006-2021); corporate law (2021)
Lexpert/American Lawyer's Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in asset securitization (2009-2021) and banking and financial institutions (2013-2016)
The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in asset securitization; banking & financial institutions; asset equipment finance/leasing; derivative instruments (2013-2020); corporate commercial law (2013-2019); corporate finance & securities (2013-2018)
Who’s Who Legal—Leading lawyer in transport - aviation finance (2015-2021)
Expert Guides: Best of the Best—Leading lawyer in structured finance and securitisation (2019)
Best Lawyers in Canada—2018 Structured Finance Law Lawyer of the Year in Toronto
Best Lawyers in Canada—2018 Equipment Finance Law Lawyer of the Year in Toronto
Which Lawyer?—Leading lawyer in capital markets: debt and equity (2009-2012)