Michael  Innes

Michael Innes, Partner, Corporate

Contact Information

  • tel: 416.862.4284
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Bar Admission

Ontario, 2001 ; Massachusetts, 1998


  • University of Toronto, LL.B.
  • University of Waterloo, B.A.Sc.






Michael has been nationally and internationally recognized as a leading capital markets and US/Canada cross-border corporate lawyer in Canada.  Michael’s practice focuses on corporate finance and securities, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and general corporate matters. He has advised clients in transactions involving the private placement and public offering of debt and equity securities, take-over bids, plans of arrangement, private equity fund formations and leveraged buy-outs.  Michael acts as the firm’s US co-desk head and is responsible for various client development activities on behalf of the firm in the United States.  

Michael has provided corporate, M&A and securities law advice to issuers and market participants in the telecommunications, media, automotive, robotics, life sciences, financial, real estate, semiconductor, mining, printing, food, electricity and general technology sectors. He has also advised private equity funds in the venture and buy-out sectors in connection with their formation and investment activities.

Notable Matters

Corporate Finance

  • Offering by Rogers Communications Inc. of $1 billion 5.80% Senior Notes due 2016, $500 million 5.38% Senior Notes due 2019 and $500 million 6.68% Senior Notes due 2039 (acted for Agents).
  • Cross-border MJDS Offering by Telus Corporation of $1 billion 5.05% Senior Notes, Series CG due 2019 (acted for Agents).
  • Offering by American Express Canada Credit Corporation of $800 million 4.853% Notes due 2014 and $150 million Floating Rate Notes due 2011 (acted for Issuer).
  • Offering by Hydro One Inc. of $300 million 5.49% Notes due 2040, $300 million 6.03% Notes due 2039, $200 million 5.0% Notes due 2013 and $100 million 3.89% Notes due 2013 (acted for Issuer).
  • Offering by Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation of $250 million 4.80% Notes due 2012 and $250 million 5.19% Notes due 2014 (acted for Issuer).
  • Cross-border MJDS Offering by Barrick Gold Corporation of 108,962,500 common shares for aggregate gross proceeds of $4.026 billion (acted for Underwriters).
  • Initial public offering by Genworth MI Canada Inc. of 49,774,100 common shares for aggregate gross proceeds of $945 million  (acted for Underwriters).

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Glamis Gold Ltd. in connection with its US$21.3 billion plan of arrangement with Goldcorp Inc. and in connection with its previous $2.9 billion unsolicited hostile take-over bid for Goldcorp Inc.
  • ThyssenKrupp AG in connection with its $5.3 billion take-over bid for Dofasco Inc.
  • Maple Leaf Foods Inc. in connection with its purchase of substantially all of the assets of The Puratone Corporation through a CCAA process
  • Maple Leaf Foods Inc. in connection with the disposition of its 90% interest in Canada Bread Company, Limited for aggregate proceeds to Maple Leaf of $1.65 billion

Private Equity

  • Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in connection with investments in private equity funds located in Canada, the United States and Europe.
  • Mesirow Financial in connection with the offering of limited partnership interests of various funds in Canada.
  • NAV Canada Pension Plan in connection with investments in real estate and infrastructure funds located in Australia, Canada and the United States.


  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers

Industry Recognition

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014: Corporate Finance & Securities
  • Lexpert 2014 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada
  • Leading capital markets lawer in Canada as recognized by ILFR


  • Recent Legislative Changes Encouraging for Foreign Private Equity Investment in Canadian Companies, Osler Corporate Review, November 2007.