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Michael  Innes

Michael Innes

Partner, Corporate

Co-Chair: Corporate Finance and Securities

Contact Information

tel: 416.862.4284



Bar Admission

Ontario, 2001

Massachusetts, 1998

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

Michael Innes is a partner and co-chair of Osler’s Corporate Finance & Securities Group, a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee and acts as the firm’s US Co-Desk Head.  He 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 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.

  • 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 lawyer in Canada as recognized by ILFR 1000

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

Corporate Finance

  • Offerings by Rogers Communications Inc. of US$750 million 5.0% Senior Notes due 2044, $250 million Floating Rate Senior Notes due 2017, $400 million 2.8% Senior Notes due 2019 and $600 million 4.0% Senior Notes due 2024 (acted for Agents).
  • Cross-border MJDS Offerings by Telus Corporation of $250 million 1.5% Senior Notes, Series CS due 2018, $1 billion 2.35% Senior Notes, Series CT due 2022 and $500 million 4.40% Senior Notes, Series CU due 2046 (acted for Agents).
  • Offering by American Express Canada Credit Corporation of $575 million 2.31% Notes due 2018 (acted for Issuer).
  • Offering by Hydro One Inc. of $350 million 1.62% Notes due 2020, $228 million Floating Rate Notes due 2019 and $350 million 4.17% Notes due 2044 (acted for Issuer).
  • Offering by Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation of $225 million 2.01% Notes due 2016 and $275 million 2.36% Notes due 2018 (acted for Issuer).
  • Various bond offerings by General Motors Financial of Canada, Ltd., OPB Finance Trust, Ventas Canada Finance Limited, The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (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

  • 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
  • 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 turkey breeding, hatching and growing operations
  • 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.

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 private equity funds in Canada.
  • Ares Management LLC in connection with the offering of limited partnership interests of various private equity funds in Canada.
  • NAV Canada Pension Plan in connection with investments in various private equity funds located in Australia, Canada and the United States.

  • Food Product Liability in Canada: Five Drivers of Litigation and Steps to Minimize the Risk, July 2014.
  • It’s Time to Stop Thinking of the Financing Environment after the Global Financial Crisis as the New Normal (It’s Just Normal), Osler Capital Markets Report 2014, January 2014.
  • 2012 Corporate Finance Review, Osler Capital Markets Review 2012, January 2013.
  • High Yield Debt – A New Form of Capital in Canada, Osler Capital Markets Review 2010, January 2011.
  • Recent Legislative Changes Encouraging for Foreign Private Equity Investment in Canadian Companies, Osler Corporate Review, November 2007.