Ian Michael

Ian Michael

Partner, Bennett Jones LLP

Ian Michael’s practice is focused on corporate and securities law with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions involving public companies and private equity investments, corporate finance, and aviation infrastructure consortia. He has worked extensively with Chinese companies in connection with their Canadian investments and acquisitions. He works with boards of directors, senior executives and private equity investors in a range of industries including aviation, real estate, biosciences, and financial services.

Ian previously served as a member of the Securities Advisory Committee (SAC) of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC). SAC provides advice to the Commission on a variety of matters including legislative and policy initiatives and important capital markets trends. Ian is also a former secondee member of the Mergers & Acquisitions team at the OSC.

Ian has been recommended by The Legal 500 Canada and the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory in the areas Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity and Transport – Aviation, in addition to being noted by Lexpert as a leading infrastructure lawyer in Canada for his extensive work with aviation infrastructure consortia at most international airports in Canada. Ian is the firm’s Toronto office delegate on the Pacific Rim Advisory Council (PRAC), a leading global association of 30 top tier law firms representing 12,000 lawyers around the world including Latin America, the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia. 

Ian has taught mergers & acquisitions for the advanced securities law program at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Windsor. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of St. Andrew’s College.