Michael C. DeCosimo

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Michael DeCosimo is a partner in the Business Law Group at Cassels. Michael practices corporate and securities law with an emphasis on corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, corporate governance and investment funds. He has acted as issuer’s counsel on over 75 initial public offerings (including companies and structured products) and other public and private offerings, raising aggregate gross proceeds of over $8 billion. Michael also acts for underwriters and agents in connection with public and private financings. He offers significant experience advising companies ranging in size from start-ups to multinationals and serves as a trusted advisor to senior executives of public and private companies and investment funds, boards of directors and independent review committees on all aspects of transactions, corporate governance, disclosure and reporting requirements, risk management and compliance. Michael also has extensive expertise in drafting and negotiating agreements, policies and incentive plans for senior executives and directors.

Michael has been ranked as a leader in his field by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, the Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada and the Lexpert/ROB Special Edition on Global Mining. In recognition of his outstanding performance relative to his peers, Michael was selected as an Acritas Star and was previously selected as one of Lexpert’s Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40.

  • Acritas Star, Independently Rated Lawyers
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Investment Funds & Asset Management) (2017)
  • Legal 500 Canada (Capital Markets) (2016 & 2017)
  • Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyers in Canada (Lawyer to Watch) (2011)
  • Lexpert Special Edition, Global Leaders in Mining (2016)
  • Lexpert, Rising Star Award (2010)
  • LL.B., University of Windsor, 1997
  • H.B.A., Western University, 1992
  • Ontario, 1999