Atlas, Michael N.

Education

Concordia University John Molson School of Business

B.Comm, 2008
  • With Distinction

Queen’s University

J.D., 2011

Michael N. Atlas

Associate

Overview

Mike is an Associate in the Toronto office of Dickinson Wright. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate transactions, renewable energy, private equity and corporate finance, restructuring and insolvency and emerging business. His clients range from individuals to large public companies. He provides advice in a wide range of situations, from incorporation to financing and from growth to restructuring.

Mike offers clients practical, creative and innovative solutions to legal issues in order to help them achieve their business objectives.

Prominent Assignments

Mike has represented:

    • Purchasers and vendors in connection with purchase and sale transactions in the consulting, insurance, retail, manufacturing, petroleum sales, private education, real estate, construction, natural resources, automotive, investment, renewable energy, technology, food service and health service industries
    • Start-up businesses and private corporations and partnerships in connection with their organizational structures, governance and shareholder agreements, partnership agreements and joint venture agreements as well as day-to-day corporate requirements and contract negotiations
    • Shareholders in connection with corporate disputes
    • First Nations and developers in connection with the application for, structuring of, and financing of renewable energy projects (Large Renewable Procurement (LRP) and Feed-in-Tariff (FiT))
    • First Nations in connection with the establishment and maintenance of economic development corporations and limited partnerships as well as governance matters related to such entities
    • Corporations in connection with private offerings of debt, equity and convertible and hybrid securities
    • Schedule I banks and borrowers in connection with financing transactions
    • Lenders and borrowers in connection with private loan transactions, including transactions involving unconventional security and unique financing structures
    • Investment funds in connection with factoring and the sale of collateralized debt
    • United States and international corporations in connection with investments in Canada
    • Debtors, receivers and secured creditors in connection with Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) and Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (BIA) proceedings
    • Secured creditors in connection with disputes regarding priority and validity of security
    • Vendors in connection with the sale of distressed assets
    • Charitable organizations in connection with their incorporation, governing documents and day-to-day obligations
    • International and Canadian direct sales corporations in connection with their regulatory requirements

    Professional Involvement

    • Law Society of Upper Canada
    • Canadian Bar Association
    • Ontario Bar Association
    • Turnaround Management Association (Toronto Next Generation Executive Committee Chair)

    Publications/Presentations

    • “Better Late Than Early–What is “Just, Convenient and Equitable” Among Innocent Investors in Fraudulent Investment Schemes” (July/August 2014) Financial Fraud Law Report 611-614 (authored with Christopher G. Graham)
    • "Supreme Court of Canada Upholds Priority for DIP Lenders in CCAA Proceedings, "Dickinson Wright Client Alert, February 2013
    • "Critical Supplier's Hard-Ball Queue Jumping Pays Off," Canadian Lawyer Magazine, November 2012 (same article also published as a Dickinson Wright Client Alert )