Michael represents lenders and borrowers in a wide variety of commercial finance transactions, including real estate, construction financing, acquisition financing and asset-based lending. He has structured, negotiated, and documented numerous senior and subordinate debt financing arrangements of all types, including secured and unsecured single bank and syndicated credit agreements, multi-currency facilities and mezzanine facilities. His practice also focuses on workouts and restructuring of troubled credits.
Additionally, Michael advises significant companies on different areas of corporate law with a heavy focus on mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions. He also serves as the outside general counsel for numerous companies assisting them with respect to day-to-day business issues.
In 2015, Michael was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to a three-year term to the newly-created Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs. The commission works within the Department of Civil Rights and acts in an advisory capacity to the governor.
Represented Fabco Holdings, Inc. in sale of product portfolio and related technologies to Meritor. Negotiated transaction documents and advised on employee benefit, union, intellectual property and financing-related matters.
Represented borrowers with locations in the United States and Canada (including Quebec) in connection with a multi-currency syndicated secured credit facility, featuring a revolving loan facility with a swingline and letter of credit sublimits ($210 million).
Represented lead lender in a multi-bank acquisition financing transaction, involving senior and subordinated positions ($55 million).
Represented lead lender in a multi-bank financing transaction, including an accordion feature ($50 million).
Acquisition by a Chinese publicly traded company of a manufacturing business in two states (client’s first United States’ acquisitions).
Sale of a privately owned automotive supplier to a publicly traded company.
Acquisition of a large portfolio of national cellular phone retail locations.
Represented lead lender in a multi-bank workout of an automotive supplier ($33 million).
Honors & Recognitions
Leadership Detroit, Class of 2018
Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Up and Coming Lawyer, 2013
Michigan Super Lawyers®, Rising Star since 2011
Association for Corporate Growth, Detroit
State Bar of Michigan
Turnaround Management Association, Detroit
Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs
News & Publications
- September 10, 2018
- March 22, 2018
- September 6, 2017
- August 31, 2017
- September 12, 2016
- November 18, 2015
- June 16, 2015
- October 23, 2014
- September 3, 2014
- November 6, 2013
- January 3, 2013
- New Michigan Receivership Act Makes Commercial Real Estate Receiverships an Attractive Option for Mortgage Secured CreditorsReal Estate Blog Post, May 3, 2018
- February 27, 2012
- February 21, 2012
- January 21, 2011
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
J.D., M.B.A., 2005
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
B.A., Economics, 2001
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