Michael C. DeCosimo  

Partner

Executive Summary

Michael DeCosimo is a partner in the Securities and Capital Markets Group in our Toronto office. Michael practises corporate and securities law with an emphasis on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance. He has extensive experience in the structuring and development of listed and unlisted structured products. Michael was recognized as one of Lexpert®'s Rising Stars – Leading Lawyers Under 40 in 2010.

Michael serves as counsel on a wide range of securities and corporate transactions including public offerings, private placements, mergers and acquisition and investment funds. His experience includes:

  • Acting for issuers and underwriters in connection with public and private financings, including equity and debt offerings.
  • Acting for closed-end investment funds in connection with their IPOs, warrant offerings and rights offerings, raising aggregate gross proceeds of over $6.5 billion.
  • Acting in connection with public and private mergers and acquisitions.
  • Advising public companies with respect to reporting obligations and corporate governance matters.

Representative Work

  • $98-million initial public offering of Healthcare Leaders Income Fund.
  • $287-million initial public offering of Manulife Floating Rate Senior Loan Fund.
  • $67-million initial public offering of Australian REIT Income Fund.
  • $36-million initial public offering of Harvest Canadian Income & Growth Fund.
  • $210-million initial public offering of Copernican British Banks Fund.
  • $175-million initial public offering of Sentry Select Primary Metals Fund.
  • $158-million initial public offering of Copernican International Financial Split Corp.
  • $21-million initial public offering of Acuity 2007 Flow-Through Limited Partnership.
  • $229-million initial public offering of Premier Value Income Trust.
  • $740-million initial public offering of Acuity Focused Total Return Trust.
  • $400-million initial public offering of UE Waterheater Operating Trust.
  • $415-million initial public offering of UE Waterheater Income Fund.

Publications & Presentations

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized as an Acritas Star in 2017.
  • Recognized as a recommended lawyer in the 2017 and 2016 editions of the Legal 500 Canada (Capital Markets).
  • Recognized in the 2017, 2016 and 2015 editions of the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Investment Funds & Asset Management).
  • Recognized in the 2015/2016 edition of the Lexpert®/Report on Business Special Edition on Global Mining.
  • Recognized in the 2011 edition of the Lexpert®Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Corporate Lawyer to Watch).
  • Recognized as one of Lexpert®'s Rising Stars – in 2010.