Toronto (September 4, 2014) — Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) is pleased to welcome Michael Burns to the firm’s Securities, Capital Markets and Public Companies Group. Mr. Burns will focus on securities law, hedge funds and structured products with additional expertise in corporate finance.

“It will be a great advantage for BLG’s clients to have access to Michael.  He has led the establishment of numerous hedge funds in Canada and offshore,” stated Frank Callaghan, partner and national group head, Corporate and Capital Markets Group. “This is one more brick in the foundation of our Securities, Capital Markets and Public Companies Group which has been building a strong and diverse range of service offerings in securities and investment management.”

Mr. Burns’ securities work involves a wide variety of corporate finance transactions which include private placements, rights offerings, and initial public offerings, acting on behalf of both issuers and underwriters/agents. He provides ongoing advice to public and private investment funds as well as public and private corporate clients in the fields which include resource issuers, REITS, media and financial services concerning corporate finance, continuous disclosure obligations, shareholder communications, proxy contests, executive compensation, corporate governance, preparations for annual and special meetings and general corporate matters.

“I was drawn to this opportunity at BLG given the firm’s pre-eminent reputation within the investment fund industry, and its integrated and collaborative approach to addressing the legal issues of its clients,” said Michael Burns. ”I look forward to continuing my practice as part of BLG’s extensive, dedicated and impressive team.”

Mr. Burns currently serves as chair of the Canadian chapter of the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA).

“We are thrilled to have such a talented lawyer join our group,” remarked Alfred Page, partner and national leader, Securities, Capital Markets and Public Companies Group. “Michael’s experience with alternative investment funds, corporate finance, M&A and divestitures will complement the other leading professionals in our practice.”

A graduate of Dalhousie University, Bachelor of Commerce (Cum Laude), 1987 and Bachelor of Law, 1990, Michael was called to the Ontario Bar in 1992. In 1996, he was a staff member of The Toronto Stock Exchange's Committee on corporate governance practices in Canada (the "Dey Committee") which published the seminal report entitled "Where Were the Directors?"

About Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) is a leading full-service, national law firm focusing on business law, commercial litigation and arbitration, and intellectual property solutions for our clients. With more than 750 lawyers, intellectual property agents and other professionals in six Canadian cities, BLG assists clients with their legal needs, from major litigation to financing and patent registration.

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