Michael (Mike) J. Perkins

Michael (Mike) J. Perkins QC


Executive Summary

Mike Perkins is a senior partner in our Securities and Capital Markets Group in the Calgary office who has practised securities, corporate and commercial and natural resource law for over 36 years. From 2005-2011, Mike was a member of BLG’s Partnership Board, which is the Firm’s governing body, and he has also previously served as the Regional Business Group Leader and a member of the Regional Management Committee in Calgary.

Mike has acted for a broad range of domestic and foreign issuers, primarily in the resource and resource services sectors, as well as investment banks and securities dealers, with a particular emphasis in public and private equity and venture capital financings, stock exchange listings, mergers & acquisitions and takeovers (both friendly and hostile), including domestic and cross-border transactions.  He also has extensive experience in a wide range of general corporate and commercial transactions and dissident shareholder disputes.

As well, Mike has acted as corporate secretary and/or a director of over 25 public corporations listed or formerly listed on various stock exchanges that were or are engaged in the petroleum and natural gas, mining, industrial, technology and venture capital industries, as well as numerous private corporations and charitable societies.

Representative Work

  • General securities and capital market solicitor’s practice including preparation and clearance of capital pool, short-form and long-form prospectuses offerings up to $100 million, private placement of equity and debt securities up to $100 million, and private equity exempt offerings up to $75 million.
  • Preparation of filing of listing applications and filing statements for domestic and foreign stock exchange listings; negotiation/preparation of underwriting agreements and due-diligence counsel, issuer bids, including both normal course and substantive bids on domestic and international stock exchanges.
  • Take-over bids both friendly and hostile.
  • Corporate/commercial solicitor’s practice, including purchase and sale of private and public companies involving transactions up to $750 million; corporate re-organizations involving reverse take‑overs of companies, amalgamations; mergers, plans of arrangement, negotiation/preparation of limited partnership agreements, joint venture agreements, shareholder and governance agreements, for a variety of commercial ventures.
  • Oil & gas solicitor’s practice, including the purchase and sale of oil & gas assets, including working interests, production facilities, pipelines, underground storage facilities ranging in size up to $1 billion, negotiation/preparation of domestic/international/offshore exploration agreements, operating agreements,  limited partnership agreements, farm‑out agreements, royalty agreements, drilling contracts, and construction, ownership and operating agreements.
  • Negotiating and drafting of option agreements, joint venture agreements, purchase and sale agreements, and finance agreements for the acquisition, exploration and financing of mining projects both domestic and international.
  • Extensive experience with respect to all aspects of corporate governance and advising boards of directors in related matters.
  • Dissident shareholder disputes, including advising management and board of directors in all matters related to dissident shareholder disputes, conduct of dissident of shareholder meetings, including acting as special counsel to several corporate trust companies, issuers and special shareholder groups in respect of dissident shareholder disputes and dissident shareholder meetings.
  • Experience acting for borrowers in negotiation/preparation of various lines of credit ranging in size to $100 million and repatriation of debt between domestic and foreign jurisdictions.
  • Significant experience related to debt restructurings and corporate reorganizations, including negotiations/preparation of documents relating to debt restructuring, debt work outs, plans of arrangement under CCAA and the bankruptcy proceedings​, and sale of assets under CCAA, bankruptcy and receivership proceedings for transactions ranging between $5 million to $300 million.​

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada (Mergers & Acquisitions Law).
  • Martindale-Hubbell® BV® Distinguished™ 4.4 out of 5 Peer Review Rated.