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Michel Gélinas

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Michel Gélinas
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Michel Gélinas is a partner in the Montreal office of Stikeman Elliott. He is a member of the Firm's Corporate Group and of the Firm's Professional and Ethics Committee, which deals with Firm policies and related matters.

Mr. Gélinas focuses on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital and corporate finance transactions. Mr. Gélinas regularly represents US, European and other international clients investing in Canada through M&A, joint ventures, and greenfield operations. Earlier in his career, Mr. Gélinas worked in the Firm's New York office for several years.

In addition to his transactional practice, Mr. Gélinas serves as de facto general counsel to Canadian privately-held companies providing general business law advice on various matters such as raising capital and financing, licensing and distribution, negotiating commercial agreements, executive employment law, intellectual property, and regulatory compliance. He also advises international companies doing business in Canada on many aspects of their operations.

Mr. Gélinas advises clients in a wide range of industries and sectors, including food processing and distribution, manufacturing and distribution, pharmaceutical, healthcare and related sectors, publishing, renewable energy, retail, technology, media and telecommunications, and transportation.

Mr. Gélinas is included in the following publications:

  • Who's Who Legal: M&A and Governance 2017 in the mergers and acquisitions sector.

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017, as a leading practitioner in the areas of corporate commercial law, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and corporate mid-market.

  • Chambers Canada 2017 as a notable practitioner in Agribusiness: Agriculture & Food Products.

  • Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada, Mergers & Acquisitions, 2016;

  • Has a distinguished rating in the Martindale-Hubbell directory for his high professional achievement.

Mr. Gélinas is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. The American Bar Foundation is a selective honorary organization whose members have been elected by their peers because of their outstanding achievements in the legal profession.

Professional Activities
Mr. Gélinas is a member of the Quebec and Canadian Bar Associations and a member of the American Bar Association where he is active in the following committees of the Business Law Section: Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity and Venture Capital, and Middle Market, where Mr. Gélinas is currently co-chair of the Expansion and Cross-Border Transactions Subcommittee. Mr. Gélinas also sits on the Business Law Section's Publication Board.

Mr. Gélinas is also a member of the Canadian Venture Capital Association, the Quebec MBA Association, the Montreal Chamber of Commerce and Réseau Capital, Quebec's private equity and venture capital association.

McGill University (MBA, Finance and International Business, 1994), University of Montreal (LL.B., 1991), Canadian Securities Course (with mention of excellence, 1988) and University of Ottawa (B.Comm., Finance, cum laude, on the Dean's List, 1988).

Bar Admission
Québec, 1992

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