Michael Smith is a Partner in the Corporate Department in Kaye Scholer’s New York office. Mike advises US and foreign entities on US securities and corporate law in connection with international financings (including Shariah compliant financings), cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and un-registered fund formation. He regularly advises issuers and underwriters in both public and private equity and debt offerings, including high-yield debt, sovereign debt, structured products, Rule 144A and Regulation S offerings, and offerings under the Canada-US Multijurisdictional Disclosure System. Mike also regularly advises boards of directors and senior management on US corporate governance matters.全部显示
Mike counsels clients in various industries and has significant experience in the oil and gas, mining, financial services, bio-tech, and pharmaceutical industries. He has advised on international transactions arising out of, or going into, Canada and Western Europe, as well as the emerging markets of the Caribbean and Latin America, Central Asia, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Eastern Europe. He has practiced law with leading international law firms in Toronto, New York and London, and is admitted to practice law in New York, England and Wales, and Ontario.
Early in his career, Mike was seconded to the Corporate Finance Department and the general counsel's office of the Ontario Securities Commission in Toronto. He also spent several years practicing in London, where he advised on international equity offerings, emerging market privatizations, Euro debt issues, structured financings, Eurobond repackagings, and cross-border mergers and acquisitions. While in London, Mike gained significant experience in UK underwritings (including listings on the London and Luxembourg Stock Exchanges), coupled with US private placements.
Mike has led many client and industry seminars on cross-border financing techniques, and structuring international mergers and acquisitions. He is a visiting lecturer on US securities law at several Canadian law schools and has been a panelist at the Canadian Bar Association's Annual Conference (among other Canadian conferences) to discuss United States-Canada cross-border financing issues and Sarbanes-Oxley matters. Recently, Mike was asked to speak about the application of the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and UK anti-bribery legislation at the annual conference for the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association in Montreal.