Michael P. Whitcombe 

National Co-Chair, Private Equity
Chair - Board of Partners
Toronto  t: 416.865.7126  |  e: michael.whitcombe@mcmillan.ca

Michael P. Whitcombe

Toronto
Brookfield Place, Suite 4400
181 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2T3

t: 416.865.7126
e: michael.whitcombe@mcmillan.ca

overview

Michael Whitcombe is a Senior Partner and Co-Chair of the Private Equity Practice and Chair of the Board of Partners of McMillan. He principally practises in the areas of negotiated merger and acquisition transactions (domestic and cross-border), private equity investments, strategic alliances, complex commercial arrangements and corporate governance. Michael regularly advises medium and large corporations (both domestic and international) and their boards of directors in connection with their operations throughout Canada. He has significant industry experience in pharmaceutical, automotive, manufacturing, distribution, service, entertainment, hospitality and tourism sectors.

Michael is Director of a number of Canadian corporations and has served as the Honorary Solicitor for The Arthritis Society since 1996. He is a member of the OBCA and CBCA Advisory Sub-Committees to the Business Law Executive of the Canadian Bar Association (Ontario). Michael holds a degree in Business Administration in addition to his LLB and LLM and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1987.

Since 2006, Michael has been recognized as one of Canada's leading Business Lawyers in the Lexpert / ALM Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada.

Representative Matters

  • Represented Porsche in Connection with the establishment of Bentley Financial Services Canada and Lamborghini Financial Services Canada
  • Represented Taylor Wimpey plc in the Canadian aspects of its divestiture of the North American real estate operations to Oaktree Capital, TPG Capital and JH Investments
  • Represented Sun Capital Partners in the Canadian aspects of its acquisitions of the North American Bath & Kitchen Division of American Standard; acquisition and subsequent divestiture of the Ontario Pork Processing Operations of Maple Leaf Foods Inc.; acquisition of the Beauty Packaging Operations of Rio Tinto Alcan; acquisition of Arch Aluminum Products; acquisition of Berkline Benchcraft and its acquisition of Wind-Up Entertainment
  • Represented Wind Point Partners in the Canadian aspects of its acquisition of ThinAddictives Inc.
  • Represented Oaktree Capital in connection with its investments in Cyanco Canada and in Streamtheworld
  • Represented ICV Partners in the Canadian aspects of its acquisition of Cargo Airport Services
  • Represented Arlon Capital in the Canadian aspects of its acquisition of Pasta Kitchen
  • Represented Genstar Capital in the acquisitions by its portfolio entity Granite Global Solutions Holdings Inc. of Financial Horizons Inc., Total Rehabilitation Management and Mercer Myers & Associates Insurance Adjusters Ltd.
  • Represented ARAMARK Corp. in connection with the Canadian aspects of the cross-border US$3.8 billion privatization by Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan
  • Represented JP Morgan, Citibank and Goldman Sachs in connection with the Canadian aspects of the cross-border US$23.4 billion secured financing of the Ford Motor Company
  • Represented the Sandoz Division of Novartis in its cross-border acquisition of generic drug manufacturer Sabex Inc. from Roundtable Health Partners

Presentations

The Characteristics and Uses of Limited Partnerships
The Six Minute Business Lawyer

Publications

Representation and Warranties Insurance
Government of Canada announces new support for Canadian venture capital funds

News

McMillan lawyers recognized in US/Canada Cross-Border Guide 2019
60 McMillan Lawyers Recognized in the 2019 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
65 McMillan Lawyers Named in the 2019 Edition of Best Lawyers in Canada
McMillan Lawyers Contributed to Five Practice Areas in the 2018 International Comparative Legal Guides (ICLG)
McMillan lawyers recognized in US/Canada Cross-Border Guide 2018
McMillan Lawyers Recognized in 2018 Lexpert's Report on Business Special Edition - Canada's Leading Corporate Lawyers
McMillan lawyers well-represented in the 2018 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
Margaret McNee recognized as Mutual Funds Lawyer of the Year, along with 58 McMillan Lawyers in the 2018 Best Lawyers in Canada Report
McMillan Lawyers Contributed to Six Practice Areas in the International Comparative Legal Guides (ICLG)
61 McMillan lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017
McMillan lawyers well-represented in the 2016 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
60 McMillan lawyers recognized in the 10th Edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada
McMillan lawyers are well represented in the 2015 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
McMillan lawyers recognized in the 2015 Best Lawyers in Canada
McMillan lawyers are well represented in the 2014 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2013 Recognizes 44 McMillan Leading Practitioners

Education

  • Osgoode Hall Law School, LLM (Business Law) - 2008
  • Queen's University, LLB - 1985
  • University of New Brunswick, BBA (with Distinction) - 1982

Year Of Call

  • Called to the Ontario bar - 1987

Practices

acquisitions and divestitures
private equity
business formation
corporate governance
negotiated transactions
venture capital
e-commerce
franchise and distribution
franchising and distribution disputes

Industries

food, beverage and agribusiness
private equity - buyouts & venture capital investment
automotive
cleantech
franchising and distribution
manufacturing, distribution and retail

Directorships and Professional Associations

  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Advisory Sub-Committees to the Business Law Executive of the Canadian Bar Association (Ontario)
  • Oakville Community Foundation
  • MLSE Launch Pad
  • Porsche Cars Canada Ltd.

Teaching Engagements

  • Sessional Lecturer - Private Equity Law, Queen's University Law School

Community Involvement

  • Honorary Solicitor to The Arthritis Society since 1996
  • Chair of the Board of the Oakville Community Foundation
  • Director of MLSE Launch Pad

Awards & Rankings

  • Recognized by the 2019 Lexpert Guide to the US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyers in Canada as a leading Canadian lawyer in cross-border practices
  • Recognized in the 2019 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Repeatedly Recommended lawyer in the areas Corporate Commercial Law, Corporate Mid-Market and Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Recognized in the Lexpert Report on Business on Corporate 2019 – Special Edition, as one of Canada’s Leading Corporate Lawyers
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in Canada 2019 as a leading lawyer in the areas of Corporate Law and Leveraged Buyouts & Private Equity Law
  • Recognized in the 2018 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Repeatedly Recommended lawyer in the areas Corporate Mid-Market and Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Recognized in Lexpert Guide (2018) as a leading US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyer in Canada
  • Recognized in Lexpert/Report on Business Special Edition 2018 as one of Canada's leading corporate lawyers
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in Canada 2018 as a leading lawyer in the areas of Corporate Law and Leveraged Buyouts & Private Equity Law
  • Recognized in Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017 as repeatedly recommended in the area of Corporate Mid-Market
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Michael Whitcombe is a Senior Partner and Co-Chair of the Private Equity Practice and Chair of the Board of Partners of McMillan. He principally practises in the areas of negotiated merger and acquisition transactions (domestic and cross-border), private equity investments, strategic alliances, complex commercial arrangements and corporate governance. Michael regularly advises medium and large corporations (both domestic and international) and their boards of directors in connection with their operations throughout Canada. He has significant industry experience in pharmaceutical, automotive, manufacturing, distribution, service, entertainment, hospitality and tourism sectors.

Michael is Director of a number of Canadian corporations and has served as the Honorary Solicitor for The Arthritis Society since 1996. He is a member of the OBCA and CBCA Advisory Sub-Committees to the Business Law Executive of the Canadian Bar Association (Ontario). Michael holds a degree in Business Administration in addition to his LLB and LLM and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1987.

Since 2006, Michael has been recognized as one of Canada's leading Business Lawyers in the Lexpert / ALM Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada.

  • Represented Porsche in Connection with the establishment of Bentley Financial Services Canada and Lamborghini Financial Services Canada
  • Represented Taylor Wimpey plc in the Canadian aspects of its divestiture of the North American real estate operations to Oaktree Capital, TPG Capital and JH Investments
  • Represented Sun Capital Partners in the Canadian aspects of its acquisitions of the North American Bath & Kitchen Division of American Standard; acquisition and subsequent divestiture of the Ontario Pork Processing Operations of Maple Leaf Foods Inc.; acquisition of the Beauty Packaging Operations of Rio Tinto Alcan; acquisition of Arch Aluminum Products; acquisition of Berkline Benchcraft and its acquisition of Wind-Up Entertainment
  • Represented Wind Point Partners in the Canadian aspects of its acquisition of ThinAddictives Inc.
  • Represented Oaktree Capital in connection with its investments in Cyanco Canada and in Streamtheworld
  • Represented ICV Partners in the Canadian aspects of its acquisition of Cargo Airport Services
  • Represented Arlon Capital in the Canadian aspects of its acquisition of Pasta Kitchen
  • Represented Genstar Capital in the acquisitions by its portfolio entity Granite Global Solutions Holdings Inc. of Financial Horizons Inc., Total Rehabilitation Management and Mercer Myers & Associates Insurance Adjusters Ltd.
  • Represented ARAMARK Corp. in connection with the Canadian aspects of the cross-border US$3.8 billion privatization by Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan
  • Represented JP Morgan, Citibank and Goldman Sachs in connection with the Canadian aspects of the cross-border US$23.4 billion secured financing of the Ford Motor Company
  • Represented the Sandoz Division of Novartis in its cross-border acquisition of generic drug manufacturer Sabex Inc. from Roundtable Health Partners
September 2015
Representation and Warranties Insurance

Mergers & Acquisitions Bulletin

November 2017
The Characteristics and Uses of Limited Partnerships
Osgoode Professional Development: The Short Course on Partnerships, Limited Partnerships and Joint Ventures, Toronto, Ontario
June 2017
The Six Minute Business Lawyer
Program Chair, Law Society of Upper Canada