Michael's practice focuses primarily on general corporate, transactional, securities law, commercial finance, and antitrust, including mergers and acquisitions, equity investments, public and private offerings, securities law compliance, and corporate governance. In this capacity, Michael counsels both publicly and privately held companies in various stages of development and in a variety of industries.

Michael joined Pierce Atwood LLP as an associate in 2009. Prior to joining Pierce Atwood, Michael served as law clerk to Chief Justice Leigh I. Saufley of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. During law school, Michael served as Editor in Chief of the Maine Law Review, was a summer associate at Pierce Atwood and worked as a legal intern for the Maine Attorney General's Office.

Publications

The New Net Worth Standard for Accredited Investors, Pierce Atwood Business Counselor, March 21, 2012

Civic Activities

Board of Trustees, Youth and Family Outreach, Portland, Maine, 2008 – present

Board of Trustees, Maine JumpStart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, 2012 - present

Practice Areas

Representative Experience

  • Representation of buyer in the acquisition of catalog printer The Dingley Press from The Sheridan Group
  • Representation of Sea Bags, Inc., a seller of nautical themed tote bags and related accessories, in the sale of the company
  • Representation of Cate Street Capital, Inc., an investment company specializing in sustainable technologies and renewable resources, in connection with the financing, acquisition, and development of various projects through their portfolio of companies, including projects in the renewable power generation, recycling and recycled resources, forest products, and torrefied wood production market sectors
  • Representation of WEX, Inc., a publicly traded provider of fuel card and related services, in various acquisitions and divestitures, including the acquisition of Rapid! Financial Services, LLC, a provider of payroll card services
  • Representation of energy development and consulting company in corporate, regulatory, and transactional aspects of project financing and development
  • Representation of State Line Scrap, Co., Inc. in the sale of a large scrap metal recycling business to a division of Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.
  • Representation of major northeastern dairy products company in spinoff of Midwestern affiliate
  • Representation of buyer in purchase of a New Hampshire ski resort and related assets
  • Representation of publicly held companies in connection with SEC filing requirements
  • Assisted publicly-traded multinational corporation in the acquisition of a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform and related business located in Florida.
  • Negotiation of purchase and sale and related agreements and conducting due diligence efforts in connection with mergers and acquisitions
  • Representation of issuers in all aspects of the private placement of securities, including preparation of disclosure and transactional documentation and regulatory compliance
  • Assisted publicly-traded multinational corporation in the acquisition of a reference laboratory business based in Washington D.C.

Michael advises energy developers, generators and end-users on various corporate and transactional matters involving energy infrastructure project development, finance, and the negotiation of construction, management, supply, interconnection and related agreements. His most significant recent matters include:

Representative Experience

  • Representation of gas-fired generation developer with respect to the development and finance of new generation facilities in Ohio, North Carolina, and Connecticut, including aspects of corporate governance, equity investment, construction financing and the negotiation of financeable project-specific development documents.
  • Representation of multiple shippers and end-users in negotiating capacity and supply agreements and related credit documents with respect to natural gas transportation.
  • Representation of retail electricity supplier with respect to sale of electricity supply business in New England.
  • Representation of an investment company specializing in sustainable technologies and renewable resources, in connection with the financing, acquisition, and development of various projects through their portfolio of companies, including projects in the renewable power generation, recycling and recycled resources, forest products, and torrefied wood production market sectors.