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Michael Beard

Dentons Canada LLP - Edmonton | Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

A lawyer since 2011


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Dentons Canada LLP - Edmonton
10220 103 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada N1C 4DR
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Michael Beard, a partner at the Edmonton branch of Dentons, stands as a beacon of expertise in the corporate sector. His advisory prowess spans a diverse spectrum, including corporate governance, transactional matters, and the crafting of commercial agreements like shareholder and licensing agreements. Michael's forte lies in mergers and acquisitions, where he adeptly guides clients through reorganizations and transactions, notably in the life sciences arena.

Michael extends his legal expertise to the technology and life sciences sectors, offering strategic advice on intellectual property and various technology-related issues. His assistance is particularly valued by dental and medical professionals during the acquisition or sale of their practices, showcasing his versatility.

His notable engagements include guiding Tryten Technologies Inc. through its acquisition by Capsa, providing strategic advice on the multimillion-dollar sale of a software consulting firm, and facilitating the acquisition of an Alberta company specializing in ServiceNow platform customizations for a US-based parent and its Canadian subsidiary. Michael's skill set also proved instrumental in the acquisition of a SaaS company by an oilfield services provider and the complex sale and employee transfer of an oilfield services business.

In the realm of strategic acquisitions, Michael played a pivotal role in the multi-regional expansion of a managed IT services leader and contributed to the wind-down and integration of Raydon Rentals Ltd. into Finning International Inc. His advisory capabilities were also crucial in securing subordinated security for Pine Cliff Energy Ltd. and in a national railway company's strategic expansion in Atlantic Canada.

One of Michael's standout contributions was advising Conuma Coal Resources Limited on its award-winning acquisition of mining assets from Walter Energy Canada. Similarly, his advisory work for eQube Technology and Software Inc. in a reverse takeover deal and for Sherritt International Corporation in a significant sale transaction underscores his adeptness in navigating complex corporate landscapes.

His involvement doesn't end with client advisory; Michael is deeply integrated into the legal community, contributing as the Chair of the Board for the Action for Healthy Communities Society of Edmonton, among other affiliations. His dedication to sharing knowledge is evident in his planned and past presentations on various legal and business transition topics, demonstrating his commitment to both legal education and community service.

In summary, Michael Beard's contributions to the corporate legal field, particularly within mergers and acquisitions, technology, and life sciences, alongside his commitment to community engagement, underscore his invaluable role at Dentons and his impact on the broader legal and business communities in Edmonton.


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