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Michael Cockburn

Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP | Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

A lawyer since 2018


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Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP
45 Rue O'Connor Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1P 1A4
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Michael Cockburn stands out as a pivotal figure in the realms of corporate and commercial law, particularly shining in areas such as project financing, mergers, acquisitions, and public-private partnerships. His legal prowess extends to advising innovation-driven companies on R&D agreements, bringing products to market, corporate structure, and navigating the securities landscape.

Cockburn's client base spans several key industries, including but not limited to, renewable energy, public transit infrastructure, and the burgeoning field of cannabis, engaging with both domestic and international entities. Whether representing financial entities or companies in need of capital, his expertise covers a broad spectrum including significant project financings, acquisition-driven financing, and complex restructuring cases.

On the project front, Michael's experience is robust, having represented a diverse array of stakeholders such as government bodies, financial backers, contractors, and suppliers in large-scale projects. His clientele ranges from small businesses to major institutional players, guiding them through both acquisitions and divestitures of assets or business units.

Michael embarked on his legal voyage in the Waterloo region of Ontario, joining a national law firm and building a foundation that would support his varied and intricate practice areas.

He has played a key role in several notable transactions:

- Guiding Lundin Gold Inc. through the financing of the Fruta del Norte gold mine in Ecuador.

- Facilitating a credit arrangement for the Wisokolamson Energy Project's wind farm in New Brunswick.

- Assisting Marathon Gold Corp. with the financing efforts for the Valentine Gold Project in Newfoundland & Labrador.

- Consulting on the consolidation and restructuring of credit facilities for various Canadian companies.

- Supporting Lucara Diamond Corp. with a significant financing package for the Karowe Diamond Mine's expansion in Botswana.

In mergers and acquisitions, Cockburn has successfully navigated the sale of OMERS Infrastructure's portfolio of healthcare facilities and has been instrumental in the cross-border acquisition of Canadian tech entities by U.S. clients.

His public-private partnership contributions are notable, including advice on Ottawa's extensive LRT projects and the Scarborough Subway Extension, representing significant investments in public infrastructure.

Cockburn's legal education was completed at the University of Toronto, complemented by a master's in public policy from Wilfrid Laurier University, grounding him in both legal and policy analysis. He is a recognized member of the Ontario Bar Association, reflecting his commitment to legal excellence and professional development within Ontario's legal community.


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