Michelle Chen

Associate Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 2023

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Michelle draws on her international business experience to provide practical and efficient banking and finance advice to large corporations and financial institutions. She thrives on the challenging nature of transactional work through her commitment to collaboration, creative thinking and attention to detail.  

Michelle is a member of the firm’s Financial Services Group. Her practice covers all aspects of banking and finance law, including bilateral and syndicated financings, club deals, trade finance and regulatory issues, and sanctions issues. She also assists clients with structuring, negotiating and drafting complex cross-border credit facilities and other financing transactions.

Prior to joining Aird & Berlis, Michelle worked in senior legal and compliance roles across the world, including in Hong Kong, Dubai and Zurich.

Representative Matters

Represented Linamar Corporation in its acquisition of Bourgault Industries Ltd., a leading agricultural equipment manufacturer, for CAD $640 million. In conjunction with the Bourgault transaction closing, Linamar also finalized a new $700-million term loan agreement.

Represented Linamar Corporation (TSX: LNR) in connection with its acquisition of a substantial portion of Mobex Fourth and 1, LLC’s U.S.-based assets.

Acted for Linamar Corporation in the completion of a $550 million private placement of senior unsecured notes.

Represented Ninepoint Partners, the manager of Ninepoint-TEC Private Credit Fund II, in securing a $100 million revolving credit facility from BMO, with $50 million committed and an additional $50 million available through an accordion feature.

Represented Ameresco BRI Carbon Reduction LP, a supplier of energy efficiency, renewable energy and decarbonization retrofit solutions for commercial clients, with its $100 million credit facility financing from Canada Infrastructure Bank.

Acted for Linamar Corporation in its renewal and extension of its principal revolving credit facility.

Acted as legal counsel to San Cristobal Mining Inc., a private mining company formed under the laws of British Columbia, in its acquisition of Minera San Cristóbal S.A. and all associated assets from Sumitomo Corporation, as well as a related equity financing and two debt financings.

Education

  • JD, City University of Hong Kong, 2010
  • BA, University of British Columbia, 2005