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Affiliations

State Bar of Michigan

Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association

Florida Bar Association

American Bar Association

Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Michigan Seniors Golf Association, Board of Governors

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Michigan
  • Florida

Education

Michigan State University College of Law, J.D.

  • Dewitt C. Holbrook Scholar

Boston College, M.B.A

Xavier University, B.A.

Michael D. Gibson

Member

Michael D. Gibson has more than 30 years of experience in all aspects of business and corporate law. A Certified Public Accountant as well as an attorney, and also co-chairs the firm’s Business & Corporate Law Practice Group as well as the China Practice Group.

Michael represents commercial business enterprises in a range of industries, including auto suppliers, healthcare entities and construction contractors. He provides assistance with corporate agreements (shareholder, franchise, consulting, confidentiality, non-compete, employment, sales representative, severance, termination, sales terms and conditions); banking related documents; leases and purchases of real estate; joint ventures; entity formation; bylaws; corporate governance issues; license and operating agreements; securities law and SEC filings. Michael represents U.S.-based businesses as well as entities headquartered in Europe and China

A particular strength of Michael’s practice is in the area of corporate mergers and acquisitions, including mergers with publicly traded companies, reverse mergers into public corporations, PIPE transactions, management buyouts of divisions and subsidiaries of private and public companies, the sale and purchase of family owned entities and purchase and sale of troubled companies in workout situations. His work on these projects includes entity structure, drafting of all pertinent documents, legal due diligence, securities filings and consultation with clients as to strategy and negotiations. 

Michael also works closely with individuals and corporate clients in the estate and family planning context. This includes analysis and consultation regarding usage of wills, trusts, family limited partnerships, family LLCs, gifting, charitable foundations and trusts, corporate transition planning and structuring, insurance trusts, life insurance, annuities, self-canceling installment notes, and discussions with families and corporations on the practical aspects of financial tools.

Michael was named a “Michigan Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters.

Representative Matters

Represented a family-owned home products business in an $85,000,000 sale of stock to a NYSE company.

Represented a Chinese auto manufacturing company related to the acquisition of controlling interest in a U.S.-based auto parts company with an enterprise value of $100,000,000.

Represented a Chinese auto manufacturing company related to a $51,000,000 acquisition of a U.S.-based auto parts company.

Represented an executive with a net worth of $50,000,000 related to all aspects of his estate planning, including establishing generation skipping trusts.

Represented a U.S.-based healthcare company related to establishing a consulting relationship with a Chinese based company

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