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Michael's Biography

Michael Varabioff, a Canadian securities lawyer, co-founded Maxis Law (formerly Axium Law) in 2004. For over 30 years, Michael has provided high-level corporate and commercial legal advice to private and public companies operating in a broad range of sectors including mining, technology, biotech/medical devices, oil and gas, and real estate. He has a depth of experience in all legal aspects of corporate organization, development, finance, and operation.

He regularly assists clients in matters relating to private stage structuring and finance, going public transactions such as IPOs, RTOs (reverse takeovers) and QTs (qualifying transactions), stock exchange listings, domestic and international debt and equity financing, and mergers and acquisitions (including take-over bids, amalgamations, plans of arrangement, and share and asset purchases). Clients rely on Michael’s innate ability to see the big picture, craft the roadmap, and simplify complex issues. He keeps his clients focussed, guiding them towards achieving their objectives.

Early on in his career, Michael’s entrepreneurial instincts called him away from the traditional big law firm setting. He set about establishing a boutique firm designed to help entrepreneurs launch, finance, and grow their businesses. Over the years, Michael has founded or co-founded several private and public companies and spent considerable hours in client boardrooms and executive suites. This experience infuses his legal advice with strategic and business insight while his insider’s depth of knowledge (and long-standing relationships with stock exchanges, regulators, financiers, and accountants) allows him to navigate complex matters efficiently and with confidence.

Michael regularly shares his knowledge as a lecturer and writer at legal and industry conferences. He has served on the boards of several industry organizations including the Securities Policy Advisory Committee of the BC Securities Commission, the TSX Venture Exchange Advisory Committee, the BC Medical Device Industry Association, and the Securities Law Subsection of the BC Branch of the Canadian Bar Association. He has also worked as an Analyst at the BC Securities Commission.

Michael's Notable Deals

Michael acted as counsel to:

  • Tinka Resources (TK:TSXV) on completing its $16.2 million equity financing
  • Bluestone Resources Inc. (BSR:TSXV) on its US$35 million acquisition of the Cerro Blanco Gold Project from Goldcorp Inc. and concurrent C$80 million subscription receipt financing led by Cormark Securities Inc., and short form prospectus
  • Uniserve Communications Corporation (USS:TSXV) on its $2.6 million acquisition of the assets of Glenbriar Technologies Inc. (GTI:CSE)
  • Advantage Lithium Corp. (AAL:TSXV) on its disposition Clayton Valley (Nevada) assets to Pure Energy Minerals Limited
  • Bruin Point Helium Corp. (BPX:TSXV) on its RTO transaction consisting of the acquisition of certain US helium assets by way of statutory amalgamation and concurrent C$3.2 million financing
  • Global Daily Fantasy Sports Inc. (DFS:TSXV) on its acquisition and development of daily fantasy sports gaming assets and concurrent C$6 milliion financing
  • Gold Mountain Mining Inc. on its three way merger with Lowell Copper Ltd. and Anthem United Inc. to form JDL Gold Corp. (now Trek Mining Inc. (TREK:TSXV)
  • Western Wealth Capital on the formation and C$7.1 million equity financing of the Arbors Limited Partnership for the acquisition of a 197 unit multi-family apartment building in Tempe, Arizona
  • Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Coopers Park Corporation on its going private transaction and delisting from the TSXV
  • Tinka Resources Limited on its C$11 million over-subscribed brokered private placement led by GMP Securities LP
  • EPI Environmental Technologies Inc. on its non-offering prospectus and TSXV listing
  • Hannan Metals Limited (HAN:TSXV) on its acquisition of the Clare Zinc-Silver-Lead Project in Ireland

Michael's Associations

  • Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AME BC)
  • BC Tech Association
  • Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada

Practice Areas

Education

  • LL.B., University of British Columbia (1984)
  • LL.M., University of Toronto (1989)

Bar Admissions

  • British Columbia (1985)
  • Ontario (1990)

Recognitions

  • Best Lawyers: Recognized leading lawyer in the area of Natural Resources Law