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Michael Boehm Ottawa Lawyer

Michael Boehm (博迈) *

Partner Fasken
Another record year for Chinese outbound investment
Jurisdiction Alberta, 2000 | Ontario, 2003
Language(s) English, French
Office(s) Ottawa
*practising through a professional corporation


With involvement in tens of billions of dollars’ worth of negotiated and unsolicited merger and acquisition transactions, as well as billions of dollars’ worth of financings, Chambers Global-ranked Michael assists clients in various industries including mining, energy, real estate, forestry, agriculture, renewable energy, technology, engineering, life sciences, telecommunications, airlines, petroleum, and pipelines.

Chinese outbound M&A and investment is an area of concentration in Michael's practice. He is particularly involved in representing Chinese outbound M&A and investment in the mining and natural resource sectors globally.

Michael has acted for Chinese clients on a number of “firsts” in outbound investments. These include Michael representing clients in several successfully concluded transactions, including:

  • a Chinese state-owned enterprise (“SOE”) in China’s first direct to shareholders take-over bid (hostile take-over bid) for a TSX-listed company in Canada;
  • a Chinese SOE in China’s first proposed investment in Canada (a take-over bid for a TSX-listed mining company) which triggered a National Security Review of Investment under the Investment Canada Act; and
  • a private Chinese company in China’s first proxy battle for control of a TSX-listed company.

Michael regularly travels to China to work directly with his clients. From 2010 to 2012, Michael was an officer of several Chinese clients’ Canadian subsidiaries, which were involved in the acquisition, financing and construction of a $1.5 billion mine in northern Québec.

Michael has presented and spoken on mergers and acquisitions and financing topics across China at many events including several Toronto Stock Exchange China Roadshows and other events in China. He also regularly attends China Mining, Mines and Money (Hong Kong), The Asian Mining Congress, Indaba and PDAC conferences.

*denotes Professional Corporation


Client Work

  • Vatukoula Gold Mines Pte. Ltd. closes first tranche of its previously announced US$30 million gold stream and royalty agreement transaction with Sandstorm Gold Ltd.,
  • Steppe Gold announces US$65 million in project finance and working capital debt facility to fast track phase 2 construction,
  • North American Lithium Inc. successfully completes restructuring under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act,
  • Zijin Mining signs share purchase agreement with Freeport-McMoran to acquire remaining interest in the lower zone of the Timok copper and gold mine in Serbia for up to US$390 million,
  • Amani Gold Enters into JV for Gada Gold Project in the Democratic Republic of Congo,
  • Zijin Mining Group entered into a private share purchase and sale agreement with CITIC Metal Africa Investments Limited and Mr. Robert Friedland to purchase Ivanhoe Mines shares,
  • Ivanhoe Mines completes strategic equity investment of US$459 million from China-based CITIC Metal and US$50 million from China-based Zijin Mining,
  • Amani Gold Enters into JV for Giro Gold Project in the Democratic Republic of Congo,
  • Zhaojin exercises participation rights and purchases shares of Sabina Gold,

Career & Education


  • LLB University of Western Ontario
  • BA University of Manitoba

Community involvement

  • Past Director, Ottawa Chapter Hong Kong Canada Business Association (2009-2012)
  • Past Chair, Ottawa Chamber of Commerce’s Business Achievement Awards Judging Committee (2007-2010)
  • Past Chair, Ottawa Volunteers Committee of Ducks Unlimited Canada (2006-2008)
  • Secretary, Ottawa Chapter of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (2004-2008)
  • Volunteer Legal Counsel to several Ottawa-area federal political riding associations (2004–2006)
  • Foster Parent, Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa, (2003-2007)

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association
  • Member, Alberta Bar Association
  • Member, County of Carleton Law Association

*denotes Professional Corporation

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