Michael French is experienced in general corporate and real estate law. His corporate experience includes representing closely held and publicly traded companies across a variety of industries including media, financial services, manufacturing and technology. Michael’s corporate experience includes mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and other commercial transactions. He also represents state funds in their investments in various private equity funds and real estate opportunity funds. His real estate experience includes representing entities purchasing and selling commercial properties.

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    • Representing state funds and other institutional investors in connection with the negotiation and structuring of more than 40 limited partnership investments in private equity funds and real estate opportunity funds.
    • Representing a foreign publicly traded media company in its acquisition of five US based television production companies.
    • Representing a privately held company in its US$105 million divestiture of a media character.
    • Representing a publicly held company in its US$108 million divestiture of its specialty chemicals business.
    • Representing a Sweden-based publicly traded company in its US$73 million acquisition of a US-based emissions testing company.
    • Representing the seller in its US$130 million divestiture of its farm tire businesses in Latin America and Europe.
    • Representing a private equity firm in its acquisition of a packaging business in Mexico valued at more than US$80 million.
    • Representing a publicly held bank holding company in its US$12 million divestiture of its trust company business.
    • Representing a seller in the disposition of a US$70 million amusement park.
    • Representing a privately held manufacturing business in the disposition of its coatings and metalware businesses.
    • Representing a UK-based publicly traded company in its acquisition of a performance adhesives chemicals business.
    • Representing the seller in the sale of its metal injection molding business.
    • Representing the seller in the sale of its specialty tools and fasteners business.

    Education

    • Cleveland State University, J.D., magna cum laude, 2001, managing editor, Cleveland State Law Review, 2001
    • Georgetown University, B.S., 1996

    Admissions

    • Ohio, 2001

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Member of the 2005 class of Cleveland Bridge Builders
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