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John P. Kanan

Leader, International Transactions Practice Group


University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D.
  • magna cum laude
  • Journal of Legislation, 1991-1993
University of Michigan, A.B.
  • Communications and English Literature
  • with distinction

Prior Employment

  • Timmis & Inman, L.L.P., Associate Attorney, 1992-1997

Bar Admissions

Professional Affiliations

State Bar of Michigan

  • Business Law Section
  • International Law Section

Interlaw, an international association of 70 independent law firms

  • Firm Representative 
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Mr. Kanan is an experienced corporate attorney, well-versed in corporate and financial transactional matters.  He counsels publicly and privately held businesses, their owners and directors, and acts as outside general counsel to dozens of companies in a wide variety of industries. He has considerable knowledge regarding international business transactions, acquisitions and divestitures.

  • Acts as lead counsel in mergers, acquisitions and sales of public and private companies in transactions ranging from several million to several billion dollars
  • Provides guidance in private equity and debt offerings
  • Represents clients in complex financing transactions
  • Counsels clients in complex joint ventures
  • Represents U.S. operations of non-U.S. headquartered companies
  • Advises clients on employment agreements, non-competition agreements, equity-based compensation plans and agreements, including stock option plans and bonus plans

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  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2012-2016
  • DBusiness, Top Lawyers, 2010 and 2011
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated