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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

Interlaw, an international association of 70 independent law firms

  • Firm Representative 
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Mr. Kanan possesses extensive experience counseling 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, including: 

  • venture capital and private equity 
  • insurance 
  • manufacturing 
  • software development 
  • web-based businesses 
  • employee staffing and placement 
  • business and financial services 
  • technology developers 
  • health care 

His areas of focus include: 

  • Formation and certification of minority-owned and woman-owned companies and joint ventures 
  • Software and technology licensing and development agreements 
  • Employment agreements, non-competition agreements, equity-based compensation plans and agreements, including stock option plans, bonus plans and other equity-like compensation arrangements 
  • International business transactions, acquisitions and divestitures 
  • Limited liability company, limited partnership, S corporation and C corporation and agreements among business owners
  • Representation of U.S. operations of non-U.S. headquartered companies


  • Lead counsel in mergers, acquisitions and sales of or involving public and private companies in transactions ranging in size from several million dollars to several billion dollars   
  • Provided guidance in public and private equity and debt offerings 
  • Advised private equity and venture investments and fund formation 
  • Represented clients in complex financing transactions 
  • Counseled clients in complex joint ventures

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