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John P. Kanan

Partner
Leader, International Transactions Practice Group

Education

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 
  • North America Leader of Mergers and Acquisitions Special Business Team
Overview
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Overview

John Kanan is an experienced corporate attorney who is well versed in corporate and financial transactional matters. He counsels publicly and privately held businesses and 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, noncompetition agreements, and equity-based compensation plans and agreements, including stock option plans and bonus plans

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Publications

Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2018
    • Recognized in practice area of International Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2012-2016
  • DBusiness, Top Lawyers, 2010 and 2011
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated