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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


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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
  • Advises on the formation of private equity and other funds
  • 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
  • Advises Formation of U.S. subsidiaries for Chinese companies
  • Represents Chinese, Japanese and Indian companies in acquisitions of US companies
  • Represents US and foreign companies in complex financing arrangements


Prior Experience

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



  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2018-2022
    • Recognized in practice area of Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions and International Mergers & Acquisitions
    • Detroit International Mergers and Acquisitions "Lawyer of the Year," 2021
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2012-2021
  • DBusiness, Top Lawyers, 2010-2011, 2019
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Professional & Community Involvement

  • 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

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