Overview

Mike DuBay concentrates his practice on complex business transactions, with a particular focus on structuring and negotiating acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, mergers, joint ventures, recapitalizations, growth equity investments, restructurings, and workouts. Mike co-chairs Honigman’s Private Equity practice group.

Mike executes these transactions on behalf of private equity funds, family offices, independent sponsors, and their respective portfolio companies, as well as on behalf of closely held businesses in sales to both financial and strategic buyers. He manages transactions in a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, industrials, healthcare, building products, automotive, distribution, education, food products, and software. Mike also regularly serves as outside general counsel to many closely held businesses and the portfolio companies of private equity sponsors.

Mike’s “terrific” reputation as an excellent negotiator—“practical, effective and tough” (Chambers USA)—is built on his tenure of handling more than 500 transactions during his career.

Select representative clients include BlackEagle Partners, Center Rock Capital Partners, Colfax Creek Capital, Gotham Green Partners, HighGrove Companies, O2 Investment Partners, Rizvi Traverse Management, Rockbridge Growth Equity, TRP Capital Partners and US LBM Holdings.

In addition to his client work, Mike is a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and its Executive Committee.

Services

Practice Areas

Experience

Representative Matters

Mike has handled more than 500 complex business transactions in a range of industry sectors across the United States on behalf of private equity funds, family offices, independent sponsors and their respective portfolio companies, as well as many closely held businesses. He also serves as outside general counsel to many closely held businesses, including numerous portfolio companies of private equity funds, family offices, and independent sponsors.

  • Represented BlackEagle Partners since its formation in connection with its acquisition, investment, and disposition activities, and acted as outside counsel to its portfolio companies
  • Represented Center Rock Capital Partners in connection with its acquisition and investment activities, and acted as outside counsel to its portfolio companies
  • Represented O2 Investment Partners since its formation in connection with its acquisition, investment, and disposition activities, and acted as outside counsel to its portfolio companies
  • Represented Rockbridge Growth Equity since its formation in connection with its acquisition, investment, and disposition activities, and acted as outside counsel to its portfolio companies
  • Acted as outside counsel to US LBM Holdings since its formation, including in connection with its acquisition and investment activities
  • Represented numerous closely held businesses in sales to both financial and strategic buyers, with aggregate enterprise value in excess of $1 billion
  • Represented numerous independent sponsors in connection with their acquisition and investment activities

Prior Experience

  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP, 1997-2003

Credentials

Education

Admissions

Recognition

Awards

  • The M&A Advisor: 2017 Turnaround Award Winner
    • Distressed M&A Deal of the Year (Over $250MM to $500MM)
  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business since 2012
    • Recognized as one of America's leading business lawyers in the Corporate/M&A field in Michigan; Chambers USA states: 
      • 2021 - Clients describe Michael as "knowledgeable, responsive, articulate," with one adding, "He is a very good lawyer and he runs a very strong practice."
      • 2020 - "Michael DuBay is widely respected for his strong track record in private equity. Having conducted a number of significant acquisitions, he is skilled in sales and dispositions, investments and corporate governance. One of his peers depicts him as 'a great lawyer, he is my top choice when it comes to conflict-of-interest referrals.'"
      • 2019 - "Michael DuBay guides clients through acquisitions, debt financing and private equity transactions. Market sources remark that he is 'very talented.'"
      • 2018 – "Michael DuBay advises clients on acquisitions and sales in the private equity market and is praised by one source as 'one of the go-to lawyers in town.' He assisted Rockbridge Growth Equity with its acquisition of Kings III of America."
      • 2017 – "Michael DuBay advises on a range of acquisitions and dispositions as well as matters of corporate governance. He co-heads the firm's private equity practice and is described by sources as 'a fabulous lawyer' with a 'terrific' reputation in the market."
      • 2016 – "Michael DuBay has over two decades of experience in the corporate market and is described by commentators as a 'very bright, practical and reasoned lawyer.' He routinely advises prominent clients on finance and investment deals, as well as a range of complex M&A transactions."
      • 2015 – "Michael DuBay has a fine reputation in the private equity and venture capital arena, and excels in secured and subordinated financing. He is also much sought after for his corporate governance work."
      • 2014 – "[Mike] leads the firm's private equity practice group, and is recognized in particular for his abilities within the spheres of private equity and venture capital. He is praised as solution-oriented and 'practical, effective and tough.'"
      • 2013 – "'Very strong practitioner' Michael DuBay is noted for handling private equity transactions. Clients highlight his 'good commercial instincts' and 'deep transactional experience.'"
      • 2012 – "Michael DuBay is commended for his transactional work involving private equity and venture capital funds. Clients praise him as a 'very strong negotiator who puts us in a very favorable position in our deals.'"
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2016-2022
    • Recognized in practice area of Corporate Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • DBusiness, Top Lawyers, 2011-2013, 2017, and 2018, 2022
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2011-2021
    • Recognized as one of the:
      • Top 100 Super Lawyers, 2014-2018
      • Top 50 Business Super Lawyers, 2014-2016
    • Recognized as a Rising Star, 2008-2010
  • Leading Lawyers Magazine Michigan, 2017
    • Recognized in practice areas of Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Publicly Held Corporations Law, and Securities & Venture Finance Law

Professional & Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association
    • Business Law Section
      • Committee on Negotiated Acquisitions
      • Subcommittee on Private Equity M&A
  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Business Law Section
  • Birmingham Country Club, Birmingham, Michigan
    • Past President and Director
  • St. Regis Parish, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
    • Past Member, Finance Council
  • Christ Child Society of Detroit, Detroit, Michigan
    • Member, Advisory Council  

News & Insights

News

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  • Michael D. DuBay is quoted in the Crain’s Detroit Business article “Local big deals set 215 records; 2016 looks strong”
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  • Michael D. DuBay is quoted in The Deal article “Be your own PE boss? Read this first”
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  • Honigman is mentioned in Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s People in the Law section for being recognized by Pitchbook as one of the most active law firms for private equity deals in the U.S. middle market for the third quarter of 2015
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  • Michael D. DuBay, Evan J. Leibhan, Richard S. Soble and Alexander S. Whang are mentioned as counsel to US LBM Holdings in the Law360 article "PE Firm Kelso & Co. Joins US LBM Holdings Ownership Group"
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  • Michael D. DuBay is mentioned as counsel to BlackEagle in the Crain’s Detroit Business article “BlackEagle’s 13 deals top $267M”
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  • Michael D. DuBay is quoted in the Crain’s Detroit Business article “’A fantastic year’ Auto, manufacturing led aggressive M&A market; PE flexed its muscles”
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  • Michael D. DuBay, Evan J. Leibhan, Matthew J. Moussiaux and Richard S. Soble are mentioned as counsel for Revelstoke Capital Partners in the Deal Pipeline article “Revelstoke Capital acquires Encore Rehabilitation”
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  • Michael D. DuBay is quoted in The Michigan Deal article, “Over the ‘hangover’”
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  • Michael D. DuBay mentioned in BusinessWire release “ACG Detroit Meeting Tues., 4/10 in Farmington Hills Looks at Growth Capital Trends in Michigan” regarding his role as a panelist for the event
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Press Releases

Seminars & Events

  • Private Equity Litigation: What's the Big Secret?
    Event | | | Panelist

From Chambers USA, 2021:

Clients describe Michael as “knowledgeable, responsive, articulate,” with one adding, “He is a very good lawyer and he runs a very strong practice.”

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