Michael Gleeson has a broad corporate practice at DDO

Michael Gleeson has a broad practice that specializes in commercial agreements, procurement, corporate reorganizations and governance at Dykeman Dewhirst O’Brien LLP.

“I do the corporate side of the work for our clients – my practice includes larger transactions such as amalgamations or other integrations that our clients are involved in,” he says. “More often, it is the day-to-day contracts that our clients require, including collaboration agreements and agreements related to procurement.”

Gleeson, who graduated with his law degree from the University of Toronto and was admitted to the bar in 2006, routinely drafts and reviews a variety of documents, including supply agreements, research-related agreements, leases, licenses, and affiliation agreements.

A significant portion of Gleeson’s practice relates to procurement by broader public-sector entities, including hospitals.

“Anything a hospital buys has to be purchased in accordance with Ontario regulations for procurement to ensure that hospitals are getting good value for the public’s money and that they are doing so through a fair and transparent process,” he says. “I help our clients with the process for procurement and also the agreements related to procurement.”

He has experience providing procurement advice in the capacity of in-house counsel as well as external counsel.

Gleeson is well-versed on the Broader Public Sector Accountability Act and its directives. He provides advice to clients at all stages of the procurement process, including the evaluation of vendor responses and the negotiation of purchase agreements. His goal is to provide procurement advice that allows clients to stay within the bounds of relevant legislation while avoiding unnecessary complexity.

He especially enjoys his work with public-sector entities and non-profit organizations.

“I feel that I am contributing to our city and our province by doing work with these types of organizations,” he says.

Gleeson provides advice to organizations undertaking corporate reorganizations; guiding those organizations through the regulatory requirements of such mergers or acquisitions and the development of the documentation required to effect such transactions.

He also provides guidance to board members and executives when it comes to governance issues and compliance with legislative requirements; he advises clients on governance structure and drafts bylaws, as well as board and committee mandates.

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