At Fogler, Rubinoff, we believe that making a difference begins with trust. Experience and sound judgment earn it. Client relationships are built on it. Results keep it.

Michael S. Slan*

Managing Partner

t: 416.941.8857 f: 416.941.8852

*Services provided through a professional corporation


Michael Slan is the Managing Partner at Fogler, Rubinoff LLP. In this role, he is responsible for leading the firm's strategic direction.

Clients turn to Michael for practical and effective advice for all phases of a business life cycle, including start up, financing, governance, organic growth strategies, intergenerational succession, M&A and exit events.  Michael particularly enjoys serving as outside corporate counsel to both public and closely held companies, because it allows proactive collaboration with senior management to help set strategic direction and structure transactions to avoid potential problems.

Michael is an active member of the International Lawyers Network (ILN), an association of over 91 law firms worldwide and a former member of the ILN Board of Directors.


FEBRUARY 22 2021

Our Commitment in 2021

Our Managing Partner Michael Slan reflects on 2020 and reaffirms our commitment to our clients with a message that instils a sense of optimism as we all work together to chart a path forward.

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MAY 21 2020

Doing Business in Canada - 2020 Edition

This comprehensive guide provides an overview of the legal framework governing Canadian business operations and outlines key considerations for investing and conducting business in Canada. Find up-to-date information on the following topics:

  • Types of Business Organizations
  • Directors' Liabilities
  • Foreign Investment and Anti-Competition Legislation
  • Bankruptcy and Insolvency
  • Securities Regulation
  • Sales and Transfer Taxes
  • Income Taxes
  • Customs and Excise Duties
  • Intellectual Property
  • Investment Incentives
  • Immigration Restrictions for Non-Canadians
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Electronic Commerce
  • The French Language Requirements in the Province of Quebec
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APRIL 24 2020

Michael Slan Discusses what leadership looks like in the face of market downturns and global lockdowns.

On the podcast Law Firm ILN-telligence, host Lindsay Griffiths interviews Michael Slan to discuss discuss the importance of  communication in this time of pandemic, why deep cuts may not be the best cuts, and what leadership looks like in the face of market downturns and global lockdowns.

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APRIL 02 2020

Michael Slan Recognized as a 2020 Acritas Star

Acritas Stars are lawyers who are identified as standouts for their quality of work, business and commercial savvy and their ability to turn legal advice into practical solutions. According to Acrtias' client interviews, Michael was recognized for his level of service, attention to detail, quality of work and timeliness of response.

Acritas is a leading source of client and market research for law firms around the world. The Star lawyers included in their annual rankings are identified by senior in-house counsel in large organizations, whom Acritas interviews for its global Sharplegal study.




Michael Slan co-authors the Canada chapter in Establishing a Business Entity: An International Guide.

This collaborative electronic guide, produced by the International Lawyers Network (ILN), offers a summary of key corporate law principles in 22 countries across the globe, serving as a quick, practical reference for those establishing an entity in these jurisdictions.

To read the guide, please click here: Establishing a Business Entity: An International Guide.


Reproduced with permission by the International Lawyers Network

JANUARY 21 2016

Announcing Our New Managing Partner

We are pleased to announce Michael S. Slan has been appointed Managing Partner effective January 1, 2016.

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Representative Work

Green Energy Projects

  • Represented Canadian Solar Solutions in successful applications for 175mW of projects under The Green Energy Act; the acquisition, financing development and sale of 25 utility scale solar projects having a value in excess of $1 billion.
  • Counsel to CIT Financial Ltd. in various term lending facilities for solar projects in Ontario


Cross-Border Lending Arrangements

  • Counsel to Manulife Capital in cross-border mezzanine financing lending arrangements in telecommunications, distribution and services businesses

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Counsel on both the acquisition and subsequent disposition of Great Lakes Copper Inc., a leading Canadian copper tube manufacturer


  Recognized as an Acritas StarTM






  • Entering The Canadian Market, A Legal Road Map, 2009 – A Guide to Doing Business in Canada  
  • Legal Liability of Audit Committee Members, 2002 – Infonex
  • Intellectual Property in Business Transactions, 1995 – Infonex
  • A review of aspects of intellectual property rights included in M & A transactions

Speaking Engagements

  • TLOMA - Managing Partner Roundtable 2015
  • Trends in Representations and Warranties, 2006
  • Law Society of Upper Canada's Six Minute Business Lawyer Conference
  • Due Diligence in Acquisition Transactions, 2002
  • Law Society of Upper Canada Conference
  • Global Legal Networks, 2011
  • Schulich School of Business Apex Conference
  • Doing Business in Canada, 1994
  • Inc. Magazine – Growing the Business Conference


  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • CVCA – Canada's Venture Capital & Private Equity Association
  • ACG Toronto – Association for Corporate Growth Toronto


  • Secretary - Kingsway Financial Services Inc. (1995 - 2009)
  • Director - Asigra Inc.
  • Director - International Lawyers Network (1999 - 2016)


  • LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School

Community Service

  • Mariposa Folk Foundation – Director 2007 - Present
  • Osteoporosis Society of Canada – Director 1982 - 1986

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