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Cross-border M&A team joins Dorsey’s New York office

Dorsey & Whitney has boosted its Cross-Border and Merger & Acquisition Practices with two experienced attorneys in its New York office. 

Michael Budabin has joined as a Partner along with Marc Kushner as a Partner and Head of US M&A under the leadership of M&A Co-Chairs Bill Jonason and Layne Smith. Kushner and Budabin are well-known and well-respected cross-border mergers & acquisitions attorneys and have particular expertise in transactions involving representations and warranties insurance (RWI). Budabin will also serve as head of Dorsey’s new Transactional Risk Insurance Group.

Dorsey has made a concerted effort to grow strategically in its New York office, adding 16 lawyers over the last two years. With the newest additions, Dorsey’s ranks will have grown by more than 62 percent since 2019, and we continue to seek strategic opportunities to expand our presence in New York.

Kushner is a successful and highly regarded M&A attorney with a practice focused on complex US and cross-border transactions. He joins Dorsey from Osler Hoskin & Harcourt’s New York office, where he led Osler’s US M&A team, and was part of a group recognised by Chambers Global with a Band 1 ranking for International & Cross-Border Transactions in Canada. Kushner has also been recognised for several years by IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms as a Notable Practitioner in M&A and Private Equity. His experience includes advising public and private companies, private equity firms and pension funds on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, leveraged buyouts, minority investments, recapitalisations and other transactional matters.

In addition to advising Canadian clients on cross-border deals in the US, he has acted on large and complex international transactions involving companies worldwide, including in China, Singapore, Africa and Brazil. Kushner also has extensive expertise in representations and warranties insurance (RWI) and has advised buyers, sellers, and insurers on many recent transactions.

Prior to joining Osler, Kushner spent 17 years at Debevoise & Plimpton.

Budabin joins Dorsey from Osler Hoskin & Harcourt’s New York office where he was a partner in their corporate group. His practice focuses primarily on private equity, technology and cross-border mergers & acquisitions, with particular expertise in transactions involving representations and warranties insurance. He will lead Dorsey’s new Transactional Risk Insurance group and will also assist clients in general corporate matters and counsel US non-profit entities on incorporation, governance and operations. Budabin regularly represents clients in a wide array of industries, including chemicals, technology, mining, auto rental, and equipment distribution and services.

“Marc and Mike bring a wealth of cross-border merger & acquisitions expertise and experience, and add additional depth and new dimensions to our New York office corporate group,” says Bill Stoeri, Managing Partner of Dorsey & Whitney. “We’re excited to announce the formation of a new Transactional Risk Insurance Group, which Mike will lead, and offer our M&A clients additional expertise in the increasingly important area of managing and mitigating a wide variety of transaction-related risks through insurance coverage.”

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