J. Michael Bernard

J. Michael Bernard

Member

Expertise

  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity, Venture Capital & Mezzanine Finance

WSG Practice Industries

Activity

WSG Leadership

WSG Boad of Directors
Chairman Emeritus 2020/ 2021
WSG Boad of Directors
Chairman 2019/ 2020
WSG Boad of Directors
Chairman Elect 2018/ 2019
WSG Boad of Directors
Director 2016/ 2017
WSG Boad of Directors
Director 2014/ 2015
WSG Regional Council
Past Member
WSG BOD Executive Committee
Active Since 2017
Strategic Planning Committee 2020
Group Leader
DealMaker Group
Member
WSG in North America Group
Member
WSG Main Group
Member
Automotive Group
Member
Mergers & Acquisitions Group
Member
Private Equity Group
Member

Dykema
Michigan, U.S.A.

Profile

Mike Bernard is a member of the Corporate Finance Group and his practice focuses primarily on business counseling and planning, with an emphasis on:

  • Mergers and acquisitions (representing both buyer and sellers);
  • Capital raising transactions (including private placement, private equity and seed and venture financings);
  • Corporate formation matters (including shareholder control and buy-sell arrangements);
  • Corporate governance (for profit and nonprofit entities); and
  • Executive employment agreements and related matters. 

Mr. Bernard has experience in a variety of industries, including automotive, manufacturing, services and technology.

Mr. Bernard is a former member of Dykema’s Executive Board and is the former leader of the Firm’s Corporate Finance Practice Group.

Bar Admissions

Michigan, 1985

Education

University of Cincinnati, J.D. Law Review, Co-Chair Student Articles Editor University of Notre Dame, B.B.A. (Accounting)
Areas of Practice

Business Services | Corporate Finance | Corporate Governance | Mergers & Acquisitions | Mergers & Acquisitions | Mergers & Acquisitions Annual Survey | Private Equity, Venture Capital & Mezzanine Finance | Private Equity, Venture Capital & Mezzanine Finance | Securities

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Notre Dame Club of Detroit, Award of the Year, 2003

Recognized in Michigan Super Lawyers for Mergers & Acquisitions, Business/Corporate, Securities & Corporate Finance, 2006-2014

Named a Leading Corporate/M&A Lawyer by Chambers USA, 2005-2014

Named Detroit "Lawyer of the Year" for Mergers & Acquisitions Law by Best Lawyers 2014

Recognized in The Best Lawyers of America, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2007-2015.

Named a Top Lawyer by dbusiness Magazine for Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Law, 2010-2014

Recipient of an AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell


Professional Associations

World Services Group, Board of Directors and past Chair, North American Regional Council

Articles

Federal Reserve Updates and Expands Loan Options of Main Street Lending Program
Dykema, May 2020

On April 30, 2020, in response to public input, the Federal Reserve Board announced it is expanding the loan options available to businesses under the Main Street Lending Program and published a related FAQ...

Federal Reserve Announces New Main Street Lending Programs
Dykema, April 2020

On April 9, 2020, the Federal Reserve announced that it was taking additional actions to provide up to $2.3 trillion in loans to support the U.S. economy...

CARES Act Offers Liquidity to Eligible Businesses and Mid-Sized Companies (500 - 10,000 employees)
Dykema, April 2020

Insight on Eligibility and Requirements for Obtaining Financial Assistance For Mid-Sized Companies and Eligible Businesses (other than Air Carriers and Businesses Critical to MaintainingNational Security) The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) provides for various loans, loan guaranties and other forms of financial assistance to U.S. businesses both small and large and in specific industries and sectors...