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Michael Watkins advises clients on private and public transactions, debt and equity financing, fund formation, and corporate governance matters.

Prior to attending law school, Michael served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. He currently serves as president of the board of directors for Regina Caeli Academy, a national hybrid homeschooling network. He is also a board member for the Michigan Chapter of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums, a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of the art collection contained in the Vatican Museums.


  • Integrated Power Services acquires Wind SolutionsJones Day advised Integrated Power Services in the acquisition of Wind Solutions LLC, a company that specializes in repair upgrades, accessory components, and patent-protected yaw system components.
  • Cleveland-Cliffs completes $750 million Senior Guaranteed Notes offeringJones Day represented Cleveland-Cliffs Inc., the largest flat-rolled steel producer and supplier of iron ore pellets in North America, in connection with its Rule 144A and Regulation S offering of $750 million aggregate principal amount of 6.750% Senior Guaranteed Notes due 2030.
  • TotalEnergies' affiliate Cray Valley sells three product lines to Pacific Avenue Capital PartnersJones Day is advising Total Energies on its sale of three product lines to Pacific Avenue Capital Partners (Wingtack®, PolyBD® and Dymalink®) developed by Cray Valley, its resin production and sales affiliate.
  • Riverside acquires American Service Company (ASC) and Advanced Fire Protection Systems (AFPS)Jones Day represented The Riverside Company in the acquisition of American Service Company (ASC) and Advanced Fire Protection Systems (AFPS), providers of fire and life safety system services to commercial property owners and building managers across eastern Massachusetts and the greater Baltimore / D.C. area, respectively.
  • Cortec Group sells Harmar and 101 Mobility to The Halifax GroupJones Day advised Cortec Group in the sale of its Harmar/101 Mobility platform to an affiliate of the Halifax Group.