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Emily E. Cantor

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  • Grand Rapids

    t. +1.616.752.2716

    f. +1.616.752.2500


Emily Cantor focuses her practice on business and corporate law. She assists both publicly traded and privately held companies on a wide range of matters, including mergers and acquisitions, contract development and review, corporate governance, securities regulation and compliance matters. Her securities work includes reporting and compliance under the ’34 Act and capital markets offerings under the ’33 Act and ’34 Act.



  • University of Michigan Law School J.D. 2011
  • University of Michigan B.A. 2008


  • 2012, Michigan

Bar Associations

  • State Bar of Michigan


  • Advises both sellers and buyers regarding acquisition matters, and negotiates and drafts agreements and related documents necessary for all stages of the acquisition process
  • Prepares and reviews a variety of commercial contracts, including supply, distribution, manufacturing, confidentiality and consulting agreements, for clients in the automotive, medical supply, medical service, retail, manufacturing, and other industries
  • Conducts and manages ongoing preparation and review of automotive purchasing, supply, and services agreements
  • Advises clients on liquor license compliance matters
  • Represents new and existing businesses in securing liquor licenses (including licenses purchased from third parties, licenses transferred under court order, and newly-granted licenses)
  • Assisted in representation of Chemical Financial Corporation in its merger with Talmer Bancorp, Inc. and its acquisitions of Northwestern Bancorp, Monarch Community Bancorp, Inc. and Lake Michigan Financial Corporation
  • Assisted in representation of Founders Financial Corporation in its merger with Old National Bancorp
  • Assisted in representation of Mercantile Bank Corporation in its acquisition of Firstbank Corporation
  • Assisted in representation of Spartan Stores, Inc. in its merger with Nash-Finch Company
  • Assisted in representation of Morbark, LLC in its merger with an affiliate of Stellex Capital Management
  • Drafted complete form contract library for numerous clients, including a medical research institute and a medical device supplier (sales, service, research, collaboration, license, and intellectual property agreements)
  • Facilitated the transfer and assignment of medical research consortium contracts between institutions

Honors & Awards

  • Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2020



Professional Affiliations

  • Association for Corporate Growth (ACG)

Community Affiliations

  • Inforum - A Professional Women's Alliance
    2013 Class

Speaking Engagements

  • "Implementing a People Strategy," Warner Norcross Human Resources Seminar, April 29, 2013, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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