Michael Varabioff

Michael employs a practical, entrepreneurial style in providing high-level corporate and commercial law advice to fast-growing companies. His clients are typically public companies who operate internationally and they span a broad range of industries including mining, oil and gas, technology, medical devices, biotechnology and financial services.  He is experienced in all legal aspects of corporate organization, development and operation, including private stage structuring and finance, going public transactions such as IPOs, RTOs (reverse takeovers) and QTs (qualifying transactions), stock exchange listings, domestic and international debt and equity financing, mergers and acquisitions including take over bids, amalgamations, plans of arrangement and share and asset purchases, corporate governance, and general corporate and commercial matters.  He works closely with senior management and often becomes part of his clients' executive decision-making team.

Michael is a frequent writer and lecturer at legal and industry conferences.  He also serves as director or officer of several public companies, and has served on the boards of several industry organizations including the B.C. Medical Device Industry Association, the Securities Policy Advisory Committee of the BC Securities Commission the TSXV Exchange Advisory Committee and the Securities Law Subsection of the BC Branch of the Canadian Bar Association.  He also worked as an Analyst at the BC Securities Commission

Professional Memberships and Activities

Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AME BC)
BC Technology Industry Association
Life Sciences British Columbia
Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada


LL.B., University of British Columbia (1984)
LL.M., University of Toronto (1989)

Call to Bar

British Columbia (1985)
Ontario (1990)

Outside Interests

Playing sports and music
Coaching youth sports


Direct Line: 604.692.4918
Email: mvarabioff@axiumlaw.com
Fax: 604.692.4900

Practice Areas

Rankings & Recognitions

Best Lawyers: Recognized leading lawyer in the area of Natural Resources Law