About our Principal
Michael Baigel is originally from Manchester, England and happily moved to Canada 17 years ago. He has been a Canadian for more than 10 years now. He founded, and until creating Baigel Corp., was the Practice Leader of the Small Business Restructuring team at a national insolvency practice. He previously worked at Deloitte, BDO and other boutique financial advisory and insolvency UK firms.
Michael is a federally Licensed Insolvency Trustee, and uniquely in Canada, he is also an exam qualified UK Insolvency Practitioner. He is a Chartered Insolvency and Restructuring Professional (CIRP), Canada; a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants in England & Wales; a Fellow of the Insolvency Practitioners Association (UK) and has a BA (Honours) degree in Economics.
However, more important than exam qualifications, is that Michael provides expert corporate recovery expertise gained from his experience of assisting thousands of small and owner managed businesses over three decades in both Canada and the UK. In that time, he has gained a reputation as a straight-talking advisor, who is both technically strong and commercially minded.
Michael is a member of the exam licensing committee for Licensed Insolvency Trustee candidates in Canada; and has been a peer reviewer of the Insolvency Counsellor’s Qualification Course. Michael scored the highest mark in the national examinations of the insolvency Licensing examinations in 2003, even whilst preparing for his wedding 4 days later.
Michael has presented on insolvency issues to the American Bar Association Ontario Bar Association, National Association of Credit Management, International Factors Association, Investors Group and the Association for Capital Growth, and was published in a national newspaper regarding Small Business Demise: Why Some Companies Succeed Where Others Fail.
He volunteers for local charities and associations. He still participates in football (soccer in Canadian parlance), skiing and golf. He plays the guitar very badly, but very, very loudly. Most importantly, he is a Manchester United fan.