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Key Contacts

Aitken Melanie High Resolution Image Melanie L. Aitken
Washington Managing Principal, Co-Head of Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment
T: 202.204.0500
Bowman Stephen High Resolution Image Stephen W. Bowman
Toronto Managing Partner
T: 416.777.4624
Spitznagel Perry High Resolution Image Perry Spitznagel Q.C.
Vice-Chairman and Calgary Managing Partner
T: 403.298.3153

As a natural progression to the ever-increasing cross-border nature of business transactions, Bennett Jones has established a legal practice in Washington, DC, and is the only major Canadian law firm with an office in the nation's capital. The Bennett Jones Washington office exclusively practices Canadian law with a focus on competition and antitrust, and issues confronting US and international businesses in Canada.

With exceptional experience in complex cross-border and international transactions, the firm is ideally suited to advise foreign businesses and investors with Canadian ventures, and connect Canadian businesses and investors with opportunities in the US, China, the Middle East, and around the world.

The Bennett Jones DC office is located in the heart the city's business district and is fully integrated into the Bennett Jones international network and in-depth expertise in Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, the Arabian Gulf Region and our representative office in Beijing.

Melanie Aitken, the former Commissioner of Canada's Competition Bureau, manages the Washington office and serves as co-chair of the Bennett Jones Competition, Antitrust and Foreign Investment practice.

Select Experience

  • Argent Energy, an Alberta income trust that operated and managed oil and gas properties located in the U.S., sold substantially all of its assets in its cross-border CCAA/Chapter 15 proceeding.
  • Paradigm Capital Inc. as agent in connection with the $7.3 million marketed public offering of common shares and warrants of Freegold Ventures Limited.
  • Sanjel Corporation, an Alberta-based energy services and pressure pumping company, in connection with the sale of its US fracturing, coiled tubing and cementing assets to Liberty Oilfield Services Holdings LLC.

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