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Michael N. Melanson


China, Hong Kong and International Canadian Corporate and Securities Lawyer at Bennett Jones Toronto

T: 416.777.6552

Michael Melanson specializes in corporate and securities law, practising extensively in the capital markets area, with an emphasis on public and private offerings of securities, takeover bids and mergers and acquisitions. He acts for clients in a wide range of industries, particularly in the mining industry. One area of focus of Michael's practice is representing clients in China, Hong Kong and other international markets.

Michael's recent recognitions include:

  • Chambers Global: The Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2017 - Leading lawyer in Energy & Natural Resources: Mining
  • Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, 2017 - Leading lawyer in the area of Mining
  • Lexpert/Report on Business Special Edition - Canada's Leading Corporate Lawyers, 2017 – Leading corporate lawyer in Canada
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2017 - Most frequently recommended in the area of Mining

Michael is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada and the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum.

Select Experience

  • Counsel to a syndicate of underwriters co-led by Canaccord Genuity Corp. and National Bank Financial Inc. in connection with a bought deal short form prospectus offering in Canada and private placement in the United States of 56,465,000 common shares by Yamana Gold Inc. for gross proceeds of $299,264,500, 2015 
  • Counsel to Duluth Metals Limited in connection with the acquisition by Antofagasta plc of all of the outstanding common shares of Duluth Metals Limited by way of a plan of arrangement for a total transaction value of approximately $104.6 million, 2014
  • Counsel to Lipari Energy, Inc. in connection with its indirect acquisition by plan of arrangement by certain members of Lipari's management team who were funded by a major US funding source, with total consideration of approximately CDN$9.7 million paid to the Lipari minority shareholders, 2013 

Recent Publications

Recent Recognitions

  • 2017, Chambers Canada

    Michael N. Melanson, ranked, Energy & Natural Resources: Mining
    "very detail-oriented and very diplomatic"
  • 2017, Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada

    Michael N. Melanson, recognized as a leading mining lawyer
  • 2017, Chambers Global

    Michael N. Melanson, ranked, Energy & Natural Resources: Mining

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