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Bennett Jones LLP
PO BOX 130

Work Department

Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment


Managing Principal, Bennett Jones (US)


Melanie Aitken is the Managing Principal of Bennett Jones (US) LLP, which carries on the practice of Canadian law in Washington, DC, in association with Bennett Jones LLP. She is co-head of the competition and foreign investment practice of Bennett Jones. She specializes in global antitrust and competition law and litigation, working closely with colleagues in our Toronto and other offices.


American Bar Association


University of Toronto, BA, 1988 
University of Toronto, LLB, 1991, Dean’s Key
Ontario, Canada, 1993

Lawyer Rankings

Canada > International expertise

(Leading individuals)

Melanie AitkenBennett Jones LLP

Bennett Jones LLP‘s international expertise stands out for its regulatory dimension. Specifically, its Washington DC office is recognized for its ability to advise on the Canadian aspects of competition and international trade matters, under the leadership of former Competition Commissioner Melanie Aitken. The firm is also well-equipped to handle cross-border corporate deals, with New York office head Gordon Cameron noted for his support on private equity transactions, M&A, securities offerings and other multi-jurisdictional matters. Aside from the US, the firm has also recently advised on work involving countries in Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Canada > Competition and antitrust

Bennett Jones LLP‘s practice enjoys a broad breadth of merger review and competition litigation experience. The practice is also renowned for having competition law capabilities in a Washington, DC; this cross-border coverage enables the team to advise US and international clients on the challenges they face in Canada. The team is led by both Melanie Aitken and Randal Hughes. Aitken’s expertise includes foreign investment, while Hughes’ expertise includes international mergers and acquisitions. John Rook is noted for his commercial litigation skills, which he utilizes to support the practice. Adam Kalbfleisch oversees regulatory matters, and Emrys Davis is equipped to handle criminal and civil investigations. Zirjan Derwa joined the team from Torys.