Michael N. Melanson is a partner in the Toronto office and co-head of the corporate department of Bennett Jones LLP who specializes in corporate and securities law. He practices extensively in the capital markets area, with an emphasis on public and private offerings of securities, take-over bids and mergers & acquisitions. He acts for clients in a wide range of industries, particularly in the mining industry. A major area of focus of Michael's practice is representing clients in China, Hong Kong and other international markets. Michael is recognized by Chambers Global: The Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers for Business for mining law (2015), The Best Lawyers in Canada for mining, securities and natural resources law (2015), ILO Client Choice Awards for capital markets (2015) and Who's Who Legal: Mining (2015). He is a member of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada and the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum. Michael received a BComm from McMaster University and an LLB and MBA from the University of Toronto. Prior to entering private practice, he was a lawyer at the Toronto Stock Exchange and the Ontario Securities Commission.