Michael N. Melanson is a partner in the Toronto office of Bennett Jones. He specializes in corporate and securities law, practising 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. One 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 Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, The Best Lawyers in Canada and Who's Who Legal as a leading mining/natural resources lawyer. He is a member of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum and the American Bar Association. Michael received a BCom 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.