Melanie L. Aitken
Melanie L. Aitken
Co-Chair, Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Invest at Bennett Jones LLP
(416) 777-4855
(202) 204-0498
100 King St W, Suite 3400, 1 First Canadian Pl, PO Box 130, Toronto, ON
Year called to bar: 1991 (ON)
Melanie is co-Chair of the Bennett Jones competition and foreign investment practice, specializing in global antitrust and competition law and litigation. She is Managing Principal of Bennett Jones (US) LLP, practising Canadian law in Washington, DC, and Toronto, Canada. Melanie served as Canada's Competition Commissioner from 2009 to 2012. As Commissioner, Melanie led many high-profile civil and criminal matters and worked extensively with leaders of antitrust authorities around the world on enforcement and policy cases. Since returning to practice she has represented clients in a broad range of industries in merger, conduct, and criminal investigations, including financial services, large retail, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, airlines, oil & gas, consumer products, and organized sport. Recognized in Chambers GlobalGCR Top Women in Antitrust, Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law 2013, and Most Influential Lawyers in Canada 2011 and 2012. Melanie has taught as Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall and Queen's Law Schools, is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, sits on the Advisory Boards of the Global Antitrust Institute (DC) and Schulich School of Business (Toronto), and is a member of CD Howe Institute’s Competition Policy Council (Toronto).
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Kissner Group Holdings LP (“Kissner”) completed its acquisition of NSC Minerals Ltd. (“NSC”), a market-leading provider of salt products in Western Canada and the North Central United States, from an investor group led by Altas Partners.
On July 19, 2018, Tervita Corp. (“Tervita”) and Newalta Corp. (“Newalta”) completed a business combination by way of plan of arrangement (the “Arrangement”), pursuant to which Tervita acquired all of Newalta’s issued and outstanding common shares.
On September 23, 2016, Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) completed its acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT), creating the world’s largest hotel company. The US$13-billion merger combines Marriott brands, including Ritz-Carlton, Courtyard and Residence Inn, with W Hotels, Westin, Sheraton and other Starwood brands.
On June 3, 2015, Cheung Kong (Holdings) Limited and Hutchison Whampoa Limited completed an $84-billion reorganization, combination of their respective businesses and spin-off to create two new Hong Kong listed companies. CK Hutchison Holdings Limited became the new listed holding company of the Cheung Kong Group in March 2015 and now holds all of the non-property businesses of the Cheung Kong Group and the Hutchison Group. With the completion of the remaining part of the transaction in June 2015, Cheung Kong Property Holdings Limited became the new listed holding company which holds the property businesses of the Cheung Kong Group and the Hutchison Group.
On May 8, 2015, Repsol S.A. of Madrid, Spain completed the acquisition of Talisman Energy Inc. in a deal worth approximately $16.5 billion (US$13.5 billion). The transaction was the largest M&A deal by value announced in Canada in more than two years and the largest international deal by a Spanish company in over five years. The transaction was completed by way of court-approved arrangement under the <i>Canada Business Corporations Act</I> and, upon closing, all of the issued and outstanding common and preferred shares of Talisman were acquired by Repsol for cash consideration. Talisman’s publicly held debt remained outstanding following completion.
On March 31, 2015, Norbord Inc. (Norbord) and Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd. (Ainsworth) completed their previously announced merger. The merger will create a leading global wood products company focused on oriented strand board across North America, Europe and Asia.