Michael Melanson is co-head of the corporate commercial department. He 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 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.
•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 Carpathian Gold Inc. on its bought deal private placement of approximately CDN$19.4 million of common shares to a syndicate of underwriters consisting of Cormark Securities Inc. and Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd. that closed in two tranches on August 29, 2013 and September 5, 2013
•Counsel to Cline Mining Corporation on its CDN$9.5 million senior secured convertible bond financing with Marret Asset Management Inc. that closed on July 9, 2013
News & Events
• Recent Lateral Moves to Bennett Jones in Cover Story of Canadian Lawyer
May 2013 In the cover story of Canadian Lawyer, Lateral Thinking, the recent move of 13 lawyers to Bennett Jones from another Canadian firm is noted. Stephen Bowman comments in the article, “it was a natural for us to be interested in the opportunity to expand our mining practice significantly in one go.” Stephen also comments,“I think movement will be a continuing part of the profession as we face more changes in technology and in the kinds of ways people get legal services and the continuing evolution of the balance between in-house and external counsel.” Of the new arrivals, Stephen says, They have quite a co-ordinated practice in many respects. But for us the process of integrating new lawyers into the firm is something we're pretty experienced at and something we work hard at getting right.”
• The Asia-Canada Resource Conference 2012
September 21, 2012 Presented Structuring Your Strategic Partnership - The Essentials for Deals with China at the Asia-Canada Resource Conference in Toronto, Canada.
• Bridging China-Canada Mining Conference 2012
February 03, 2012 Presented Structuring Your Strategic Partnership - The Essentials for Deals with China at the Bridging China-Canada Mining Conference sponsored by the Global Chinese Financial Forum in Vancouver, Canada.
•2015, Best Lawyers in Canada
Michael N. Melanson, recognized as one of Canada's leading mining lawyers
•2014, Who's Who Legal: Canada
Michael N. Melanson, recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of mining
•2015, Who's Who Legal: Mining
Michael N. Melanson, recognized as a leading mining lawyer
• Degree of Detail in Board Minutes: Too Much or Too Little?
December 03, 2007 Co-authored Degree of Detail in Board Minutes: Too Much or Too Little? in Corporate Governance Journal, Vol. VI, No. 3, 2007
• The Role of Management of a Potential M&A Target - Keeping the Board Involved
November 01, 2007 Co-authored “The Role of Management of a Potential M&A Target - Keeping the Board Involved” in Corporate Governance Journal, Vol. VI, No. 2, 2007
• Canadian Capital Markets
January 01, 2005 Co-authored Canadian Capital Markets in The 2005 Lexpert CCCA/ACCJE Corporate Counsel Directory and Yearbook, 2005