Lawson Hunter is a competition, regulatory and government relations counsel at Stikeman Elliott. From April 2010 to May 2012, Mr Hunter assumed the role of head of the competition and foreign investment group. He was formerly Canada's senior civil servant in charge of competition policy and enforcement, and primarily responsible for drafting the federal Competition Act. He previously served as executive vice president and chief corporate officer of Bell Canada and BCE Inc, responsible for overseeing regulatory, governmental relations and corporate affairs. Mr Hunter advises corporations on all aspects of federal regulatory law and policy, including competition and antitrust matters, foreign investment legislation, anti-dumping and international trade, telecommunications law and Heritage Canada issues. He is particularly noted for his experience as an adviser on regulatory aspects of mergers and acquisitions. Recent mergers include Allergan/Teva, Allergan/Pfizer, Lenovo/IBM, FGL Sports/Pro Hockey Life, PTTEP/Statoil, Nordion/Sterigenics, CNOOC/Nexen, Transcontinental/Quad Graphics, Johnson & Johnson/Synthes, Canadian Tire/Forzani Group, PotashCorp/BHP Billiton, Ticketmaster/Live Nation and United/Continental Airlines.
Mr Hunter has consistently ranked in surveys as one of Canada's and the world's leading counsel on regulatory matters. He is described as "a dean of the Canadian competition Bar", the "pre-eminent competition lawyer in Canada" and "one of the best in Canada - he gives tremendous advice". Most recently, Mr Hunter was recognized as the 2016 recipient of the Chambers Canada Lifetime Achievement award. He was named one of the world's top 20 competition and antitrust lawyers by The Best of the Best and is ranked in Lexpert/American Lawyer's Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada and Legal Media Group's Expert Guides: Competition, among others.
WWL says: Lawson Hunter QC is described as an “eminent and senior” practitioner by market sources for his 45 years working in the area.
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