Lawson Hunter QC is a long-standing figure in the Canadian competition space, renowned for his considerable experience advising on M&A matters and regulation.
Lawson Hunter is a competition, regulatory and government relations counsel at Stikeman Elliott. 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, where he was responsible for overseeing regulatory, governmental relations and corporate affairs.
Lawson 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.
Lawson 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".
Lawson was recognised 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 consistently ranked in Chambers Canada; Chambers Global; Global Competition Review; Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada; Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada and Expert Guides: Competition and Antitrust.
Lawson is described by Global Competition Review as “among the most talented and well-regarded in the country” and also as “one of the pre-eminent names on the Canadian antitrust scene”.