Stikeman Elliott welcomes return of Lawson Hunter, Q.C.



    TORONTO, July 9 /CNW/ - Stikeman Elliott LLP is pleased to announce that
former partner, Lawson Hunter, Q.C., will be returning to the firm's Ottawa
office as Counsel. BCE's Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Officer
for the last five years, with responsibility for regulatory affairs and public
policy, Mr. Hunter was previously the head of Stikeman Elliott's Competition
Law Group and a member of the firm's Partnership Board. He entered private
practice after a distinguished career in the federal public service where he
served as head of the Competition Bureau and Assistant Deputy Minister at
Industry Canada.
    "We are delighted with Lawson Hunter's return to Stikeman Elliott" said
firm Chair Pierre Raymond. "His experience and successes in business -
achieving substantial regulatory and public policy reforms, playing a key role
in major transactions undertaken by BCE, including the ongoing privatization,
and running corporate services for one of Canada's largest companies - will be
invaluable to the firm and to its clients." Competition Law Group head Paul
Collins added: "We could not be more pleased with the return of Lawson, one of
Canada's foremost experts on competition law, as a member of the group that he
was instrumental in assembling - a group that is ranked by the Global
Competition Review, Chambers Global and others as one of Canada's perennial
leaders."
    As Counsel to Stikeman Elliott, Mr. Hunter will continue to expand the
firm's Ottawa-based federal law practice, which he helped build in the 1990s
into one of Canada's leaders. "I am excited to be returning to Stikeman
Elliott", he said, "and look forward to using my recent regulatory, public
policy and business experience, along with my knowledge of competition law, to
enhance the firm's ability to represent the interests of its many Canadian and
international clients before government and government agencies."

    About Stikeman Elliott LLP

    A national firm of more than 500 lawyers, Stikeman Elliott is recognized
for the sophistication of its business law practice. The firm is cited as a
leader in domestic and international M&A and Canadian capital markets by
industry league tables, and is ranked among Canada's top three business
litigation practices by Canadian publisher, Lexpert. Other areas of expertise
include competition/antitrust, tax, energy, real estate, mining, technology
and banking. The firm was named as Canada's Best Corporate & Commercial Team
for 2008 by World Finance magazine, and Canadian Law Firm of the Year for 2007
by the International Financial Law Review.
    Stikeman Elliott maintains offices in Toronto, Montréal, Ottawa, Calgary
and Vancouver, as well as London, New York and Sydney.

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For further information:

For further information: Diana Lawrence, National Director of Marketing,
Stikeman Elliott LLP, (416) 869-7743, dlawrence@stikeman.com,
www.stikeman.com

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