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John Mercury

John Mercury

Bennett Jones LLP

Partner, head of Private Equity, Calgary


Northwestern University, BA, 1990, summa cum laude (Economics) | Yale University, MA, 1995 (Finance) | University of Toronto, LLB, 1996, dean's honour list


John Mercury, leader of the firm's private equity practice group and lead director of the firm's partnership board, concentrates on private investments and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and PIPE transactions, primarily on behalf of Canadian and US financial sponsors. John also spends time advising general partners and investors in the formation of private equity funds and other investment vehicles. John's clients span a variety of industries, including energy, financial services, consumer products and manufacturing.

John joined Bennett Jones after spending eight years in New York, where he practised corporate and US tax law with a leading New York-based law firm and where he worked as an investment banker with Merrill Lynch in its M&A group. In these roles, John provided legal and financial advice to a broad range of US, Canadian and foreign companies, primarily in the fields of mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, debt and equity financings and corporate governance matters.

John is a member of the firm's board of directors and serves on a number of corporate and not-for-profit boards. He is also a member of the American Bar Association and the New York City Bar.


  • 2016, Lexpert/Report on Business Special Edition - Canada's Leading Corporate Lawyers
  • Recognised as a leading corporate lawyer in Canada
  • 2015, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
  • Repeatedly recommended, Private Equity
  • 2014, Lexpert/Report on Business Special Edition - Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers
  • Recognised as a leading energy lawyer in Canada.

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