Mark Jewett

Mark Jewett is a CIGI senior fellow. He is counsel to Bennett Jones LLP, where his practice focuses on domestic and international aspects of financial law. At CIGI, he will research and write on sovereign debt and cross-border insolvency.

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International finance law
Taxation and insolvency


Mark Jewett is a CIGI senior fellow. He will research and author papers on recent legal developments in sovereign debt management, the United Nations General Assembly resolution on sovereign debt restructuring and the possibilities of a sovereign debt multilateral treaty.

Mark is counsel to the law firm Bennett Jones, based in the firm's Ottawa offices. His practice focuses on legal and strategic advice to clients in both the domestic and international financial sectors.  Prior to joining Bennett Jones, he was the general counsel and corporate secretary of the Bank of Canada from 2001 to 2008. Mark has broad experience in financial and fiscal matters, and has been general counsel at the Department of National Revenue; tax counsel at the Department of Finance and Assistant Deputy Minister; and counsel to the same department. He has held many senior positions in the Canadian government and elsewhere including: senior assistant deputy minister, public law and central agencies with the Department of Justice; with the directorate general for Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium; and in private practice with the prestigious international law firm Debevoise & Plimpton in New York City.

Mark is a member of the International Monetary Law Committee of the International Law Association (ILA), and a member of the ILA's Sovereign Bankruptcy Study Group. He represented Canada in the G10 Working Group on Contractual Clauses that produced key features of collective action clauses in 2002.

Mark has written extensively, primarily in the fields of international law, taxation, insolvency (financial institutions) and central banking (governance). He has lectured on these topics at many institutions including the University of Cambridge, Cornell University, Harvard University, the Brookings Institution, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the World Bank and the Bank for International Settlements.