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Vanessa Voakes

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Vanessa Voakes is an associate in the Global Antitrust & Competition and International Commercial & Trade practice groups in Baker McKenzie’s Toronto Office. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie in 2017, Vanessa practiced as a commercial litigator at one of Canada's large leading law firms.

Practice Focus

Vanessa advises Canadian and international clients on competition and antitrust compliance, including cartel matters as well as on merger control and foreign investment in corporate and commercial transactions under the Canadian Competition Act and Investment Canada Act. Vanessa also works with clients in reviewing, drafting and negotiating complex commercial agreements, and advising on advertising, marketing, consumer protection, and other areas of commercial law and regulatory compliance. She has extensive past experience assisting clients with dispute resolution strategy and management as well as advising on strategies for the mitigation and management of risk and the avoidance of liability.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • The Advocates' Society
  • Law Society of Ontario


  • Ontario~Canada (2010)


  • University of Windsor (JD) (2009)
  • University of Windsor (BA Honours) (2006)


  • English