Bennett Jones LLP

Competition/Antitrust Department

Nationwide - Canada
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What the team is known for Enjoys a significant reputation for its expertise in the competition space, particularly with respect to antitrust disputes. Possesses notable experience handling cartel investigations, domestic and cross-border merger reviews and compliance issues. Well known for its work in the energy and resources sectors, with additional expertise in other industries including pharma and technology. Benefits from the support of former Commissioner of Competition Melanie Aitken, who co-heads the team and advises on Canadian law from Washington, DC.

Strengths The firm wins praise for the depth of its bench and is variously identified as a "go-to" firm by clients.

One client said: "There is good alignment in the team with regards to who does what and they have a good sense of what the customer needs."

Work highlights Advised Bristol Myers Squibb on its USD74 billion merger with Celgene.

Notable practitioners

Adam Kalbfleisch
is highly rated for his "tremendous knowledge" and "exceptional accessibility." His workload includes an impressive number of cross-border merger cases.

Emrys Davis
is a "solid litigator" who garners praise from peers as an "excellent" and "extremely knowledgeable" practitioner. He acts for clients on a number of significant antitrust cases, including price-fixing class actions and abuse of dominance inquiries.

John Rook
is described as "one of the top litigators in the country" by market commentators. A veteran of numerous competition-related disputes, he continues to feature on a range of class action suits. One source said: "He is very much someone who is listened to very carefully."

Randal Hughes
has a "world-class reputation in the cartel arena." He continues to play a prominent role on some of the country's most significant antitrust regulatory investigations, as well as offering significant experience of merger reviews, particularly those involving issues of national security.

Beth Riley
is a notable Calgary-based corporate and competition expert. She advises on significant merger cases in the oil and gas sector. Sources say she is "very well liked."