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Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Competition/Antitrust

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What the team is known for

Impressive firm possessing a wide-ranging competition practice with notable regulatory expertise and adept representation of clients in competition litigation.  Respected for its presence on leading M&A transactions, including contested international mergers and precedent-setting Canadian deals. Also offers expertise on antitrust inquiries in relation to cartels and abuse of dominance cases at the Competition Bureau. Offers established and broad industry expertise, with an impressive track record in sectors including technology, resources and life sciences.

Strengths

"They manage strategy and execution exceptionally well," said one interviewee.

"They are fantastic," recalled another commentator,  adding: "They are very commercial, and they know their way around the regulators."

Work highlights

Advised Fitbit on its proposed USD2.1 billion acquisition by Google.

Notable practitioners

Brian Facey is variously highlighted as an eminent figure in the competition Bar, with an immense breadth of experience charting merger review and regulatory investigations. "He is very good at maintaining client relationships," one client said, adding: "The value add he brings is that his peers know and respect him."

Cassandra Brown is an up-and-coming competition and foreign investment expert. She has notable experience leading significant cross-border merger review mandates, including playing a prominent role in the clearance of WestJet's CAD5 billion acquisition by Onex.

Julie Soloway is a skilled and experienced competition attorney with significant knowledge of cross-border M&A transactions. "She has a long history of working with the agencies," recalled one source, while another added: "She is always quickly able to understand the aspects of a deal."

Micah Wood impresses with his work on competition transactions. Sources highlight his "calm demeanour" and "accessibility," with one saying: "He responds very quickly, providing practical and to-the-point advice."

Navin Joneja is a "very thoughtful, effective and tremendously gifted lawyer," sources enthuse. He has considerable experience leading high-profile merger review files, often in collaboration with foreign counsel.

Randall Hofley is an "excellent litigator" who is prominent and well recognised within the field. His experience covers a wide range of matters from price-fixing class actions to abuse of dominance cases. He recently completed a two-year secondment as general counsel and senior enforcement adviser at the Canadian Competition Bureau.

Robert Kwinter is a highly respected competition lawyer with experience covering major antitrust investigations and disputes, as well as proficiency in merger review cases. As a litigator he has an impressive track record defending corporate clients in competition-related class action cases.

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Overview

The Blakes Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment group is widely acknowledged as the leading practice in Canada. In 2019, we were named Regional Firm of the Year – Americas in the GCR Awards. We house a formidable team of practitioners with recognized expertise in every aspect of competition law and foreign investment review, including many of the strongest women lawyers in Canada. The Competition group is frequently retained by major domestic and international companies and law firms to provide strategic counsel and representation. Our lawyers have been involved in the largest and most complex mergers in Canadian history, and have led the Canadian aspects of some of the largest global transactions, including internationally recognized innovative matters. We are also a leading firm with respect to securing merger approvals for non-Canadian purchasers under Canada’s foreign investment laws.

Blakes is at the forefront of high-profile competition litigation matters, including contentious mergers, advertising, abuse of dominance, reviewable trade practices, criminal matters, class actions and other civil matters before the Canadian Competition Tribunal, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. 

Blakes has a proven track record of success, acting for clients on multinational transactions and investigations, coordinating among counsel and agencies in the U.S., Europe and other jurisdictions. 



Competition/Antitrust Department

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

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199 Bay Street

Suite 4000

Commerce Court West

Toronto

Ontario

Canada

M5L 1A9

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Nationwide - Canada

Competition/Antitrust


Brian A Facey
Band 1
Cassandra Brown
Up and Coming
Julie Soloway
Band 3
Navin Joneja
Band 3
Robert E Kwinter
Band 4