OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

The extraordinary rise in global merger activity over the past several years has been especially evident in Canada. Blakes has one of the largest and most active mergers and acquisitions practices in Canada, and we are frequently retained by major domestic and international companies and by leading international law firms to provide strategic counsel and representation in merger reviews before the Competition Bureau. Our lawyers have been involved in many of the largest and most complex mergers in the history of Canadian business and in many others with global implications.

The Competition Bureau is now taking a much more active approach to its review of strategic mergers, including the issuance of revised merger enforcement guidelines, a growing number of merger challenges and the establishment of a public mergers registry. The net effect of these changes has been to reduce business certainty in the strategic merger review process and to increase the need for advanced legal guidance.

In addition, Blakes is a leading firm with respect to securing merger approvals for non-Canadian purchasers under Canada’s foreign investment laws, which are typically required in all transactions where a non-Canadian purchases a Canadian business.

Our Competition & Antitrust group, which has played a key role in the Firm's overall merger market dominance, continues to be a leader in this complex field. We bring extensive experience and industry knowledge to bear on the strategic advice we provide our clients.

 

 INDUSTRY RECOGNITION

 

The Blakes Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment group was named Competition Law Firm of the Year in 2016 by Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Members of our group are consistently ranked as leading practitioners in the most recent editions of the following publications:

  • Global Competition Review GCR 100 ranks the Blakes Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment group in the “Elite” category, the review’s highest designation, for the seventh consecutive year.
  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada ranks Brian A. Facey and Robert E. Kwinter as leading lawyers in the area of Competition Law.
  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Competition/Antitrust) ranks Blakes and Brian A. Facey in Band 1, its top tier for Competition/Antitrust. Jason Gudofsky, Navin Joneja, Robert E. Kwinter, Julie Soloway, Debbie Salzberger, Micah Wood and Randall Hofley are recognized as leading lawyers. Clients were quoted as saying: “They are world-class — they really do support not only our legal needs but also our business needs.”
  • Who's Who Legal places Brian A. Facey among an extremely selective list of 25 Thought Leaders in the field of competition law worldwide — the only competition lawyer in Canada to hold this distinction. 
  • Global Competition Review’s Women in Antitrust ranks Julie Soloway as one of the world’s leading female lawyers in the field of competition law.
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada (Competition/Antitrust Law) recognizes Brian A. Facey, Jason Gudofsky, Navin Joneja, Robert E. Kwinter and Deborah Salzberger as leading lawyers.
  • Who's Who Legal: Competition ranks the Blakes Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment group as a leader, with six competition lawyers individually ranked, including Brian A. Facey, Jason Gudofsky, Navin Joneja, Robert E. Kwinter, Debbie Salzberger and Julie Soloway.
  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada ranks Brian A. Facey, Jason Gudofsky, Navin Joneja, Randall Hofley and Robert E. Kwinter as leading lawyers in the area of Competition Law.
  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada ranks Brian A. Facey, Jason Gudofsky and Robert E. Kwinter as leading lawyers in the area of Competition Law.
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business ranks Blakes and Brian A. Facey in Band 1, its top tier for Competition/Antitrust. Jason Gudofsky, Navin Joneja, Robert E. Kwinter, Julie Soloway, Micah Wood and Randall Hofley are recognized as leading lawyers. 
  • Who's Who Legal: Competition - Future Leaders recognizes Cassandra Brown, Joshua Krane, Kevin MacDonald, David Rosner, Debbie Salzberger and Micah Wood as the foremost practitioners in the competition community aged 45 and under.
  • The Legal 500 Canada (Competition/Antitrust) ranks Blakes in the top tier with clients referring to us as “market leader.” Brian A. Facey is ranked as a leading lawyer and described by clients as a “standout expert.” Jason Gudofsky, Navin Joneja, Randall Hofley and Robert E. Kwinter are all recommended for competition and antitrust.
  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys recognizes Brian A. Facey, Randall Hofley and Robert E. Kwinter for their expertise in Competition Litigation.
  • Who’s Who Legal: Competition 2016 lists Brian A. Facey as one of the Top 10 Most Highly Regarded Individuals in North America, the only Canadian lawyer named in the category.
  • Best of the Best 2016 names Brian A. Facey as one of the Top 30 Competition and Antitrust Attorneys in the world.
  • Lawyer Monthly Magazine Women in Law Awards 2016 names Julie Soloway as “Competition Lawyer of the Year.”
  • BTI Consulting Group names Brian A. Facey "BTI Client Service All-Star" for 2014 for delivering exceptional client service in the area of competition/antitrust. He is one of 15 top antitrust lawyers and the only Canadian competition lawyer to receive this distinction.
  • World Finance Legal Awards 2013 names Blakes the "Best Competition & Anti-Trust Firm."
  • Global Competition Review's 2012 Edition of 40 Under 40 recognizes Navin Joneja and Deborah Salzberger as leading competition lawyers.
  • Legal Media Group's Guide to Leading Practitioners: China 2011 ranks Brian A. Facey as a leading lawyer in the area of Competition & Antitrust: International.​
 

 PEOPLE

 
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Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2295
Areas of Expertise: Competition & Antitrust, Foreign Investment, Abuse of Dominance & Reviewable Matters, Cartels & Criminal Investigations, Competition Litigation, Competition Law Compliance, Merger Review & Control, Misleading Advertising, E-Discovery/SIRs
Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3332
Areas of Expertise: Competition & Antitrust, Foreign Investment, Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Technology, Merger Review & Control, Abuse of Dominance & Reviewable Matters
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2959
Areas of Expertise: Competition & Antitrust, Merger Review & Control, Competition Litigation, Abuse of Dominance & Reviewable Matters, Competition Law Compliance, E-Discovery/SIRs
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4262
Areas of Expertise: Competition & Antitrust, Foreign Investment, China, Europe, United States, Plan Nord, Competition Litigation, Abuse of Dominance & Reviewable Matters, Cartels & Criminal Investigations, Competition Law Compliance, E-Discovery/SIRs, Merger Review & Control, Misleading Advertising, Japan, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, Cybersecurity, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5088
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Competition Litigation, Foreign Investment, Arbitration, Corporate Litigation, Securities Litigation, Abuse of Dominance & Reviewable Matters, Cartels & Criminal Investigations, Competition Law Compliance, Merger Review & Control, Anti-Corruption & Bribery, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3266
Areas of Expertise: inSource, Class Actions, Corporate Litigation, Competition Litigation, Merger Review & Control, E-Discovery/SIRs, Securities Litigation, E-Discovery & Document Management, Cybersecurity and Data Breach Response & Litigation, Cybersecurity
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3184
Areas of Expertise: Australia, Foreign Investment, Competition Litigation, Aviation/Aerospace, China, Technology, Misleading Advertising, Financial Services, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, Energy, Retail & Consumer Products, Life Sciences, Competition & Antitrust, Abuse of Dominance & Reviewable Matters, Cartels & Criminal Investigations, Competition Law Compliance, Merger Review & Control, E-Discovery/SIRs, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
Partner | Toronto, Ottawa
Toronto: 416-863-2387
Ottawa: 613-788-2211
Areas of Expertise: Competition Litigation, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Copyright, Competition & Antitrust, Abuse of Dominance & Reviewable Matters, Cartels & Criminal Investigations, Competition Law Compliance, E-Discovery/SIRs, Merger Review & Control, Misleading Advertising, Foreign Investment
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2352
Areas of Expertise: Abuse of Dominance & Reviewable Matters, Cartels & Criminal Investigations, Competition Litigation, Competition Law Compliance, Misleading Advertising, India, Marketing & Health Regulatory, Competition & Antitrust, Foreign Investment, E-Discovery/SIRs, Merger Review & Control, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, Cybersecurity, Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4187
Areas of Expertise: Merger Review & Control, Misleading Advertising, Competition Litigation, Foreign Investment, Abuse of Dominance & Reviewable Matters, Competition & Antitrust, Cartels & Criminal Investigations, Competition Law Compliance, E-Discovery/SIRs
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3891
Areas of Expertise: Competition & Antitrust, Foreign Investment, Abuse of Dominance & Reviewable Matters, Cartels & Criminal Investigations, Competition Litigation, Competition Law Compliance, E-Discovery/SIRs, Merger Review & Control
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3283
Areas of Expertise: Competition & Antitrust, Marketing & Health Regulatory, Life Sciences, Class Actions, Foreign Investment, Competition Litigation, Abuse of Dominance & Reviewable Matters, Cartels & Criminal Investigations, Competition Law Compliance, Merger Review & Control, Misleading Advertising, E-Discovery/SIRs
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4023
Areas of Expertise: Competition & Antitrust, Merger Review & Control, Foreign Investment, Abuse of Dominance & Reviewable Matters, Cartels & Criminal Investigations, Misleading Advertising, Competition Litigation, E-Discovery/SIRs
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2216
Areas of Expertise: Competition & Antitrust, Foreign Investment, Abuse of Dominance & Reviewable Matters, Cartels & Criminal Investigations, Competition Litigation, Competition Law Compliance, E-Discovery/SIRs, Merger Review & Control, Misleading Advertising, Fintech, Defence
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4014
Areas of Expertise: Abuse of Dominance & Reviewable Matters, Cartels & Criminal Investigations, Competition Law Compliance, Merger Review & Control, Misleading Advertising, Foreign Investment, Competition & Antitrust, E-Discovery/SIRs, Pension Funds Investment, Retail & Consumer Products, Financial Services
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3327
Areas of Expertise: Competition & Antitrust, Foreign Investment, International Trade, China, Abuse of Dominance & Reviewable Matters, Cartels & Criminal Investigations, Competition Law Compliance, E-Discovery/SIRs, Merger Review & Control, Misleading Advertising, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4164
Areas of Expertise: Competition & Antitrust, Foreign Investment, Abuse of Dominance & Reviewable Matters, Cartels & Criminal Investigations, Competition Litigation, Competition Law Compliance, E-Discovery/SIRs, Merger Review & Control, Misleading Advertising
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