OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

For its numbers, clients and caseload, rivals freely admit that Blake Cassels & Graydon houses the top competition practice in Canada.”

Global Competition Review's GCR 100 (15th Edition)
 

Blakes has a leading Investment Canada practice advising both international and Canadian clients on the application of the Investment Canada Act with respect to securing merger approvals for non-Canadian purchasers under Canada’s foreign investment laws. Our lawyers are experienced in navigating the complex maze of regulations governing investments by non-Canadians, including state-owned enterprises and sovereign wealth funds. 

We have experience in all aspects of foreign investment review under the ICA and have represented numerous clients before the Investment Review Division of Industry Canada and the Cultural Sector Investment Review Branch of Canadian Heritage. Our team has successfully cleared a number of high-profile transactions under Canada’s foreign investment review regime, including those that involve industry sectors subject to special consideration and review under the ICA (i.e., cultural businesses and national security). Blakes is experienced with the national security provisions of the ICA and was successful in persuading the minister not to invoke this power in one of Canada’s most high-profile cases.

 


Representative Matters

  • Holcim Ltd. on its C$50-billion merger with Lafarge S.A.
  • GlaxoSmithKline in its multi-billion dollar three-part transaction with Novartis involving the companies’ Consumer Healthcare, Vaccines, and Oncology businesses
  • Siemens’ acquisition of Dresser-Rand for a total consideration of US$7.6-billion.
  • Continental AG in its proposed acquisition of Veyance Technologies.
  • Nestlé S.A.’s €6.5-billion acquisition of Galderma Pharma S.A. and Galderma International S.A.S.
  • Procter & Gamble Co. in the C$2.9-billion acquisition of its Pet Food Business by Mars Inc.
  • Merck & Co. on the C$14.2-billion sale of its non-prescription medicine and consumer care business to Bayer Inc.
  • ExxonMobil Canada Ltd. on its acquisition of Celtic Exploration Ltd. for C$3.1-billion.
  • Nexen Inc. on its C$15.1-billion acquisition by CNOOC Limited.
  • Daylight Energy Ltd. on its C$2.2-billion acquisition by China Petrochemical Corporation, known as Sinopec Group.
  • Encana Corporation on its C$920-million disposition of Cutbank midstream assets, including the Hythe/Steeprock gas gathering and processing complex and the negotiation of attendant post-closing operational arrangements.
  • Quadra FNX Mining Ltd. on the C$3.5-billion acquisition of Quadra FNX by KGHM Polska.
  • BHP Billiton on its US$40-billion offer to acquire Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan.
  • Sinopec International Petroleum Exploration and Production Corporation on its C$4.65-billion purchase of ConocoPhillips' interest in the Syncrude joint venture.
  • Cliffs Natural Resources on its C$4.9-billion acquisition of Consolidated Thompson Iron Mines.
  • Ericsson in connection with various transactions involving Nortel, including the acquisition of parts of Nortel's Carrier Networks division relating to CDMA and LTE technology in North America, a US$1.13-billion transaction.
  • Enerplus Resources Fund on its C$7.6-billion strategic business combination with Focus Energy Trust.
 

 INDUSTRY RECOGNITION

 
Members of the Blakes Foreign Investment team are recognized as leaders in the following publications and awards:
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Competition/Antitrust) ranks Blakes and Brian A. Facey in Band 1, its top tier for Competition/Antitrust. Navin Joneja, Robert E. Kwinter, Julie Soloway and Micah Wood are recognized as leading lawyers.
  • Global Competition Review’s GCR 100 ranks the Blakes Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment group in the “Elite” category, the review’s highest designation, noting that Blakes “continues to be at the top of Canadian competition law, and is considered ‘the firm to beat’ by several of its rivals.”
  • Canadian Lawyer Magazine names Brian A. Facey one of Canada’s Top 25 Influential 2017.
  • Who's Who Legal: 2017 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.
  • 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.
  • Who's Who Legal: Competition ranks the Blakes Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment group as a leader, with four competition lawyers individually ranked, including Brian A. Facey, Navin Joneja, Robert E. Kwinter and Julie Soloway.
  • 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. Navin Joneja, Robert E. Kwinter, Julie Soloway and Micah Wood 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.”
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory ranks Brian A. Facey, Navin Joneja, Robert E. Kwinter and Julie Soloway as leading lawyers in the area of Competition Law.
  • Who's Who Legal: Competition - Thought Leaders recognizes Brian A. Facey, Robert E. Kwinter and Julie Soloway as thought leaders in the area of Competition Law.
  • Who's Who Legal: Competition - Future Leaders recognizes Cassandra Brown, Joshua Krane, Kevin MacDonald and Micah Wood as the foremost practitioners in the competition community aged 45 and under.
  • 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.
  • Who’s Who Legal: Canada - Competition recognizes Brian A. Facey, Navin Joneja, Robert E. Kwinter, Julie Soloway and Micah Wood as leading lawyers.
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada (Competition/Antitrust Law) recognizes Brian A. Facey, Navin Joneja, Robert E. Kwinter and Micah Wood as leading lawyers.
  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada ranks Brian A. Facey and Robert E. Kwinter as leading lawyers in the area of Competition Law.
  • The Legal 500 Canada (Competition/Antitrust) ranks Blakes in the top tier with clients referring to us as “market leader.” Brian A. Facey and Robert E. Kwinter are ranked as leading lawyers. Navin Joneja, Julie Soloway, Kevin MacDonald and Joshua Krane are all recommended for competition and antitrust. Cassandra Brown is ranked in the Next Generation category.
  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys recognizes Brian A. Facey and Robert E. Kwinter for their expertise in Competition Litigation.
  • Chambers Canada Awards 2016 names Blakes “Competition Law Firm of the Year.”
  • 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.
  • 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 as a leading competition lawyer.
  • 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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Chair, Saudi Arabia and Middle East | Riyadh
Riyadh:
Areas of Expertise: Competition & Antitrust, Foreign Investment, International Trade, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Infrastructure, Oil & Gas, Middle East, Nuclear Energy, Major Projects, Oil Sands, LNG, Transportation, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
Trainee Lawyer | Al-Khobar
Al-Khobar: +966-13-847-5050 x9330
Areas of Expertise: Foreign Investment, Corporate & Commercial, Employment & Labour, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Middle East
Consultant | Al-Khobar
Al-Khobar: +966-13-847-5050 x9338
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Oil & Gas, Energy, Middle East, Foreign Investment, Nuclear Energy, Private Equity
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
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, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2387
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, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3349
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Foreign Investment, Mergers & Acquisitions, Financial Services, Energy, Mining, China, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, LNG
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4155
Areas of Expertise: Competition & Antitrust, Abuse of Dominance & Reviewable Matters, Cartels & Criminal Investigations, Competition Law Compliance, E-Discovery/SIRs, Foreign Investment, Merger Review & Control
Senior Counsel | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3377
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Capital Markets, Corporate Governance, China, Foreign Investment, Forestry, Equity Capital Markets
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
Chair, Asia Region | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9692
Areas of Expertise: Oil & Gas, Energy, Mergers & Acquisitions, China, Plan Nord, Corporate & Commercial, Foreign Investment, Customs & Import Controls, International Trade, Investment Treaty Arbitration, Sanctions & Export Controls, Trade Litigation, Trade Negotiation & Compliance, Downstream & Marketing, E&P Conventional, E&P Unconventional, Joint Venture & Co-ownership Structuring, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Oil Field Services, Pipeline & Midstream, Korea, Japan, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Major Projects, Transportation, Oil Sands, LNG, E&P Conventional
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 | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4007
Areas of Expertise: Public-Private Partnerships, Energy, Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Plan Nord, Oil & Gas, Power, Foreign Investment, Construction, Infrastructure, Oil & Gas, Plan Nord, Power, Project Finance, Transportation, Major Projects, Joint Venture & Co-ownership Structuring, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Riyadh
Riyadh: +966-11-418-7422
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Financial Services, International Trade, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Mergers & Acquisitions, Foreign Investment, Middle East, India
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 | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5080
Areas of Expertise: Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Project Finance, Aviation/Aerospace, Banking, Infrastructure, Power, Private Equity, Africa, Europe, India, Middle East, Energy, Foreign Investment, Public-Private Partnerships, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, LNG, Defence
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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