Evangelia (Litsa) Kriaris
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3891

Litsa advises clients on all aspects of Canadian competition law, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, abuse of dominance, conspiracies and bid-rigging, criminal and civil investigations and compliance matters relating to the Competition Act. She also provides advice on foreign investment review matters relating to the Investment Canada Act.

Litsa has represented clients in complex M&A transactions, investigations relating to criminal cartel matters and as litigation counsel in antitrust class actions. She has appeared as counsel before all levels of court in Ontario, the Supreme Court of British Columbia and the Federal Court of Canada.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Transactions

  • Pembina Pipeline Corporation on its C$556-million acquisition of midstream natural gas processing assets from Paramount Resources
  • Suncor Energy Inc. on its unsolicited C$6.6-billion take-over bid and subsequent negotiated acquisition of Canadian Oil Sands Limited
  • McKesson Corporation on its C$920-million acquisition of the banner and franchised retail pharmaceutical business of Katz Group Canada

  • Pearson plc in connection with the contribution of Penguin to a global trade-book-publishing joint venture with Random House

  • BHP Billiton PLC in connection with its US$40-billion offer to acquire Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan

  • Suncor Energy Inc. in connection with its C$43.3-billion merger with Petro-Canada

Litigation

  • A pharmaceutical company in the defence of a class action alleging price fixing in the supply of vitamins

  • Electronics manufacturers in the defence of class actions alleging price fixing in the supply of cathode ray tubes, optical disk drives and lithium ion batteries

  • Automotive parts manufacturers in the defence of class actions alleging price fixing in the supply of automotive parts

  • Banks in the defence of class actions alleging price fixing in the setting of gold and silver prices and foreign exchange
  • A chocolate manufacturer in the defence of criminal proceedings brought under the Competition Act alleging price-fixing in the supply of chocolate confectionery products in Canada
PUBLICATIONS
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Co-author: Is Canada's Competition Act a Complete Code?
Expert Guide: Competition & Anti-Trust Law, Corporate LiveWire, pp. 34-38, October 2016.
Co-author: Canada Chapter
Competition Litigation, International Comparative Legal Guides, 2016.
Co-author: Canada Chapter
Leniency Regimes, 5th Edition, Thomson Reuters, pp. 69-84, November 2015.
Co-author: Merger control in Canada: overview
Cartel Leniency Global Guide 2015/16, Practical Law, October 2015.
Co-author: Restraints of trade and dominance in Canada: overview
Cartel Leniency Global Guide 2015/16, Practical Law, October 2015.
Co-author: Cartel leniency in Canada: overview
Cartel Leniency Global Guide 2015/2016, Practical Law, September 2015.
Co-author: Chapter 6 - Refusal to Deal
Fundamentals of Canadian Competition Law, Third Edition, CBA Competition Law Section and Carswell, August 2015.
Co-author: Canadian Competition Law: Overview
Practice Note, Practical Law, Thomson Reuters, December 2014.
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PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Speaker: Advocacy in Criminal Competition Matters - The Pitfalls in the Proffer Process
Competition Law for Advocates, The Advocate's Society, April 25, 2017.
Speaker: Managing the Civil and Criminal Aspects of a Cartel File
Criminal Matters Committee, Canadian Bar Association, April 4, 2017.
Moderator: Cartels 201: The Nuts and Bolts of Criminal Conspiracies, Immunity and Leniency
Criminal Matters Committee, Canadian Bar Association, November 30, 2016.
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MEDIA APPEARANCES
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Mentioned: Suncor completes $2.8B equity financing, acquisition of additional Syncrude interest and debt tender offer
Lexpert Magazine, November/December 2016.
Mentioned: Paramount Resources and Pembina Gas Services LP complete sale of Musreau facility, close midstream deal
Lexpert Magazine, July/August 2016.
Mentioned: Suncor completes acquisition of Canadian Oil Sands
Lexpert Magazine, May 2016.
Mentioned: GCR Awards 2016 - Behavioural matter of the year (Agency) - Americas: Chocolate cartel in Canada goes without charges
Article, Global Competition Review, April 8, 2016.
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