David advises domestic and foreign firms on all aspects of competition law and has extensive experience in matters involving merger review, cartel investigations, unilateral conduct/abuse of dominance, distribution issues and competition law compliance. He also advises on foreign investment review under the Investment Canada Act. He has represented clients in a broad range of industries, including consumer products, manufacturing, energy, telecommunications and technology, finance and banking, chemicals and plastics, construction, automotive, retail and others.
Before joining Blakes, David practised competition law for several years in the Brussels office of a leading international law firm, where his practice focused on global competition law matters. He has significant experience dealing with the U.S. antitrust agencies and the European Commission. On occasion, David also served as a clerk at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland.
- Pearson plc in connection with the contribution of Penguin to a global trade-book-publishing joint venture with Random House
- Safety-Kleen, Inc. in connection with its sale to Clean Harbors, Inc. for US$1.25-billion
- Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP in connection with the sale of its and its co-venturers' interests in the Express-Platte Pipeline System to Spectra Energy Corp. for C$1.49-billion
- Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV on its US$20.1-billion acquisition of the remaining stake in Grupo Modelo, S.A.B. de C.V
- Maple Group Acquisition Corporation, as co-counsel in connection with its acquisition of TMX Group Inc., Alpha Trading Systems and The Canadian Depository for Securities Limited in a transaction valued at C$3.7-billion
- The Dow Chemical Company on the EU and other competition law approvals of its acquisition of Rohm and Haas
- Embraco (a Whirlpool affiliate) on the EU, U.S. and other investigations regarding alleged anticompetitive practices in the refrigeration compressor industry
Abuse of Dominance
- Various complainants to the European Commission regarding the licensing of patents to standardized wireless telephony technology
David is an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, where he teaches competition law. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, the International Bar Association and the Canadian Bar Association.
Canadian Perspectives on Competition Law and Reverse Payments Following FTC v. Actavis
CPI Antitrust Chronicle, September 2013 (2).
Collective Redress For Cartel Damages in Canada - Overview and Outline of Issues
16th Annual EU Competition Law and Policy Workshop, Florence, Italy, June 17-18, 2011.
Is the Focus on Patent Settlements Working?
Competition Law Insight, September 21, 2010.