Robert E. Kwinter
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3283

Rob has extensive experience in all areas of competition law and regularly advises clients with respect to conspiracy, bid-rigging, trade association activities, misleading advertising, mergers and other reviewable trade practices mergers, the criminal and non-criminal matters and the misleading advertising provisions of the Competition Act.

Rob regularly advises clients with respect to regulatory approval under the Competition Act and the Investment Canada Act, in respect of major transactions. He has acted as litigation counsel in cases under various provisions of the Competition Act, including as lead counsel to Visa Canada in a 2012 proceeding before the Competition Tribunal. He has extensive experience in class actions, including DRAM, air cargo, hydrogen peroxide, EPDM, chocolate, LCD and credit cards. He has also developed a recognized expertise in the misleading advertising field and has frequently appeared successfully before the Competition Tribunal and various trial and appellate courts.


Some of the many complex merger transactions Rob has been involved with include:

  • Suncor/Petro-Canada
  • Merck/Schering-Plough
  • Glaxo Wellcome/SmithKline Beecham
  • GE/Instrumentarium
  • Great West Life/Canada Life
  • West Fraser/Weldwood
  • Whirlpool/Maytag

Rob has also acted as counsel in some of the leading comparative advertising cases in Canada including:

  • Church & Dwight v. Sifto
  • UPS v. Purolator

Rob is consistently recognized as a leading practitioner by the following publications:

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2018 (Competition/Antitrust; Competition/Antitrust: Litigators)
  • The Legal 500 Canada 2018 (Competition/Antitrust)

  • Who's Who Legal: Thought Leaders - Competition 2018

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2017 (Competition)

  • The 2017 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Competition)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017 (Competition Law; Advertising & Marketing Law)
  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2017 (Competition/Antitrust - Canada; Competition/Antitrust: Litigators)
  • The 2017 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (Competition Law)
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017 (Competition/Antitrust Law, Advertising and Marketing Law)
  • Acritas Stars 2016: Independently Rated Lawyers (Nominated as a stand-out lawyer by senior in-house counsel)
  • The 2016 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Competition Law)
  • The Legal 500 Canada 2016 (Recommended - Competition/Antitrust)
  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys - 2016 Edition (Litigation Star: Competition)
  • Who's Who Legal: Competition 2016 (Competition)
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2016 (Competition)
  • Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyers 2016

Rob has advised clients on award-winning deals, including one named GCR Behavioural Matter of the Year (Agency) - Americas in the GCR Awards 2016 and another one awarded National Impact Case in the Benchmark Canada Awards 2014.

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Author: Corporate Compliance Programs and the Canadian Competition Act: Can a Credible and Effective Compliance Program Mitigate Corporate Liability?
American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, Cartel & Criminal Practice Committee Newsletter - Fall 2017.
Co-author: Canada Chapter
Competition Litigation, International Comparative Legal Guides, 2017.
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: Canadian Competition Law: Overview
Practice Note, Practical Law, Thomson Reuters, December 2014.
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Panellist: Effective Use of Expert Evidence
Competition Law for Advocates, The Advocates' Society, April 25, 2017.
Speaker: Case Presentation at the Competition Tribunal
Competition Litigation Committee of the CBA Competition Law Section, Toronto, Ontario, March 10, 2016.
Panellist: Mergers: Minority Shareholdings and Other Current Issues Regarding Merger Control Jurisdiction
Arnold & Porter LLP 2015 Competition Law Forum, Brussels, June 5, 2015.
Panellist: International Collective Actions: What Is and Isn't Working
ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting, April 16, 2015 (Washington, DC).
Speaker: Managing the Criminal and Civil Aspects of a Cartel Matter
CBA National Competition Law Section's Criminal Matters Committee - Teleconference (April 8, 2015).
Speaker: Resale Price Maintenance: An Around the World Enforcement Update
ABA Section of Antitrust Law International Committee and Pricing Conduct Committee, February 18, 2015.
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Quoted: Canadian court denies request to depose competition investigator
Interviewed by Sonya Lalli, Global Competition Review, September 29, 2017.
Quoted: Divisional Court nixes umbrella purchaser claim
Interviewed by Alex Robinson, Law Times, May 8, 2017.
Quoted: Mitsubishi hit by Canadian court's second-largest cartel fine
Interviewed by Janith Aranze, Global Competition Review, April 26, 2017.
Quoted: Pointing the finger: CRA to collect fingerprints of accused tax evaders
Interviewed by Julius Melnitzer, Legal Post, National Post, March 22, 2017.
Quoted: Canada secures second water and sewer guilty plea
Interviewed by Janith Aranze, Global Competition Review, February 21, 2017.
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