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.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

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
AWARDS & RECOGNITION

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

  • The 2017 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (Competition Law)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2017(Competition/Antitrust; Competition/Antitrust: Litigators)

  • 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 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2016 (Competition Law and Advertising & Marketing Law)
  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2016 (Competition/Antitrust; Competition/Antitrust: Litigators)
  • The Legal 500 Canada 2016 (Recommended - Competition/Antitrust)
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016 (Competition/Antitrust Law, Advertising and Marketing Law)

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys - 2015 Edition (National Litigation Star: Competition); (Provincial Litigation Star: Competition).
  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2015 (Competition/Antitrust - Canada)

  • The 2015 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (Competition)
  • The 2015 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Competition Law)
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015 (Advertising & Marketing Law - Repeatedly Recommended)
  • Who's Who Legal: Competition 2015 (Competition)
  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2014 (Competition/Antitrust, Competition/Antitrust: Litigators)
  • Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyers 2014
  • The 2014 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (Competition)
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014 (Competition Law - Most Frequently Recommended)
  • Recipient - GCR Behavioural Matter of the Year - Americas - 2014
  • Recipient - Benchmark Litigation Canada - National Impact Case - 2014
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2014 (Competition)
  • Who's Who Legal: Competition 2013
  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2013 (Competition/Antitrust, Competition/Antitrust: Litigators)
  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys - 2013 Edition (Competition)
  • Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyers/Economists 2012
PUBLICATIONS
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Co-author: Canada Chapter
Competition Litigation, International Comparative Legal Guides, 2016.
Co-author: Canada Chapter
Leniency Regimes, 5th Edition, Thomson Reuters/Sweet & Maxwell, 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.
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PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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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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MEDIA APPEARANCES
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Quoted: Canada secures second water and sewer guilty plea
Interviewed by Janith Aranze, Global Competition Review, February 21, 2017.
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