Julie Soloway
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3327

Julie is at the forefront of the most complex and high-profile Canadian and cross-border merger transactions. As a Partner in the Blakes Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment group, which was recently named the Canadian Competition Law Firm of the Year by Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business. She is recognized by the Global Competition Review as one its top Women in Antitrust, and Who's Who Legal: Canada has praised her for her "truly international practice" and "fantastic legal mind," further noting that she is a very "personable and authoritative" lawyer.

Julie advises domestic and foreign clients on all aspects of competition law, with a particular emphasis on multijurisdictional mergers and acquisitions. She has been at the forefront of the most complex and high-profile Canadian and cross-border merger transactions. Julie has special expertise in the Investment Canada Act and the State-Owned Enterprise Guidelines, and has been successful in securing approvals for foreign investors in Canada's key industries, including technology, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, and financial services.

Julie brings clarity to complex competition law and Investment Canada Act challenges, and clients seek her counsel to achieve the best results for their business.


Julie had a lead role on the antitrust aspects of a number of Canada's most complex and high-profile transactions including:

  • Sagard Holdings and Fairfax Financial on their US$575-million acquisition of the business of Performance Sports Group Ltd.

  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. on its US$7.2-billion acquisition of Patheon N.V.

  • Office Depot, Inc. on its US$6.3-billion merger with Staples, Inc.

  • HNA Group on its US$6-billion acquisition of Ingram Micro

  • Koch Industries Inc. on its US$2.5-billion investment in Infor

  • Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board on its C$2.5-billion acquisition of a 40% interest in Glencore Agriculture Products

  • BCE Inc. on its C$594-million acquisition of Glentel Inc.

  • ExxonMobil Canada Ltd. on its C$3.1-billion acquisition of Celtic Exploration Ltd.

  • Marubeni Corporation on its C$2.7-billion acquisition of Gavilon Holdings, LLC, one of the largest general trading companies in Japan

  • Outokumpu Oyj on its US$3.1-billion definitive agreement to acquire Inoxum from ThyssenKrupp AG

  • Intact Financial Corporation on its C$2.6-billion acquisition of the Canadian insurance businesses of AXA SA


Julie is recognized as a leading competition lawyer in the following publications:

  • Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders 2018 (Competition)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2018 (Competition/Antitrust)

  • Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Competition & Antitrust Experts 2018

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2018 (Competition/Antitrust) (Market analysis notes that Julie “is much admired for her experience advising clients on the competition aspects of cross-border M&A”)

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

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2017 (Clients are quoted as saying that Julie is "extremely bright, extremely capable and extremely responsive.")

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2017 (Competition/Antitrust) (Ranks Blakes in the top tier and refers to Julie as a "standout partner.")

  • Global Competition Review's 2016 Edition of Women in Antitrust

  • Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law 2016 (Competition and Antitrust)

  • Who's Who Legal: Competition 2016

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2016 (Competition)

  • Lawyer Monthly Magazine - Women in Law Awards 2016 (Competition)

  • Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyers 2016

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Co-author: Canada Chapter
The Legal 500: Merger Control Country Comparative Guide, The In-House Lawyer, Legalease Ltd., February 17, 2017.
Co-author: European Competition Law Annual 2013 - Effective and Legitimate Enforcement of Competition Law
European Competition Law Annual, Bloomsbury, April 2016.
Co-author: Leading the Way: Canadian Women in the Law
LexisNexis Canada, Toronto, Ontario, September 16, 2015.
Co-author: Maintaining Resale Price Maintenance: Canada and the Convergence to a Rule of Reason
American Bar Association Antitrust Law Spring Meeting, April 2015.
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Panellist: Mergers: Who, What, Where, When, Why and How: A practical view on guiding a transaction through the remedy process
GCR Live 5th Annual Antitrust Law Leaders Forum, Miami, Florida, February 5 - 6, 2016.
Moderator: Complying to Compete: A Workshop on Competition Law Compliance
Blakes Seminar, Calgary, Alberta, February 29, 2016.
Panellist: Foreign Investment Review
GCR Live Hong Kong: Focus on China, Hong Kong, October 30, 2015.
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Mentioned: Holcim and Lafarge merge to create LafargeHolcim
Lexpert Business of Law, October 2015.
Mentioned: Aspenleaf Energy acquires Arcan Resources
Lexpert Magazine September 2015 Issue.
Mentioned: Acquisition of GLENTEL by BCE and Roger
Lexpert Magazine September 2015 Issue.
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