OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

For its numbers, clients and caseload, rivals freely admit that Blake Cassels & Graydon houses the top competition practice in Canada.”

Global Competition Review's GCR 100 (15th Edition)
 

Blakes has a leading Investment Canada practice advising both international and Canadian clients on the application of the Investment Canada Act with respect to securing merger approvals for non-Canadian purchasers under Canada’s foreign investment laws. Our lawyers are experienced in navigating the complex maze of regulations governing investments by non-Canadians, including state-owned enterprises and sovereign wealth funds. 

We have experience in all aspects of foreign investment review under the ICA and have represented numerous clients before the Investment Review Division of Industry Canada and the Cultural Sector Investment Review Branch of Canadian Heritage. Our team has successfully cleared a number of high-profile transactions under Canada’s foreign investment review regime, including those that involve industry sectors subject to special consideration and review under the ICA (i.e., cultural businesses and national security). Blakes is experienced with the national security provisions of the ICA and was successful in persuading the minister not to invoke this power in one of Canada’s most high-profile cases.

 


Representative Matters

  • Holcim Ltd. on its C$50-billion merger with Lafarge S.A.
  • GlaxoSmithKline in its multi-billion dollar three-part transaction with Novartis involving the companies’ Consumer Healthcare, Vaccines, and Oncology businesses
  • Siemens’ acquisition of Dresser-Rand for a total consideration of US$7.6-billion.
  • Continental AG in its proposed acquisition of Veyance Technologies.
  • Nestlé S.A.’s €6.5-billion acquisition of Galderma Pharma S.A. and Galderma International S.A.S.
  • Procter & Gamble Co. in the C$2.9-billion acquisition of its Pet Food Business by Mars Inc.
  • Merck & Co. on the C$14.2-billion sale of its non-prescription medicine and consumer care business to Bayer Inc.
  • ExxonMobil Canada Ltd. on its acquisition of Celtic Exploration Ltd. for C$3.1-billion.
  • Nexen Inc. on its C$15.1-billion acquisition by CNOOC Limited.
  • Daylight Energy Ltd. on its C$2.2-billion acquisition by China Petrochemical Corporation, known as Sinopec Group.
  • Encana Corporation on its C$920-million disposition of Cutbank midstream assets, including the Hythe/Steeprock gas gathering and processing complex and the negotiation of attendant post-closing operational arrangements.
  • Quadra FNX Mining Ltd. on the C$3.5-billion acquisition of Quadra FNX by KGHM Polska.
  • BHP Billiton on its US$40-billion offer to acquire Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan.
  • Sinopec International Petroleum Exploration and Production Corporation on its C$4.65-billion purchase of ConocoPhillips' interest in the Syncrude joint venture.
  • Cliffs Natural Resources on its C$4.9-billion acquisition of Consolidated Thompson Iron Mines.
  • Ericsson in connection with various transactions involving Nortel, including the acquisition of parts of Nortel's Carrier Networks division relating to CDMA and LTE technology in North America, a US$1.13-billion transaction.
  • Enerplus Resources Fund on its C$7.6-billion strategic business combination with Focus Energy Trust.
 

 INDUSTRY RECOGNITION

 
Members of the Blakes Foreign Investment team are recognized as leaders in the following publications and awards:
  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2015 ranks Blakes in Band 1, its top tier for Competition/Antitrust (including litigation and foreign investment review). Brian A. Facey, Jason Gudofsky, Randall Hofley, Navin Joneja, Robert E. Kwinter, Julie Soloway, Debbie Salzberger and Micah Wood are recognized as leading lawyers. Clients were quoted as: "We strongly believe that this is the best antitrust practice in Canada."
  • The Legal 500 Canada 2015 ranks Blakes in the top tier and describes Brian A. Facey as a leading lawyer with a "reputation as a 'competition powerhouse.'"
  • Global Competition Review's GCR 100 (15th Edition)and Global Competition Review's Canada Country Survey rank the Blakes Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment group in the "Elite" category, the review's highest designation.
  • The 2015 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada ranks Brian A. Facey and Robert E. Kwinter as leading lawyers in the area of Competition Law.
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015 recognizes Brian A. Facey, Jason Gudofsky, Navin Joneja, Robert E. Kwinter and Deborah Salzberger as leading lawyers in the area of Competition/Antitrust Law.
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2014 ranks Brian A. Facey, Jason Gudofsky, Randall Hofley, Navin Joneja, Robert E. Kwinter and Julie Soloway as leading lawyers. Brian A. Facey "... is once again the 'most highly nominated' individual in our research."
  • Who's Who Legal: Competition 2014 ranks the Blakes Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment group as a leader, with five competition lawyers individually ranked, including Brian A. Facey, Jason Gudofsky, Randall Hofley, Robert E. Kwinter and Julie Soloway.
  • A 2014 Lexpert Zenith Award: Celebrating Practice Area Excellence was awarded to Brian A. Facey in the area of competition law. "Brian was at the epicentre of many of the country's largest deals...."
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014 ranks the Blakes Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment group in its top category, "Most Frequently Recommended," and recognizes Brian A. Facey, Jason Gudofsky, Randall Hofley and Robert E. Kwinter as leading lawyers.
  • The 2014 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada ranks Brian A. Facey, Randall Hofley and Robert E. Kwinter as leading lawyers in the area of Competition Law.
  • The 2014 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada ranks Brian A. Facey, Randall Hofley and Robert E. Kwinter as leading lawyers in the area of Competition Law.
  • Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyers 2014 ranks Brian A. Facey, Jason Gudofsky, Randall Hofley, Navin Joneja, Robert E. Kwinter, Deborah Salzberger, Julie Soloway and Micah Wood as leading lawyers.
  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys – 2014 Edition recognizes Partners Brian A. Facey, Randall Hofley and Robert E. Kwinter for their expertise in Competition Litigation.
  • BTI Consulting Group names Brian A. Facey "BTI Client Service All-Star" for 2014 for delivering exceptional client service in the area of competition/antitrust. He is one of 15 top antitrust lawyers and the only Canadian competition lawyer to receive this distinction.
  • Global Competition Review's 2013 Edition of Women in Antitrustranks Julie Soloway as one of the world's leading female lawyers in the field of competition law.
  • World Finance Legal Awards 2013 names Blakes the "Best Competition & Anti-Trust Firm."
  • Global Competition Review's 2012 Edition of 40 Under 40 recognizes Navin Joneja and Deborah Salzberger as leading competition lawyers.
  • Legal Media Group's Guide to Leading Practitioners: China 2011 ranks Brian A. Facey as a leading lawyer in the area of Competition & Antitrust: International.
     
 

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