Joshua Krane
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4187

Joshua is a recognized leader in competition/antitrust and foreign investment matters. He is an advisor to companies in the agricultural, consumer products, energy, entertainment, technology and telecommunications industries working closely with the legal and executive teams to address complex business issues.

Joshua has extensive experience completing strategic transactions, working with government officials on regulatory matters, and resolving commercial disputes. He also offers guidance to companies on their pricing and contracting practices, social media and influencer marketing, and relationships with customers, suppliers and competitors.

As the co-author of Investment Canada Act: Commentary and Annotation, Joshua is frequently called upon to advise on foreign investment matters, including national security reviews.

Before joining Blakes, Joshua worked for several government agencies, including the Competition Bureau - Legal Services Branch, the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario - Constitutional Law Branch, and the Federal Prosecution Service.


Recent representative transactional matters include:

  • Harris Corporation on its US$33.5-billion merger with L3 Technologies

  • The Washington Companies on its US$1.2-billion acquisition of Dominion Diamond

  • Summit Park on its US$50-million acquisition of certain assets from Iron Mountain Incorporated under a consent agreement with the Commissioner of Competition

  • Westlake Chemical Corporation on its US$3.8-billion acquisition of Axiall Corporation

  • Imperial Oil on its C$2.8-billion sale of 497 company-owned Esso retail stations

  • Holcim Ltd on its C$50-billion merger with Lafarge S.A. and on its divestment of certain North American cement, ready-mix, aggregates and construction businesses to CRH plc

  • Schneider Electric SA on its acquisition of Invensys plc in a transaction valued at US$5.2-billion

  • Daylight Energy Ltd. on its C$2.2-billion acquisition by China Petrochemical Corporation, known as Sinopec Group

Recent representative disputed matters include:

  • The Toronto Real Estate Board in its appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada in connection with a Competition Bureau challenge under the Competition Act

  • Alcon Canada in relation to a Competition Bureau investigation under the abuse of dominance provisions of the Competition Act

  • Canadian Civil Liberties Association in relation to its intervention before the Supreme Court of Canada in an asset forfeiture case

  • An auto parts company in response to a production order issued under the Competition Act

  • United airlines in relation to the Competition Bureau's challenge of alliance agreements with Air Canada under the civil merger and competitor collaboration provisions of the Competition Act before the Competition Tribunal


Joshua is recognized as a leading competition lawyer by the following publications:

  • Who’s Who Legal: M&A and Governance 2019 (Foreign Investment Review Chapter)

  • Who's Who Legal: Competition - 2018 and 2019 (Future Leaders - Partners), which profiles the foremost practitioners in the competition community aged 45 and under

  • Canadian Lexpert Directory 2019 (Repeatedly Recommended – Competition Law)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2018 (Recommended – Competition & Antitrust)

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Cartels, Seventh Edition, Global Legal Insights, February 2019., October 9, 2018.
Co-author: Important Recent Competition Law Developments in Canada
Canadian Corporate Counsel: A Practical Reference for Corporate, Municipal and Crown Counsel, Volume 27, No. 7, September/October 2018.
Quoted: Canada Hikes Merger Filing Fee
Global Competition Review, April 25, 2018.
Cartels, Sixth Edition, Global Legal Insights, February 2018.
Blakes Bulletin on Fintech, December 22, 2017.
Co-author: A Toolkit for Managing Risk
Competition Bureau Investigations - Blakes Update
Mentioned: Canada clears Superior Plus/Canwest Propane on efficiencies
Global Competition Review, October 3, 2017.
Co-author: Jurisdiction Issues Front and Center in Two Recent Canadian Court Decisions on Injunctions
Hot Topics in International Antitrust Law, American Bar Association, September 2017.
Co-author: Investment Canada Act: Commentary and Annotation
LexisNexis Canada, 2014-2018.
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Speaker: Economist Roundtable with the Competition Bureau
The Economics and Law Committee of the CBA Competition Law Section, the Canadian Bar Association, Toronto, Ontario, May 16, 2018.
Speaker: Paper, Rock, and Privilege - Document Production in an Age of the Million Document Case
The Competition Litigation Committee of the CBA Competition Law Section and the Canadian Bar Association, Toronto, Ontario, March 13, 2018.
Speaker: Promoting Innovation and Efficiency by Streamlining Competition Reviews
Inside Access, C.D. Howe Institute, Toronto, Ontario, March 3, 2017.
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Article by Julius Melnitzer, The Lawyer’s Daily, July 24, 2019.
Quoted: Canadian Nursing Home Deal Spurs Questions About Chinese Money
Article by Kevin A. Wong, The New York Times, July 11, 2017.
Quoted: Recent decision of Competition Bureau brings glad and bad tidings to shareholders
Article by Julius Melnitzer, Lexpert, April 4, 2017.
Quoted: Foreign investors urged to follow guidelines
Article by Richard Cleroux, Law Times, January 30, 2017.
Interviewed and Quoted: Blakes promotes three
Article by Malina McLennan, Global Competition Review, January 17, 2017.
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