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

Joshua advises domestic and foreign firms on all aspects of competition law, including merger review, cartel investigations, unilateral conduct matters and advertising/marketing matters. He also provides advice on foreign investment reviews under the Investment Canada Act and has worked with clients in a number of industries, including agriculture, consumer products, energy, finance, telecommunications and others.

Joshua has extensive experience in divestment work in relation to regulatory requirements and effectively completing complex transactions as part of regulatory approvals.

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:

  • 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

  • Superior Plus Corp. in connection with its C$932-million proposed acquisition of Canexus 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

  • BHP Billiton on its US$40-billion offer to acquire Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan

Recent representative disputed matters include:

  • 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 Continental Holdings Inc. in relation to the Competition Bureau's challenge of the existing and proposed alliance agreements between United Continental Airlines and Air Canada under the civil merger and competitor collaboration provisions of the Competition Act before the Competition Tribunal


Joshua is listed in The Legal 500 Canada 2018 (Recommended – Competition & Antitrust), and in Who's Who Legal: Competition 2018 (Future Leaders - Partners), which profiles the foremost practitioners in the competition community aged 45 and under.

Show Past:
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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.
Supreme Court Law Review, 74 S.C.L.R., 2nd Edition, pp. 451-467, 2016.
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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.
Speaker: Common Issues in Cross-Border Mergers: Setting a Proper Foundation
The Young Lawyer's Committee of the CBA Competition Law Section, the ABA's Young Lawyers Division and The Canadian Bar Association, Toronto, Ontario, June 15, 2016.
Moderator: Investment Review Post-Election - What Has Changed?
Foreign Investment Review Committee Annual Conference, The Canadian Bar Association, Toronto, Ontario, June 14, 2016.
Speaker: NAICS Try: Frequent Issues Arising from the New ICA Forms
The Canadian Bar Association, Toronto, Ontario, November 16, 2015.
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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.
Quoted: Canadian e-books case will affect future antitrust consent agreements - attorneys
Article by Kathryn Leger, Policy and Regulatory Report (PaRR), June 15, 2016.
Quoted: B.C., Ontario civil-forfeiture programs get failing grades, report says
Article by Sunny Dhillon, The Globe and Mail, March 7, 2016.
Quoted: O-Net a 'Bellwether' Case for Foreign Investment Review
Article by Carolynne Burkholder-James, CBA PracticeLink, Canadian Bar Association, February 22, 2016.
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