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. 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.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

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

  • Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. on its C$4.5-billion sale of the Trans Mountain Pipeline System and the Trans Mountain Expansion Project to the Government of Canada

  • Nevsun Resources Ltd. on its C$1.86-billion sale to Zijin Mining Group Co. Ltd.

  • Maple Leaf Food Inc. on its C$215-million acquisition of Viau Foods

  • Cenovus Energy Ltd. on its C$625-million sale of the Cenovus Pipestone Partnership to NuVista Energy Inc.

  • Stewart Information Services Corporation on its US$1.2-billion sale to Fidelity National Financial, Inc.

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

  • Cenovus Energy Inc. on its C$512-million sale of its Suffield crude oil and natural gas operations in Southern Alberta to International Petroleum Corporation

  • CI Financial Corp. on its C$780-million acquisition of Sentry Investments Corp.

  • 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.

  • SoftBank Group Corp. and Fortress Investment Group LLC in connection with SoftBank Group Corp.’s US$3.3-billion acquisition of Fortress Investment Group LLC

  • 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

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

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

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2019 (Competition/Antitrust)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2019

  • Who's Who Legal: Thought Leaders - Competition 2018 – Described as a “very well-regarded” figure in the Canadian competition community who is noted in particular for her transactional expertise

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2018 (Competition)

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2018 (Competition)

  • 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.")

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2017

  • 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

PUBLICATIONS
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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.
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PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Panellist: What’s In and What’s Out? Consent Agreements – The Unsettling Facts of Settlement Terms
CBA Competition Law Spring Conference, Toronto, Ontario, May 25, 2017.
Panellist: Antitrust Risk Challenges in M&A Deal Activity
Thomson Reuters Conference, San Francisco, California, October 2016.
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.
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MEDIA APPEARANCES
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Quoted: Competition and foreign investment reviews will cooperate in Canada
Article by Charley Connor, GCR, April 9, 2018.
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