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Competition Law Compliance

Competition Law Compliance
Competition Law Compliance
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Regulators are increasingly focused on competition compliance. Mere suspicion of a competition law violation can result in investigations that distract management and lead to substantial costs in terms of both time and money.  Companies want more than solutions to their competition law problems — they want to avoid them before they arise.

The Blakes Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment group provides our clients with timely, proactive corporate compliance guidance, helping them to minimize or eliminate their risk and detect any contraventions that might occur.

Clients seek our guidance when developing and implementing compliance programs that demonstrate (to competition law authorities and other stakeholders) their commitment to respecting competition laws.  A credible and effective compliance program can also be a mitigating factor in the event of a breach of the Competition Act, including with respect to the value of any financial penalty. Building on our extensive experience with the Competition Bureau, we work with our clients to develop and implement compliance programs that meet the Bureau’s expectations and are tailored to our client’s needs, including delivering effective employee training programs, conducting mock dawn raids, implementing internal competition law reporting systems (including "whistleblower" systems) and developing best practices for competition law compliance.

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Awards & Recognition

Blakes was named GCR Awards 2019 – Named Competition Regional Firm of the Year - Americas and Competition Law Firm of the Year in 2018 by Benchmark Canada.

Members of our Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment Group are consistently ranked as leading practitioners in the most recent editions of the following publications:

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Competition/Antitrust) ranks Blakes and Brian A. Facey in Band 1, its top tier for Competition/Antitrust. Navin Joneja, Robert E. Kwinter, Julie Soloway and Micah Wood are recognized as leading lawyers. Clients were quoted as saying: “They are world-class – they really do support not only our legal needs but also our business needs.”

  • The 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 Legal 500 Canada (Competition/Antitrust) ranks Blakes in the top tier with clients referring to us as “market leader.” Brian A. Facey and Robert E. Kwinter are ranked as leading lawyers. Cassandra Brown is ranked in the Next Generation category.

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada (Competition/Antitrust Law) recognizes Brian A. Facey, Navin Joneja, Robert E. Kwinter, Julie Soloway and Micah Wood as leading lawyers.  Robert E. Kwinter named as Lawyer of the Year.

  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Competition/Antitrust) ranks Blakes and Brian A. Facey in Band 1, its top tier for Competition/Antitrust. Navin Joneja, Robert E. Kwinter, Julie Soloway and Micah Wood are recognized as leading lawyers.

  • GCR Awards 2019 – Named Competition Regional Firm of the Year – Americas.

  • Global Competition Review’s GCR 100 ranks the Blakes Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment group in the “Elite” category, the review’s highest designation, noting that Blakes “continues to be at the top of Canadian competition law, and is considered ‘the firm to beat’ by several of its rivals.”

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory ranks Brian A. Facey, Navin Joneja, Joshua Krane, Robert E. Kwinter and Julie Soloway as leading lawyers in the area of Competition Law.

  • Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada ranks Brian A. Facey and Robert E. Kwinter as leading lawyers in the area of Competition Law.

  • Who's Who Legal: Competition ranks the Blakes Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment group as a leader, with five competition lawyers individually ranked, including Brian A. Facey, Navin Joneja, Robert E. Kwinter, Julie Soloway and Micah Wood.

  • Who's Who Legal: Competition - Thought Leaders recognizes Brian A. Facey, Robert E. Kwinter and Julie Soloway as thought leaders in the area of Competition Law.

  • Who's Who Legal: Thought Leaders - Global Elite (Competition) recognizes Brian A. Facey as one of the three top competition lawyers in Canada.

  • Who’s Who Legal: Canada - Competition recognizes Brian A. Facey, Navin Joneja, Robert E. Kwinter, Julie Soloway and Micah Wood as leading lawyers.

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys recognizes Catherine Beagan-Flood, Réal Forest, Jeff Galway, Randall Hofley, Robert E. Kwinter, Claude Marseille, Dalton McGrath, James Sullivan and Robert Torralbo for their expertise in Competition Litigation.

  • Who's Who Legal 2017 places Brian A. Facey among an extremely selective list of 25 Thought Leaders in the field of competition law worldwide — the only competition lawyer in Canada to hold this distinction.

  • Who's Who Legal: Competition - Future Leaders 2017 recognizes Cassandra Brown, Joshua Krane, Kevin MacDonald and Micah Wood as the foremost practitioners in the competition community aged 45 and under.

  • Canadian Lawyer Magazine names Brian A. Facey one of Canada’s Top 25 Influential 2017.

  • Global Competition Review’s Women in Antitrust ranks Julie Soloway as one of the world’s leading female lawyers in the field of competition law.

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