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SIR/E-Discovery

SIR/E-Discovery
SIR/E-Discovery

A supplementary information request (SIR) is a detailed information request issued by the Competition Bureau as part of a merger review. Responding to an SIR is a critical part of gaining clearance for a complex merger and requires a team of specialized and experienced counsel.

The Blakes Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment group, repeatedly acknowledged as a leading competition law practice in Canada, has successfully guided its clients through SIR processes for many of the most high-profile and complex transactions in Canadian history (beginning in 2009 with the first SIR to have been issued by the Bureau).

Our industry-leading team is adept at using cost-effective in-house solutions to comply with an SIR, while at the same time interfacing seamlessly with third-party e-discovery vendors when necessary. Our extensive SIR experience has afforded us an unmatched understanding of the Bureau’s standards and processes, allowing us to avoid the common pitfalls associated with SIR compliance.

We have pioneered innovative solutions and approaches to SIR compliance that have reduced transaction timelines and related costs, all while providing our clients with the timely, practical and strategic advice that is our signature.

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Awards & Recognition

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

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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