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Cassandra Brown

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Representative matters of public record in which Cassandra has been involved include:

  • WestJet in connection with its C$5.0-billion acquisition by Onex Corporation

  • The Stars Group Inc. in connection with its announced US$15-billion enterprise value merger of equals with Flutter Entertainment Inc.

  • PayPal Holdings, Inc. on its US$400-million acquisition of Hyperwallet Systems Inc.

  • Pembina Pipeline Corporation in connection with its US$9.7-billion acquisition of Veresen Inc.

  • Trican Well Service Ltd. on its C$637-million acquisition of Canyon Services Group Inc.

  • Foster Wheeler AG on its US$3.2-billion acquisition by AMEC

  • Agrium Inc. on its proposed US$38-billion merger of equals with Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc.

  • Suncor Energy Inc. on its purchase of all of the shares of Canadian Oil Sands Limited valued at C$6.6-billion

  • Agrium Inc. in connection with a series of acquisitions related to its retail agriculture and fertilizer businesses in Alberta and Saskatchewan

  • Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), as Canadian counsel, on its acquisition of 40 per cent of Glencore Agricultural Products (Glencore Agri), valuing Glencore Agri at US$6.25-billion

  • Holcim Ltd on its divestment of North American cement, ready-mix, aggregates and construction facilities to CRH plc

  • Holcim Ltd on its $50 billion merger with Lafarge S.A.

  • Marine Harvest ASA on its acquisition of a significant minority interest in Grieg Seafood ASA

  • Pembina Pipeline Corporation on its US$650-million acquisition of the cross-border Vantage Pipeline and Mistral Midstream extraction plant from Riverstone Holdings and Mistral Midstream

  • Synthes, Inc. on its US$21.3-billion sale to Johnson & Johnson

  • Continental Airlines on its US$6.2-billion merger with United Airlines

  • Nestlé S.A. in connection with its sale of a 52.5 per cent interest in Alcon, Inc. to Novartis A.G.

  • Nestlé S.A. in connection with its acquisition of Kraft Foods Inc.'s frozen pizza business in the U.S. and Canada for US$3.7-billion

  • Nestlé Professional in connection with its acquisition of Vitality Foodservice Inc.

Awards & Recognition

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

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2021 (Competition Law)

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2021 (Competition/Antitrust)

  • The Legal 500 Canada - 2018-2021 (Next Generation Partner, Competition and Antitrust)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2021 (Competition/Antitrust)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2021 (Competition/Antitrust)

  • Who's Who Legal: Competition - 2019-2020 (Future Leaders - Partners)

  • Who's Who Legal: Competition - Future Leaders - 2017-2018 (Profiles the foremost practitioners in the competition community aged 45 and under)

Professional Activities

Cassandra is co-author of Competition and Antitrust Laws in Canada: Mergers, Joint Ventures and Competitor Collaborations and co-author of the Canada chapter of The Foreign Investment Regulation Review, Third Edition.

She was also a sessional adjunct professor of competition regulation at Osgoode Hall Law School.

  • Co-author: Canada Chapter
    Cartels - Enforcement, Appeals & Damages Actions, Ninth Edition, Global Legal Insights, 2021.
  • Co-author: Competition and Antitrust Laws in Canada: Mergers, Joint Ventures and Competitor Collaborations
    LexisNexis Canada, 2020 (Third Edition).
  • Co-author: Competition Act: Commentary and Annotation – 2019 Edition
    LexisNexis, December 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.
  • Co-author: Canada Chapter
    The Merger Control Review, 9th Edition, Law Business Research, pp. 138-149, September 2018.
  • Co-author: Canada Chapter
    Chambers Cartels 2019 Global Practice Guide, August 2018.
Professional Appearances
  • Moderator: COVID-19 Implications for Economic Analysis in Merger Review
    CBA Economics and Law Committee – Teleconference, August 6, 2020
  • Speaker: Canada: Episode 6: M&A and COVID-19: A Strategic Update
    Blakes Continuity Podcast, Mondaq, June 1, 2020.
  • Speaker: M&A and COVID-19: A Strategic Update
    Episode 6, The Blakes Continuity Podcast, May 22, 2020.
  • Moderator: Review of International Cooperation Among Competition Authorities
    CBA Competition Law Section’s Young Lawyers Committee – Teleconference, May 1, 2020.
  • Speaker: CFIUS Around the Globe – Recent Developments on New Proposed UK and EU Rules on Foreign Direct Investments
    5th National Conference on CFIUS & Team Telecom, Washington, DC, April 25, 2019.
Admitted to the Ontario Bar - 2009
LL.B./B.C.L., McGill University - 2008
B.Comm., University of Alberta - 2005
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