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About David

David is a member of the Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment group at Blakes. David's practice focuses on advising clients on all aspects of competition law, including mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, marketing and distribution practices, criminal and civil investigations, and compliance matters. He also advises on foreign investment merger review under the Investment Canada Act, including "net benefit" and national security reviews, and was recognized as one of the top "40 under 40" foreign investment lawyers worldwide by Global Competition Review in 2023. David has advised clients in a wide range of sectors, including consumer goods, energy, communications, financial services, chemicals, agriculture, pharmaceuticals and transportation.

David's competition law practice is complemented by a master's degree in economics from the University of Toronto. In addition, David is vice-chair of the Mergers Committee of the Canadian Bar Association's National Competition Law and Foreign Investment Review Section.

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  • Stonepeak in connection with its agreement, together with Blue Wolf Capital Partners, to acquire Logistec Corpration for approximately C$1.2-billion

  • Superior Plus Corp. in connection with its acquisition of Certarus Ltd. for total consideration of approximately C$1.05-billion.

  • Secure Energy Services Inc. in connection with its C$2.3-billion enterprise value merger with Tervita Corporation

  • Tilray, Inc. in connection with its business combination with Aphria Inc., having an implied pro forma equity value of C$5.0-billion (US$3.9-billion)

  • Nasdaq, Inc. on its US$2.75-billion acquisition of Verafin Inc., Canada's largest software transaction since 2007

  • Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners on its acquisition of Xplornet Communications Inc.

  • Fitbit, Inc. on its proposed US$2.1-billion purchase by Google LLC

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

  • Sappi Canada Enterprises Inc. on its acquisition of Rayonier A.M. Canada Enterprises Inc.'s pulp mill and related assets in Quebec

  • Digital Colony Partners and EQT Infrastructure IV Fund on their US$14.3-billion proposed acquisition of Zayo Group Holdings, Inc.

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

  • Superior Plus Corp. in connection with its C$412-million acquisition of the retail propane business of Gibson Energy Inc.

  • Agrium Inc. on its US$36-billion merger of equals with Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc.

  • Superior Plus Corp. in connection with the Canadian Competition Bureau's approval of its proposed acquisition of Canexus Corporation for an enterprise value of C$932-million

  • Office Depot Inc. on its proposed acquisition by Staples Inc. for C$6.3-billion

  • General Electric on its acquisition of ALSTOM's Power and Grid businesses

Awards & Recognition

David is recognized as a leading practitioner by the following publications:

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Canada – 2021–2024 (Competition/Antitrust Law)

  • Global Competition Review's GCR FIC 40 Under 40

Professional Activities

David is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and is vice-chair of the Mergers Committee of the Canadian Bar Association's National Competition Law and Foreign Investment Review Section. He is also a member of the Law Society of Ontario, the Ontario Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

  • Co-author : Significant Changes to Canadian Competition Law Underway
    Legal Industry Reviews, Canada, Vol. 3, October 2023.
  • Co-author : Major developments in Canadian Competition Law
    Legal Industry Reviews, Canada, Vol. 2, June 2023.
  • Co-author : Canada’s Efficiency Defence: Why Ignoring Section 96 Does More Harm Than Good for Economic Efficiency and Innovation
    Canadian Competition Law Review, Vol. 32, No. 1, May 2019.

Admitted to the Ontario Bar – 2014
JD, University of Toronto – 2013
MA (Economics), University of Toronto – 2013
BA (Hon., With Distinction, Economics), University of Calgary – 2010

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