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Robert E. Kwinter

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Some of the many complex merger transactions Rob has been involved with include:

  • Secure Energy Services Inc. on its C$2.3-billion enterprise value merger with Tervita Corporation before the Competition Bureau, Competition Tribunal and Federal Court of Appeal
  • Fitbit, Inc. on its proposed US$2.1-billion purchase by Google LLC
  • Suncor/Petro-Canada
  • Merck/Schering-Plough
  • Glaxo Wellcome/SmithKline Beecham
  • GE/Instrumentarium
  • Great West Life/Canada Life
  • West Fraser/Weldwood
  • Whirlpool/Maytag

Rob has also acted as counsel in some of the leading comparative advertising cases in Canada including:

  • Church & Dwight v. Sifto
  • UPS v. Purolator
Awards & Recognition

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

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2023 (Competition/Antitrust: Litigators, Competition/Antitrust, Dispute Resolution: Class Action (Defence))

  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2022 (Competition/Antitrust, Competition/Antitrust: Litigators)

  • Who’s Who Legal: Canada – 2021–2022 (Competition)

  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada – 2017–2022 (Competition Law)

  • The Legal 500 Canada – 2021–2022 (Competition and Antitrust)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business – 2021–2022 (Competition/Antitrust, Competition/Antitrust: Litigators, Dispute Resolution: Class Action (Defence))

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada – 2019–2022 (Competition/Antitrust, Class Action Litigation, Advertising and Marketing Law)

  • Who’s Who Legal: Global 2021 (Competition and Foreign Investment Review)

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys – 2021 Edition (Litigation Star – Competition/Antitrust)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2021 (Competition Law/Advertising & Marketing Law)

  • Thomson Reuters Stand-out Lawyer 2021 – Independently Rated Lawyers (As nominated by senior in-house counsel)

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business – 2020–2021 (Competition/Antitrust; Competition/Antitrust: Litigators)

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2020 (Competition) (“Robert Kwinter garners praise for his strong regulatory know-how and longstanding experience in complex cases pertaining to conspiracy, trade association activities and mergers.”)

  • Benchmark Canada 2020: Litigation Star

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2020 (Competition Law)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2020 (Competition and Antitrust)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2020 Lawyer of the Year (Competition/Antitrust Law)

  • Who's Who Legal: Thought Leaders – 2019–2020 (Competition)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business – 2018–2020 (Competition/Antitrust; Competition/Antitrust: Litigators)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2019 (Competition Law; Advertising and Marketing Law)

  • Who's Who Legal: M&A and Governance 2019 (Foreign Investment Review)

  • Who's Who Legal: Competition – 2018–2019

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business – 2018–2019 (Competition/Antitrust: Canada; Competition/Antitrust: Litigators)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2019 (Leading Lawyer – Competition & Antitrust)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2018 (Competition Law)

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys – 2018–2019 (Litigation Star – Competition)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2018 (Competition/Antitrust)

  • Who's Who Legal: Thought Leaders – Competition 2018 (Commentators call Robert “one of the best competition litigators in Canada” and “a leading member of the bar”. He is particularly identified for his superb abilities in cartel and class action litigation.)

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada – 2016–2017 (Competition)

  • The 2017 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada (Competition/Antitrust Law; Competition)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017 (Competition Law; Advertising & Marketing Law)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017 (Competition/Antitrust Law, Advertising and Marketing Law)

  • The 2016 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Competition Law)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2016 (Recommended – Competition/Antitrust)

  • Who's Who Legal: Competition 2016

  • Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyers 2016

Rob has advised clients on award-winning deals, including one named GCR Behavioural Matter of the Year (Agency) – Americas in the GCR Awards 2016 and another one awarded National Impact Case in the Benchmark Canada Awards 2014.

Professional Activities

Rob regularly participates on various committees of the Canadian Bar Association and the American Bar Association and has been an active contributor to the work of the International Competition Network as a non-governmental adviser. He is a member of the American Bar Association's International Developments and Comments Task Force and a vice-chair of the Competition Law and Policy Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

Education

Admitted to the Ontario Bar – 1986
LLB, Osgoode Hall Law School – 1984
University of Toronto – 1980

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