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Rob Kwinter

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

  • 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 consistently recognized as a leading practitioner by the following publications:

  • Benchmark Canada 2020: Litigation Star

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2020 (Competition Law)

  • Acritas Stars 2020: Independently Rated Lawyer (Nominated as a stand-out lawyer by senior in-house counsel)

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

  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada - 2017-2020 (Competition Law)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2020 (Competition and Antitrust)

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

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada - 2019-2020 (Competition/Antitrust Law; Class Action Litigation; Advertising and Marketing 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)

  • Acritas Stars 2018: Independently Rated Lawyer (Nominated as a stand-out lawyer by senior in-house counsel)

  • 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.

Publications
  • Co-author: Canada Chapter
    The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Competition Litigation, 12th Edition, 2020.
  • Co-author: Canada Chapter
    The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Competition Litigation, 11th Edition, 2019.
  • Author: Corporate Compliance Programs and the Canadian Competition Act: Can a Credible and Effective Compliance Program Mitigate Corporate Liability?
    American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, Cartel & Criminal Practice Committee Newsletter, Fall 2017.
Professional Appearances
  • Moderator: Resolving Cartel Matters Without Guilty Pleas
    CBA Competition Law Fall Conference, Ottawa, Ontario, October 17, 2019.
  • Moderator: Meet the Enforcers: Canada's New Commissioner of Competition, Matthew Boswell
    ABA International Committee Brownbag, July 10, 2019.
  • Panellist: Opening Plenary: Litigating Antitrust Cases in the United States and Canada
    CBA Competition Law Fall Conference, Ottawa, Ontario, September 27, 2018.
  • Discussion Leader: Competition Law - Given recent history, what certification strategies remain
    Northwind's 2018 Class Actions Invitational Forum, Certification and Beyond, Cambridge, Ontario, June 12, 2018.
Media Activities
  • Quoted: Competition bureau to give lawyers more warning on deal reviews
    Interviewed by Anita Balakrishnan, Law Times, July 12, 2019.
  • Quoted: Immunity in the Spotlight
    Interviewed by Shannon Kari, Canadian Lawyer Inhouse, Vol. 13, Issue 2, March 5, 2018.
  • Quoted: Canadian court denies request to depose competition investigator
    Interviewed by Sonya Lalli, Global Competition Review, September 29, 2017.
Education

Admitted to the Ontario Bar - 1986
LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School - 1984
University of Toronto - 1980

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