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About Randall

Randall is a trusted advisor and advocate for leading Canadian and global companies on competition law and the federal regulation of business. His practice is focused on contentious matters before the Canadian Competition Bureau (Bureau) and Competition Tribunal (Tribunal), as well as before all levels of Canadian courts and federal administrative tribunals.

Randall is one of the most sought-after and experienced competition lawyers and litigators in Canada, bringing both his private-sector and public-sector experience to Blakes clients.

From 2018 to 2019, Randall served as General Counsel and Senior Enforcement Advisor in the Bureau. In this role, he led numerous high-profile enforcement matters related to mergers, abuse of dominance, deceptive marketing and cartel matters. Randall also served as a member of the Bureau's Senior Management and its Policy and Procedures Committees, where he played an active role in the development of the Bureau's strategic plans and priorities, external policies related to merger efficiencies, immunity and leniency, market studies, abuse of dominance, legislative amendments, and internal policies related to public interest privilege, expert witnesses, documentary discovery and subpoenas. Randall was also lead counsel in the negotiation of numerous memoranda of understanding between the Bureau and other Canadian law enforcement or regulatory agencies and with respect to multilateral enforcement cooperation agreements at an international level.

During his time as Special Counsel to the Commissioner of Competition from 2005 to 2006, Randall litigated major cases and was responsible for legislative and policy reform initiatives relating to abuse of dominance, cartels, intellectual property, price maintenance, regulated conduct and litigation procedures. Some of these initiatives resulted in major amendments to the Competition Act (Act), Bureau policies and Tribunal procedures.

Randall has litigated many of Canada's most high-profile cases under the Act. These include the first abuse of dominance case to reach the Supreme Court of Canada, the only Federal Court of Appeal decision to address patents under the Act, the only (civil) price maintenance case, the first case considering the Act's competitor collaboration provisions, the only appellate level case on the application of the Act's cartel provisions to agreements between purchasers of goods or services, the only Tribunal case to address the Regulated Conduct Doctrine, and numerous cases developing standards for cartel prosecutions and class-action certification and defences in the cartel context.

Randall's experience spans a number of industries, including aluminum and steel, animal health, automotive parts, chemicals, digital platforms, energy, financial services, food and consumer products, information technology, industrial machinery, life sciences, music, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, real estate, telecommunications, transportation (rail, air and pipelines), travel (hotels and rental cars), and waste management.

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Recent representative matters in private practice include acting for:

Mergers & Acquisitions

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

  • BCE Inc. (Bell Canada, Inc.) in connection with the contested merger between Rogers Communications and Shaw Communication

  • BCE Inc. on its C$3.9-billion acquisition of Manitoba Telecom Services, its proposed C$3.38-billion acquisition of Montréal-based Astral Media Inc. and its leading specialty and pay television channels, radio stations, digital media properties and out-of-home advertising platforms, and its acquisition of an ownership position in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment

  • Elanco Animal Health Incorporated on its US$7.6-billion purchase of Bayer AG's animal health business

  • Federated Co-operatives Limited on its acquisition of 181 Husky retail fuel sites from Cenovus Energy Inc.

  • Superior Plus Corp. on its C$412-million acquisition of the retail propane business of Gibson Energy Inc. and its C$932-million offer for Canexus Corporation

Litigation & Dispute Resolution

  • Dow Chemical Canada Inc. in an action with respect to a joint venture related to the Act and restraint of trade issues, brought before the Alberta Court of King's Bench and the Alberta Court of Appeal

  • ExxonMobil Canada Ltd. and Imperial Oil Ltd. in respect of a damages award based on a finding that the criminal cartel provisions of the Act were violated, brought before the Alberta Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada

  • Givaudan Canada Co., Hirschvogel Automotive Group, Suncor Energy Services, Inc., Microsoft Corporation and Tyson Foods Canada Inc. in class-action proceedings before the Supreme Court of British Columbia

  • Canada Bread Company Ltd., Givaudan Canada Co. and Yazaki North America Inc. in class action proceedings in the Ontario Superior Court

  • Givaudan Canada Co., Olin Corporation and Toronto Residential Real Estate Board in class action proceedings in the Federal Court of Canada

  • Staples, Inc. and Office Depot, Inc. in merger litigation before the Tribunal

  • Secure Energy Services Inc. in merger litigation before the Federal Court of Appeal

  • Visa Canada in litigation brought before the Tribunal by the Bureau challenging Visa merchant rules as a violation of the (civil) price maintenance provisions of the Act

  • United Continental Holdings, Inc. in litigation brought before the Tribunal by the Bureau challenging alliance agreements between United Continental Airlines and Air Canada under the competitor collaboration provisions of the Act

  • Major companies such as H.J. Heinz Company of Canada Ltd., BCE Inc. and TransCanada Pipeline Limited (respectively) before federal regulatory tribunals, including the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and the National Energy Board

  • Autoliv, Inc., Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd., Mohawk Industries, Inc., Yazaki North America/Yazaki Corporation and other global companies in successfully securing dismissals, immunity, leniency or other resolutions in cartel investigations, prosecutions or class actions in respect of auto parts, audio-video products, car carrier (vessel) services, chemicals, flooring, food products insulation, or vitamins

Awards & Recognition

Randall is continuously recognized as a leading competition lawyer and litigator, including in the most recent editions of the following publications:

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys 2024 (Litigation Star)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2024 (Most Frequently Recommended)

  • The 2024 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (Competition Law)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2024

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2024

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2023

  • Lexpert Special Edition: Litigation 2023

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2023

  • Who's Who Legal: Global 2023

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2022

  • Euromoney's LMG Competition and Antitrust Expert Guide 2021

Professional Activities

Randall is a member of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) and the American Bar Association and is an active member of those associations' sections in his areas of expertise. Previously, he was chair of the CBA's International Law Section and National Competition Law Section’s Criminal Matters Committee.

Randall was an adjunct professor of the course on government control of business at McGill University Faculty of Law and is currently vice-president and treasurer of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies. He was a law clerk to former Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin of the Supreme Court of Canada.

  • Co-author : Canada Chapter
    The International Comparative Legal Guide: Vertical Agreements and Dominant Firms, Sixth Edition, Global Legal Group, August 5, 2022.
  • Co-author : Canada Chapter
    Cartels – Enforcement, Appeals & Damages Actions, Tenth Edition, Global Legal Insights, 2022.
  • Co-author : Canada Chapter
    The International Comparative Legal Guide: Vertical Agreements and Dominant Firms, Fifth Edition, Global Legal Group, July 30, 2021.

Admitted to the Quebec Bar – 1992
Admitted to the Ontario Bar – 1991
LLB and BCL, McGill University – 1989
BA, University of Winnipeg – 1985

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