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Robel Sahlu
Robel Sahlu Associate | Calgary, Toronto

About Robel

Robel maintains a practice involving advisory and advocacy work on matters related to business crimes, investigations and compliance, competition/antitrust, foreign investment, competition litigation, and commercial litigation.

Prior to joining Blakes, Robel practised competition and foreign investment law at a national law firm in Toronto.  As an articling student, he worked at a leading western Canadian law firm and completed a secondment to the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan where he was a seconding clerk to three justices, including the chief justice.

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Representative matters in which Robel has been involved include acting for:

Competition/Antitrust & Foreign Investment

  • A global pharmaceutical company on its multibillion-dollar acquisition of an international radiopharmaceutical company

  • An international industrial products supplier on its acquisition of the Canadian assets of a global industrial products supplier

  • A national transportation company on its acquisition of a cross-border freight trucking company

  • An international wood products manufacturer on its multimillion-dollar acquisition of the engineered wood products division of a publicly traded, international building products company

  • A private equity firm on a US$400-million acquisition of an industrial supply company

  • A conglomerate on the sale of its security equipment assets

  • A global industrial group on the acquisition of a multinational utility company

  • Various companies with respect to class actions and competition litigation

  • A U.K.-based global insurance brokerage, as its Canadian counsel, on its now terminated US$30-billion proposed acquisition of another leading global insurance brokerage

  • The special committee of a seafood supplier in respect of a proposed acquisition of another global seafood supplier by a 50-50 joint venture for a transaction valued at approximately C$1-billion

  • A global manufacturer of automated teller machines (ATMs) on its acquisition of another ATM-services provider in a transaction valued over US$2-billion

  • A global supplier of building material on its combination with a North American cement manufacturer to create an industry-leading joint venture

  • A leading online travel search aggregator in its defence of a Canadian class action alleging deceptive marketing practices and violations of provincial consumer protection statutes

  • Various companies on obtaining Investment Canada Act clearances of high-valued foreign investments, including with respect to state-owned entities and national security matters

Commercial Litigation

  • A global health-care and consumer goods company in respect of alleged damages arising from product recalls

  • An international railway company in litigation related to a train car derailment

  • A grain dryer manufacturer with respect to product liability claims

  • An international consumer goods manufacturer with respect to a contractual dispute and settlement

Business Crimes

  • Various companies in conducting risk assessments with respect to international anti-bribery and corruption

  • Various companies in conducting internal investigations into potential violations of domestic bribery laws and company policies in conducting internal investigations into potential violations of bribery laws relating to First Nations officials

  • Various companies in responding to RCMP investigations into alleged violations of the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act

  • Various in responding to Competition Bureau investigations into suspected price-fixing, market allocation, and big-rigging conspiracies

  • Various clients on transactional due diligence and contractual obligations related to anti-bribery and corruption, sanctions, and anti-money laundering risks
Professional Activities

Robel is a member of the Canadian Bar Association Competition Law Section, the American Bar Association Antitrust Law Section and the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers.

He is currently a vice chair of the Criminal Matters Committee of the National Competition Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association and a coordinator of the young lawyer representative/young economist representative program for the American Bar Association's Antitrust Law Section.

Robel is also a member of the Teaching Team for the Lawyer as a Negotiator course at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Professional Appearances
Admitted to the Alberta Bar – 2021
Admitted to the Ontario Bar – 2020
Admitted to the Saskatchewan Bar – 2020
JD, Osgoode Hall Law School – 2019
BBA (Management), University of Regina – 2014
Certificate in Economics, University of Regina – 2014
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