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Recent transactions include:

  • Piedmont Lithium Inc., as new indirect co-owner, in the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act proceedings of North American Lithium Inc., completed by way of a Reverse Vesting Order, which required clearance under the Competition Act (Canada) and Investment Canada Act

  • Penn National Gaming, Inc. on its US$2-billion acquisition of Score Media and Gaming, Inc.

  • Nasdaq, Inc. on its US$2.75-billion acquisition of Verafin Inc.

  • Canadian Pacific Railway on its US$312-million acquisition of OMERS Infrastructure’s 83.5 per cent interest in the Detroit River Tunnel Partnership

  • Investor group led by Colony Capital, Inc. on its investment in a strategic partnership with Vantage Data Centers Management Company, LLC

  • Painted Pony Energy Ltd. on its C$461-million acquisition by Canadian Natural Resources Limited 

  • LVMH Moët Hennessy - Louis Vuitton SE on its proposed US$16.2-billion acquisition of Tiffany & Co.

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

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

  • Kinder Morgan Canada Limited on its proposed C$2.3-billion acquisition by Pembina Pipeline Corporation

  • Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. on its C$4.5-billion sale of the Trans Mountain Pipeline System and the Trans Mountain Expansion Project to the Government of Canada

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

  • Stewart Information Services Corporation on its US$1.2-billion sale to Fidelity National Financial, Inc.

  • The Washington Companies on their US$1.2-billion acquisition of Dominion Diamond Corporation

  • Trinidad Drilling Ltd. with respect to the hostile take-over bid made by Ensign Energy Services Inc.

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

  • Maple Leaf Foods Inc. on its C$215-million acquisition of Viau Foods

  • International Petroleum Corp. on its C$675-million acquisition of BlackPearl Resources Inc. by way of a plan of arrangement

  • Canadian Real Estate Investment Trust (CREIT) on its C$3.9-billion combination with Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust

  • Deep Foundations group of companies on its sale to GFL Environmental Inc.

  • Cenovus Energy Ltd. on its C$625-million sale of the Cenovus Pipestone Partnership to NuVista Energy Inc.

  • Cenovus Energy Inc. on its C$1.3-billion sale of its Palliser Block assets located in Alberta to Schlumberger Production Management and Torxen Energy

  • Cenovus Energy Inc. on its C$512-million sale of its Suffield crude oil and natural gas operations in Southern Alberta to International Petroleum Corporation

  • CI Financial Corp. on its C$780-million acquisition of Sentry Investments Corp.

  • Sagard Holdings and Fairfax Financial on their US$575-million acquisition of the business of Performance Sports Group Ltd.

  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. on its US$7.2-billion acquisition of Patheon N.V.

  • SoftBank Group Corp. and Fortress Investment Group LLC in connection with SoftBank Group Corp.’s US$3.3-billion acquisition of Fortress Investment Group LLC

  • Office Depot, Inc. on its US$6.3-billion merger with Staples, Inc.

  • HNA Group on its US$6-billion acquisition of Ingram Micro

  • Koch Industries Inc. on its US$2.5-billion investment in Infor

  • Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board on its C$2.5-billion acquisition of a 40 per cent interest in Glencore Agriculture Products

  • BCE Inc. on its C$594-million acquisition of Glentel Inc.

  • ExxonMobil Canada Ltd. on its C$3.1-billion acquisition of Celtic Exploration Ltd.

  • Marubeni Corporation on its C$2.7-billion acquisition of Gavilon Holdings, LLC, one of the largest general trading companies in Japan

  • Outokumpu Oyj on its US$3.1-billion definitive agreement to acquire Inoxum from ThyssenKrupp AG

  • Intact Financial Corporation on its C$2.6-billion acquisition of the Canadian insurance businesses of AXA SA

Awards & Recognition

Julie is recognized as a leading competition lawyer in the following publications:

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

  • The Legal 500 Canada - 2018-2019 and 2021-2022 (Competition/Antitrust)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business - 2020-2022 (Competition/Antitrust)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2022 (Competition/Antitrust)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2021 (Competition)

  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business - 2020-2021 (Competition/Antitrust)

  • Who's Who Legal: Thought Leaders - Competition 2021

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada - 2020-2021 (Competition/Antitrust)

  • Canadian Lawyer Magazine: The Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers of 2020

  • Who's Who Legal: Foreign Investment Review 2020

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2020 (Competition) - Described as "a go-to for international clients in the financial services, oil and gas, technology and pharmaceutical industries seeking first-rate competition compliance advice".

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2020 (Competition)

  • Who's Who Legal: Competition 2020

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

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2019 (Competition - Most Frequently Recommended)

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

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2019

  • Who's Who Legal: Thought Leaders - Competition 2018 – Described as a "very well-regarded" figure in the Canadian competition community who is noted in particular for her transactional expertise

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2018 (Competition)

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2018 (Competition)

  • Who's Who Legal: Thought Leaders 2018 (Competition)

  • Euromoney's Guide to the World’s Leading Competition & Antitrust Experts 2018

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2018 (Competition/Antitrust) (Market analysis notes that Julie "is much admired for her experience advising clients on the competition aspects of cross-border M&A")

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

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2017 (Clients are quoted as saying that Julie is "extremely bright, extremely capable and extremely responsive.")

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2017

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2017 (Competition/Antitrust) (Ranks Blakes in the top tier and refers to Julie as a "standout partner.")

  • Global Competition Review's 2016 Edition of Women in Antitrust

  • Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law 2016 (Competition and Antitrust)

  • Who's Who Legal: Competition 2016

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

  • Lawyer Monthly Magazine - Women in Law Awards 2016 (Competition)

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

Professional Activities

Julie has served on the American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law (SAL) leadership for over 11 years and is currently co-chair of SAL's International Committee. She is on the editorial board of Corporate Lawyer's Competition Law Quarterly Legal Reviews. Julie is published in a wide range of journals and has spoken at legal conferences around the world on competition and foreign investment issues.

  • Co-author: Canada Chapter
    The International Comparative Guide to: Merger Control, 2020.
  • Co-author: Canada Chapter
    2019 Annual Review of Antitrust Law Developments, American Bar Association, 2019.
  • Co-author: Canada Chapter – Premerger Coordination: The Merging Law of Gun Jumping and Information Exchange
    American Bar Association, Antitrust Section, 2018.
  • Co-author: Canada Chapter
    Law Business Research’s The Merger Control Review, 9th Edition, 2018.
Media Activities
  • Quoted: Canada clears Wesco/Anixter with divestments
    Article by Emily Craig, Global Competition Review, August 7, 2020.
  • Speaker: The Moving Landscape of Foreign Investments in the Time of COVID-19
    Episode 7, Blakes Continuity Podcast, June 5, 2020.
  • Quoted: Competition & Foreign Investment
    Lexpert Magazine, Special Edition: Finance and M&A 2020, February 2020.
  • Quoted: Info exchange is ambiguous, observers from multiple jurisdictions say
    Article by Julie Masson, Global Competition Review, November 13, 2019.
  • Quoted: Competition Bureau loses abuse case against airport authority
    Article by Emily Craig, Global Competition Review, October 18, 2019.

Postgraduate Diploma (EC Competition Law), King's College London - 2003
S.J.D. (Doctorate, International Trade Law), University of Toronto - 2000
Admitted to the Ontario Bar - 1995
LL.M. (International, European and Comparative Law), Vrije Universiteit Brussel - 1993
LL.B., University of Western Ontario - 1992
B.A. (Economics), University of Western Ontario - 1989

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