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Julie Soloway

Julie Soloway
Julie Soloway Co-Chair of the Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment Group | Toronto
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Recent transactions include:

  • Bouygues S.A. on its €1.7-billion acquisition of EQUANS from Engie S.A.

  • Welbilt Inc. on its US$3.5-billion acquisition by Ali Holding S.r.l.

  • Pretium Resources Inc. in connection with its C$3.5-billion acquisition by Newcrest Mining Limited

  • Capstone Mining Corp. in connection with its C$1.1-billion business combination with Mantos Copper

  • Great Bear Resources in connection with its C$1.8-billion acquisition by Kinross Gold Corporation

  • 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% 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 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 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% 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:

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2023 (Competition/Antitrust)

  • Euromoney’s Women in Business Law Expert Guide 2022 (Competition and Antitrust)

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

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory – 2020–2022 (Competition)

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business – 2020–2022 (Competition/Antitrust)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada – 2020–2022 (Competition/Antitrust)

  • Who's Who Legal: Thought Leaders 2022 (Competition)

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

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

  • Who's Who Legal: Global 2021 (Competition) – Known to be "the absolute go-to for complex mergers", with sources also commending her "pragmatic approach, which is always appreciated by clients"

  • Who's Who Legal: Global 2021 (Foreign Investment Review)

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2021 (Competition) – Celebrated for her extensive experience in advising on high profile mergers at home and abroad

  • Global Competition Review: Top Women in Antitrust 2021

  • Who's Who Legal: M&A and Governance 2021 (Foreign Investment Review)

  • 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: 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

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2019 (Competition/Antitrust) 

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 Merger Control Review, Law Business Research, 13th Edition, 2022.
  • Co-author: Canada Chapter
    The Merger Control Review, Law Business Research, 11th Edition, 2020.
  • Co-author: Canada Chapter
    The International Comparative Guide to: Merger Control, 2020.
  • Co-author: Canada Chapter
    Annual Review of Antitrust Law Developments, American Bar Association, 2019.
  • Co-author: Canada Chapter
    The Merger Control Review, Law Business Research, 10th Edition, 2019.
Professional Appearances
  • Speaker: Canadian Competition Reform: Views from Practice Roundtable
    USC Gould School of Law, March 31, 2022.
  • Moderator: North America: Canada
    USA, GCR Live: Foreign Investment & Protectionism: Solving the Global Puzzle, December 8, 2021.
  • Speaker: Global Perspectives: Countries to Watch with Active Mergers & Acquisition Activity
    Annual European Forum on Foreign Direct Investment Reviews and CFIUS, May 20, 2021.
  • Speaker: Are Jurisdictions Around the World Learning From Each Other?
    GCR Interactive Foreign Investment and Protectionism Conference, December 1, 2020.
  • Speaker: Foreign Investment Review - Rapid Regime Growth
    International Bar Association - Virtually Together Conference, November 23, 2020.
  • Speaker: Collaboration Risks
    GCR Interactive: Women in Antitrust, November 17, 2020.
  • Speaker: National Security Reviews of Foreign Investments: Where Do We Stand And Where Are We Going?
    Canadian Bar Association Competition Law Online Symposium, October 21, 2020.
  • Speaker: Canadian Competition Law and Foreign Investment Review: Insights and Trends
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, October 1, 2020.
  • Speaker: International Economic Policy Council Meeting
    C.D. Howe Institute, September 23, 2020.
  • Speaker: The Moving Landscape of Foreign Investments in the Time of COVID-19
    Episode 7, Blakes Continuity Podcast, June 5, 2020.
Media Activities
  • Quoted: Hate It When the Final Bill is Higher Than the Original Price Due to Surprise Fees? Ottawa is Now Planning to Ban the Practice
    Article by Christine Dobby, The Toronto Star, May 5, 2022.
  • Mentioned: Waterous Energy Fund acquisition of Osum Oil Sands Corp. to form Strathcona Resources Ltd.
    Lexpert Business of Law, August 3, 2021.
  • Quoted: New Federal Rules on National Security Reviews Extend Timelines for Vetting Foreign Investment Deals
    Article by Zena Olijnyk, Canadian Lawyer, October 6, 2020.
  • Quoted: Canada clears Wesco/Anixter with divestments
    Article by Emily Craig, Global Competition Review, August 7, 2020.
  • Quoted: Competition & Foreign Investment
    Lexpert Magazine, Special Edition: Finance and M&A 2020, February 2020.

Postgraduate Diploma (EC Competition Law), King's College London – 2003
SJD (Doctorate, International Trade Law), University of Toronto – 2000
Admitted to the Ontario Bar – 1995
LLM (International, European and Comparative Law), Vrije Universiteit Brussel – 1993
LLB, University of Western Ontario – 1992
BA (Economics), University of Western Ontario – 1989

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