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Robel Sahlu

Robel Sahlu
Robel Sahlu Associate | Calgary
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Representative matters in which Robel has been involved include:

Business Crimes

  • Conducting testing and assessments of industry-leading bribery and corruption compliance programs

  • Conducting anti-bribery and corruption risk assessments for global resource mining companies

  • Conducting internal investigations into potential violations of domestic bribery laws and company policies

  • Conducting internal investigations into potential violations of bribery laws relating to First Nations officials

  • Responding to RCMP investigations into alleged violations of the Corrupt Foreign Public Officials Act

  • Advising clients on transactional due diligence and contractual obligations related to anti-bribery and corruption risks

Competition/Antitrust & Foreign Investment

  • Advising a major Canadian telecommunications company on the acquisition of a wholesale-based internet service provider

  • Advising a public, U.S.-based energy and electricity infrastructure company on several acquisitions

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

  • Advising a conglomerate on the sale of its security equipment assets

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

  • Advising 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

  • Advising 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

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

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

  • Advising 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

  • Obtaining various Investment Canada Act clearances of high-valued foreign investments, including with respect to state-owned entities and national security matters

Commercial Litigation

  • Representing an international railway in litigation related to a train car derailment

  • Representing a grain dryer manufacturer with respect to product liability claims

  • Representing a global electronics and consumer goods manufacturer with respect to product recalls and liability claims

  • Representing an oil and gas company with respect to breach of contract, negligence, and defamation claims

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 the vice chair of the Criminal Matters Committee of the National Competition Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association and the young lawyer representative of the Consumer Protection Committee of 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.

  • Co-author: Canada Chapter
    The International Comparative Legal Guide: Vertical Agreements and Dominant Firms, Global Legal Group, August 5, 2022.
  • Co-author: Bribery and Corruption Offences Chapter
    A Primer for In-House Counsel: Corporate and Financial Crimes, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, July 2022.
  • Co-author: Overseas Corruption Report – Canada Chapter
    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, June 2022.
  • Co-author: The Paths of AMG and Credit Bureau to the Supreme Court
    American Bar Association Antitrust Law Section, March 2021.
  • Author: Putting the Ice on Price: A Snapshot of Anti-Price Gouging Legislation in Canada
    American Bar Association Antitrust Law Section Pricing Conduct Committee, The Price Point, November 2020.
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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