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Micah Wood

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Micah has secured regulatory clearance in a number of Canada's most complex and high-profile transactions including:

  • WestJet in connection with its C$5.0-billion acquisition by Onex Corporation

  • Red Hat, Inc. on its US$34-billion sale to IBM

  • Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV in connection with its approximately £71-billion acquisition of SABMiller plc and in connection with the US$12-billion on-sale of the Miller Brands business to Molson Coors

  • BCE Inc. on its C$3.9-billion acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. (MTS) and on its sale of a portion of MTS wireless subscribers and assignment of certain dealer locations to Telus Corp.

  • BCE Inc. on its C$3.38-billion acquisition of all the issued and outstanding shares of Montréal-based Astral Media Inc.

  • BCE Inc. on its acquisition of an ownership position in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which owns the Toronto Maple Leafs NHL hockey franchise, Toronto Raptors NBA basketball franchise, and Toronto FC MLS soccer franchise

  • Suncor Energy Inc. on its C$43.3-billion merger with Petro-Canada

  • InBev in connection with its US$52-billion acquisition of Anheuser-Busch

  • Maple Leaf Foods Inc. on the sale of its Rothsay rendering and biodiesel business to Darling International Inc.

  • ConAgra Foods Inc. on the Canadian Competition Act approval of its US$4.95-billion acquisition of Ralcorp Holdings Inc.

  • Continental Airlines on its US$6.2-billion merger with United Airlines

  • Baker Hughes on its US$5.5-billion acquisition of BJ Services

Awards & Recognition

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

  • Acritas Stars: Independently Rated Lawyer - 2018 and 2020 (Nominated as a stand-out lawyer by senior in-house counsel)

  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business - 2019-2020 (Competition/Antitrust)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business - 2019-2020 (Competition/Antitrust)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada - 2018-2020 (Competition/Antitrust)

  • Who’s Who Legal: Competition 2019

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

  • Chambers Canada 2018 (Competition/Antitrust)

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

  • Who's Who Legal: Competition - Future Leaders 2017 (Sources particularly praise his advocacy skills: "He provides eloquent, precise and well-structured analysis.")

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2017 (Clients consider Micah to be "very business-savvy.")

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

  • Legal Media Group's Rising Stars 2016

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

Professional Activities

Micah has written numerous articles on merger law, efficiencies and the efficiencies defence, abuse of dominance, and legal and economic analyses of network industries. In addition, he is the current chair of the Law & Economics Committee of the National Competition Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) and has made numerous contributions to the policy work of that and other CBA section committees.

Micah was an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, where he taught regulation of competition for seven years.

Publications
  • Co-author: Merger Control - Canada Chapter
    Eighth Edition, pp. 35-46, Global Legal Insights, Spring 2019.
  • Co-author: E-Commerce Competition Enforcement Guide
    GCR Insight, January 2019.
  • Co-author: Important Recent Competition Law Developments in Canada
    Canadian Corporate Counsel: A Practical Reference for Corporate, Municipal and Crown Counsel, Volume 27, No. 7, September/October 2018.
Professional Appearances
  • Panellist: Non-Price Effects and Dynamic Efficiencies: The Rise of Qualitative Analysis
    CBA Competition Law Section's Economics and Law Committee and Mergers Committee brownbag, Teleconference, December 11, 2019.
  • Speaker: The Foreign Investment Control Regime in Canada
    Lex Mundi Antitrust, Competition and Trade Practice Group Europe/Middle East/Africa Regional Meeting and Client Seminar, Lisbon, Portugal, October 24-25, 2019.
  • Speaker: Streamlining the Regulatory Review Process
    CBA Competition Law Fall Conference, Ottawa, Ontario, October 17-18, 2019.
  • Moderator: Competition Enforcement in the Digital World
    CBA Competition Law Spring Conference, Toronto Region Board of Trade, Toronto, Ontario, May 7, 2019.
Education
Admitted to the Ontario Bar - 2003
J.D., University of Toronto - 2002
M.A. (Economics), University of Toronto - 2002
B.A. (Hon.) (Economics, with Distinction), Wilfrid Laurier University - 1999
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