GCR 100 - 12th Edition

Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP

27 January 2012

Canada

The team at Blakes features a depth of experience and a deal roster that a few competitors in Canada can match.

With six International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers and Economists nominees among its 21 partners – including practice heads Brian Facey and Calvin S Goldman QC, along with Jason Gudofsky, Julie Soloway and Robert E Kwinter – the team has the capacity to handle just about anything that comes its way.

Over the past year-and-a-half, the Blakes team handled the first “supplementary information request” in the history of Canadian merger law – acting for Suncor in its eventually cleared tie-up with PetroCanada. The firm has acted in a host of other high-profile mergers, including Bank of America’s C$8.5 billion sale of MBNA Canada’s credit card portfolio to TD Bank; The Foranzi Group’s purchase of Canadian Tire Corp; BHP Billiton on its US$40 billion offer for Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan; and Dish Network in its acquisition of Blockbuster. The Blakes competition team has also been heavily involved in cartel and behavioural cases over the past year. The team has recently acted for Arkema in the hydrogen peroxide litigation, along with Samsung in the DRAM class litigation, and Lufthansa in the air cargo class action. The team has also acted for Visa Canada in the bureau’s high-profile price maintenance investigation, and related private class actions.

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