GCR 100 - 17th Edition

Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP

10 January 2017

Canada

Led by Brian A Facey, BLAKE CASSELS & GRAYDON’s practice counts 18 partners, including recently promoted David Rosner, and 14 associates. This past year, the firm has handled a flood of mega deals, which have often needed clearance from multiple enforcers, including Canada’s Competition Bureau.

Blakes is currently providing competition counsel to Bell Canada on its proposed acquisition of Manitoba Telecom Services for C$3.9 billion, as well as to Agrium on its US$36-billion merger with Potash. Partner Julie Soloway is took the lead as Canadian competition counsel to Office Depot in its US$6.3 tie-up with Staples. Both the Canadian Competition Bureau and the US Federal Trade Commission challenged the merger, which the office supply companies abandoned after a US federal court granted a preliminary injunction. The matter was not fully litigated in Canada. The firm also advised Superior Plus in Canada on its C$932-million proposed acquisition of Canexus – the first time the Competition Bureau has cleared a deal based solely on novel efficiencies defence.

In non-merger work, Blakes represented Nestlé against criminal charges that the Swiss company fixed prices with other chocolate makers, and won access to Hershey’s leniency application. The Public Prosecution Service of Canada entered a stay of the proceedings in November 2015 against Nestlé and its former president Robert Leonidas, who were the last remaining criminal defendants in the case. The firm is also representing Mitsui and others in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia class actions alleging price fixing in the ocean shipping industry.

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