Davit Akman is a Partner in BLG’s Toronto office and a member of the firm’s GCR100-ranked Competition and Foreign Investment Review Group. He is consistently recognized for his expertise in competition/antitrust law, including by Who’s Who Legal and Global Competition Review as one of the world’s leading competition experts aged 45 and under. Clients and peers have described Davit as “an excellent lawyer – very thoughtful, responsive, and strategic” and as “diligent, efficient and creative”.
He advises domestic and international clients on all aspects of Canadian competition and foreign investment review law, including mergers and acquisitions, cartel investigations, private actions, advertising and marketing practices, abuse of dominance and other reviewable trade practices.
Davit has secured regulatory clearance in cross-border and international transactions in a wide array of industry sectors, and advises non-Canadian investors (including state-owned enterprises) on Canadian foreign investment issues under the Investment Canada Act.
He has served as counsel in a number of Canada's most important competition litigation cases, including matters before the Supreme Court of Canada and the Competition Tribunal. He represented the Commissioner of Competition in Commissioner of Competition v Visa Canada Corporation and MasterCard International Incorporated, the first price maintenance case heard by the Canadian Competition Tribunal. Davit was also counsel in Commissioner of Competition v Canada Pipe Company Ltd, the seminal abuse of dominance case in Canada. He has represented parties in inquiries under the civil and criminal provisions of the Competition Act, including immunity and leniency applicants with respect to alleged price fixing and other cartels. A significant portion of Davit's practice has involved defending national and cross-border class actions alleging anti-competitive conduct. He appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada in Sun-Rype Products Ltd v Archer Daniels Midland, one of Canada's leading antitrust class action cases.
Davit clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada for Justice Louise Arbour.
He is the Chair of the Antitrust Law Committee of the ABA Business Law Section and the Vice-Chair of the Criminal Matters Committee of the CBA National Competition Law Section.
Contact: DAkman@blg.com; +1 416.367.6329