Richard Elliot is a partner in the competition and foreign investment review group. His practice is focused on advising Canadian and foreign-based clients on all aspects of Canadian competition law including mergers, abuse of dominance and cartels, and also on the application of the Investment Canada Act. He has over 15 years' experience in the competition law field, having also worked at Canada's Competition Bureau and at a US and European law firm specialising in antitrust law.
Among recent public matters, Richard represented Xstrata Plc in obtaining competition and Investment Canada approvals for its acquisition of Falconbridge Limited, the largest successful all-cash offer in Canadian history, and represented Cineplex Galaxy LP in securing competition approval for its acquisition of Famous Players to form the largest movie theatre exhibitor in Canada. From 1991 to 2001, he served as an enforcement official at Canada's Competition Bureau, where he was responsible for conducting or overseeing more than 100 merger reviews, and various other enforcement and policy matters. Among his Bureau files, he had a central role in negotiating the terms of settlement for Air Canada's acquisition of Canadian Airlines. Richard also has extensive experience in merger and non-merger cases before the Competition Tribunal including the Bureau's predatory pricing suit against Air Canada, the Seaspan merger in the BC marine transportation industry and the Gemini II litigation before the Tribunal and the Federal Court of Appeal.
From 2001 to 2004, Richard worked in Washington, DC at a leading US and European law firm, where he assisted in advising on a variety of US and European competition law matters including the merger of Phillips Petroleum and Conoco Inc and the merger of Regal, United Artists and Edwards cinema chains.
Richard has spoken and written widely on competition law subjects. His teaching experience includes serving as a lecturer in competition law at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario and as a visiting professor in international trade law at the Université de Moncton, New Brunswick. He is recognised in Chambers Global - The World's Leading Lawyers for Business and in Leaders in their Field in the areas of competition/antitrust and competition/antitrust: litigators. He was also recommended in PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook. Richard has an LLB from Osgoode Hall in Toronto, a BCL (LLM) from Oxford, and is a member of the Ontario and New York Bars. He also holds the chartered financial analyst designation.