Stikeman Elliott continues to have one of Canada’s strongest competition practices despite the loss of four high-level members of its competition practice over recent years. The firm features Who’s Who Legal nominees Shawn C D Neylan, Lawson A W Hunter, Susan M Hutton and Katherine L Kay – all of whom have handled major work over the past 12 months.
Kay is one of the best competition litigators Canada has to offer. Her workload reflects as much: over the past year she has acted for Air Canada in the air cargo matter; the Canadian Real Estate Association in one of the bureau’s rare abuse of dominance cases; Infineon in the DRAM class action; Gordon Foods in a class action involving franchise issues; LG Display in the LCD class action; and others. Two partners, Eliot Kolers and Danielle Royal, have been assisting Kay in many of these matters. On the merger side, the team has been just as busy – handling three of the five deals to require a bureau consent order in 2010. The team has acted for Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan in its potential takeover by BHP Billiton; Ticketmaster in its international tie-up with rival Live Nation; Coca-Cola Enterprises in the sale of its bottling operations to Coca-Cola; United in its high-profile merger with Continental; and Canadian Tire Corporation’s purchase of Forzani Group, among many others.
Stikeman Elliott's Competition and Foreign Investment Group is a highly regarded market leader in Canada. The Group has extensive experience acting on major transactions, criminal investigations, class and other civil actions, Competition Tribunal proceedings regarding mergers, abuse of dominance and other reviewable matters, and day-to-day compliance in a wide range of industries. Corporations frequently seek the Group’s counsel on high-profile mergers in which coordinated resolution of regulatory issues is critical. Recent experience includes acting for Johnson & Johnson in its acquisition of Synthes for $21.3 billion and acting for Potash in its defence of BHP's unsolicited $38.6 billion take-over bid.
The Group's extensive experience as counsel on major multinational transactions allows members to work closely and effectively with M&A attorneys in the Canadian, European, U.S., and Pacific Rim offices of Stikeman Elliott, and with colleagues in leading U.S., European, and Asian law firms. Adding to its global reach, the Group provides critical and timely insight to a growing audience of parties with an interest in competition law developments through its blog, TheCompetitor.ca.
Consistent high rankings of the Group are a product of its in-depth knowledge and expertise. The Group is listed in GCR 100 (2011) among the leading global competition law practices and in Chambers Global 2011 among the best of law firms and lawyers in Canada.
For information on competition law in Canada, please contact:
Lawson A.W. Hunter
Katherine L. Kay
Shawn C.D. Neylan