GCR 100 - 14th Edition

Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP

05 December 2013


Blake Cassels & Graydon continues to house the top competition practice in Canada. The Blakes team was often the first – and sometimes the only – firm mentioned by rivals when asked about their most formidable competition in the Canadian market. Led by Who’s Who Legal nominees Brian Facey and Calvin S Goldman QC, the Blakes competition group consistently wins work on the country’s most contentious deals – so much so that the firm created an entirely new group to deal with document production related to supplementary information requests (SIRs) in high-stakes mergers. The contentious side of the practice has been equally as impressive. Fellow Who’s Who Legal nominees Jason Gudofsky, Randall Hofley, Robert E Kwinter and Julie Soloway are part of a 16-partner team.

After 2012’s “year of the Bell”, in which Facey and his merger team guided the Canadian telecoms heavyweight through a handful of contentious deals, 2013 was also another strong year. The firm advised clients on headline-grabbing deals including Nexen its C$15.1 billion acquisition by China National Offshore Oil Company and international publishing house Pearson in its joint venture with Bertelsmann to create Penguin Random House, the world’s leading consumer publishing company. Elsewhere on the merger front, the team is acting for Anheuser-Busch InBev in its US$20.1 billion acquisition of the remaining stake in Grupo Modelo, and Outokumpu in its agreement to acquire Inoxum from ThyssenKrupp for US$3.1 billion.

On the litigation side, the team secured an impressive victory for client Visa before Canada’s Competition Tribunal, when the court found in favour of the card company against charges from the authority of illegal resale price maintenance, in the first case brought by the Competition Bureau under Canada’s amended RPM law. Blakes partners also represented a complainant in connection with the recent CCS Corporation/Complete Environmental merger, which the commissioner of competition successfully challenged before the Competition Tribunal.

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