GCR 100 - 17th Edition

Stikeman Elliott

10 January 2017


STIKEMAN ELLIOTT’s competition practice is led by partner Paul Collins, who returned to the firm in 2012 after two years of heading up the Competition Bureau’s mergers branch. Other key partners include Katherine L Kay, one of Canada’s top competition litigators. Susan M Hutton and Lawson A W Hunter both have active regulatory practices in Ottawa, while Shawn CD Neylan in Toronto covers everything from bureau and internal investigations of potential violations, to mergers and the attendant concerns about national security and foreign investment.

Merger control lawyers at Stikeman often work on the bureau’s abuse of dominance probes. But for criminal and litigation work, Kay is in charge. She and fellow litigators Eliot Kolers, Danielle Royal and Montreal-based Yves Martineau advise clients in multiple investigations and class actions, including several auto parts companies accused of colluding with rivals to fix prices.

This past year, Stikeman acted for Marriott International in its US$13 billion purchase of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, as well as Lowe’s in its acquisition of Canadian home improvement chain Rona for US$2.4 billion. The firm represents Bayer in its proposed US$66 billion acquisition of agrochemical giant Monsanto; Potash in its agri-merger with Agrium; and Japanese construction and mining equipment manufacturer Komatsu in its proposed purchase of Joy Global, which makes surface and underground mining equipment.

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