GCR 100 - 18th Edition

Goodmans LLP

11 January 2018

Canada

This year Goodmans levels up to our highly recommended bracket, having first appeared on the map in 2014 when former Competition Bureau chief Calvin Goldman QC joined the firm from Blakes along with competition and technology pro Richard Corley. Goodmans is also home to Howard Wetston QC, a counsel at the firm who happens to be a Canadian senator and former competition commissioner, and partner Richard Annan who spent 22 years at the competition bureau – part of that time as the assistant deputy commissioner responsible for the mergers branch. It’s no wonder the firm’s ability to attract high-profile and contentious work has blossomed in just a few years. The core competition team includes a total of four partners, two counsel and two associates, although eight partners and 12 other lawyers are also part of the practice group. The team is thriving with an eclectic and challenging caseload of work: Goodmans represents Simon & Schuster in Canada’s ebooks case, and the Vancouver Airport Authority in its defence of a high-profile application brought by the competition commissioner alleging anticompetitive conduct in in-flight catering services.

The firm also defended electronics company Fujikura in connection with a proposed class action relating to wire harness auto parts; the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi in a forex class action; and car website Trade Corporation, which fended off an accusation by rival CarGurus of refusing to supply listings data when the tribunal denied leave to bring a claim. While other clients keep the team busy with a string of behavioural cases, those are strictly confidential. Deal-wise, the firm acted for Spectra Energy in its high-profile C$37 billion tie-up with energy infrastructure company Enbridge; uniform maker Cintas when it bought G&K Services; 7-Eleven, a convenience store brand that purchased 144 retail gasoline sites from Imperial Oil; Leadon Investment in its acquisition of SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts; and Cott, in a proposed sale of its beverage manufacturing business to Refresco.

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