GCR 100 - 18th Edition

Stikeman Elliott

11 January 2018

Canada

It is nearly impossible to find a high-profile contentious case on which Stikeman Elliott does not act. Competition practice head Paul Collins’ and criminal defence and litigation heavyweight Katherine L Kay’s reputations precede them, and they work alongside seven partners, one counsel and 14 associates across Canada. Their peers consider the team a force to be reckoned with, often finding one of them sitting across the boardroom table in a complex matter.

The firm is top-notch when it comes to deals: it advised Potash in its deal with Agrium; home-improvement chain Lowe’s when it acquired its rival Rona; CST in its three-way deal with Couche-Tard and Parkland Industries; Marriott International in its purchase of Starwood Hotels & Resorts; and Manitoba Telecom Services when the bureau conditionally cleared its acquisition by Bell. The team also advised sodium chlorate company Canexus when it was bought by Chemtrade, a deal cleared on the basis of efficiencies even though it was found to have anticompetitive effects. Currently, they counsel Bayer in its proposed deal with Monsanto, and US conglomerate United Technologies in its proposed merger with avionics and information technology company Rockwell Collins.

Fierce competition litigator Kay is behind the Canadian e-books saga, acting for publisher HarperCollins; after the company, three other major publishers and Apple had their original settlements with the bureau rescinded following a challenge by e-books retailer Kobo, HarperCollins refused to agree to the second round of settlements. Kay and her colleagues also defend bank CIBC in the Visa and Mastercard interchange settlements; multiple clients in various auto parts investigations and class actions across Canada; and NYK Line in a proposed class action brought against members of an alleged global shipping cartel.

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