GCR 100 - 19th Edition


20 December 2018


Goodmans welcomed David Rosner as counsel in February 2018 after he left the partnership at Blakes. He is far from the first to make the move; the firm first broke into the GCR 100 in 2014 when form er competition commissioner Calvin Goldman QC, now head of the competition practice, joined from Blakes along with competition and technology pro Richard Corley. The competition group also includes Howard Wetston QC, who was appointed to the Canadian Senate but still remains active in litigation, 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. Rosner, Annan and Goldman are counsel to Postmedia, which was searched in March 2018 as part of the Competition Bureau’s investigation into a deal with media rival Torstar.

Goldman teamed with Julie Rosenthal to defend Vancouver Airport Authority against a high-profile application brought by the bureau alleging anticompetitive conduct in in-flight catering services. Rosenthal also leads the Goodmans team representing Uber Technologies and its affiliates in defence against a class action that alleges that Uber and its drivers have engaged in an illegal price-fixing conspiracy. Litigation partner Jessica Kimmel acted for Simon & Schuster in the E-Books case, but in October 2018, she was appointed to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Deal-wise, Goodmans advised eye glasses manufacturer Essilor International in its efforts to obtain clearance on its combination with Luxottica; Spectra Energy in its high-profile C$37 billion tie-up with energy infrastructure company Enbridge; Vista Equity Partners in its acquisition of DH Corporation; 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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