GCR 100 - 19th Edition

Stikeman Elliott

22 January 2019

Canada

On the other side of the tie-up with Monsanto is Bayer, represented by STIKEMAN ELLIOTT partners Paul Collins, Susan Hutton and Jeffrey Brown. They won Canadian clearance for the deal in May 2018, conditioned on divestiture to BASF, which the bureau approved as a divestiture buyer in June. Collins, who happens to head the competition practice, also led for Jean Coutu in €2.87 billion sale to rival food and drug retailer Metro, which the bureau cleared conditionally in April 2018.

In further deal work, Stikeman acted for Airbus in its partnership with Bombardier for the C Series aircraft programme; Potash in its merger with Agrium to create a global supplier of crop inputs; and D+H Corp in its acquisition by Vista Equity Partners. The team also advised convenience store and fuel retail chain CST in its three-way deal with Couche-Tarde and Parkland Industries. Michael Kilby acted for medical imaging technology company Novadaq in its sale to Stryker.

Stikeman is counsel to Ultramar in the petrol pump follow-on litigation; Air Canada in the air cargo class action; 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. Eliot Kolers and Katherine Kay represent Sobeys in the high-profile investigation of an alleged 14-year bread price-fixing conspiracy. Kay defended publisher HarperCollins in the Canadian e-books saga before the Competition Tribunal commenced by the Commissioner of Competition. After three other major publishers and Apple saw their original settlements with the bureau rescinded following a challenge by e-books retailer Kobo, HarperCollins originally refused to agree to the second round of settlements. It finally negotiated a consent agreement with the Competition Bureau in January 2018 in only the second case to be brought under the civil competitor collaboration provisions introduced through amendments to the Competition Act in 2009. Partner Yves Martineau advised the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in the Visa and Mastercard anti-steering settlements.

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