GCR 100 - 20th Edition

Blake, Cassels & Graydon

14 January 2020

Blake, Cassels & Graydon

BLAKE CASSELS & GRAYDON continues to top the Canadian competition bar for size of practice and breadth of matters and is considered “the firm to beat” by several of its rivals. Practice head Brian Facey leads a team boasting 23 partners and 16 associates. Partner Randall Hofley joined Canada’s Competition Bureau in January 2018 for a two-year term as general counsel and senior enforcement adviser.

The firm sported another strong year in deals. It acted as lead Canadian counsel for Harris on the defence company’s merger of equals with L3 Technologies, for which Blakes coordinated with counsel in Europe and the US. The practice acted for Praxair on a merger with fellow “big four” gas supplier Linde. In other multinational deals, it advised Essilor on its vertical merger with Luxottica, which required approval in the EU, US, Canada and China; open source cloud software company Red Hat on its acquisition by IBM; and GlaxoSmithKline on its joint venture with Pfizer.

Blakes is defending several automotive companies facing class action proceedings in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia alleging a conspiracy to fix prices for certain automotive parts. The firm has a role in more than half of the 40 different class actions, including those involving auto lights, bearings, fuel injection systems and ignition coils. It also secured a settlement on behalf of Visa against a lawsuit challenging its and Mastercard’s interchange and merchant fees.

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