GCR 100 - 20th Edition

Goodmans

14 January 2020

Canada

GOODMANS first broke into the GCR 100 in 2014 when former competition commissioner Calvin Goldman QC joined the practice from Blakes. In addition to Goldman, the team sports some other Blakes poachees including David Rosner, who was promoted to partner in January 2019 and Justine Johnston, who joined as an associate. It is advising Onex on its proposed purchase of WestJet before the Competition Bureau, the Canadian Transportation Agency, Minister of Transport and enforcers in other jurisdictions. The firm helped to secure approval for Newmont Mining on its purchase of Goldcorp, and for Clearspring Capital’s purchase of rival Canadian ambulance manufacturer Crestline Coach.

Goodmans is defending Uber Canada against a class action claiming that the company and its drivers are participating in a price-fixing conspiracy. In the past, the Competition Bureau has advocated that local governments remove restrictions that would prohibit market entrants such as Uber. The team successfully defended the Vancouver Airport Authority against an abuse of dominance accusation by the bureau over in-flight catering services at Vancouver International Airport. Following a four-week trial, in October 2019 the Competition Tribunal ruled for the airport authority, finding that it had a valid business justification for not licensing additional caterers. In another abuse of dominance claim brought by the bureau and defended partly on a regulated conduct defence, the firm is acting for Metro Vancouver related to by-laws on solid waste handling services.

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