GCR 100 - 20th Edition

Stikeman Elliott

14 January 2020

Canada

Paul Collins leads STIKEMAN ELLIOTT’s competition team, which spent much of the past year dealing with markets 1,000 metres up. The firm is representing Air Canada on its proposed purchase of Transat AT, and the company’s defence against class actions alleging a conspiracy to fix prices for cargo air freight shipping services. The team guided Airbus past competition and foreign investment reviews related to a partnership with Bombardier, and United Technologies through the merger of its aerospace business with Raytheon after previously securing approval for United’s purchase of Rockwell Collins.

Back on the ground, the firm acted as Canadian counsel for Wabtec in its merger with GE Transportation, combining two of the largest rail equipment and services providers. Stikeman is acting for Global Payments in its merger with fellow payments provider TSYS. The team acted for Empire on its purchase of Farm Boy, which included 26 stores in Ontario; the Competition Bureau approved the deal after a Phase I review.

The team also advised Bayer as its Canadian counsel related to its purchase of Monsanto following a lengthy global review of the deal. The team also guided Bayer on the sale of its seed and traits business to BASF in one of the largest antitrust-related divestitures in history. On the conduct side, Stikeman is advising one of the five defendants accused of participating in a conspiracy to manipulate rates for credit card interchange fees.

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