Region: Canada

Canada hikes merger filing fee

Canada’s competition watchdog will increase its flat merger filing fee from C$50,000 (€32,000) to C$72,000 (€46,000) next month, prompting observers to question the necessity of a higher fee and the inflexibility of the flat fee for simpler deals.

25 April 2018

Canada conditionally clears major retail deal

Canada’s competition authority has cleared food and drug retailer Metro’s €2.87 billion purchase of rival Jean Coutu, provided that Metro divests pharmacies in eight towns in Quebec.

24 April 2018

US DOJ should follow foreign agencies’ lead on compliance, antitrust lawyers say

While private practitioners have urged the US Department of Justice’s antitrust division to discount fines for companies with robust compliance programmes, senior officials at two of the agency’s foreign counterparts admit that it is not simple to do so.

10 April 2018

Canadian enforcer opens wild blueberry investigation

Canada’s competition enforcer has said it is investigating allegations of anti-competitive conduct in the wild blueberry industry, which reportedly centres on suspected collusion among processors regarding how much they will pay for the fruit.

09 April 2018

Competition and foreign investment reviews will cooperate in Canada

Canada’s Competition Bureau and the Investment Review Division of the country’s Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development will share information during their individual reviews of deals to increase efficiency and performance.

09 April 2018

Analysis Group hires and promotes

Economic consultancy Analysis Group has hired Antoine Chapsal in Paris and promoted several members of its competition team in North America.

05 April 2018

Court pours out competition claim against The Beer Store

A judge in Ontario’s Superior Court has thrown out a proposed class action against beer retailers and a liquor regulator, finding that Canada’s regulated conduct defence protects the allegedly anticompetitive scheme.

20 March 2018

Draft guidelines take on multi-sided platforms and lose safe harbour

Canada’s competition enforcer has released a draft of its revised abuse of dominance guidelines, which remove the 35% ‘safe harbour’ market share threshold and indicate how the authority will investigate multi-sided platforms.

16 March 2018

Blakes partners switch to McCarthy Tétrault

Former Blake Cassels & Graydon partners Jason Gudofsky and Debbie Salzberger have joined McCarthy Tétrault’s antitrust practice in Toronto.

09 March 2018

Canadian court gives preliminary approval to anti-steering settlements

A Quebec court has authorised merchants’ class action settlements with Visa, Mastercard and the National Bank of Canada for the companies’ allegedly anticompetitive rules barring retailers from steering customers to use other forms of payment.

23 February 2018

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