GCR 100 - 19th Edition

Borden Ladner Gervais

Professional notice


BORDEN LADNER GERVAIS has a burgeoning five-star behavioural and cartels practice group. Robert S Russell leads 12 partners and seven associates in offices in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary. The team represented Loblaw and its subsidiary Shoppers Drug Mart in the bureau’s abuse of dominance investigation into the grocery retailer, with partners Russell and Davit Akman helping it to win a complete victory in 2017. They’re now assisting Loblaw as the immunity applicant in a criminal investigation into bread cartels, and fended off a court challenge that claimed the waivers it required affected consumers to sign to receive compensatory gift cards were misleading. In December 2017, Loblaw acknowledged its “role in an industry-wide price-fixing arrangement involving certain packaged bread products” from late 2001 to March 2015; claimants have launched several class actions against the company. Partner Subrata Bhattacharjee leads the team advising Deutsche Bank in cartel litigation arising from global investigations involving foreign exchange rates and precious metals. Akman defends KEMET in multiple class actions across Canada alleging price-fixing of electrolytic and film capacitors. Russell and partner Denes Rothschild are counsel to British Airways in three class actions regarding air cargo, and another in which plaintiffs have alleged the airline and Virgin Atlantic fixed the price of air services between England and Quebec. On the mergers front, the firm advised the Canadian government on all competition-related aspects of its acquisition of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline project. Borden Ladner also acts for COSCO Shipping on its acquisition of Orient Overseas International; for licensed cannabis producer CanniMed after being acquired by Aurora Cannabis; and for natural resources company Bedrock Industries in its acquisition of US Steel Canada.

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) provides comprehensive Canadian competition/antitrust and foreign investment advice to leading Canadian and global clients on some of their most critical matters. Our national practice has the strength to handle our clients’ most significant needs through the firm’s offices in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary.

Each member of our team has expertise and experience in the following areas:

  • Mergers
  • Foreign Investment Review
  • Internal Investigations and Audits
  • Cartel and Civil Regulatory Defence
  • Class Actions
  • Compliance
  • Policy Advocacy
  • Distribution, Pricing, Marketing and Advertising

Our team is frequently recognized in leading legal publications and directories. Team members also hold or have previously held prominent leadership positions within domestic and international competition and antitrust law and policy organizations including the International Bar Association, American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law, American Bar Association Business Law Section (Antitrust Law Committee), the International Competition Network and Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

“Focused on clients’ needs and goals… more thoughtful, thorough and responsive than its peers” – Legal 500 Canada 2017

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Key Contacts

Robert Russell
Partner & Chair
+1 416.367.6256
[email protected]

Subrata Bhattacharjee
Partner & Vice Chair
+1 416.367.6371
[email protected]

Davit Akman
+1 416.367.6329
[email protected]  

Robert Charbonneau
+1 514.954.2518
[email protected]

Jeffrey Thomas
+ 1 604.640.4203
[email protected] 

Denes Rothschild
+1 416.367.6350
[email protected]

Peter Bryan
+1 403.232.9483
[email protected]

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