GCR 100 2024

Goodmans LLP

Goodmans LLP

Professional notice

Canada

Highly recommended

David Rosner leads GOODMANS’ competition team, which has three other partners and three associates. The firm helped WestJet Airlines obtain conditional approval for its acquisition of Sunwing Vacations and Sunwing Airlines from the country’s transport ministry after the bureau – acting in an advisory role – warned that eliminating the rivalry would be likely to harm competition. Transport Canada cleared the transaction in March 2023 conditioned on certain behavioural remedies that ensure the airlines will not reduce capacity on the routes most affected by the deal. Goodmans also helped Rogers Communications defeat the bureau’s bid to block its €26 billion acquisition of Shaw Communications. The firm’s behavioural work is confidential.

FirmHead(s) of competitionSizeNo. WWL nomineesClients
Highly recommended
GoodmansDavid Rosner4 partners, 3 associates1WestJet Airlines, Apotex, Newmont Mining, Rogers Communications, Algoma Steel, Cineplex, Onex, Brookfield Partners, Vivendi, Coinsquare

Goodmans houses a leading Canadian competition and foreign investment law practice that provides strategic advice to international and Canadian clients. 

The Goodmans team has deep and broad experience. We help translate the latest competition law developments – whether in Canada or abroad – into strategic advantages for our clients. 

A significant portion of the team’s work is devoted to securing clearance under the Competition Act for large international and domestic mergers, including complex mergers that are subject to in-depth or “Phase II” investigations. The team also has extensive experience obtaining approval for foreign clients acquiring large Canadian companies under the Investment Canada Act (a law regulating foreign investment in Canada), including in cases involving national security and acquisitions by state-owned enterprises.

In addition to securing merger clearances, the team continues to be at the forefront of high-profile competition litigation matters in Canada. We regularly represent clients in contentious matters relating to the criminal and civil provisions of the Competition Act, including cartels and abuse of dominance matters. We also have significant experience representing defendants in the competition law class action cases, including the Canadian component of multi-national class actions.

Select Representative Matters:

  • Apotex Inc. in the first private abuse of dominance application ever filed in Canada, which was resolved successfully.
  • Rogers Communications Inc. in securing competition clearances for its C$26 billion acquisition of Shaw Communications.
  • WestJet Airlines in securing competition clearances for its acquisition of Sunwing Vacations and Sunwing Airlines.
  • Newmont Mining Corporation in securing competition clearances for its proposed US$17.8 billion acquisition of Newcrest Mining.
  • Hudbay Minerals Inc. in securing all applicable regulatory approvals for its US$439 million acquisition of Copper Mountain Mining Corporation.
  • Vivendi SE in the connection with the Canadian regulatory aspects of its proposed €2 billion acquisition of a controlling interest in Lagardère SA.
  • Brookfield Infrastructure in the sale of Enwave’s North American district energy business, including the Canadian portion that was sold to Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan and Australian firm IFM Investors, for US$4.1 billion.
  • Cineplex Inc. on the competition law and foreign investment law aspects of its C$2.8 billion sale to Cineworld Group, plc., and subsequent successful litigation C$1.24 billion in damages against the purchaser.
  • Uber Canada Inc. and related companies in the defence of a class action alleging an unlawful price-fixing conspiracy between Uber and its driver-partners.
  • Uber Freight in securing Canadian competition clearance for its US$2.25 billion acquisition of Transplace.
  • Atlantic Lottery Corporation on a successful appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada in respect to the dismissal of a class action relating to video lottery terminals, overturning 20 years of jurisprudence (including an earlier Supreme Court decision) regarding “waiver of tort”.

Key Contacts

David Rosner
[email protected]

Michael Koch
[email protected]

Julie Rosenthal
[email protected]

Website: www.goodmans.ca [links to Competition and Foreign Investment group’s page]

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