The 13-lawyer competition team at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, led by partner Mark Nicholson, has had another busy year, including work on one of the largest deals in the world last year.
Nicholson and his team helped guide Pfizer through it's high-profile, US$68 billion merger with rival Wyeth. It was the first cross-border merger cleared under Canada's new two-tier merger regime - quite a milestone for both the bureau and the Cassels Brock team. The firm also helped clear two billion-dollar mergers in the gold mining industry, including New Gold/Western Goldfields and Gold Corp/Gold Eagle, continuing the firm's track record as having the go-to competition team for deals in the metallurgy market.
On the behavioural side, the Cassels Brock team acted for Waste Management in an abuse of dominance investigation under the Competition Act, as well as acting for various companies in cartel investigation and class actions. Other client work included acting for Interac Corporation, Canada's largest payment card network, on competition law matters related to its restructuring.
Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
The Cassels Brock Competition Group regularly advises clients, ranging from major corporations and industry associations to private individuals, on both day-to-day compliance matters and extraordinary events. In addition to domestic expertise, we has extensive international experience in all areas of competition law, and we regularly act as the Canadian members of multinational teams in cross-border mergers, international criminal investigations and multi-jurisdictional civil litigation.
We also deal routinely deal with members of all branches of the Competition Bureau, as well as Industry Canada and Canadian Heritage. Our knowledge of their enforcement approach and good working relationships with the staff of these agencies allow us to provide valuable input to clients in their dealings with them.
Our group also has extensive experience representing clients in Competition Tribunal proceedings, including contested proceedings, consent proceedings and variations of existing orders. In fact, we are and have been involved in many of the leading Canadian merger, conspiracy, abuse of dominance, private applications under the refusal to deal and related provisions, as well as civil damages actions.
The range of services we provide include mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, trade associations, class actions, compliance matters, pricing practices, supply arrangements, criminal matters, advertising and promotional activities, abuse of dominance cases and policy and legislative initiatives, among others.
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