GCR 100 - 11th Edition

Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP

Professional notice

Again topping the table is the capable, roundly-respected competition team at Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP.

Some recent losses in Blake's ranks were quickly offset by the hiring of well-regarded partners Randall Hofley and Deborah Salzberger, both of whom joined from the Stikeman Elliott LLP competition team. With six International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers nominees among its whopping 21 partners, the team boasts serious bench depth for tackling heavyweight deals and investigations.

The Blakes team has recently advised on the first 'second information request' in the history of Canadian merger law - acting for Suncor in its tie-up with PetroCanada, which eventually received competition clearance. Other merger matters of the past year include advising BHP Billiton on its US$40 billion offer for Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, Nestlé in its sale of Alcon to Novartis, Bemis in its proposed acquistion of Rio Tinto's Alcan division, Agrium in its buy of CF Industries and Waste Services in its recent contentious tie-up with IESI-BFC, among a host of others.

In behavioural matters, the Blakes competition team has recently acted for Arkema in the hydrogen peroxide litigation, Samsung in the DRAM class litigation and Lufthansa in the air cargo class action. The team has also acted on a host of cartel investigations before the bureau.

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

For more than 150 years, Blakes has proudly served many of Canada's and the world's leading businesses and organizations. The Firm has built a reputation during that time as both a leader in the business community and in the legal profession – leadership that continues to be recognized to this day. Thanks to our clients and the challenging legal work they generate, in 2010, and for the third consecutive year, Blakes was named "Canada's Law Firm of the Year" by Who’s Who Legal and "Law Firm of the Year: Canada" in the PLC Which Lawyer? Awards. We also consistently rank as one of the top Canadian firms on the Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters and mergermarket M&A league tables in terms of transactional value or number of deals for Canadian announced transactions.

We have more than 550 lawyers in offices in Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, New York, Chicago, London, Bahrain, Beijing and associated offices in Al-Khobar and Shanghai. Serving a diverse national and international client base, our integrated office network provides clients with access to the Firm’s full spectrum of capabilities in virtually every area of business law. Whether an issue is local or multi-jurisdictional, practice-area specific or interdisciplinary, Blakes handles transactions of all sizes and levels of complexity. It is our culture and philosophy to work closely with clients to understand all of their legal needs, and to keep them apprised of legal developments that may affect them. We provide relevant legal services expertly, promptly and in a cost-effective manner to assist clients in achieving their business objectives.

The Blakes Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment Group is one of the largest and most experienced in Canada. It has attracted a formidable team of practitioners and developed recognized expertise in every aspect of competition law and foreign investment review. Blakes is frequently retained by major domestic and international companies and by leading international law firms to provide strategic counsel and representation in merger reviews before the Competition Bureau.

We work with clients to facilitate their strategic objectives in compliance with the Competition Act and Canada’s rules on foreign investment. We represent clients before the Competition Bureau, the Competition Tribunal and the courts in all areas of Canadian competition law, including mergers, criminal (cartel), civil (abuse of dominance) investigations, and advertising, distribution and trade-practices matters. Blakes is also a leading firm with respect to securing merger approvals for non-Canadian purchasers under Canada’s foreign investment laws.


199 Bay Street
Suite 2800, Commerce Court West
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5L 1A9

Calvin S. Goldman, Q.C.

Co-chair, Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment Group

E: [email protected]

Brian A. Facey

Co-chair, Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment Group

E: [email protected]

Website: www.blakes.com

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