GCR 100 - 12th Edition

Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP

Professional notice


The team at Blakes features a depth of experience and a deal roster that a few competitors in Canada can match.

With six International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers and Economists nominees among its 21 partners – including practice heads Brian Facey and Calvin S Goldman QC, along with Jason Gudofsky, Julie Soloway and Robert E Kwinter – the team has the capacity to handle just about anything that comes its way.

Over the past year-and-a-half, the Blakes team handled the first “supplementary information request” in the history of Canadian merger law – acting for Suncor in its eventually cleared tie-up with PetroCanada. The firm has acted in a host of other high-profile mergers, including Bank of America’s C$8.5 billion sale of MBNA Canada’s credit card portfolio to TD Bank; The Foranzi Group’s purchase of Canadian Tire Corp; BHP Billiton on its US$40 billion offer for Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan; and Dish Network in its acquisition of Blockbuster. The Blakes competition team has also been heavily involved in cartel and behavioural cases over the past year. The team has recently acted for Arkema in the hydrogen peroxide litigation, along with Samsung in the DRAM class litigation, and Lufthansa in the air cargo class action. The team has also acted for Visa Canada in the bureau’s high-profile price maintenance investigation, and related private class actions.

The Blakes Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment Group is repeatedly acknowledged as the leading practice 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 international and domestic law firms to provide strategic counsel and representation in merger reviews, cartel investigations, abuse of dominance cases, distribution practices, advertising matters and other competition issues. Blakes is also a leading firm with respect to securing merger approvals for non-Canadian purchasers under Canada’s foreign investment laws.

Blakes is frequently at the forefront of high-profile competition litigation matters, including contentious mergers, advertising, abuse of dominance, reviewable trade practices and other civil matters before the Canadian Competition Tribunal, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. Our lawyers also appear before the superior courts and the Supreme Court of Canada on criminal matters and class actions.

Blakes has a proven track record of success in acting for clients on multinational transactions and investigations where co-ordination among counsel and agencies in the United States, Europe and other jurisdictions is a paramount objective. Blakes lawyers understand how competition laws fit within the broader context of complex corporate transactions and business affairs generally. Blakes can draw on the Firm's vast resources and leading expertise in related practice areas, such as litigation, securities and intellectual property. The Firm's expertise and proven experience allow it to provide clients with the timely, practical and strategic advice necessary to ensure compliance with competition laws while facilitating their transactions and assisting them in realizing their business objectives.


199 Bay Street
Suite 4000, Commerce Court West
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5L 1A9

Calvin S. Goldman, Q.C.
Co-chair, Blakes Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment Group
E: [email protected]

Brian A. Facey
Co-chair, Blakes Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment Group
E: [email protected]

Visit our website at www.blakes.com

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