GCR 100 - 14th Edition

Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP

Professional notice

Canada

Blake Cassels & Graydon continues to house the top competition practice in Canada. The Blakes team was often the first – and sometimes the only – firm mentioned by rivals when asked about their most formidable competition in the Canadian market. Led by Who’s Who Legal nominees Brian Facey and Calvin S Goldman QC, the Blakes competition group consistently wins work on the country’s most contentious deals – so much so that the firm created an entirely new group to deal with document production related to supplementary information requests (SIRs) in high-stakes mergers. The contentious side of the practice has been equally as impressive. Fellow Who’s Who Legal nominees Jason Gudofsky, Randall Hofley, Robert E Kwinter and Julie Soloway are part of a 16-partner team.

After 2012’s “year of the Bell”, in which Facey and his merger team guided the Canadian telecoms heavyweight through a handful of contentious deals, 2013 was also another strong year. The firm advised clients on headline-grabbing deals including Nexen its C$15.1 billion acquisition by China National Offshore Oil Company and international publishing house Pearson in its joint venture with Bertelsmann to create Penguin Random House, the world’s leading consumer publishing company. Elsewhere on the merger front, the team is acting for Anheuser-Busch InBev in its US$20.1 billion acquisition of the remaining stake in Grupo Modelo, and Outokumpu in its agreement to acquire Inoxum from ThyssenKrupp for US$3.1 billion.

On the litigation side, the team secured an impressive victory for client Visa before Canada’s Competition Tribunal, when the court found in favour of the card company against charges from the authority of illegal resale price maintenance, in the first case brought by the Competition Bureau under Canada’s amended RPM law. Blakes partners also represented a complainant in connection with the recent CCS Corporation/Complete Environmental merger, which the commissioner of competition successfully challenged before the Competition Tribunal.

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.

CANADA
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]

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