The return in 2012 of Who’s Who Legal nominee Paul Collins after a stint at the Competition Bureau gave the team at Stikeman Elliott a real boost. Competitors say its bench remains among the most talented and well-regarded in the country, with fellow Who’s Who Legal nominees Susan H Hutton, Shawn C D Neylan and Katherine L Kay handling a full array of competition work, from mergers to bureau investigations and follow-on class actions, and up-and-coming talent in the form of senior associate Michael Kilby. Counsel and Who’s Who Legal nominee Lawson A W Hunter, head of the competition practice during Collins’s absence, also maintains a full-time practice with the group and continues to be involved in many high-profile transactions.
The firm’s merger shop has had another successful year, with Collins and Kilby advising supermarket Sobeys on its successful C$5.8 billion takeover of Safeway’s Canadian business. The deal came under significant scrutiny, creating the country’s second-largest supermarket and the market leader in some regions. Collins is also advising US forestry giant Louisiana-Pacific on Canadian aspects of its acquisition of Vancouver-based Ainsworth Lumber for US$1.1 billion. Hunter and Hutton continue to advise China National Offshore Oil Company in its contentious US$15 billion merger with Nexen, which is still under review at the Competition Bureau.
The contentious side of the practice has been booming over the past few years, led by Kay, one of Canada’s headline competition litigators. The team has been advising defendant Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in perhaps the largest set of class actions ever filed in Canada, seeking damages for alleged conspiracy on credit card interchange fees. Her team is also representing HarperCollins in the e-books litigation, Air Canada in the follow-on air cargo cartel class actions, multiple car parts manufacturers and Infineon Technologies in DRAM class actions in Quebec, British Columbia and Ontario.
Stikeman Elliott's Competition and Foreign Investment Group is one of the highly
regarded market leaders in Canada. The Group has extensive experience acting on major transactions, criminal investigations, class and other civil actions, Competition Tribunal proceedings regarding mergers, abuse of dominance and other reviewable matters, and day-to-day compliance in a wide range of industries. Corporations frequently seek the Group’s counsel on high-profile mergers in which coordinated resolution of regulatory issues is critical. Recent experience includes acting as Canadian counsel for CNOOC in its acquisition of Calgary-based Nexen Inc.; Richardson International Limited in connection with Glencore International plc’s purchase of Saskatchewan-based Viterra Inc; Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan in the sale of a majority stake in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment to Rogers Communications and BCE Inc.; and Baxter International Inc. in its acquisition of Gambro AB.
The Group's extensive experience as counsel on major multinational transactions
allows members to work closely and effectively with M&A attorneys in the Canadian, European, U.S., and Pacific Rim offices of Stikeman Elliott, and with colleagues in leading U.S., European, and Asian law firms. Adding to its global reach, the Group provides critical and timely insight to a growing audience of parties with an interest in competition law developments through its blog, TheCompetitor.ca.
Consistent high rankings of the Group are a product of its in-depth knowledge and expertise. The Group is listed in GCR 100 among the leading global competition law practices and in Chambers Global among the best of law firms and lawyers in Canada.
For information on competition law in Canada, please contact:
Lawson A.W. Hunter, QC
Katherine L. Kay
Shawn C.D. Neylan