GCR 100 - 17th Edition


Professional notice


With the addition of Howard Wetston in April 2016, GOODMANS has the only competition team featuring two former commissioners of the Canadian Competition Bureau – although Wetston was tapped for Canada’s Senate as GCR 100 went to press. The firm hired practice leader Calvin S Goldman QC from Blakes back in January 2014. Goldman, along with counsel and long-time bureau mergers chief Richard Annan, recently promoted partner Michael Koch and associate Jesse-Ross Cohen represent the Vancouver Airport Authority in the bureau’s investigation into whether the nonprofit corporation, which is responsible for operating the Vancouver International Airport, abused its dominance. Recently, the firm acted for the National Hockey League in the bureau’s review of the Rogers/NHL broadcasting agreement. On the deal side, Goodmans advised the Mark Anthony Group in its US$350 million sale of certain ready-to-drink, cider and craft brew brands, including Mike’s Hard Lemonade. Goodmans currently acts for Spectra Energy in its tie-up with Enbridge.



Goodmans’ competition, antitrust and foreign investment group is known for its ability to work seamlessly, effectively and successfully with our top-tier M&A and litigation practices – often advising on the largest and most complex ”bet the firm” matters in Canada.

Our competition lawyers represent some of the highest-profile corporations in Canada, in industries as diverse as transportation, finance, manufacturing, real estate, telecommunications, broadcasting, media and entertainment, technology, publishing, healthcare, pulp and paper, forestry, mining and natural resources. With the Canadian Competition Bureau’s more active stance in its review of strategic mergers, Goodmans can provide guidance and advice in the merger review process.

We have extensive experience advising on foreign investment under the Investment Canada Act, including issues involving national security and acquisitions by state-owned enterprises, areas of increasing importance in multi-jurisdictional mergers.

In addition to merger reviews, we regularly advise and represent clients in contentious matters relating to the criminal and civil provisions of the Competition Act, including conspiracy, abuse of dominance, cartels, resale price maintenance, refusal to deal, deceptive marketing practices and other civil reviewable matters. We also have significant experience representing defendants in many of the leading class action cases in Canada and in the Canadian component of multinational class actions. 

With a team philosophy grounded in problem-solving, high energy and attention to client interests, our group knows how to resolve issues efficiently and with confidence. Goodmans has the only competition team featuring two former commissioners of the Canadian Competition Bureau, a former assistant deputy commissioner of competition and a former counsel to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.

Members of our competition group also have substantive backgrounds in M&A and litigation, and function as a truly integrated team with our M&A and litigation groups within the firm. With a thorough understanding of both our clients’ objectives and those of regulators, we have a superb ability to resolve issues between the two – all with the goal of successfully closing the deal.

We are currently representing, or have recently represented:

  • Spectra Energy Corp in its agreement to merge with Enbridge Inc. for $37 billion in stock;
  • Cintas Corporation in its agreement to acquire G&K Services, Inc for total consideration of approximately US$2.2 billion, including acquired net debt;
  • Postmedia Network Inc in its acquisition of the Sun Media English-language newspapers and digital properties from Quebecor Media Inc for $305 million;
  • the National Hockey League in relation to the review by the Canadian Competition Bureau of a 12-year $5.2 billion agreement between Rogers and the NHL with respect to broadcasting rights for NHL hockey games in Canada;
  • the Vancouver Airport Authority in response to an application filed by the Commissioner of Competition in the Competition Tribunal under Section 79, the Abuse of Dominant Position provision of the Competition Act; and
  • Comwave, a telecommunications carrier in connection with a formal inquiry under Section 74, the misrepresentation provision of the Competition Act.


Goodmans LLP
Bay Adelaide Centre
333 Bay Street, Suite 3400
Toronto, Ontario  M5H 2S7

Calvin S Goldman QC, partner
Chair, competition, antitrust and foreign investment group
E:[email protected]

Richard Annan, counsel
Competition, antitrust and foreign investment group
E: [email protected]

Michael Koch, Partner
Competition, antitrust and foreign investment group
E: [email protected]

Visit our website:  www.goodmans.ca

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