GCR 100 - 18th Edition

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG)

Professional notice


The highly reputable competition group at Borden Ladner Gervais has a burgeoning five-star behavioural and cartels practice group. Robert S Russell leads three partners, five associates and five other litigators with whom they work as an integrated team. They currently act for clients in 10 separate ongoing domestic or international cartel investigations, all of which are extremely confidential. They also represent Loblaws and its subsidiary Shoppers Drug Mart in the bureau’s ongoing abuse of dominance investigation into the grocery retailer; the companies’ supplier practices are under scrutiny following their tie-up in 2014, Canada’s largest-ever retail merger, on which the firm acted for Loblaws. Key partner Subrata Bhattacharjee leads the team advising Deutsche Bank in cartel litigation arising from global investigations involving foreign exchange rates and precious metals, while partner Davit Akman defends KEMET and KEMET Electronics in multiple class actions across Canada alleging price fixing of electrolytic and film capacitors. The firm acts for British Airways in three class actions regarding air cargo, and another in which plaintiffs have alleged the airline and Virgin Atlantic fixed the price of air services between England and Quebec. On the mergers front, the firm acted for outdoor gear company Cabela’s when it was sold to Bass Pro Shops, Hollyfrontier when it bought Suncor Energy’s Petro-Canada Lubricants business, and is advising both COSCO Shipping and Orient Overseas International in a deal that would create the world’s third largest shipping company.

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) provides comprehensive Canadian competition/antitrust and foreign investment advice to leading Canadian and global clients on some of their most critical matters. Our national practice has the strength to handle our clients’ most significant needs through the firm’s offices in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary.

Each member of our team has expertise and experience in the following areas:

  • Mergers
  • Foreign Investment Review
  • Internal Investigations and Audits
  • Cartel and Civil Regulatory Defence
  • Class Actions
  • Compliance
  • Policy Advocacy
  • Distribution, Pricing, Marketing and Advertising

Our team is frequently recognized in leading legal publications and directories. Team members also hold or have previously held prominent leadership positions within domestic and international competition and antitrust law and policy organizations including the International Bar Association, American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law, American Bar Association Business Law Section (Antitrust Law Committee), the International Competition Network and Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

“Focused on clients’ needs and goals… more thoughtful, thorough and responsive than its peers” – Legal 500 Canada 2017

Visit blg.com/competition for more information.  

Key Contacts

Robert Russell
Partner & Chair
+1 416.367.6256
[email protected]

Subrata Bhattacharjee
Partner & Vice Chair
+1 416.367.6371
[email protected]

Davit Akman
+1 416.367.6329
[email protected]  

Robert Charbonneau
+1 514.954.2518
[email protected]

Jeffrey Thomas
+ 1 604.640.4203
[email protected] 

Denes Rothschild
+1 416.367.6350
[email protected]

Peter Bryan
+1 403.232.9483
[email protected]

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