The top-notch competition team at Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP is the largest in Canada, with 32 competition specialists, and by some measures the best. Indeed, it was the only firm outside the US or Brussels that we included in last year's GCR 20.
The team, led by Who's Who nominees Calvin S Goldman QC and Brian A Facey, is arguably the best-equipped competition practice in the country, and has, in the past year, taken on cases that made an indelible mark on the country's antitrust landscape.
Facey and the Blakes team led the way for brewer Labatt's C$204 million takeover of rival Lakeport - a hotly contested merger that led to the most significant section 11 subpoena court decision in the country's history.
The other highlights of Blakes' client list are equally impressive. Over the past 12 months, the firm has advised InBev in its takeover of Anheuser-Busch; Nestlé in the sale of a sizeable interest in Alcon; Akzo Nobel in its purchase of Imperial Chemicals Industries; and Microsoft in connection with the Google/Yahoo advert-sharing deal.
Who's Who nominees Neil Finkelstein, Robert E Kwinter and Jack Quinn also help guide a growing litigation practice, including the successful defence of electronics manufacturer Samsung against a DRAM class action. The firm has also advised clients involved in the air cargo, rubber and LCD industries, and other cartel-related litigation.
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