GCR 100 - 9th Edition

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Professional notice

Partner Mark Nicholson and his 12-lawyer team at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP have taken the lead on a number of deals and contentious competition law cases over the past year.

On the merger front, it acted for Goldcorp in its US$1.5 billion acquisition of Gold Eagle; advised HudBay in its acquisition of Skye Resources; and acted as international coordinating antitrust counsel in a US$1.8 billion combination between Peak Gold, New Gold and Metallica.

But Cassels made its mark last year advising clients locked in behavioural competition cases, both public and private. It successfully defended Quisno's in a competition law class action - the first franchisees-versus-franchisor antitrust case in the country's history.

It also won dismissal of a private antitrust action against Capital Sports, which owns the National Hockey League's Ottawa Senators. It is also acting for a pharmaceutical company asking the bureau for an opinion regarding patent settlement litigation - the first request of its kind in Canada - as well as several other companies locked in matters before private plaintiffs and the bureau.

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

The Cassels Brock Competition Law Group regularly advise domestic and international clients in all areas of competition law; and we regularly act as the Canadian members of multinational teams in cross-border mergers, international criminal investigations and multi-jurisdictional civil litigation. We act for clients in all areas of competition law, including matters related to:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Joint ventures
  • Trade associations
  • Class actions
  • Compliance matters
  • Pricing practices
  • Supply arrangements (including issues involving distribution and franchise networks, and refusals to deal)
  • Criminal matters
  • Advertising and promotional activities
  • Abuse of dominance cases
  • Competition policy and legislative initiatives

Members of the group routinely deal with members of all branches of the Competition Bureau, as well as Industry Canada and Canadian Heritage. Our knowledge of their enforcement approach and good working relationships with the staff of these agencies allow us to provide valuable input to clients in their dealings with them.

Our group also has extensive experience representing clients in Competition Tribunal proceedings, including contested proceedings, consent proceedings and variations of existing orders. In fact, we are and have been involved in many of the leading Canadian merger, conspiracy, abuse of dominance, private applications under the refusal to deal and related provisions, as well as civil damages actions.

Visit our website at http://www.casselsbrock.com

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

2100 Scotia Plaza
40 King Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5H 3C2

E: Mark Nicholson at [email protected] or Chris Hersh at [email protected]

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