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Canada: Competition 2016

This year’s edition includes 43 individuals who are experts in competition. This practice area covers complex civil and criminal litigation involving allegations of breaches of competition law, including disputes relating to mergers and acquisitions. It also includes transactional advice and assistance on regulatory and compliance issues.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Omar Wakil Torys, Toronto
Katherine Kay Stikeman Elliott, Toronto
Paul Collins Stikeman Elliott, Toronto
Robert Kwinter Blake Cassels & Graydon, Toronto
Donald Houston McCarthy Tétrault, Toronto
Randal Hughes Bennett Jones, Toronto
Calvin Goldman QC Goodmans, Toronto
Neil Campbell McMillan, Toronto
Brian Facey Blake Cassels & Graydon, Toronto

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg has obtained the most listings this year, with seven lawyers included. John Bodrug is a leading competition lawyer who is highlighted by one impressed peer as “the smartest guy at the Bar”. His broad-ranging practice features experience in industries including manufacturing, transportation and energy. Head of practice George Addy is “just incredibly experienced”, having spent over 35 years working in the area, including three years as head of the Canadian Competition Bureau. His expertise covers transactional and criminal competition matters. Adam Fanaki “has great knowledge of the regulators”, with specific expertise in merger control issues and criminal cartel cases. “Excellent lawyer” Anita Banicevic has expertise in a wide array of sectors and industries, including energy, financial services and real estate. She handles litigation, transactional work and advertising issues. Mark Katz is a “competition expert” who undertakes work involving abuse of dominance, criminal cartels and major M&A transactions. Elisa Kearney is a “talented partner” who handles a range of work in the area, such as criminal cartel defence and merger review.

Blake Cassels & Graydon also impresses, with six excellent lawyers mentioned. Brian Facey is revered by market sources for his “huge practice” in competition law. He is adept at representing Canadian and international clients in the full range of transactional and contentious competition work. Robert Kwinter is “extremely well respected” by market sources for his competition expertise, which includes experience in misleading advertising, bid-rigging and transactional matters. Jason Gudofsky is another “top-class lawyer at Blakes” working in competition matters. He particularly stands out for his work in joint venture and M&A deals.

Stikeman Elliott is well represented, with four individuals listed. Katherine Kay has a “superb practice” in competition law, focusing mainly on litigation matters. She is particularly well regarded for her expertise in class action cases. Peers flag up Paul Collins as a “top competitor in the market” for his compliance and merger clearance expertise. He is head of the firm’s competition practice. Susan Hutton focuses her practice on transactional competition work and is “excellent at getting deals through”. She has notable expertise in matters involving Asian markets. Lawson Hunter QC is described as an “eminent and senior” practitioner by market sources for his 45 years working in the area. His wide-ranging regulatory practice features frequent work on complex M&A deals.

Osler Hoskin & Harcourt boasts three listings this year. Michelle Lally is a “top name” in the market with wide-ranging competition expertise. She represents clients from industries such as telecommunications, mining, retail and energy. Peter Franklyn regularly acts for a number of leading corporations across the technology, manufacturing and financial services sectors. He offers clients “incredible experience in competition matters”. Similarly experienced is the “fantastic” Peter Glossop, who handles complex work involving merger clearance, including strategic alliances and joint ventures.

A trio of attorneys at McMillan are also mentioned. Neil Campbell is a “great lawyer” for competition work, according to impressed sources. He is highly proficient in merger clearance work and also has deep experience in class action and cartel matters. Casey Halladay has “excellent international experience” in competition matters, and covers the full range of issues, including civil and criminal litigation and merger work. James Musgrove is co-head of the firm’s competition department and is known as “one of the big names” in the area. He is active across industries such as oil and gas, retail and financial services.

The excellent competition department at Torys has yielded three listed lawyers this year. The “tremendously skilful” Omar Wakil is one of our highest rated lawyers in this area this year. He is particularly noted for his advisory work on major M&A transactions. Dany Assaf is co-chair of the competition practice and represents a range of domestic and international firms in complex matters. He is particularly known for his transactional expertise and is “superb on merger clearance”.

At Borden Ladner Gervais, Robert Russell is recommended by peers who say that “clients love him”. He is widely experienced in class action litigation and disputes involving the Competition Act. Subrata Bhattacharjee is a “prominent lawyer” who stands out for his skill in competition-related matters. In addition to Canada, he also has expertise in South and East Asian markets.

The following individuals are also recognised for their outstanding competition practices.

Donald Houston from McCarthy Tétrault secured a top-five rank in our competition research this year. He has standout litigation expertise and is regularly involved in significant competition matters.

Randal Hughes at Bennett Jones is regarded as a “top cartel guy” by impressed sources for his criminal and civil antitrust litigation expertise. He is experienced on both the plaintiff and defence sides.

Calvin Goldman QC chairs Goodmans’ competition department and is “someone who’s seen it all in antitrust”. He covers the full range of issues including cartel, merger and abuse of dominance work.

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