Canada: Competition 2017

We identify 52 leading counsel and litigators for the impressive standard of their competition law practice. Areas of expertise include cartels, merger controls and abuse of dominance cases. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Neil Campbell McMillan, Toronto
2. Brian Facey Blake Cassels & Graydon, Toronto
3. Robert Kwinter Blake Cassels & Graydon, Toronto
4. Omar Wakil Torys, Toronto
5. Jason Gudofsky Blake Cassels & Graydon, Toronto

With nine lawyers listed here, STIKEMAN ELLIOTT is a dominant player at the forefront of the Canadian market. 
Paul Collins “is definitely one of the leading lights of the Bar”, say peers. He is praised for his impressive depth of knowledge and prowess in merger transactions.
“Top litigator” Katherine Kay is highly regarded for her expert counsel in in complex civil and criminal matters. She has particular expertise in class action disputes.
The “excellent” Lawson Hunter QC is a longstanding expert in the regulatory and policy space. As a seasoned adviser in M&A transactions, he is a firm favourite among clients.

Premier Canadian business law firm BLAKE CASSELS & GRAYDON achieves eight listings here.
Brian Facey “is undoubtedly one of the leaders at the Canadian Bar”, known for his strategic counsel and experience in multibillion-dollar merger transactions. 
Robert Kwinter enjoys a strong reputation as "the best competition litigator out there. He is simply superb." Peers commend his expert counsel in cartel and class action disputes.
Jason Gudofsky is described as “a key player in the Canadian market” and praised for his strategic handling of complex deals.

Seven leading experts from DAVIES WARD PHILLIPS & VINEBERG are featured in this chapter.
George Addy is “one of the most authoritative lawyers in Canada”, highlighted for his pragmatism, commercial acumen and impressive expertise in competition law.
The “exceptionally smart” John Bodrug is an eminent figure in the market and impresses peers with his “fantastic” performance in merger transactions and disputes.
Adam Fanaki “is a real star in the field”, who draws praise for his sophisticated commercial insights and invaluable experience in cartel investigations.

MCMILLAN performs well in this year’s research and sees five lawyers listed here.
The “incredibly bright” Neil Campbell is “great to have on a file”. “He brings incredible insight and really knows the law”, according to market sources.   
James Musgrove “is one of the leaders for sure”. He stands out as “a real all-rounder” for his expert counsel and representations in merger transactions, investment reviews and cartels.
Casey Halladay is a seasoned litigator whose “work in the cartel defence space is outstanding,” say peers.

At MCCARTHY TÉTRAULT is home to four eminent competition lawyers.
Donald Houston stands above the crowd as “a phenomenal courtroom lawyer”, particularly in cartel litigation.
Oliver Borgers receives wide-ranging endorsements for his expertise in merger and acquisitions and market conduct reviews.
Madeleine Renaud draws praise from market sources as “the top litigator in Montreal” for M&A transactions and cartel investigations.
Dominic Thérien is a “go-to” lawyer in Canada, who impresses clients with his “professional, practical and proactive approach” to abuse of dominance matters and cartel investigations.

OSLER HOSKIN & HARCOURT achieves three listings.
Michelle Lally stands out for her work in merger control and is highlighted as a widely recognised figure in the space.
Peter Glossop is strong in the mergers arena and is highly regarded for his experience in cross-border transactions.
Peter Franklyn “is a highly experienced lawyer” who enjoys a great reputation for his expertise in M&A transactions as well as his deep regulatory knowledge.

Two BENNETT JONES lawyers are included here.
Randal Hughes is widely regarded as “one of the top competition lawyers in Canada”. He is renowned for his “deep knowledge and experience in the field and the ability to distil this into concise and practical counsel”.
John Rook QC “is an exceptionally capable lawyer”. With longstanding experience before all levels of Canadian courts, he occupies a prominent position in the top-tier of antitrust litigators. 

Research has identified two excellent competition lawyers from GOODMANS.
Former competition bureau commissioner Calvin Goldman QC’s “experience speaks for itself”, say peers. He is a highly visible practitioner with impressive experience in multibillion-dollar acquisition transactions and disputes.
According to market sources, Richard Annan "is one of the best merger guys out there. He really knows his stuff and has a fantastic reputation. "

Omar Wakil co-leads the competition practice at TORYS and stands out as “an excellent merger and foreign investment review lawyer”. 

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