Canada: Competition 2018

Our research into Canada’s competition space sees 57 outstanding practitioners nominated to our guide by sources.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Jason Gudofsky McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Toronto
2. A Neil Campbell McMillan LLP, Toronto
3. Brian A Facey Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP, Toronto
4. Randal T Hughes Bennett Jones LLP, Toronto
5. Robert E Kwinter Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP, Toronto
6. Omar Wakil Torys LLP, Toronto
7. Paul Collins Stikeman Elliott LLP, Toronto

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg receives eight nominations to our guide this year, reflecting its reputation a leading firm in the space.
Adam Fanaki is “a go-to practitioner” in the field of competition law. He is recognised for his superb experience on cartel investigations and abuses of dominance.
George Addy is “a great lawyer” according to market players, and continues to impress with his expert handling of foreign investment and competition regulation.
John Bodrug is “one of the deans of Canadian competition law” say peers, who note he is “exceptionally smart” and stands out for his “excellent performance on mergers”.
Anita Banicevic is “a great practitioner” according to sources who rate her as “an expert” on abuse of dominance cases and mergers.
Sandra Forbes is “a leading competition litigator” who is recognised for her “fantastic work” handling complex class action cases.

Stikeman Elliott also sees eight lawyers listed for their impressive work in the field.
Paul Collins is one of the foremost competition lawyers in Canada. He is highly respected among peers and clients alike who consider him "really strong" on divestitures and acquisitions.
Katherine Kay is a well-respected name in the competition space who is praised by colleagues as an "excellent litigator" who is "strong on cartels".
Susan Hutton draws high praise from peers who describe her as "a very knowledgeable practitioner” and commend her superb work on issues relating to foreign investment and countervailing duty actions.
Eliot Kolers is recognised by colleagues in the field for his strong expertise handling sophisticated competition litigation proceedings including class actions.

McCarthy Tétrault impresses in our research this year with seven practitioners highlighted here.
Jason Gudofsky is a one of the most prominent competition law specialists in the country, with sources commending his “excellent work on mergers”.
Donald Houston is a standout name in the Canadian competition litigation space. Sources praise his particular expertise in cartel investigations and mergers.
Oliver Borgers is “really knowledgeable” in competition law according to market observers who describe him as “a senior figure in the field”. He is noted to be “excellent on mergers”.
Madeleine Renaud is a “very prominent and strong” practitioner who is highlighted by colleagues for her breadth of expertise in the space. She offers extensive insight into merger reviews and bid-rigging allegations.
Nikiforos Iatrou is praised by respondents as “one of the leaders in the field” and is widely recognised for his impressive work on abuse of dominance and cartel disputes.

At Blake Cassels & Graydon Brian Facey is “a fantastic lawyer with a great reputation” in the competition space He is described by colleagues as “a leader” in the market and receives recognition for his expertise on class actions and criminal cartel cases.
Robert Kwinter is a pre-eminent name in the Canadian competition space who is recognised by sources as “a top-tier litigator” who offers superb insight into big-rigging and merger review cases.
Micah Wood has a reputation as “a merger specialist” among respondents who praise him as a “smart lawyer” and a standout name in the Canadian competition market.

Randal Hughes of Bennett Jones wins praise from sources for his “excellent communication skills” and is regarded by peers as “very notable in the cartel space”.
John Rook QC is “a very senior litigator” who market players praise highly for his first-class work regarding cartel and class action cases.
Andrew Little has “a great practice” and comes highly recommended by market sources for his deep expertise in competition litigation and trade matters.

At Torys, Omar Wakil is a leading light in the Canadian competition market, who draws widespread recognition for his excellent work on mergers, abuse of dominance cases and cartel investigations.
Linda Plumpton is praised by respondents as “a top name at the firm”. Her practice provides clients with a wealth of experience on cartels and class action proceedings.
Dany Assaf is an outstanding practitioner who garners strong support from respondents to our research. He runs an impressive practice that sees him involved in foreign investment reviews and mergers.

At Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt Shuli Rodal “should absolutely be on the list” according to sources who note she has “a great practice” that covers matters including cartel investigations and foreign investment reviews.
Michelle Lally remains a favourite among respondents who speak highly of her and note that she is “very good on the mergers side” of competition matters.

Neil Campbell of McMillan is one of the leading figures in the competition space and is praised as a "stalwart of the competition space". He is "very knowledgeable" on cartels and foreign investment reviews, say peers.
James Musgrove receives high praise from market sources who note him to be “an excellent competition lawyer". He provides clients with a wealth of insight into class actions and merger control matters.
Guy Pinsonnault is “a great lawyer” who possesses strong expertise in the field of competition law. Sources speak highly of his work, stating that he is “very good on cartel matters”.

At Fasken, Huy Do is a well-known competition lawyer who boasts a strong reputation in the market as “a fantastic cartel litigator”.
Anthony Baldanza is “one of the leaders” for merger work in Canada. He is considered “a superb lawyer” with “good judgement” and “great substantive knowledge”.

Sources note that Kevin Wright of DLA Piper has “a lot of experience” in the class actions space, and praise him as “an excellent lawyer” who is “in the top tier of the Vancouver market”.
Catherine Pawluch is “a diligent and experienced lawyer” who receives commendation for her work in the mergers space, offering particular insight into aviation-related matters.

At Goodmans, Calvin Goldman QC is someone who colleagues state they “have a lot of respect for”. He is highly recommended for his extensive experience on abuse of dominance, mergers and foreign investment matters.
Richard Annan is an outstanding competition lawyer who provides clients with more than 30 years’ expertise on a range of matters relating to mergers.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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