Michael Osborne leads Affleck Greene McMurtry’s competition and regulatory law team. His practice also includes commercial litigation and arbitration.
Michael advises and represents clients involved in competition and regulatory inquiries, criminal and administrative prosecutions, class actions and other competition litigation. His practice covers all aspects of competition law, including cartels, abuse of dominance, mergers and marketing practices. He has expertise in a wide range of industries, including airlines, banking and payment systems, securities, waste, technology, pharmaceuticals, energy, manufacturing, and construction. Michael has also acted for the Commissioner of Competition on several matters.
Michael has appeared as counsel in numerous contested hearings in the Competition Tribunal. He has acted as trial and appellate counsel before all levels of court, as well as domestic and international arbitral tribunals.
Michael was called to the Bar in 1998, after clerking for Justice John Sopinka of the Supreme Court of Canada. He received his LLB from Dalhousie University in 1996, his MA from the University of Toronto in 1991, and his BA from the University of Saskatchewan in 1988.
Michael has taught competition law at Dalhousie University, and lectures and writes frequently on competition law and commercial litigation topics. He was an assistant editor of Fundamentals of Canadian Competition Law, and is an editor of the Canadian Competition Law Review and of The Litigator. He is a member of the board of trustees of the Toronto Lawyers Association, and an active member of the Canadian Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the International Bar Association, and the Advocates' Society and the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society.
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