Rob Russell is the national chair of the BLG competition group and has over 30 years’ experience in Competition law. He has acted for private sector clients and for the Competition Bureau in a large number of the most complex merger and cartel matters.
In merger reviews Rob has led over 40 complex mergers, representing clients such as Hewlett Packard, Weston and Loblaw Companies. Recently he led the successful merger review in the largest retail merger in Canada – the $12 billion acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart.
In civil matters Rob has led a number of significant abuse of dominance matters, including acting for Reliance in the recent Tribunal proceedings in Water Heaters, and acting for Loblaw in the ongoing investigation by the Bureau into its procurement practices and policies.
Rob also leads the most active and significant cartel practice in Canada. He has led more than 30 criminal cartel cases in the last decade and has defended numerous follow on class proceedings. Rob has conducted numerous internal investigations for private sector clients with a team that he developed of in-house forensic investigators – unique among Canadian competition practices.
In 2001, Rob was retained to advise on the legislative framework for amending the cartel provisions of the Competition Act, which were reflected in the amendments to the Act in 2009. Rob was appointed as one of the two Canadian non-governmental advisers upon the establishment of the ICN. He has also appeared on numerous occasions before Parliamentary and Senate Committees on competition law. Rob is active in the CBA and the ABA, and is an officer of the IBA.
WWL says: 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.
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