Michael Kilby is lauded as a “very bright and technically excellent” lawyer who has “an amazing practice” in the competition market.
Michael Kilby is a partner in the competition and foreign investment group. He is a leading adviser on all matters relating to Canadian competition and foreign investment laws, and has wide-ranging experience in complex merger reviews, foreign investment approvals, national security reviews, pricing and distribution practices, misleading advertising, anti-corruption and related counselling matters across a broad spectrum of industries.
Michael has been involved in some of the most important, precedent-setting foreign acquisitions in modern Canadian history, including securing approvals in the CNOOC/Nexen, Zayo/Allstream, Petrochina/Athabasca Oil Sands and Vale/Inco transactions and the successful defence by Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan of the hostile bid from BHP Billiton. He has extensive experience advising clients in allocating and managing regulatory risk, throughout industries including technology, consumer goods, media, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, oil and gas, chemicals, transportation and telecommunications.
Michael is recognised by Chambers Global and Chambers Canada as a leading lawyer, with clients noting that he is a "very skilled practitioner" who is "very rigorous in his analysis". He is further recognised by Global Competition Review, The Legal 500 Canada, Best Lawyers in Canada and Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada as a “corporate lawyer to watch”. In 2014, Michael was named as one of Lexpert’s “rising stars”, which recognises leading lawyers under 40.
Michael is a former chair of the marketing practices committee of the competition law section of the Canadian Bar Association. He is also a member of the M&A and pricing conduct committees of the American Bar Association’s section of antitrust law.