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Global Guide

Competition/Antitrust: Litigators — Canada

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Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Sandra Forbes is rated for her extensive experience advising on competition class actions. She also regularly acts for clients on criminal proceedings before the Competition Tribunal. Sources say she is "incredibly strong."

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McCarthy Tétrault LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Donald Houston is identified as "very knowledgeable and practical" by clients. He operates an all-encompassing competition practice which covers criminal prosecutions as well as mergers and other business practices. He continues to act for Leon's and The Brick on misleading advertising litigation brought by the Commissioner of Competition.

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Bennett Jones LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Peers have a "huge amount of respect" for Randal Hughes, and clients say: "He has personality in spades." He acts for clients on both contentious and non-contentious competition matters and is particularly well known for his cartel defence practice. On the merger side, he recently represented Katz Group in connection with the sale of Rexall Health to McKesson.

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Stikeman Elliott LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Katherine Kay is an "outstanding litigator" who offers extensive expertise in cartel cases. Sources say: "She is very tenacious," adding: "She staffs files well, and is a big-picture person but also very detail-focused." She continues to represent CIBC in class action litigation alleging anti-competitive conduct and excessive interchange fees.

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Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Adam Fanaki is "an excellent all-rounder" who is "bright, thinks strategically and is engaging." His expertise encompasses all areas of competition law including investigations, cross-border mergers, and advertising and marketing. He advised Iron Mountain on the divestiture of certain document storage assets as a requirement of its acquisition of Recall Holdings. He is described by his peers as "unflappable."

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Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Randall Hofley is well regarded for his strength in competition litigation. He acted for Dow Chemical Canada on an action against Nova Chemical valued at more than CAD1 billion concerning the antitrust implications of a restrictive covenant in relation to a joint venture agreement.

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McCarthy Tétrault LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Nikiforos Iatrou of WeirFoulds LLP is described by clients as "easy, approachable, fair and balanced," while peers regard him as "creative, tenacious and smart." He is particularly highly regarded for his competition litigation expertise.

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McMillan LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

David Kent is acknowledged as a "spectacular litigator" by commentators. He continues to represent Penguin Random House in the high-profile e-books class action litigation relating to a cross-border cartel investigation.

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Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Robert Kwinter is rated for his extensive experience of competition class actions, as well as advising on non-contentious matters. His peers say: "He is unimpeachably good on both the merger and the litigation sides." He advised GE on its merger with Baker Hughes.

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Torys LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Litigator Linda Plumpton is lauded by clients as "very smart, very concise and able to convey her advice in a business-friendly way." Her practice maintains an emphasis on competition law, and she is currently representing several clients in competition class actions spanning multiple provinces. She also continues to represent Hachette Book Group in relation to a challenge to its consent agreement reached with the Competition Bureau relating to the sale of e-books.

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McCarthy Tétrault LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Montréal-based Madeleine Renaud is admired by her clients as "a pillar – she knows our business, she's always available and she provides really practical advice." Her expertise includes advising on bid-rigging allegations, cartel investigations and cross-border mergers.

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Bennett Jones LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Sources suggest that John Rook QC is "the best cartel litigator in Canada," adding that he is "enormously knowledgeable and very tough." He maintains an expansive disputes practice that includes various appearances before the Competition Tribunal in criminal proceedings, regulatory disputes and class actions.

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Stikeman Elliott LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Eliot Kolers is described as "extremely intelligent and knowledgeable about Canadian antitrust law." He has a considerable depth of experience in a broad spectrum of contentious matters, including misleading advertising and contested M&A.

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Christopher P Naudie

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Christopher Naudie has considerable depth of experience in competition disputes including price-fixing cases, cartel investigations and class actions. He successfully represented Enterprise Rent-a-Car in a case brought by the Competition Bureau alleging misleading advertising. Sources say: "He is very responsive and always on point when delivering advice and counsel. Chris is able to think like an in-house lawyer and is able to understand many of the business realities that in-house lawyers have to consider in making decisions about important pieces of litigation."

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W Michael G Osborne

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Michael Osborne of Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP is acknowledged by market commentators as "very strong technically," and additionally sources praise "his ability to write clearly and persuasively" and to distil complex legal issues. His practice focuses predominantly on competition litigation.

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DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Kevin Wright of DLA Piper (Canada) LLP has broad expertise in competition law and class action litigation, alongside significant experience at all court levels. He is especially well regarded for his experience of domestic cartel cases.

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