Recent Work
  • Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, as lead competition counsel, in its combination with Agrium Inc. to create a world-class integrated global supplier of crop inputs. This was the largest announced Canadian M&A transaction of 2016 and one of the largest announced  transactions globally, subject to competition approvals in major jurisdictions worldwide.
  • Coburn and Watson’s Metropolitan Home v. Bank of America Corporation et al. – acting for CIBC in defence of a set of class actions brought against several banks and credit card companies in British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, and Saskatchewan alleging anti-competitive conduct with respect to fees paid by merchants for the acceptance of credit cards.
  • Manitoba Telecom Services in its highly scrutinized sale to BCE Inc. This amounted to a "4 to 3" wireless merger that was ultimately made subject to two competition law remedies requiring the divestiture assets and other arrangements to support the entry of a new competitor, together with the divestiture of other assets to strengthen existing competition.
  • Commissioner of Competition v. HarperCollins Publishers, LLC – defending the respondents to an application by the Commissioner of Competition before the Competition Tribunal alleging unlawful competitor collaboration in the market for e-books in Canada.
  • Bayer AG, as Canadian counsel, in its US$66B acquisition of Monsanto Company, one of the largest transactions globally in 2016/2017.
  • Hudson’s Bay Company in a case brought by the Commissioner of Competition to the Competition Tribunal regarding marketing practices, alleging a breach by Hudson’s Bay of the “ordinary selling price provisions” of the Competition Act with respect to the advertising of the sale of mattresses.
  • Lowe's Companies in its C$3.2B transaction to acquire Rona to create Canada’s leading home improvement retailer, successfully obtaining competition and foreign investment approvals in respect of an iconic Canadian company.
  • Various auto parts manufacturers defending multiple class actions commenced in Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec and Manitoba with respect to alleged price-fixing and bid-rigging relating to various auto parts.
  • Vail Resorts Inc.’s in its C$1.4B acquisition of Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc., successfully obtaining competition and foreign investment approvals. Named as one of the “Deals of the Year” by Lexpert, a leading legal publication in Canada.
  • RealtySellers et al v. Canadian Real Estate Association and Toronto Real Estate Board et al – acting for CREA in a civil action alleging conspiracy and breach of settlement agreement relating to residential real estate brokerage services.
  • CST Brands, Inc., as Canadian counsel, in its US$4.4B acquisition by Alimentation Couche-Tard of a network of hundreds of gas stations in Canada, requiring a complex and highly granular local market analysis.
  • Airia Brands Inc. v. Air Canada et al – acting for Air Canada in defence of class actions commenced in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec relating to alleged anti-competitive conduct in the air cargo industry.
  • Canexus Corporation in its successful acquisition by Chemtrade Logistics Income Fund, following an extensive review under the Competition Act.
  • Fairhurst v. De Beers – acting for multiple defendants in respect of class actions in British Columbia, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Quebec alleging anti-competitive conduct in the pricing of gem-grade diamonds.
  • Marriott International, Inc., as Canadian counsel,  in connection with its US$12B acquisition of Starwood, resulting in one of the largest hotel operators in Canada; Stikeman Elliott successfully cleared the transaction without the need for a supplementary information request.
  • Ewert v. Nippon Yusen Kabushki Kaisha et al – acting for NYK Line in defence of class actions in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec alleging price-fixing relating to “roll on, roll off” vehicle ocean freight shipping services.
  • Hong Kong-based CKI and PAH in their C$1.7B acquisition of a majority interest in Husky’s Oil Pipeline Business in Western Canada, including in securing foreign investment approval.
  • Mancinelli v. UBS et al -  acting for UBS in defence of class actions in Ontario and Quebec alleging manipulation of the foreign exchange market and foreign exchange benchmark rates.
  • Valspar, as Canadian counsel, in its US$11.3B acquisition by Sherwin-Williams to create a premier global paints and coatings company.
  • Di Filippo v. UBS et al – acting for UBS in defence of two sets of class actions in Ontario and Quebec alleging anti-competitive conduct with respect to the market fixings for gold and silver.
  • Allergan plc first during its defence of a hostile takeover by Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. in 2014, followed by its subsequent sale to Actavis plc in 2015, and then, more recently, the sale of its US$40B generic drug business to Teva Pharmaceuticals, all three of which were reviewed by the Competition Bureau, and the last of which was subject to a second phase review, consent agreement and remedy requiring certain divestitures.
  • Allott v. Hitachi Chemical et al. and Cygnus Electronics v. Hitachi Chemical et al. – acting for Hitachi Chemical in defence of two sets of class actions in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia alleging price fixing of film and electrolytic capacitors, a product incorporated into a vast array of electronics, from mobile phones to refrigerators.
  • Manitoba Telecom Services in its successful C$465M sale of telecommunications carrier Allstream to Zayo (a prior proposed sale of Allstream to another buyer had been rejected by the Government of Canada on national security grounds).
  • Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent, as Canadian competition counsel, in Nokia’s €15.6B acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent, creating an innovation leader in next generation technology and services for an IP connected world.
  • Remedy-buyer CRH in its acquisition of Holcim’s Canadian cement operations and assets, which occurred further to remedies ordered by the Competition Bureau in connection with the Holcim / Lafarge transaction.
  • Fanshawe College v. LG Display Co, Ltd. – acting for LG Display in defence of class actions commenced in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec alleging price-fixing of LCD panels.
  • EMC Corporation, as Canadian counsel, in its acquisition by Dell, which created  the world’s largest privately-controlled, integrated technology company.