In Canada, the Competition Bureau is aggressively deploying its investigative and enforcement powers and is displaying a renewed readiness to litigate. As a result, both Canadian and global entities are finding merger reviews more onerous, competitive activities more closely scrutinized, and compliance programs and counselling more important than ever before.
Guiding the world’s leading companies through these unprecedented challenges requires a combination of strategic insight and demonstrated expertise. The Blakes Competition & Antitrust group is repeatedly acknowledged as the leading practice in Canada.
Blake, Cassels & Graydon Partner Julie Soloway has been listed in Global Competition Review’s 2013 Edition of Women in Antitrust. The publication recognizes 100 successful women in the field of competition law.
Our leadership in this area is reflected in our formidable team of practitioners, which includes a former head of the Competition Bureau and a team of Canada’s top-ranked and most experienced practitioners whose work has shaped the very nature of competition law in this country.
Blakes is frequently retained by major domestic and international companies and by international and domestic law firms to provide strategic counsel and representation in merger reviews, cartel investigations, abuse of dominance cases, distribution practices, advertising matters and other competition issues.
Blakes is also a leading firm with respect to securing merger approvals for non-Canadian purchasers under Canada’s foreign investment laws, which are typically required in all transactions where a non-Canadian purchases a Canadian business.
Blakes has a proven track record of success in acting for clients on multinational transactions and investigations involving co-ordination among counsel and agencies in the United States, Europe and other jurisdictions. We understand how competition laws fit within the broader context of complex corporate transactions and business affairs generally. Blakes can draw on the Firm’s vast resources and leading expertise in related practice areas, such as litigation, securities and intellectual property. Our experience and proven expertise allow us to provide clients with the timely, practical and strategic advice necessary to ensure compliance with competition laws while facilitating their transactions and assisting them in realizing their business objectives.