Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment

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The Aird & Berlis Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment Group assists clients in securing approvals for mergers and acquisitions under the Competition Act. Our Group also advises clients on the Canadian foreign ownership regime under the Investment Canada Act, including the increasingly complex national security regime and the oversight review of foreign investment in the Canadian cultural sector.

Our Group is an integral part of transaction teams led by lawyers in the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions/Private Equity Group. We have advised on domestic and multi-jurisdictional merger transactions involving high-profile private and public companies in a broad range of industries, including the real estate, manufacturing, energy, telecommunications, steel, publishing, broadcasting and financial sectors.

We regularly interact with the Competition Bureau and the Investment Review Division of the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) in connection with merger clearance and foreign investment review.

We also regularly provide advice to clients on the criminal and civil provisions of the Competition Act, including conspiracy, pricing issues, agreements among competitors, resale price maintenance, ordinary price claims, abuse of dominance and deceptive marketing practices.

The members of our Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment Group are experienced business lawyers and advocates who provide practical, actionable advice that accounts for the commercial realities facing our clients. We act as key advisors to clients in executing transformative transactions. Clients trust us to help them achieve their strategic objectives in compliance with the applicable legislation and regulations.

Representative matters include:

  • Merger between Barry Plastics Group, Inc. and AVINTIV Inc.
  • Divestiture by Shaw Communications Inc. of the Shaw Media Inc. assets to Corus Entertainment Inc.
  • Acquisition by C.A.T. Inc. of certain assets of S.L.H. Transport Inc./Sears Canada Inc.
  • Merger between Thunder Bay Hydro Electricity Distribution Inc. and Kenora Hydro Electric Corporation Ltd.
  • Merger of Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. and Alectra Utilities Corporation