Category: Competition & Antitrust

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Recent Developments in Canadian Competition Law

March 25, 2019

The Competition Bureau (Bureau) recently released updated Abuse of Dominance Enforcement Guidelines (AOD Guidelines), which provide insight into the Bureau’s approach to abuse of dominance matters, and Intellectual Property Enforcement Guidelines (IPEGs) clarifying the Bureau’s approach to conducting investigations of alleged anti-competitive activities that involve intellectual property under the Competition Act (Act). The Bureau also provided an update to its…

M&A in Canada: The Increasing Importance of Navigating National Security Approvals

March 18, 2019

Getting a merger reviewed on national security grounds can cause delays and even lead to failed transactions. Canada began screening foreign takeovers on national security grounds in 2009, and today merger planning requires careful consideration of national security closing risks of every transaction. The United States has also recently expanded the scope of its national security review, and Europe recently…

AT&T/Time Warner: Lessons Learned for Companies Considering a Merger

March 12, 2019

On February 26, 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (Court of Appeals) issued an important antitrust decision, which will influence how vertical mergers are reviewed in the U.S., and perhaps in other countries, including Canada. The Court of Appeals refused to overturn the U.S. District Court (District Court) ruling that allowed AT&T (one of the…

Matthew Boswell Appointed as New Commissioner of Competition in Canada

March 5, 2019

On March 5, 2019, the Government of Canada appointed Matthew Boswell as Canada’s new Commissioner of Competition. Mr. Boswell most recently served as Interim Commissioner of Competition, and has previously served in various leadership roles at the Bureau since 2011, including heading up both the Bureau’s cartels branch and mergers branch. Commissioner Boswell assumes leadership of the Bureau at a…

New Monetary Thresholds in Force under the Competition Act and Investment Canada Act

February 25, 2019

The Government of Canada recently increased the monetary thresholds under the Competition Act and Investment Canada Act for most transaction types. Companies whose transactions exceed the applicable monetary and control thresholds under these statutes are required to submit a filing and undergo a review before they can close their transactions. It is always important to check with counsel to assess which…

Canadian Mergers and Acquisitions: FAQs and 2019 Trends

February 6, 2019

The Blakes Canadian Mergers and Acquisitions: FAQs and 2019 Trends answers frequently asked questions regarding the regulation of public M&A in Canada and provides an outlook for what 2019 may hold based on significant developments we observed in the Canadian deal environment.

Canadian Competition Law and Foreign Investment: Top 5 Things to Watch for in 2019

February 1, 2019

This article provides an overview of the key trends and developments in Canadian competition law and foreign investment that may help you prepare for what lies ahead in 2019. The  Competition, Antiturst & Foreign Investment group discusses important topics including new leadership at the Competition Bureau, merger reviews, priority agenda items such as digital economy and innovation, foreign investment reviews…

Class Action Climate in Canada: Recent Developments and Emerging Trends

January 30, 2019

Join leading lawyers from Blakes for an interactive discussion that will span a cross-section of recent developments and hot-button topics such as: Emerging class action risks National and multijurisdictional class actions Cybersecurity and data breaches Employment, competition and securities class actions Settlement structures and considerations Following the seminar, we invite you to join us for cocktails and networking. Mandatory Continuing…

The CPTPP and Brexit: Implications for Foreign Investment into Canada

January 9, 2019

On December 30, 2018, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) entered into force in Canada, Australia, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Singapore. The CPTPP will significantly reduce the regulatory burden associated with investments into Canada by investors based in these countries. However, the U.K.’s pending exit from the European Union (Brexit), which is currently anticipated to take…

Changing U.S. National Security Rules: What This Means for Mergers and Acquisitions

November 13, 2018

Investments involving Canadian companies face increasing scrutiny from Canada’s security and intelligence agencies and closest allies (the U.S., the U.K., Australia and New Zealand, known as the Five Eyes). Since 2009, the Investment Canada Act has provided a process that allows the Canadian authorities to review, block or remedy foreign direct investments in Canadian businesses on national security grounds. This…

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