Stikeman Elliott's Competition and Foreign Investment Group is a highly regarded market leader in Canada, consistently recognized nationally and internationally for its in-depth knowledge and expertise in the practice of competition law under the Competition Act and foreign investment review under the Investment Canada Act.

The Group has extensive experience acting on major national and international transactions, criminal investigations, class and other civil actions, Competition Tribunal proceedings regarding mergers, abuse of dominance and other reviewable matters, and day-to-day compliance in a wide range of industries, including the transportation, media and entertainment, financial services and insurance, stock exchange, energy, natural resources, waste management, communications, construction aggregates and food and beverage sectors.

Merger Reviews- Canadian and international corporations and foreign law firms frequently seek the Group’s counsel on high-profile domestic and international mergers in which coordinated resolution of regulatory issues is critical. The Group’s extensive experience as counsel on major multinational transactions allows members to work closely and effectively with M&A attorneys in the Canadian, European, U.S. and Pacific Rim offices of Stikeman Elliott, and with colleagues in leading U.S., European and Asian law firms.

Litigation/Class Actions and Criminal Cartel Defence - When corporations find themselves subject to proceedings under the Competition Act, either before the courts or the Competition Tribunal, we have unmatched experience and expertise to effectively represent them. The Group has acted as lead counsel on multiple antitrust class actions commenced in Canada, high profile Competition Tribunal proceedings and several cartel cases frequently representing Canadian, American, European and Asian corporations. Our highly skilled competition litigation counsel understand the ins and outs of Canadian antitrust law and the practice and approach of the regulatory authorities and who are well-known to the Competition Tribunal and courts at all levels and in all jurisdictions. Where appropriate, advantageous settlements are negotiated and implemented on a nationwide basis.

Marketing, Advertising and Compliance - Competition law is complex and constantly evolving, and business practices that appear innocuous to clients may in fact contravene the Competition Act. Stikeman Elliott’s experienced competition counsel can help companies avoid unwelcome surprises, including Bureau investigations and civil or criminal actions.

Global Rankings & Achievements

Members of our Group are ranked as leading practitioners in all major domestic and international legal directories including:

  • GCR 100 
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Best Lawyers in Canada
  • Expert Guide to the World's Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyers
  • Expert Guide to the World's Leading International Trade Lawyers
  • Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
  • The International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers and The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers

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