Elisa K. Kearney
Elisa Kearney is a partner in the Competition & Foreign Investment Review, Investigations & White Collar Defence, Technology, Communications & Media and Retail practices. She advises clients on Canadian competition law and a range of regulatory matters, including mergers, foreign investment review, misleading advertising, telecom and broadcasting, as well as foreign corrupt practices and criminal conspiracy investigations (price-fixing).
Elisa has had significant experience in securing regulatory approval of numerous acquisitions before the Canadian Competition Bureau including, most recently, seeking approval for US Airways proposed merger with American Airlines, the proposed sale by Google Inc. of the Motorola Home business to Arris Group Inc., Corus Entertainment Inc.’s acquisition of certain radio and television assets from Bell and the sale of Consorcio Comex S.A. de C.V. to The Sherwin Williams Company. Elisa is acting for the Commissioner of Competition in the most significant proceeding before the Competition Tribunal in recent years, the challenge against Visa and MasterCard’s Merchant Rules. In addition to these public matters, Elisa has represented a number of domestic and international companies in alleged cartel investigations by the Competition Bureau and has particular experience responding to searches and “dawn raids”, conducting interviews and negotiating and securing leniency or immunity agreements. She also routinely counsels clients on contests, misleading advertising and promotional practices as well as pricing and distribution laws in Canada. She has also acted as external counsel to the CRTC.
Elisa is a member of the firm's Student Committee and Knowledge Management Committee.