Jan. 21, 2020 - In our annual forecast of the year ahead for Canadian competition and foreign investment review law, we evaluate how developments in 2019 will influence these areas of the law in 2020. We discuss below the main issues and trends to watch for this year. Continued Focus on Enforcement in the Digital...
Bayer AG Acquires Monsanto Company for US$63 Billion
Davies acted for Monsanto Company with respect to Canadian regulatory matters in its approximately US$63 billion acquisition by Bayer AG.
The merger, which will form a global leader in agriculture, faced extensive regulatory reviews internationally and in Canada. To address concerns about the competitive impact of the proposed transaction in Canada, the Commissioner of Competition and Bayer AG entered into a Consent Agreement requiring Bayer to divest its canola seeds and traits business, as well as its soybean seeds and traits business, its carrot seeds business and a seed treatment business.
Davies’ Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment team is frequently retained to provide its expertise in the most complex and high-profile Canadian and multinational mergers. The team on this transaction included John Bodrug, Elisa Kearney and Alysha Manji-Knight.
Jan. 15, 2020 - The official Annual Report under the Investment Canada Act (ICA) for the fiscal year 2018-19 was released at the end of 2019. This document sets out various statistics and other noteworthy developments during that time frame (i.e., April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019) relating to the two review...