Sept. 30, 2019 - Canada’s Competition Bureau is actively seeking and reviewing smaller acquisitions that may not exceed pre-merger notification thresholds under the Competition Act but that may nonetheless raise substantive competition issues. The Bureau’s demonstrated interest in evaluating smaller mergers...
Merger Review in Canada
The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) released its first decision in nearly 20 years regarding the Competition Act’s merger provisions on 22 January 2015. Its decision in Tervita Corp v Canada (Commissioner of Competition) is important because (1) it sets out the proper analytical framework for determining whether a transaction substantially prevents competition, as opposed to substantially lessens competition; and (2) it clarifies the application of Canada’s statutory “efficiencies defence” to otherwise anticompetitive mergers.
Sept. 24, 2019 - The Supreme Court of Canada has released its long-awaited decision in two companion appeals that have significant implications for class actions alleging conduct that contravenes the criminal provisions found in Part VI of the Competition Act (Act). In its decision in Pioneer Corporation...