Alysha Manji-Knight

Associate

Alysha Manji-Knight

Alysha Manji-Knight

Associate

Bar Admissions
  • Ontario, 2014

Alysha is developing a broad practice in all areas of competition law.

She acts on mergers, cartel investigations, reviewable conduct, misleading advertising and litigation while working in a wide range of industries, including mining, retail, commercial real estate, telecommunications, consumer products and financial services. She also counsels clients on Canadian ownership and control requirements.

Alysha holds leadership positions within the Canadian Bar Association and American Bar Association.

Alysha Manji-Knight

Associate

Alysha is developing a broad practice in all areas of competition law.

She acts on mergers, cartel investigations, reviewable conduct, misleading advertising and litigation while working in a wide range of industries, including mining, retail, commercial real estate, telecommunications, consumer products and financial services. She also counsels clients on Canadian ownership and control requirements.

Alysha holds leadership positions within the Canadian Bar Association and American Bar Association.

The Blackstone Group Inc.

Acting for real estate funds managed by The Blackstone Group Inc. and their affiliates in Blackstone's $6.2-billion all-cash acquisition of Dream Global Real Estate Investment Trust and the separation of its external asset manager, Dream Asset Management.

Ipsen S.A.

Acted for French biopharmaceutical company Ipsen in the acquisition of Québec-based Clementia Pharmaceuticals for a purchase price of US$25.00 per share in cash upfront, plus a contingent value right (CVR) of US$6.00 per share, for a total transaction value of up to US$1.31 billion.

Celgene Corporation

Acting for Celgene Corporation, an integrated global biopharmaceutical company, on competition matters related to its proposed US$74-billion sale to Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.

Major public multinational firm

Acted for a major public multinational firm in an internal investigation involving numerous jurisdictions, coordinating assessments of foreign jurisdictions and leniency applications to Canadian competition authorities.

Prysmian SpA

Acted for Prysmian SpA on competition and regulatory matters in its $1.5 billion acquisition of General Cable Corporation.

Monsanto Company

Acted for Monsanto Company on competition and regulatory matters in its US$66-billion acquisition by Bayer AG.

Axium Infrastructure Inc.

Acted for Axium Infrastructure Inc. in its $540-million acquisition of TransCanada's Ontario solar portfolio, consisting of eight facilities totalling approximately 105 MW of installed capacity.

Whole Foods Market Inc.

Acted for Whole Foods Market Inc. on competition and regulatory matters in its $13.7-billion acquisition by Amazon.com Inc.

Sentry Investments

Acted for Sentry Investments in its $780-million acquisition by CI Financial Corp. in a transaction that combines two of Canada's largest independent active asset managers.

Rogers Sugar Inc.

Acted for Rogers Sugar Inc. in connection with the acquisition of L.B. Maple Treat Corporation, one of the world's largest branded and private label maple syrup bottling and distribution companies, for $160.3 million.

PSP Investments

Acted for PSP Investments in its strategic initiatives with Pattern Energy Group Inc., including (i) the acquisition of a 9.9% interest in Pattern Energy; (ii) the joint venture between PSP and Pattern Energy to co-invest in various renewable projects; (iii) the joint acquisition with Pattern Energy of a 51% and 49% interest, respectively, in the 179 MW Meikle wind project in British Columbia and the 143 MW Mont Sainte-Marguerite wind project in Québec; and (iv) the acquisition of 49% of the Class B interests held by Pattern in the Panhandle 2 wind project in Texas.

Iron Mountain Incorporated

Acted for Iron Mountain Incorporated (IRM) in connection with the divestiture of certain records and information management assets in the United States and Canada to Arkive, Inc., a portfolio company of the U.S.-based private equity firm, Summit Park Partners. The U.S. Department of Justice and Canadian Competition Bureau required these assets to be divested following IRM's US$2-billion acquisition of Recall Holdings Ltd.

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

Acted for Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. in connection with (1) its acquisition of, by way of merger, the Texas-based gas-and-convenience-store chain CST Brands, Inc., valued at approximately US$4.4 billion; and (2) Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.'s subsequent sale of a portion of CST Brands, Inc.'s Canadian assets to Parkland Fuel Corporation for approximately US$750 million, subject to adjustments.

Viking Air Limited

Acted for Viking Air Limited in connection with its acquisition of the worldwide amphibious aircraft (CL-415 waterbomber) program from Bombardier, including the Type Certificates (manufacturing rights) for all variants of the waterbomber aircraft, and the after-market product support business.

Google Inc.

As counsel to Google Inc., achieved a successful outcome in connection with the Canadian Competition Bureau's extensive multi-year investigation into the company's search, search advertising and display advertising services in Canada.

Google Inc.

Acts as Canadian counsel to Google Inc. on competition and other regulatory matters.

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

Acted for Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., the leader in the Canadian convenience store industry, in connection with its $1.68-billion acquisition of 279 Esso-branded fuel and convenience sites; 229 of these sites are located in Ontario and 50 are located in Québec. The acquisition also includes land banks and dealer-operated sites, as well as a long-term supply agreement with Imperial Oil.

McKesson Corporation

Acted for McKesson Corporation, a leading international healthcare services and information technology company, in connection with its $3-billion acquisition of Rexall and Rexall Pharma Plus, which operate approximately 470 pharmacies in Canada, from Katz Group, one of Canada's largest privately owned enterprises.

Exor S.p.A

Acted as Canadian counsel to Exor S.p.A on competition and regulatory matters in connection with Exor's $6.9-billion acquisition of all the outstanding common shares of PartnerRe Ltd.

Bentall Kennedy (Canada) Limited Partner

Acted for the Bentall Kennedy Group, a premier real estate investment management firm operating in Canada and the United States, in its acquisition by Sun Life Financial Inc. for a purchase price of $560 million.

H.J. Heinz Company

Acted for H.J. Heinz Company with respect to Canadian regulatory matters in connection with its acquisition of Kraft Foods Group, Inc., to create one of the world's largest food and beverage companies with combined sales of approximately US$28 billion.

Kingspan Insulated Panels Ltd.

Acted for Kingspan Insulated Panels Ltd. with respect to competition and regulatory matters in connection with its $376-million acquisition of Vicwest Inc.

Manulife Financial Corporation and Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada

Acted for The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company and Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada in connection with the establishment of credit facilities to finance the construction and long-term operation of a 25-MW ground-mount solar project located near Fort Frances, Ontario. The project sponsor is a joint venture between the Rainy River First Nations and certain institutional and other investors. The project had been awarded a 20-year power purchase contract under Ontario's Feed-in Tariff Program, which included an aboriginal price adder as a result of the participation by the Rainy River First Nations.

Spear Street Capital, LLC

Acted for Spear Street Capital, LLC in connection with its $305-million purchase of the majority of BlackBerry Limited's real estate holdings in Canada, including its global headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario. BlackBerry sold more than 3 million square feet of space as well as vacant lands, and leased back a portion of the space.

Deutsche Bank AG

Acted for Deutsche Bank AG in connection with the establishment of credit facilities to finance the construction and long-term operation of two SunEdison sponsored 10 MW ground-mount solar projects known as "Lindsay" and "Solar Spirit", each of which had been awarded a 20-year power purchase contract under Ontario's Feed-in Tariff Program.

Mizuho Bank, Ltd.

Acted for Mizuho Bank, Ltd. in connection with the establishment of credit facilities to finance the construction and long-term operation by SunE Westbrook LP and Oro-Medonte Solar Farm Inc. of two 10-MW ground-mount solar projects, each of which had been awarded a 20-year power purchase contract under Ontario's Feed-in Tariff Program.

BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. and CIBC World Markets Inc.

Acted for a syndicate of underwriters led by BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. and CIBC World Markets Inc. in connection with the $69.1-million bought deal public offering of trust units of Milestone Apartments Real Estate Investment Trust.

Article

Ontario Court of Appeal Upholds Application of Regulated Conduct Defence to Dismiss Class Action Alleging Conspiracy in Beer Industry, co-author

June 30, 2019 - Competition Policy International
Read the article.

Speaking Engagement

American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, Consumer Protection Committee, “How Much Is It? Global Enforcement of “DRIP” Pricing”

May 09, 2019

Speaking Engagement

Canadian Bar Association, Competition Law Section, Legislation and Policy Committee, “Make Your Pitch for Competition Policy Reform – The Legislation and Policy Committee Roundtable”; Toronto, ON

Apr. 30, 2019

Speaking Engagement

American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, Consumer Protection Committee, “Consumer Protection Monthly Update”

Apr. 16, 2019

Speaking Engagement

Osgoode JD/Schulich MBA, “Women in Business & Law Panel”; Toronto, ON

Mar. 14, 2019

Speaking Engagement

Queen’s University Faculty of Law, Advanced Corporate Law, “Competition Act and Investment Canada Act Considerations in M&A Deal”; Kingston, ON

Mar. 11, 2019

Speaking Engagement

Canadian Bar Association, Competition Law Section, International Committee and Young Lawyers Committee, “A Young Lawyer’s Role in Multijurisdictional Matters”; Toronto, ON

Feb. 27, 2019

Guide

Investment Canada Act: Guide for Foreign Investors in Canada, 2019 Edition

Feb. 02, 2019 - The regulatory landscape for foreign investments in Canada is constantly evolving. As a regular adviser on matters relating to the Investment Canada Act (ICA), Davies has updated this informative guide for foreign investors and their advisers, which provides an overview of the ICA and how...

Speaking Engagement

Canadian Bar Association, Competition Law Section, International Committee and Young Lawyers Committee, “How a Domestic or International Secondment Can Change Your Career”; Toronto, ON

Apr. 26, 2018

Speaking Engagement

American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, Consumer Protection Committee, “Why Consumer Protection? A Panel on Private Practice Consumer Protection Careers”

Feb. 08, 2018

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 2014

Education

Osgoode Hall Law School, JD, 2013
McGill University, BSc, 2008

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association
Canadian Bar Association

Community Involvement

American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, Consumer Protection Committee, Young Lawyer Representative
American Bar Association, Section of International Law, Antitrust Committee, vice-chair
Canadian Bar Association, Competition Law Section, International Committee, vice-chair
Ismaili Volunteer Corps.

Alysha is developing a broad practice in all areas of competition law.

She acts on mergers, cartel investigations, reviewable conduct, misleading advertising and litigation while working in a wide range of industries, including mining, retail, commercial real estate, telecommunications, consumer products and financial services. She also counsels clients on Canadian ownership and control requirements.

Alysha holds leadership positions within the Canadian Bar Association and American Bar Association.

The Blackstone Group Inc.

Acting for real estate funds managed by The Blackstone Group Inc. and their affiliates in Blackstone's $6.2-billion all-cash acquisition of Dream Global Real Estate Investment Trust and the separation of its external asset manager, Dream Asset Management.

Ipsen S.A.

Acted for French biopharmaceutical company Ipsen in the acquisition of Québec-based Clementia Pharmaceuticals for a purchase price of US$25.00 per share in cash upfront, plus a contingent value right (CVR) of US$6.00 per share, for a total transaction value of up to US$1.31 billion.

Celgene Corporation

Acting for Celgene Corporation, an integrated global biopharmaceutical company, on competition matters related to its proposed US$74-billion sale to Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.

Major public multinational firm

Acted for a major public multinational firm in an internal investigation involving numerous jurisdictions, coordinating assessments of foreign jurisdictions and leniency applications to Canadian competition authorities.

Prysmian SpA

Acted for Prysmian SpA on competition and regulatory matters in its $1.5 billion acquisition of General Cable Corporation.

Monsanto Company

Acted for Monsanto Company on competition and regulatory matters in its US$66-billion acquisition by Bayer AG.

Axium Infrastructure Inc.

Acted for Axium Infrastructure Inc. in its $540-million acquisition of TransCanada's Ontario solar portfolio, consisting of eight facilities totalling approximately 105 MW of installed capacity.

Whole Foods Market Inc.

Acted for Whole Foods Market Inc. on competition and regulatory matters in its $13.7-billion acquisition by Amazon.com Inc.

Sentry Investments

Acted for Sentry Investments in its $780-million acquisition by CI Financial Corp. in a transaction that combines two of Canada's largest independent active asset managers.

Rogers Sugar Inc.

Acted for Rogers Sugar Inc. in connection with the acquisition of L.B. Maple Treat Corporation, one of the world's largest branded and private label maple syrup bottling and distribution companies, for $160.3 million.

PSP Investments

Acted for PSP Investments in its strategic initiatives with Pattern Energy Group Inc., including (i) the acquisition of a 9.9% interest in Pattern Energy; (ii) the joint venture between PSP and Pattern Energy to co-invest in various renewable projects; (iii) the joint acquisition with Pattern Energy of a 51% and 49% interest, respectively, in the 179 MW Meikle wind project in British Columbia and the 143 MW Mont Sainte-Marguerite wind project in Québec; and (iv) the acquisition of 49% of the Class B interests held by Pattern in the Panhandle 2 wind project in Texas.

Iron Mountain Incorporated

Acted for Iron Mountain Incorporated (IRM) in connection with the divestiture of certain records and information management assets in the United States and Canada to Arkive, Inc., a portfolio company of the U.S.-based private equity firm, Summit Park Partners. The U.S. Department of Justice and Canadian Competition Bureau required these assets to be divested following IRM's US$2-billion acquisition of Recall Holdings Ltd.

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

Acted for Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. in connection with (1) its acquisition of, by way of merger, the Texas-based gas-and-convenience-store chain CST Brands, Inc., valued at approximately US$4.4 billion; and (2) Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.'s subsequent sale of a portion of CST Brands, Inc.'s Canadian assets to Parkland Fuel Corporation for approximately US$750 million, subject to adjustments.

Viking Air Limited

Acted for Viking Air Limited in connection with its acquisition of the worldwide amphibious aircraft (CL-415 waterbomber) program from Bombardier, including the Type Certificates (manufacturing rights) for all variants of the waterbomber aircraft, and the after-market product support business.

Google Inc.

As counsel to Google Inc., achieved a successful outcome in connection with the Canadian Competition Bureau's extensive multi-year investigation into the company's search, search advertising and display advertising services in Canada.

Google Inc.

Acts as Canadian counsel to Google Inc. on competition and other regulatory matters.

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

Acted for Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., the leader in the Canadian convenience store industry, in connection with its $1.68-billion acquisition of 279 Esso-branded fuel and convenience sites; 229 of these sites are located in Ontario and 50 are located in Québec. The acquisition also includes land banks and dealer-operated sites, as well as a long-term supply agreement with Imperial Oil.

McKesson Corporation

Acted for McKesson Corporation, a leading international healthcare services and information technology company, in connection with its $3-billion acquisition of Rexall and Rexall Pharma Plus, which operate approximately 470 pharmacies in Canada, from Katz Group, one of Canada's largest privately owned enterprises.

Exor S.p.A

Acted as Canadian counsel to Exor S.p.A on competition and regulatory matters in connection with Exor's $6.9-billion acquisition of all the outstanding common shares of PartnerRe Ltd.

Bentall Kennedy (Canada) Limited Partner

Acted for the Bentall Kennedy Group, a premier real estate investment management firm operating in Canada and the United States, in its acquisition by Sun Life Financial Inc. for a purchase price of $560 million.

H.J. Heinz Company

Acted for H.J. Heinz Company with respect to Canadian regulatory matters in connection with its acquisition of Kraft Foods Group, Inc., to create one of the world's largest food and beverage companies with combined sales of approximately US$28 billion.

Kingspan Insulated Panels Ltd.

Acted for Kingspan Insulated Panels Ltd. with respect to competition and regulatory matters in connection with its $376-million acquisition of Vicwest Inc.

Manulife Financial Corporation and Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada

Acted for The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company and Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada in connection with the establishment of credit facilities to finance the construction and long-term operation of a 25-MW ground-mount solar project located near Fort Frances, Ontario. The project sponsor is a joint venture between the Rainy River First Nations and certain institutional and other investors. The project had been awarded a 20-year power purchase contract under Ontario's Feed-in Tariff Program, which included an aboriginal price adder as a result of the participation by the Rainy River First Nations.

Spear Street Capital, LLC

Acted for Spear Street Capital, LLC in connection with its $305-million purchase of the majority of BlackBerry Limited's real estate holdings in Canada, including its global headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario. BlackBerry sold more than 3 million square feet of space as well as vacant lands, and leased back a portion of the space.

Deutsche Bank AG

Acted for Deutsche Bank AG in connection with the establishment of credit facilities to finance the construction and long-term operation of two SunEdison sponsored 10 MW ground-mount solar projects known as "Lindsay" and "Solar Spirit", each of which had been awarded a 20-year power purchase contract under Ontario's Feed-in Tariff Program.

Mizuho Bank, Ltd.

Acted for Mizuho Bank, Ltd. in connection with the establishment of credit facilities to finance the construction and long-term operation by SunE Westbrook LP and Oro-Medonte Solar Farm Inc. of two 10-MW ground-mount solar projects, each of which had been awarded a 20-year power purchase contract under Ontario's Feed-in Tariff Program.

BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. and CIBC World Markets Inc.

Acted for a syndicate of underwriters led by BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. and CIBC World Markets Inc. in connection with the $69.1-million bought deal public offering of trust units of Milestone Apartments Real Estate Investment Trust.

Article

Ontario Court of Appeal Upholds Application of Regulated Conduct Defence to Dismiss Class Action Alleging Conspiracy in Beer Industry, co-author

June 30, 2019 - Competition Policy International
Read the article.

Speaking Engagement

American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, Consumer Protection Committee, “How Much Is It? Global Enforcement of “DRIP” Pricing”

May 09, 2019

Speaking Engagement

Canadian Bar Association, Competition Law Section, Legislation and Policy Committee, “Make Your Pitch for Competition Policy Reform – The Legislation and Policy Committee Roundtable”; Toronto, ON

Apr. 30, 2019

Speaking Engagement

American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, Consumer Protection Committee, “Consumer Protection Monthly Update”

Apr. 16, 2019

Speaking Engagement

Osgoode JD/Schulich MBA, “Women in Business & Law Panel”; Toronto, ON

Mar. 14, 2019

Speaking Engagement

Queen’s University Faculty of Law, Advanced Corporate Law, “Competition Act and Investment Canada Act Considerations in M&A Deal”; Kingston, ON

Mar. 11, 2019

Speaking Engagement

Canadian Bar Association, Competition Law Section, International Committee and Young Lawyers Committee, “A Young Lawyer’s Role in Multijurisdictional Matters”; Toronto, ON

Feb. 27, 2019

Guide

Investment Canada Act: Guide for Foreign Investors in Canada, 2019 Edition

Feb. 02, 2019 - The regulatory landscape for foreign investments in Canada is constantly evolving. As a regular adviser on matters relating to the Investment Canada Act (ICA), Davies has updated this informative guide for foreign investors and their advisers, which provides an overview of the ICA and how...

Speaking Engagement

Canadian Bar Association, Competition Law Section, International Committee and Young Lawyers Committee, “How a Domestic or International Secondment Can Change Your Career”; Toronto, ON

Apr. 26, 2018

Speaking Engagement

American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, Consumer Protection Committee, “Why Consumer Protection? A Panel on Private Practice Consumer Protection Careers”

Feb. 08, 2018

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 2014

Education

Osgoode Hall Law School, JD, 2013
McGill University, BSc, 2008

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association
Canadian Bar Association

Community Involvement

American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, Consumer Protection Committee, Young Lawyer Representative
American Bar Association, Section of International Law, Antitrust Committee, vice-chair
Canadian Bar Association, Competition Law Section, International Committee, vice-chair
Ismaili Volunteer Corps.