Anita Banicevic

Partner

Anita Banicevic

Anita Banicevic

Partner

“She is totally dedicated, works hard and has great experience.”
Market Commentator – Chambers Global 2016

Anita provides creative solutions on all aspects of critical competition and foreign investment review matters. Clients rely on her business-friendly and thoughtful approach to their complex competition cases.

Widely recognized as a leading lawyer in competition law, Anita advises on a number of the most closely watched and leading competition cases in Canada, including those in the areas of mergers, abuse of dominance, misleading advertising and criminal price-fixing investigations.

With extensive expertise in multinational mergers, she has secured Competition Act and Investment Canada Act clearance for numerous high-profile transactions of Canadian and international businesses in various industries. She regularly assists clients with contested proceedings before the courts and the Competition Tribunal, as well as negotiated resolutions and consent agreements.

Anita holds leadership positions within the Canadian Bar Association and American Bar Association. She served as Chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s Competition Law Section from September 2017 to 2018 and is currently serving as Past Chair of the Section.

Anita Banicevic

Partner

“She is totally dedicated, works hard and has great experience.”
Market Commentator – Chambers Global 2016

Anita provides creative solutions on all aspects of critical competition and foreign investment review matters. Clients rely on her business-friendly and thoughtful approach to their complex competition cases.

Widely recognized as a leading lawyer in competition law, Anita advises on a number of the most closely watched and leading competition cases in Canada, including those in the areas of mergers, abuse of dominance, misleading advertising and criminal price-fixing investigations.

With extensive expertise in multinational mergers, she has secured Competition Act and Investment Canada Act clearance for numerous high-profile transactions of Canadian and international businesses in various industries. She regularly assists clients with contested proceedings before the courts and the Competition Tribunal, as well as negotiated resolutions and consent agreements.

Anita holds leadership positions within the Canadian Bar Association and American Bar Association. She served as Chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s Competition Law Section from September 2017 to 2018 and is currently serving as Past Chair of the Section.

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.

Enercare Inc.

Acted for Enercare Inc., one of North America's largest home and commercial services and energy solutions companies, in its $4.3-billion sale to Brookfield Infrastructure and its institutional partners by way of plan of arrangement.

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.

DAK Americas LLC

Acted for DAK Americas LLC, a producer of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) resins, in connection with its acquisition of a controlling interest in Selenis Canada from IMG Group. Selenis Canada operates a PET plant in Montréal.

Stericyle Inc.

Acted as Canadian counsel for Stericycle, Inc. in its acquisition of Shred-it International, a global secure information destruction services provider, for US$2.3 billion in cash.

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.

Rogers Communications Inc.

Acted for Rogers Communications Inc. in connection with its successful defence in closely watched misleading advertising proceedings in the Ontario Superior Court brought by the Commissioner of Competition. The case concerned comparative performance-based advertising used by Rogers in connection with its launch in 2010 of Rogers' Chatr brand. This case gave rise to a lengthy trial fought over many weeks, and involved complex expert evidence concerning the testing and operation of wireless networks as well as constitutional challenges to the misleading advertising provisions of the Competition Act.

Amcor Limited

Acted for Amcor Limited in its acquisition of Alcan Packaging operations from Rio Tinto plc in 31 countries for approximately US$2 billion. The acquisition enhances Amcor's position as one of the world's leading packaging companies.

Mill Road Capital, L.P.

Acted for U.S.-based private equity firm Mill Road Capital, L.P. in its successful "white knight" bid for Cossette Inc. for approximately $134 million.

Canada Pipe Company Ltd.

Acted for Canada Pipe Company Ltd. before the Competition Tribunal, Federal Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada with respect to the only fully contested abuse of dominance case to be decided in Canada in more than 15 years. This matter was decided in favour of Canada Pipe following a lengthy trial in the Competition Tribunal and against Canada Pipe in the Federal Court of Appeal. The matter was eventually resolved through a negotiated Consent Agreement in December 2007.

Article

Recent Developments in Canada: Will the Competition Bureau Intrude on Privacy?, co-author

Sept. 24, 2019 - Kluwer Competition Law Blog (Wolters Kluwer)
Read the article.

In the News

Anita Banicevic Discusses Bureau’s Robust Enforcement Plan with National Magazine

Aug. 30, 2019 - National Magazine recently featured Anita Banicevic’s insights on the Competition Commissioner’s aggressive vision for Canada’s Competition Bureau. In the article, Anita remarks that one of her biggest takeaways from the Commissioner’s speech at the CBA Competition Law Spring Conference is...

Bulletin

What’s FaceApp and Facebook Got to Do with Competition Compliance in Canada?

Aug. 06, 2019 - While summer can sometimes be a quieter time for antitrust enforcement, the debate about the role of antitrust in the tech sector is hotter than ever with a number of significant developments over the past few weeks. Among these developments, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently...

Bulletin

Canada’s New Competition Commissioner Announces Aggressive Enforcement Plans

June 17, 2019 - Last month, Canada’s newly appointed Commissioner of Competition, Matthew Boswell, promised to prioritize more aggressive competition law in Canada. In his first speech since he was appointed to the position for a five-year term, as well as in subsequent interviews and public pronouncements, the...

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...

Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Competition/Antitrust

Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Competition/Antitrust

GCR’s Women in Antitrust 2016

GCR 100 Canada: A Guide to the World’s Leading Competition Law and Economics Practices

Global Competition Review’s “40 Under 40” (2012)

The Legal 500 Canada—Competition and Antitrust (Leading Lawyer)

The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Competition Law

Lexpert Zenith Award—Celebrating Change Agents in Law (2019)

Report on Business/Lexpert Special Edition Canada’s Leading Litigation Lawyers

Lexpert Guide to US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyers in Canada—Regulatory

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Competition Law (Most Frequently Recommended); Advertising and Marketing Law

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Advertising and Marketing Law; Competition/Antitrust Law

Who’s Who Legal: Canada—Competition; Who’s Who Legal: Competition; Who’s Who Legal: Corporate—Foreign Investment Review

Who’s Who Legal and Global Competition Review’s Who’s Who Legal: Competition – Future Leaders 2017

Expert Guides’ Women in Business Law; Expert Guides—Competition and Antitrust

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 2000

Education

Queen’s University, LLB, 1998
Queen’s University, BA, 1995

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association
Canadian Bar Association

Community Involvement

American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, 2017 Consumer Protection Conference, co-chair
American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, Compliance & Ethics Committee, former co-chair
American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Committee, vice-chair
Canadian Bar Association, Competition Law Section Executive Committee, past chair
International Competition Network, non-governmental adviser

Teaching Engagements

Anita has lectured on competition law at Queen’s University Faculty of Law.

“She is totally dedicated, works hard and has great experience.”
Market Commentator – Chambers Global 2016

Anita provides creative solutions on all aspects of critical competition and foreign investment review matters. Clients rely on her business-friendly and thoughtful approach to their complex competition cases.

Widely recognized as a leading lawyer in competition law, Anita advises on a number of the most closely watched and leading competition cases in Canada, including those in the areas of mergers, abuse of dominance, misleading advertising and criminal price-fixing investigations.

With extensive expertise in multinational mergers, she has secured Competition Act and Investment Canada Act clearance for numerous high-profile transactions of Canadian and international businesses in various industries. She regularly assists clients with contested proceedings before the courts and the Competition Tribunal, as well as negotiated resolutions and consent agreements.

Anita holds leadership positions within the Canadian Bar Association and American Bar Association. She served as Chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s Competition Law Section from September 2017 to 2018 and is currently serving as Past Chair of the Section.

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.

Enercare Inc.

Acted for Enercare Inc., one of North America's largest home and commercial services and energy solutions companies, in its $4.3-billion sale to Brookfield Infrastructure and its institutional partners by way of plan of arrangement.

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.

DAK Americas LLC

Acted for DAK Americas LLC, a producer of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) resins, in connection with its acquisition of a controlling interest in Selenis Canada from IMG Group. Selenis Canada operates a PET plant in Montréal.

Stericyle Inc.

Acted as Canadian counsel for Stericycle, Inc. in its acquisition of Shred-it International, a global secure information destruction services provider, for US$2.3 billion in cash.

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.

Rogers Communications Inc.

Acted for Rogers Communications Inc. in connection with its successful defence in closely watched misleading advertising proceedings in the Ontario Superior Court brought by the Commissioner of Competition. The case concerned comparative performance-based advertising used by Rogers in connection with its launch in 2010 of Rogers' Chatr brand. This case gave rise to a lengthy trial fought over many weeks, and involved complex expert evidence concerning the testing and operation of wireless networks as well as constitutional challenges to the misleading advertising provisions of the Competition Act.

Amcor Limited

Acted for Amcor Limited in its acquisition of Alcan Packaging operations from Rio Tinto plc in 31 countries for approximately US$2 billion. The acquisition enhances Amcor's position as one of the world's leading packaging companies.

Mill Road Capital, L.P.

Acted for U.S.-based private equity firm Mill Road Capital, L.P. in its successful "white knight" bid for Cossette Inc. for approximately $134 million.

Canada Pipe Company Ltd.

Acted for Canada Pipe Company Ltd. before the Competition Tribunal, Federal Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada with respect to the only fully contested abuse of dominance case to be decided in Canada in more than 15 years. This matter was decided in favour of Canada Pipe following a lengthy trial in the Competition Tribunal and against Canada Pipe in the Federal Court of Appeal. The matter was eventually resolved through a negotiated Consent Agreement in December 2007.

Article

Recent Developments in Canada: Will the Competition Bureau Intrude on Privacy?, co-author

Sept. 24, 2019 - Kluwer Competition Law Blog (Wolters Kluwer)
Read the article.

In the News

Anita Banicevic Discusses Bureau’s Robust Enforcement Plan with National Magazine

Aug. 30, 2019 - National Magazine recently featured Anita Banicevic’s insights on the Competition Commissioner’s aggressive vision for Canada’s Competition Bureau. In the article, Anita remarks that one of her biggest takeaways from the Commissioner’s speech at the CBA Competition Law Spring Conference is...

Bulletin

What’s FaceApp and Facebook Got to Do with Competition Compliance in Canada?

Aug. 06, 2019 - While summer can sometimes be a quieter time for antitrust enforcement, the debate about the role of antitrust in the tech sector is hotter than ever with a number of significant developments over the past few weeks. Among these developments, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently...

Bulletin

Canada’s New Competition Commissioner Announces Aggressive Enforcement Plans

June 17, 2019 - Last month, Canada’s newly appointed Commissioner of Competition, Matthew Boswell, promised to prioritize more aggressive competition law in Canada. In his first speech since he was appointed to the position for a five-year term, as well as in subsequent interviews and public pronouncements, the...

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...

Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Competition/Antitrust

Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Competition/Antitrust

GCR’s Women in Antitrust 2016

GCR 100 Canada: A Guide to the World’s Leading Competition Law and Economics Practices

Global Competition Review’s “40 Under 40” (2012)

The Legal 500 Canada—Competition and Antitrust (Leading Lawyer)

The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Competition Law

Lexpert Zenith Award—Celebrating Change Agents in Law (2019)

Report on Business/Lexpert Special Edition Canada’s Leading Litigation Lawyers

Lexpert Guide to US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyers in Canada—Regulatory

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Competition Law (Most Frequently Recommended); Advertising and Marketing Law

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Advertising and Marketing Law; Competition/Antitrust Law

Who’s Who Legal: Canada—Competition; Who’s Who Legal: Competition; Who’s Who Legal: Corporate—Foreign Investment Review

Who’s Who Legal and Global Competition Review’s Who’s Who Legal: Competition – Future Leaders 2017

Expert Guides’ Women in Business Law; Expert Guides—Competition and Antitrust

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 2000

Education

Queen’s University, LLB, 1998
Queen’s University, BA, 1995

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association
Canadian Bar Association

Community Involvement

American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, 2017 Consumer Protection Conference, co-chair
American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, Compliance & Ethics Committee, former co-chair
American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Committee, vice-chair
Canadian Bar Association, Competition Law Section Executive Committee, past chair
International Competition Network, non-governmental adviser

Teaching Engagements

Anita has lectured on competition law at Queen’s University Faculty of Law.