Anita Banicevic

Partner

Anita Banicevic

Anita Banicevic

Partner

“She is an excellent lawyer; she is very smart and personable.”
Market Commentator – Chambers Canada 2020

Anita provides creative solutions on all aspects of competition law and foreign investment review, with a particular focus on mergers, abuse of dominance, misleading advertising and criminal price-fixing investigations. The only lawyer in Canada to be ranked in both Competition Law and Advertising and Marketing Law in the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, Anita is frequently sought out to advise on some of the most closely watched and leading competition cases in Canada.

With extensive expertise in multinational mergers, Anita 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 has held 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 Vice Chair of the Mergers and Acquisitions Committee of the Antitrust Section of the ABA.

Anita Banicevic

Partner

“She is an excellent lawyer; she is very smart and personable.”
Market Commentator – Chambers Canada 2020

Anita provides creative solutions on all aspects of competition law and foreign investment review, with a particular focus on mergers, abuse of dominance, misleading advertising and criminal price-fixing investigations. The only lawyer in Canada to be ranked in both Competition Law and Advertising and Marketing Law in the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, Anita is frequently sought out to advise on some of the most closely watched and leading competition cases in Canada.

With extensive expertise in multinational mergers, Anita 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 has held 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 Vice Chair of the Mergers and Acquisitions Committee of the Antitrust Section of the ABA.

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Ali Holding S.r.l.

Acting as Canadian regulatory counsel to Ali Holding S.r.l. in its US$3.5-billion merger with Welbilt, Inc.

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Knighthead Capital Management LLC and Certares Opportunities LLC

Acting as Canadian regulatory counsel to Knighthead Capital Management LLC and Certares Opportunities LLC in their successful US$6-billion bid with Apollo Capital Management, LP to acquire Hertz Corp.

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Northleaf Capital Partners

Acted for Northleaf Capital Partners in its strategic sale of a non-controlling interest to Mackenzie Financial Corporation, a subsidiary of IGM Financial Inc., and Great-West Lifeco Inc.

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Plenary Group

Acting for Plenary Group, a leading investor, developer and operator of public infrastructure in North America, in its sale to Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.

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The Blackstone Group Inc.

Acted 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.

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Blackstone Property Partners

Acted for an affiliate of Blackstone Property Partners in its joint venture with Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc., to acquire the 1.45 million-square-foot Bentall Centre office and retail complex in Vancouver.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Speaking Engagement
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Moderator, Competition Policy International, “Frameworks of Inclusive Competition (Institutional, leadership)”; Webcast

July 19, 2021 - View the recording.

Article
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Competition Policy International, Inclusive Competition issue, guest editor

Apr. 28, 2021 - Antitrust Chronicle, Spring 2021, Vol. 1
Read the issue (available to subscribers).

Guide
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Pre-Merger Notification Guide: Canada’s Competition Act

Apr. 01, 2021 - Canada’s Competition Act provides that certain types of transactions exceeding monetary and other thresholds must be notified to the Competition Bureau prior to closing. Parties whose transactions exceed these thresholds and who fail to comply with the rules may face significant...

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The Dangers of No-Poaching and Other Agreements Between Employers

Mar. 02, 2021 - In this article, originally published in Human Resources Director Canada, Davies partners Mark Katz and Anita Banicevic discuss the anticompetitive risks of no-poaching, wage-fixing and other agreements between employers, and point out the key takeaways for HR professionals. Read the...

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Early Warnings: Canada’s Regulators Issue Warning Letters to Mobile App Companies

Dec. 18, 2020 - In late November, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) and the Competition Bureau (Bureau) announced the issuance of 36 warning letters to various mobile app companies in Canada. The letters are reported to...

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Canadian Competition Bureau Issues Guidance on “No-Poach” and other “Buy-Side” Employment Agreements Between Competitors, co-author

Dec. 04, 2020 - Kluwer Competition Law Blog (Wolters Kluwer)
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Virtually There: Canada’s Competition Bureau Continues to Chart a Digital Course

Nov. 12, 2020 - While Canada’s Competition Bureau (Bureau) has been working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, its enforcement and activity levels have remained healthy and robust. The latest speech from the Commissioner of Competition (Commissioner) and the Bureau’s recent enforcement efforts both underscore...

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

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

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Global Competition Review—Women in Antitrust (2016, 2021)

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

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

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

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

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

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Lexpert Special Edition: Finance and M&A

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Lexpert Special Edition: Litigation

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

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

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The Best Lawyers in Canada—Advertising and Marketing Law (Lawyer of the Year 2022, Toronto); Competition/Antitrust Law

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Who’s Who Legal: Canada—Competition; Who’s Who Legal: Competition; Who’s Who Legal: M&A and Governance—Foreign Investment Review; Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders—Competition

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

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

Bar Admissions
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Ontario, 2000

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

Professional Affiliations
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American Bar Association
Canadian Bar Association

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

“She is an excellent lawyer; she is very smart and personable.”
Market Commentator – Chambers Canada 2020

Anita provides creative solutions on all aspects of competition law and foreign investment review, with a particular focus on mergers, abuse of dominance, misleading advertising and criminal price-fixing investigations. The only lawyer in Canada to be ranked in both Competition Law and Advertising and Marketing Law in the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, Anita is frequently sought out to advise on some of the most closely watched and leading competition cases in Canada.

With extensive expertise in multinational mergers, Anita 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 has held 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 Vice Chair of the Mergers and Acquisitions Committee of the Antitrust Section of the ABA.

Ali Holding S.r.l.

Acting as Canadian regulatory counsel to Ali Holding S.r.l. in its US$3.5-billion merger with Welbilt, Inc.

Knighthead Capital Management LLC and Certares Opportunities LLC

Acting as Canadian regulatory counsel to Knighthead Capital Management LLC and Certares Opportunities LLC in their successful US$6-billion bid with Apollo Capital Management, LP to acquire Hertz Corp.

Northleaf Capital Partners

Acted for Northleaf Capital Partners in its strategic sale of a non-controlling interest to Mackenzie Financial Corporation, a subsidiary of IGM Financial Inc., and Great-West Lifeco Inc.

Plenary Group

Acting for Plenary Group, a leading investor, developer and operator of public infrastructure in North America, in its sale to Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.

The Blackstone Group Inc.

Acted 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.

Blackstone Property Partners

Acted for an affiliate of Blackstone Property Partners in its joint venture with Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc., to acquire the 1.45 million-square-foot Bentall Centre office and retail complex in Vancouver.

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.

Speaking Engagement

Moderator, Competition Policy International, “Frameworks of Inclusive Competition (Institutional, leadership)”; Webcast

July 19, 2021 - View the recording.

Article

Competition Policy International, Inclusive Competition issue, guest editor

Apr. 28, 2021 - Antitrust Chronicle, Spring 2021, Vol. 1
Read the issue (available to subscribers).

Guide

Pre-Merger Notification Guide: Canada’s Competition Act

Apr. 01, 2021 - Canada’s Competition Act provides that certain types of transactions exceeding monetary and other thresholds must be notified to the Competition Bureau prior to closing. Parties whose transactions exceed these thresholds and who fail to comply with the rules may face significant...

Article

The Dangers of No-Poaching and Other Agreements Between Employers

Mar. 02, 2021 - In this article, originally published in Human Resources Director Canada, Davies partners Mark Katz and Anita Banicevic discuss the anticompetitive risks of no-poaching, wage-fixing and other agreements between employers, and point out the key takeaways for HR professionals. Read the...

Article

Canadian Competition Bureau Issues Guidance on “No-Poach” and other “Buy-Side” Employment Agreements Between Competitors, co-author

Dec. 04, 2020 - Kluwer Competition Law Blog (Wolters Kluwer)
Download the article.

Bulletin

Virtually There: Canada’s Competition Bureau Continues to Chart a Digital Course

Nov. 12, 2020 - While Canada’s Competition Bureau (Bureau) has been working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, its enforcement and activity levels have remained healthy and robust. The latest speech from the Commissioner of Competition (Commissioner) and the Bureau’s recent enforcement efforts both underscore...

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

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

Global Competition Review—Women in Antitrust (2016, 2021)

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 Individual)

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

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

Lexpert Special Edition: Finance and M&A

Lexpert Special Edition: Litigation

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

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

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Advertising and Marketing Law (Lawyer of the Year 2022, Toronto); Competition/Antitrust Law

Who’s Who Legal: Canada—Competition; Who’s Who Legal: Competition; Who’s Who Legal: M&A and Governance—Foreign Investment Review; Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders—Competition

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.