“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.
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.
Acting for Plenary Americas, 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.
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.
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.
Competition Policy International, Inclusive Competition issue, guest editor
Apr. 28, 2021 - Antitrust Chronicle, Spring 2021, Vol. 1
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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...
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...
Canadian Government Blocks Foreign Acquisition of Canadian Gold Miner on National Security Grounds
Jan. 08, 2021 - The Canadian government has exercised its authority under the national security provisions of the Investment Canada Act (ICA) to prohibit Shandong Gold Mining Co., Ltd. (Shandong), a Chinese state-owned enterprise (SOE), from acquiring Canadian gold producer TMAC Resources Inc. (TMAC). ...
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...
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...
Are You Prepared for a Search?
Oct. 23, 2020 - The Competition Act provides the Commissioner of Competition with a number of powerful investigative tools in respect of both criminal and civil matters, including the power to obtain and execute search warrants that allow Competition Bureau officers to enter premises and to seize...
COVID-19 in Canada: Competitor Collaborations, Pricing, Mergers, and Foreign Investment During (and After) the Pandemic
Sept. 17, 2020 - As the COVID-19 public health crisis continues to unfold around the globe, antitrust considerations remain important for businesses evaluating strategic options and reacting to the pandemic’s disruptive impact on business operations. The legality of competitor collaborations, the applicable rules...
National Security Review Timelines for Foreign Investments in Canada Temporarily Extended Due to COVID-19
Aug. 13, 2020 - The Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry has issued an order, under recently enacted federal legislation, extending several time periods for the national security review (NSR) process under the Investment Canada Act (ICA). The NSR process may be invoked in respect of any...
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 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; 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