Charles Tingley is a partner in the Competition & Foreign Investment Review practice. He advises domestic and international clients on all aspects of Canadian competition and foreign investment review law, including mergers, cartel investigations, abuse of dominance, misleading advertising, multi-level marketing and other pricing, distribution and general compliance matters.
Charles has obtained Competition Act and Investment Canada Act clearance for numerous transactions involving domestic and international businesses. He also has experience representing clients in major litigation before the Competition Tribunal and the courts, as well as clients seeking recourse and redress in relation to alleged breaches of the Competition Act, including by advancing complaints to the Competition Bureau.
Charles has advised clients in a wide variety of industries, including credit card issuing and acceptance, food manufacturing, grocery retailing, distribution of energy products including retail gasoline, quick-service restaurants, wireless communications, music recording, office products, pet food, carrier and postal services, aviation manufacturing and maintenance, pharmacies and pharmaceuticals, electricity generation and distribution, building materials, timber milling, real estate brokering and newspapers.
Prior to rejoining the firm in 2012, Charles was Deputy General Counsel at the New Zealand Commerce Commission, where he managed the in-house legal team and had strategic management responsibilities for the Commission's major litigation portfolio. He was lead in-house counsel in a variety of complex competition proceedings before all levels of court in New Zealand and represented the Commission in negotiating settlements involving competition remedies and financial penalties.
Charles is actively involved in the leadership of the National Competition Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association, including as Chair of the CBA's 2016 Spring Competition Law Conference and Vice Chair of the Mergers Committee.
Prior to first joining Davies as an associate in 2001, Charles attended the University of Edinburgh in 1999/2000, where he studied competition and trade law of the European Union. He spent his articles of clerkship at the Federal Court of Appeal in Ottawa.