Charles Tingley

Partner

Charles Tingley

Charles Tingley

Partner

“Very intelligent, thoughtful, incisive and practical.”
Client – Chambers Canada 2020

Charles brings a combination of expert knowledge in competition law and enforcement agency experience to his practice. He advises on Canadian competition and foreign investment review law, including mergers, abuse of dominance, cartel investigations, misleading advertising and general compliance matters.

Charles has significant expertise in securing competition and foreign investment approvals for complex M&A transactions. He also assists clients in major competition litigation and in negotiating resolutions with the Competition Bureau.

He brings a unique understanding of enforcement agency concerns to his clients’ matters. Before rejoining us in 2012, he was Deputy General Counsel of the New Zealand Commerce Commission, where he managed the Commission’s major litigation portfolio and acted as counsel in a variety of complex competition proceedings.

Charles is actively involved in the leadership of the Canadian Bar Association’s Competition Law Section, including as current chair of the Digital Media Committee; past chair of the Mergers Committee, Reviewable Matters/Unilateral Conduct Committee, and the CBA’s 2016 Spring Competition Law Conference; and past vice-chair of the Legislation and Competition Policy Committee. He is a board member of the children’s charity Ready, Set, Play.

Charles Tingley

Partner

“Very intelligent, thoughtful, incisive and practical.”
Client – Chambers Canada 2020

Charles brings a combination of expert knowledge in competition law and enforcement agency experience to his practice. He advises on Canadian competition and foreign investment review law, including mergers, abuse of dominance, cartel investigations, misleading advertising and general compliance matters.

Charles has significant expertise in securing competition and foreign investment approvals for complex M&A transactions. He also assists clients in major competition litigation and in negotiating resolutions with the Competition Bureau.

He brings a unique understanding of enforcement agency concerns to his clients’ matters. Before rejoining us in 2012, he was Deputy General Counsel of the New Zealand Commerce Commission, where he managed the Commission’s major litigation portfolio and acted as counsel in a variety of complex competition proceedings.

Charles is actively involved in the leadership of the Canadian Bar Association’s Competition Law Section, including as current chair of the Digital Media Committee; past chair of the Mergers Committee, Reviewable Matters/Unilateral Conduct Committee, and the CBA’s 2016 Spring Competition Law Conference; and past vice-chair of the Legislation and Competition Policy Committee. He is a board member of the children’s charity Ready, Set, Play.

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Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

Acting for Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. in its acquisition of Cape D'Or Holdings Limited, Barrington Terminals Limited and other related holding entities, which operate an independent convenience store and fuel network in Atlantic Canada under the Esso, Wilsons Gas Stops and Go! Store brands.

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Hydro-Québec

Acting for Hydro-Québec in connection with the development and construction of an electrolyzer facility with a capacity of approximately 90 MW, making it one of the most powerful electrolyzers in the world to produce green hydrogen. 

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Canadian Real Estate Association

Acting for the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) in a proposed class action commenced in the Federal Court of Canada, challenging the commission structure of residential real estate.

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Ceská zbrojovka Defense SE

Acted as Canadian counsel for Ceská zbrojovka Group SE (CZG), a firearms manufacturer based in the Czech Republic, in its acquisition of 100% of the outstanding equity interest in Colt Holding Company LLC, the parent company of the storied U.S. firearms manufacturer Colt's Manufacturing Company LLC, as well as its Canadian subsidiary, Colt Canada Corporation.

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WESCO International Inc.

Acted for WESCO International Inc. in the sale of its legacy WESCO Datacom business in Canada to Guillevin International, a Canadian distributor of industrial products. This transaction fulfilled WESCO's commitment under its consent agreement entered into with the Canadian Competition Bureau as a condition for the latter's approval to WESCO's US$4.5-billion merger with Anixter International. Davies was Canadian competition counsel to WESCO in the Anixter transaction.

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WESCO International Inc.

Acted for WESCO International Inc. in the sale of its legacy WESCO Utility business in Canada to Rexel Canada, a wholly owned subsidiary of France's Rexel Group. This transaction fulfilled one of the commitments under WESCO's consent agreement entered into with the Canadian Competition Bureau as a condition for the latter's approval to WESCO's US$4.5-billion merger with Anixter International. Davies was Canadian competition counsel to WESCO in the Anixter transaction.

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Axium Infrastructure Inc.

Acted for Axium Infrastructure Inc. in its acquisition from the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board of a 49% interest in an approximately 396 MW portfolio of four wind generation facilities (Summerhaven, Conestogo, Varna and Jericho) and two solar generation facilities (Sombra and Moore), all located in Ontario.

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S&P Global Inc.

Acting for S&P Global Inc. on Canadian regulatory matters in connection with its $44-billion all-stock merger with IHS Markit.

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WESCO International, Inc.

Acted as Canadian competition counsel to WESCO International, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based distributor of electrical, industrial, and communications products, in its US$4.5-billion acquisition of Anixter International Inc.

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Ivanhoé Cambridge Inc. and Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board

Acted for Ivanhoé Cambridge Inc. and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in the sale of Carrefour de l'Estrie, one of the largest shopping centres in Québec, to an affiliate of Groupe Mach.

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Canadian Competition Law Compliance: Q&A for Responding to COVID-19

Apr. 09, 2020 - Disruptions to businesses in Canada and across the globe as the COVID-19 public health crisis continues to unfold are raising a variety of competition law issues that will need to be managed in responding to challenges and opportunities associated with the ongoing pandemic. We highlight some of...

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Small Mergers Are Big Deals for Canada’s Competition Bureau

Mar. 06, 2020 - The Threshold, No. 1, Vol. 20 (ABA Section of Antitrust Law)
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Speaking Engagement
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Moderator, Canadian Bar Association, “Creeps, Killers and Zombies: Antitrust Review of Small Mergers in the Digital Economy”; Toronto, ON

Jan. 31, 2020

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Canadian Competition Bureau Sends Year-End Tidings of Merger Filings

Dec. 23, 2019 - In his own version of the pre-holiday rush, the Canadian Commissioner of Competition has in the last several days challenged one merger transaction and entered into a consent agreement to preserve assets pending his review of another. The Commissioner’s latest actions reflect and reinforce the...

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Recent Developments in Abuse of Dominance Law in Canada: When is Anti-Competitive Conduct Justified?, co-author

Dec. 06, 2019 - Kluwer Competition Law Blog (Wolters Kluwer)

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

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The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Competition Law

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

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Who’s Who Legal: Canada—Competition; Who’s Who Legal: Competition

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Expert Guides—Competition and Antitrust

Bar Admissions
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New Zealand, 2008
Ontario, 2002

Education
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McGill University, BCL/LLB (with Great Distinction), 2000
McGill University, BA (First Class Honours), 1996

Professional Affiliations
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American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law
Canadian Bar Association

Board Memberships
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Ready, Set, Play Children’s Charity

Community Involvement
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Canadian Bar Association, Competition Law Section, Digital Media Committee, chair
Canadian Bar Association, Competition Law Section, Legislation and Competition Policy Committee, former vice-chair
Canadian Bar Association, Competition Law Section, 2016 Competition Law Spring Forum, former chair
Canadian Bar Association, Competition Law Section, Reviewable Matters/Unilateral Conduct Committee, former chair
Canadian Bar Association, Competition Law Section, Mergers Committee, former chair
McGill University Faculty of Law, Alumni Mentor Program, mentor

“Very intelligent, thoughtful, incisive and practical.”
Client – Chambers Canada 2020

Charles brings a combination of expert knowledge in competition law and enforcement agency experience to his practice. He advises on Canadian competition and foreign investment review law, including mergers, abuse of dominance, cartel investigations, misleading advertising and general compliance matters.

Charles has significant expertise in securing competition and foreign investment approvals for complex M&A transactions. He also assists clients in major competition litigation and in negotiating resolutions with the Competition Bureau.

He brings a unique understanding of enforcement agency concerns to his clients’ matters. Before rejoining us in 2012, he was Deputy General Counsel of the New Zealand Commerce Commission, where he managed the Commission’s major litigation portfolio and acted as counsel in a variety of complex competition proceedings.

Charles is actively involved in the leadership of the Canadian Bar Association’s Competition Law Section, including as current chair of the Digital Media Committee; past chair of the Mergers Committee, Reviewable Matters/Unilateral Conduct Committee, and the CBA’s 2016 Spring Competition Law Conference; and past vice-chair of the Legislation and Competition Policy Committee. He is a board member of the children’s charity Ready, Set, Play.

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

Acting for Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. in its acquisition of Cape D'Or Holdings Limited, Barrington Terminals Limited and other related holding entities, which operate an independent convenience store and fuel network in Atlantic Canada under the Esso, Wilsons Gas Stops and Go! Store brands.

Hydro-Québec

Acting for Hydro-Québec in connection with the development and construction of an electrolyzer facility with a capacity of approximately 90 MW, making it one of the most powerful electrolyzers in the world to produce green hydrogen. 

Canadian Real Estate Association

Acting for the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) in a proposed class action commenced in the Federal Court of Canada, challenging the commission structure of residential real estate.

Ceská zbrojovka Defense SE

Acted as Canadian counsel for Ceská zbrojovka Group SE (CZG), a firearms manufacturer based in the Czech Republic, in its acquisition of 100% of the outstanding equity interest in Colt Holding Company LLC, the parent company of the storied U.S. firearms manufacturer Colt's Manufacturing Company LLC, as well as its Canadian subsidiary, Colt Canada Corporation.

WESCO International Inc.

Acted for WESCO International Inc. in the sale of its legacy WESCO Datacom business in Canada to Guillevin International, a Canadian distributor of industrial products. This transaction fulfilled WESCO's commitment under its consent agreement entered into with the Canadian Competition Bureau as a condition for the latter's approval to WESCO's US$4.5-billion merger with Anixter International. Davies was Canadian competition counsel to WESCO in the Anixter transaction.

WESCO International Inc.

Acted for WESCO International Inc. in the sale of its legacy WESCO Utility business in Canada to Rexel Canada, a wholly owned subsidiary of France's Rexel Group. This transaction fulfilled one of the commitments under WESCO's consent agreement entered into with the Canadian Competition Bureau as a condition for the latter's approval to WESCO's US$4.5-billion merger with Anixter International. Davies was Canadian competition counsel to WESCO in the Anixter transaction.

Axium Infrastructure Inc.

Acted for Axium Infrastructure Inc. in its acquisition from the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board of a 49% interest in an approximately 396 MW portfolio of four wind generation facilities (Summerhaven, Conestogo, Varna and Jericho) and two solar generation facilities (Sombra and Moore), all located in Ontario.

S&P Global Inc.

Acting for S&P Global Inc. on Canadian regulatory matters in connection with its $44-billion all-stock merger with IHS Markit.

WESCO International, Inc.

Acted as Canadian competition counsel to WESCO International, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based distributor of electrical, industrial, and communications products, in its US$4.5-billion acquisition of Anixter International Inc.

Ivanhoé Cambridge Inc. and Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board

Acted for Ivanhoé Cambridge Inc. and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in the sale of Carrefour de l'Estrie, one of the largest shopping centres in Québec, to an affiliate of Groupe Mach.

Bulletin

Canadian Competition Law Compliance: Q&A for Responding to COVID-19

Apr. 09, 2020 - Disruptions to businesses in Canada and across the globe as the COVID-19 public health crisis continues to unfold are raising a variety of competition law issues that will need to be managed in responding to challenges and opportunities associated with the ongoing pandemic. We highlight some of...

Article

Small Mergers Are Big Deals for Canada’s Competition Bureau

Mar. 06, 2020 - The Threshold, No. 1, Vol. 20 (ABA Section of Antitrust Law)
Download this article.

Speaking Engagement

Moderator, Canadian Bar Association, “Creeps, Killers and Zombies: Antitrust Review of Small Mergers in the Digital Economy”; Toronto, ON

Jan. 31, 2020

Bulletin

Canadian Competition Bureau Sends Year-End Tidings of Merger Filings

Dec. 23, 2019 - In his own version of the pre-holiday rush, the Canadian Commissioner of Competition has in the last several days challenged one merger transaction and entered into a consent agreement to preserve assets pending his review of another. The Commissioner’s latest actions reflect and reinforce the...

Article

Recent Developments in Abuse of Dominance Law in Canada: When is Anti-Competitive Conduct Justified?, co-author

Dec. 06, 2019 - Kluwer Competition Law Blog (Wolters Kluwer)

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

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

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

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Competition Law

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

Who’s Who Legal: Canada—Competition; Who’s Who Legal: Competition

Expert Guides—Competition and Antitrust

Bar Admissions

New Zealand, 2008
Ontario, 2002

Education

McGill University, BCL/LLB (with Great Distinction), 2000
McGill University, BA (First Class Honours), 1996

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law
Canadian Bar Association

Board Memberships

Ready, Set, Play Children’s Charity

Community Involvement

Canadian Bar Association, Competition Law Section, Digital Media Committee, chair
Canadian Bar Association, Competition Law Section, Legislation and Competition Policy Committee, former vice-chair
Canadian Bar Association, Competition Law Section, 2016 Competition Law Spring Forum, former chair
Canadian Bar Association, Competition Law Section, Reviewable Matters/Unilateral Conduct Committee, former chair
Canadian Bar Association, Competition Law Section, Mergers Committee, former chair
McGill University Faculty of Law, Alumni Mentor Program, mentor