A dynamic lawyer who immerses herself in the facts driving her cases, Elisa is known to be “top-notch,” “sharp and hard-working,” and “willing to get down to details.” (Chambers Global 2016)
Elisa advises in all areas of competition law, including mergers, cartel investigations, reviewable conduct, misleading advertising and litigation. She also counsels clients on Canadian ownership and control requirements. Elisa regularly appears before the Competition Bureau and has acted as external counsel to the Commissioner of Competition and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. She has earned the trust of leading technology companies, telecommunications carriers, broadcasters, retailers, airlines and consumer product manufacturers in Canada and internationally.
A 2015 Lexpert Rising Star (a leading lawyer under 40), Elisa was the only Canadian lawyer recognized in the Global Competition Review’s 2016 “40 under 40” list.
Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.
Acted for Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., the leader in the Canadian convenience store industry, in connection with its $1.68-billion acquisition of 279 Esso-branded fuel and convenience sites; 229 of these sites are located in Ontario and 50 are located in Québec. The acquisition also includes land banks and dealer-operated sites, as well as a long-term supply agreement with Imperial Oil.
Acts as Canadian counsel to Google Inc. on competition and other regulatory matters.
KIK Custom Products Inc.
Acted for KIK Custom Products Inc. in connection with its acquisition of Lavo Inc., a leading manufacturer and marketer of laundry detergent, household cleaners, fabric softeners and bleach in Canada.
Acting for Monsanto Company on competition and regulatory matters in relation to its proposed US$66-billion acquisition by Bayer AG.
Iron Mountain Incorporated
Acted for Iron Mountain Incorporated (IRM) in connection with the divestiture of certain records and information management assets in the United States and Canada to Arkive, Inc., a portfolio company of the U.S.-based private equity firm, Summit Park Partners. The U.S. Department of Justice and Canadian Competition Bureau required these assets to be divested following IRM's US$2-billion acquisition of Recall Holdings Ltd.
Apollo Global Management LLC
Acted as Canadian counsel to Apollo Global Management LLC on competition and regulatory matters in connection with Apollo's US$7-billion acquisition of electronic security company ADT Corp.
Acted for GE Capital on Canadian regulatory matters in connection with the sale of various portfolios of assets, including its sale of Antares Capital to Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board for $12 billion; sale of its transportation finance business in the U.S. and Canada to Bank of Montréal; and sale of most of its railcar leasing business to Wells Fargo & Co. and the sale of its tank car fleet assets and railcar repair facilities to Berkshire's Marmon Holdings Inc.; and sale of its commercial lending and leasing business to Wells Fargo & Co for US$32 billion.
WIND Mobile Corp. and its shareholders
Acted for WIND Mobile Corp. (WIND) and its shareholders, including West Face Capital, in connection with the sale of WIND to Shaw Communications Inc. for approximately $1.6 billion.
Precision Castparts Corp.
Acted for Precision Castparts Corp. on Canadian competition and foreign investment review aspects of its proposed acquisition of Noranco for US$560 million.
West Face Capital Inc.
Acted for West Face Capital Inc. in its acquisition, together with a consortium of investors including Globalive Capital, Tennenbaum Capital Partners and LG Capital Investors, of the interests of VimpelCom Ltd. in Globalive Wireless Management Corp. (doing business as WIND Mobile).
The Canadian Institute, Advertising & Marketing Law conference, “Inter-Jurisdictional Issues”; Toronto, ON
Jan. 24, 2017
CD Howe Institute, What Does the Consumer See? – Content in a Globally Integrated Sector Panel, “The Future of Canadian Telecommunications and Broadcasting”; Ottawa, ON
Nov. 30, 2015
Co-chair, American Bar Association, Section of International Law’s Fall Meeting, “Heightened Activism in Antitrust Merger Review”; Montréal, QC
Oct. 22, 2015
The International Comparative Legal Guide to Telecoms, Media & Internet Laws & Regulations 2016: Canada Chapter
Oct. 20, 2015 - This article offers practical insight into telecoms, media and Internet laws and regulations in Canada. Download this article.
Canadian Bar Association, Competition Fall Conference, “The New Frontier: Cutting-Edge Issues in Advertising and Marketing”; Ottawa, ON
Oct. 02, 2015
Co-chair, American Bar Association, Section of International Law’s Asia Regional Forum; Tokyo, Japan; Mar. 02 & 03, 2015
Mar. 02, 2015
Presentation: Canadian Competition Law Highlights
Feb. 27, 2015 - Davies partners Mark Katz and Elisa Kearney delivered a presentation on Canadian competition law highlights to the Antitrust Lawyers Study Group, Tokyo, Japan. Download this presentation.
Chair, Canadian Bar Association, National Competition Law Section’s Conference, “Investment Canada Act: A Five Year Retrospective ‒ Experience From the Front Lines”
June 10, 2014
Co-chair, American Bar Association and the International Association of Young Lawyers, Section of International Law and the International Association of Young Lawyers Joint Conference, “Enforcers’ Growing Interest in Transactions That Fall Below Notification Thresholds and Strategies to Apply in Countries with Voluntary Pre-merger Notification Regimes”; Chicago, IL; June 06 & 07, 2014
June 06, 2014
Are You Prepared for a Search?
Jan. 31, 2014 - 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...
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 & Foreign Investment Review
Global Competition Review’s “40 Under 40” (2016)
Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40
The Best Lawyers in Canada—Competition/Antitrust Law
Who’s Who Legal: Canada—Competition; Who’s Who Legal: Competition—Lawyers
Who’s Who Legal and Global Competition Review’s Who’s Who Legal: Competition – Future Leaders 2017