Elisa K. Kearney

Partner

Elisa Kearney

Elisa K. Kearney

Partner

A “brilliant antitrust lawyer,” Elisa is known to be “top-notch,” “sharp and hard-working,” and “willing to get down to details.”
Client – Chambers Canada 2019

Elisa has a broad regulatory practice with a specialization in competition and foreign investment law. With vast knowledge of Canada's regulatory framework, she provides strategic advice on numerous federal statutes to domestic and international clients interfacing with the Canadian government.

Elisa’s broad-based expertise has earned her the trust of leading technology, communications and media companies; retailers; and consumer packaged goods manufacturers, including in the highly regulated cannabis and food and drug sectors.

Clients turn to Elisa to advise on the full range of antitrust, consumer protection and privacy matters, from multijurisdictional merger controls and cartel investigations to reviewable conduct, misleading advertising and ecommerce. Investors in Canada’s communications and cannabis sectors, and companies subject to regulatory frameworks themselves, also rely on her for guidance in navigating Canadian laws.

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.

Elisa K. Kearney

Partner

A “brilliant antitrust lawyer,” Elisa is known to be “top-notch,” “sharp and hard-working,” and “willing to get down to details.”
Client – Chambers Canada 2019

Elisa has a broad regulatory practice with a specialization in competition and foreign investment law. With vast knowledge of Canada's regulatory framework, she provides strategic advice on numerous federal statutes to domestic and international clients interfacing with the Canadian government.

Elisa’s broad-based expertise has earned her the trust of leading technology, communications and media companies; retailers; and consumer packaged goods manufacturers, including in the highly regulated cannabis and food and drug sectors.

Clients turn to Elisa to advise on the full range of antitrust, consumer protection and privacy matters, from multijurisdictional merger controls and cartel investigations to reviewable conduct, misleading advertising and ecommerce. Investors in Canada’s communications and cannabis sectors, and companies subject to regulatory frameworks themselves, also rely on her for guidance in navigating Canadian laws.

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.

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Shaw Communications Inc.

Acting for Shaw Communications Inc. in the acquisition by Rogers Communications Inc. of all of Shaw's issued and outstanding Class A and Class B shares in a transaction valued at approximately $26 billion, including debt, representing a significant premium for Shaw's shareholders.

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Wattpad Corp.

Acted for Wattpad Corp., a global multi-platform storytelling entertainment company headquartered in Canada, in its acquisition by Naver Corporation, a public South Korean Internet conglomerate. This transaction is valued at more than US$600 million.

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Google LLC

Acted for Google LLC on competition matters relating to its acquisition of Fitbit, Inc., a leader in wearable health-focused technology.

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Alstom S.A.

Acted as Canadian counsel to Alstom S.A. in its EUR4.4-billion strategic acquisition of Bombardier Transportation.

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Canopy Growth Corporation

Acted for Canopy Growth Corporation on competition and regulatory matters in relation to the $5-billion investment in Canopy made by Constellation Brands Inc.

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Google Inc.

Acts as Canadian counsel to Google Inc. on competition and other regulatory matters.

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Monsanto Company

Acted for Monsanto Company on competition and regulatory matters in its US$66-billion acquisition by Bayer AG.

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Kinepolis Group NV

Acted for Kinepolis Group NV in its $123-million acquisition of Landmark Cinemas Canada LP, Canada's second-largest movie theatre exhibition company.

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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.

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Digital Colony

Acted for Digital Colony, the global digital infrastructure investment platform of Colony Capital, Inc., in connection with the sale of the Canadian data centers and the associated colocation business of one of its portfolio companies, Aptum Technologies, to eStruxture Data Centers Inc.

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Where Things Stand: Update on the Digital Charter Implementation Act, 2020

Dec. 22, 2020 - In our November 20 privacy update, we flagged key elements of Bill C-11, the Digital Charter Implementation Act, 2020, a bill that was introduced on November 17, 2020 by the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry Navdeep Bains. Bill C-11 had one day of debate on second reading, on...

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Elisa Kearney Shares 2020 Outlook for Foreign Investment with Lexpert

Feb. 24, 2020 - In an article published in Lexpert’s Special Edition: Finance and M&A, Davies partner Elisa Kearney was featured for her insights on the regulatory environment for foreign investors in Canada in 2020. Elisa points out that the Canadian government is generally hospitable to foreign...

Speaking Engagement
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Moderator, Canadian Bar Association, Competition Law Fall Conference, “Lessons for 2020 From the Year in Review”; Ottawa, ON

Oct. 17, 2019

Speaking Engagement
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Moderator, Data Forum: Discussing Competition Policy in the Digital Era, “The Regulatory and Enforcement Landscape”; Ottawa, ON

May 30, 2019

Speaking Engagement
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Co-chair, Canadian Bar Association, Competition Law Fall Conference; Ottawa, ON; Sept. 27 & 28, 2018

Sept. 27, 2018

Speaking Engagement
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Canadian Bar Association, Economist Roundtable with the Competition Bureau, “Competition Issues in Markets Involving Platforms”; Toronto, ON

May 16, 2018

Speaking Engagement
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Canadian Non-Governmental Advisor and speaker, International Competition Network, Unilateral Conduct Workshop, “Assessing Platform Market Power”; Rome, Italy

Dec. 01, 2017

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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 (2021)

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

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Global Competition Review’s “40 Under 40” (2016)

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Lexpert Special Edition: Agribusiness and Cannabis

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Lexpert Special Edition: Finance and M&A

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Lexpert Special Edition: Technology

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The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Advertising and Marketing Law; Competition Law

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Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40

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

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

Bar Admissions
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Solicitor, England & Wales, 2013
New York, 2010
Ontario, 2004

Education
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New York University, LLM, 2009
Osgoode Hall Law School, LLB, 2003
McGill University, BA (Hons) (History & Political Science), 2000

Professional Affiliations
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American Bar Association
Canadian Bar Association

Community Involvement
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Canadian Bar Association, Competition Law Section Executive Committee, secretary-treasurer
Canadian Chamber of Commerce, National Cannabis Working Group, member and lead for industry-led review of the Cannabis Act
C.D. Howe Institute, Competition Policy Council, co-chair; Telecommunications Working Group

Teaching Engagements
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Elisa is a guest lecturer in The Regulation of the Canadian Cannabis Industry at Osgoode Hall Law School as well as advanced corporate transactions at University of Toronto Faculty of Law and advanced corporate law at Queen’s University Faculty of Law. She was also an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, teaching The Legal Challenges of Digital Environments as part of the new Global Professional Master of Laws program in Innovation, Law and Technology.

A “brilliant antitrust lawyer,” Elisa is known to be “top-notch,” “sharp and hard-working,” and “willing to get down to details.”
Client – Chambers Canada 2019

Elisa has a broad regulatory practice with a specialization in competition and foreign investment law. With vast knowledge of Canada's regulatory framework, she provides strategic advice on numerous federal statutes to domestic and international clients interfacing with the Canadian government.

Elisa’s broad-based expertise has earned her the trust of leading technology, communications and media companies; retailers; and consumer packaged goods manufacturers, including in the highly regulated cannabis and food and drug sectors.

Clients turn to Elisa to advise on the full range of antitrust, consumer protection and privacy matters, from multijurisdictional merger controls and cartel investigations to reviewable conduct, misleading advertising and ecommerce. Investors in Canada’s communications and cannabis sectors, and companies subject to regulatory frameworks themselves, also rely on her for guidance in navigating Canadian laws.

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.

Shaw Communications Inc.

Acting for Shaw Communications Inc. in the acquisition by Rogers Communications Inc. of all of Shaw's issued and outstanding Class A and Class B shares in a transaction valued at approximately $26 billion, including debt, representing a significant premium for Shaw's shareholders.

Wattpad Corp.

Acted for Wattpad Corp., a global multi-platform storytelling entertainment company headquartered in Canada, in its acquisition by Naver Corporation, a public South Korean Internet conglomerate. This transaction is valued at more than US$600 million.

Google LLC

Acted for Google LLC on competition matters relating to its acquisition of Fitbit, Inc., a leader in wearable health-focused technology.

Alstom S.A.

Acted as Canadian counsel to Alstom S.A. in its EUR4.4-billion strategic acquisition of Bombardier Transportation.

Canopy Growth Corporation

Acted for Canopy Growth Corporation on competition and regulatory matters in relation to the $5-billion investment in Canopy made by Constellation Brands Inc.

Google Inc.

Acts as Canadian counsel to Google Inc. on competition and other regulatory matters.

Monsanto Company

Acted for Monsanto Company on competition and regulatory matters in its US$66-billion acquisition by Bayer AG.

Kinepolis Group NV

Acted for Kinepolis Group NV in its $123-million acquisition of Landmark Cinemas Canada LP, Canada's second-largest movie theatre exhibition company.

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.

Digital Colony

Acted for Digital Colony, the global digital infrastructure investment platform of Colony Capital, Inc., in connection with the sale of the Canadian data centers and the associated colocation business of one of its portfolio companies, Aptum Technologies, to eStruxture Data Centers Inc.

Bulletin

Where Things Stand: Update on the Digital Charter Implementation Act, 2020

Dec. 22, 2020 - In our November 20 privacy update, we flagged key elements of Bill C-11, the Digital Charter Implementation Act, 2020, a bill that was introduced on November 17, 2020 by the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry Navdeep Bains. Bill C-11 had one day of debate on second reading, on...

In the News

Elisa Kearney Shares 2020 Outlook for Foreign Investment with Lexpert

Feb. 24, 2020 - In an article published in Lexpert’s Special Edition: Finance and M&A, Davies partner Elisa Kearney was featured for her insights on the regulatory environment for foreign investors in Canada in 2020. Elisa points out that the Canadian government is generally hospitable to foreign...

Speaking Engagement

Moderator, Canadian Bar Association, Competition Law Fall Conference, “Lessons for 2020 From the Year in Review”; Ottawa, ON

Oct. 17, 2019

Speaking Engagement

Moderator, Data Forum: Discussing Competition Policy in the Digital Era, “The Regulatory and Enforcement Landscape”; Ottawa, ON

May 30, 2019

Speaking Engagement

Co-chair, Canadian Bar Association, Competition Law Fall Conference; Ottawa, ON; Sept. 27 & 28, 2018

Sept. 27, 2018

Speaking Engagement

Canadian Bar Association, Economist Roundtable with the Competition Bureau, “Competition Issues in Markets Involving Platforms”; Toronto, ON

May 16, 2018

Speaking Engagement

Canadian Non-Governmental Advisor and speaker, International Competition Network, Unilateral Conduct Workshop, “Assessing Platform Market Power”; Rome, Italy

Dec. 01, 2017

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 (2021)

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 Special Edition: Agribusiness and Cannabis

Lexpert Special Edition: Finance and M&A

Lexpert Special Edition: Technology

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Advertising and Marketing Law; Competition Law

Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40

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

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

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

Expert Guides’ Rising Stars

Bar Admissions

Solicitor, England & Wales, 2013
New York, 2010
Ontario, 2004

Education

New York University, LLM, 2009
Osgoode Hall Law School, LLB, 2003
McGill University, BA (Hons) (History & Political Science), 2000

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association
Canadian Bar Association

Community Involvement

Canadian Bar Association, Competition Law Section Executive Committee, secretary-treasurer
Canadian Chamber of Commerce, National Cannabis Working Group, member and lead for industry-led review of the Cannabis Act
C.D. Howe Institute, Competition Policy Council, co-chair; Telecommunications Working Group

Teaching Engagements

Elisa is a guest lecturer in The Regulation of the Canadian Cannabis Industry at Osgoode Hall Law School as well as advanced corporate transactions at University of Toronto Faculty of Law and advanced corporate law at Queen’s University Faculty of Law. She was also an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, teaching The Legal Challenges of Digital Environments as part of the new Global Professional Master of Laws program in Innovation, Law and Technology.