George N. Addy

Partner

George N. Addy

George N. Addy

Partner

“One of the pillars of the competition bar in Canada.” (Market Commentator – Chambers Global 2016)

Before joining our firm, George was head of the Canadian Competition Bureau and a senior executive in the telecom sector. He brings almost 40 years of foreign investment, regulatory and competition law expertise and strategic insight to business-critical client matters – both in Canada and internationally.

Clients describe him as a “brilliant” lawyer who “understands exactly how to structure an argument” to achieve an “outcome that suits business needs in a very practical and direct way.” (Chambers Global 2016)

Because of his unrivalled knowledge and expertise, clients turn to George as lead counsel for their most transformative and complex structural initiatives and issues surrounding business conduct. He advises on foreign investment matters involving the Investment Canada Act and related sectoral control legislation and anti-corruption matters, as well as the full range of civil and criminal practices governed by the Competition Act. He regularly consults on issues related to internal investigations, compliance programs and search warrants, including dawn raids.

George N. Addy

Partner

“One of the pillars of the competition bar in Canada.” (Market Commentator – Chambers Global 2016)

Before joining our firm, George was head of the Canadian Competition Bureau and a senior executive in the telecom sector. He brings almost 40 years of foreign investment, regulatory and competition law expertise and strategic insight to business-critical client matters – both in Canada and internationally.

Clients describe him as a “brilliant” lawyer who “understands exactly how to structure an argument” to achieve an “outcome that suits business needs in a very practical and direct way.” (Chambers Global 2016)

Because of his unrivalled knowledge and expertise, clients turn to George as lead counsel for their most transformative and complex structural initiatives and issues surrounding business conduct. He advises on foreign investment matters involving the Investment Canada Act and related sectoral control legislation and anti-corruption matters, as well as the full range of civil and criminal practices governed by the Competition Act. He regularly consults on issues related to internal investigations, compliance programs and search warrants, including dawn raids.

Google Inc.

As counsel to Google Inc., achieved a successful outcome in connection with the Canadian Competition Bureau's extensive multi-year investigation into the company's search, search advertising and display advertising services in Canada.

Pfizer Inc.

Acted as Canadian counsel to Pfizer Inc. on competition and regulatory matters in connection with Pfizer's proposed US$160-billion acquisition of Allergan Plc.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

Acted as Canadian counsel to Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. on competition and regulatory matters in connection with Teva's US$40.5-billion acquisition of Allergan Plc's generic pharmaceuticals business.

H.J. Heinz Company

Acted for H.J. Heinz Company with respect to Canadian regulatory matters in connection with its acquisition of Kraft Foods Group, Inc., to create one of the world's largest food and beverage companies with combined sales of approximately US$28 billion.

Burger King Worldwide, Inc.

Acted for Burger King Worldwide, Inc. in connection with its acquisition of Tim Hortons Inc. for approximately US$12.5 billion, resulting in the creation of Restaurant Brands International, a new global company headquartered in Canada and the third-largest quick service restaurant in the world, with approximately US$23 billion in system sales and over 18,000 restaurants in 100 countries. Successfully navigated intense foreign investment review, competition and transportation related regulatory approvals processes, allowing the acquisition to be completed in a tight time frame.

ZF Friedrichshafen AG

Acted as Canadian counsel to ZF Friedrichshafen AG on competition and other regulatory matters in its acquisition of TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. for approximately US$12.1 billion.

Exor S.p.A

Acted as Canadian counsel to Exor S.p.A on competition and regulatory matters in connection with Exor's $6.9-billion acquisition of all the outstanding common shares of PartnerRe Ltd.

Kingspan Insulated Panels Ltd.

Acted for Kingspan Insulated Panels Ltd. with respect to competition and regulatory matters in connection with its $376-million acquisition of Vicwest Inc.

Canadian Real Estate Association

Acted successfully for the Canadian Real Estate Association before the Competition Tribunal in a 2014 motion against the Commissioner of Competition to resolve a dispute with respect to the interpretation of a consent agreement and CREA's implementation of policies regarding the display of seller contact information and references to private sales.

TransForce Inc.

Acted for TransForce Inc. with respect to competition and other regulatory matters in its acquisition of Contrans Group Inc. for a total equity purchase price of approximately $495 million.

Canadian Real Estate Association

Acting for the Canadian Real Estate Association in proceedings brought by the Commissioner of Competition against the Toronto Real Estate Board.

La Coop fédérée

Acted for La Coop fédérée in connection with the combination of its Sonic division with Groupe Filgo for the purpose of merging their energy products distribution activities and their service stations operations.

Mars, Incorporated

Acted as Canadian counsel to Mars, Incorporated on competition and regulatory matters in connection with its US$2.9-billion acquisition of the Procter & Gamble Company's pet food business in North America and other major markets.

Actavis plc

Acted as Canadian counsel to Actavis plc on competition and regulatory matters in connection with its US$28-billion acquisition of Forest Laboratories Inc.

Corus Entertainment Inc.

Acted for Corus Entertainment Inc. with respect to the regulatory aspects of its acquisition from Bell Media of interests in certain TV (Teletoon, Historia & Séries+) and radio assets in Ottawa currently held by Astral Media, Inc. The combined acquisition price for these assets is $494 million.

Google Inc.

Acted for Google Inc. in connection with the regulatory aspects of the sale of its Motorola Home business to Arris Group, Inc. for $2.35 billion in a cash-and-stock transaction.

US Airways Group, Inc.

Acted for US Airways Group, Inc. in connection with the competition law aspects of its merger with AMR Merger Sub, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Airlines, Inc. The combined equity value is approximately US$11 billion.

Consorcio Comex, S.A. de C.V.

Acted as Canadian counsel for Consorcio Comex, S.A. de C.V. with respect to regulatory matters in connection with the acquisition of Consorcio Comex, S.A. de C.V. by The Sherwin Williams Company for approximately US$2.34 billion.

BHP Billiton

Acted for BHP Billiton in connection with the sale of its diamond business, comprising its controlling interests in the EKATI Diamond Mine and its Diamonds Marketing operations in Belgium, to Dominion Diamond Mines Ltd. for an aggregate cash consideration of US$500 million.

AMC Entertainment Inc.

Acted for AMC Entertainment Inc. in its divestiture of Canadian theatres to Cineplex Inc. and Empire Theatres Limited.

Rogers Communications Inc.

Acted for Rogers Communications Inc. with respect to competition and regulatory matters in connection with its joint acquisition with Bell Canada of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. from Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan.

KGHM Polska Miedz S.A.

Acted for KGHM Polska Miedz S.A., one of Poland's leading companies and Europe's largest copper miner, in its $2.87-billion acquisition of Quadra FNX Mining Ltd.  At the time of closing, this was the largest ever foreign acquisition by a Polish company.

Google Inc.

Acted as Canadian counsel to Google Inc. on competition and other regulatory matters in connection with its US$12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc.

Confidential Client

Acting for a Québec-based gas retailer in connection with criminal charges laid by the Competition Bureau for alleged price-fixing and related class actions. Davies has succeeded in obtaining a stay of the criminal proceedings against its client based on a breach of its constitutional rights.

United Technologies Corporation

Acted as Canadian counsel to United Technologies Corporation on competition and other regulatory matters in connection with its acquisition of Goodrich Corporation in a deal valued at US$16.5 billion.

Google Inc.

Acted as Canadian counsel for Google Inc. with respect to competition and regulatory matters in connection with its acquisition of ITA Software.

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Acted for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, a significant shareholder of Sirius Canada Inc., in connection with the merger between Sirius Canada Inc. and Canadian Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. in a transaction valued at $520 million.

Shaw Communications Inc.

Acted for Shaw Communications Inc. in its $2-billion acquisition through Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act proceedings of the conventional and specialty television business of Canwest Global Communications Corp., now known as Shaw Media.

Fiat S.p.A.

Acted as Canadian counsel for Fiat S.p.A. in the purchase of substantially all of Chrysler LLC's operations for approximately US$2 billion in cash and the assumption of certain liabilities.

Mars, Incorporated

Acted as Canadian counsel to Mars, Incorporated in connection with Mars' US$23-billion acquisition of Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company.

TSX Group Inc.

Acted for TSX Group Inc. in its acquisition of Bourse de Montréal Inc. in a transaction valued at $1.3 billion which created TMX Group Inc., a leading integrated multi-asset stock exchange group.

BHP Billiton

Acted as Canadian counsel to BHP Billiton in its unsolicited offer to acquire Rio Tinto in a share exchange deal valued at US$147 billion.

Canada Pipe Company Ltd.

Acted for Canada Pipe Company Ltd. before the Competition Tribunal, Federal Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada with respect to the only fully contested abuse of dominance case to be decided in Canada in more than 15 years. This matter was decided in favour of Canada Pipe following a lengthy trial in the Competition Tribunal and against Canada Pipe in the Federal Court of Appeal. The matter was eventually resolved through a negotiated Consent Agreement in December 2007.

Article

The Cartels and Leniency Review: Canada

Jan. 31, 2017 - The Competition Act (Act) is Canada’s key antitrust legislation. The stated purpose of the Act is to maintain and encourage competition in Canada to promote the efficiency and adaptability of the Canadian economy. Within this federal legislation are provisions dealing with reviewable practices,...

Bulletin

Top Competition and Foreign Investment Review Trends and Issues for 2017

Jan. 20, 2017 - In our annual forecast of the year ahead for Canadian competition and foreign investment review law, we evaluate how developments in 2016 will influence the business landscape in 2017. Our top issues and trends to watch this year include the following: Liberalization of the foreign investment...

Announcement

Davies Recognized as “Simply Elite” in The Legal 500 Canada

Nov. 11, 2016 - The 2017 edition of The Legal 500 Canada has recognized Davies for its “simply elite” lawyers and “client-focused team players” with rankings in 14 categories, including Tier 1 rankings in the following: Capital Markets Competition and Antitrust Corporate and M&A Dispute Resolution:...

Speaking Engagement

Canadian Bar Association, Competition Law Section, Fall Conference, “Competition Enforcement and Policy: The Next 30 Years”; Toronto, ON; Oct. 06 & 07, 2016

Oct. 06, 2016

Announcement

Couche-Tard Acquiring CST Brands for US$4.4 Billion

Aug. 22, 2016 - Davies is representing Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (ACT), a leader in the Canadian convenience store industry, in its acquisition of CST Brands, Inc. for US$4.4 billion and its subsequent sale of a portion of CST Brands’ Canadian assets to Parkland Fuel Corporation for US$750 million. The...

Guide

Investment Canada Act: Guide for Foreign Investors in Canada, 2016 Edition

June 08, 2016 - The regulatory landscape for foreign investments in Canada is constantly evolving. As a regular adviser on matters relating to the ICA, Davies has updated this informative guide for foreign investors and their advisers, which provides an overview of the ICA and how it is applied. Topics addressed...

Speaking Engagement

The Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, “Navigating Canadian Competition and Foreign Investment Law”; Toronto, ON

Mar. 17, 2016

Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Competition/Antitrust (Band 1)

Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Competition/Antitrust (Band 1)

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

Queen Elizabeth II Gold (2002) and Diamond (2012) Jubilee Medals

The Legal 500 Canada—Competition and Antitrust

The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Competition Law

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Competition Law (Most Frequently Recommended)

Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada—Competition Law

Report on Business/Lexpert Special Edition Canada’s Leading Litigation Lawyers

Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada—Litigation: Competition Law

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Competition/Antitrust Law (Lawyer of the Year 2012); Competition/Antitrust Law (Litigation, Solicitor)

Martindale-Hubbell—AV Preeminent Ranking

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

Expert Guides’ Best of the Best; Expert Guides—Competition and Antitrust

Bar Admissions

Alberta, 1999
Ontario, 1979

Education

Institute of Corporate Directors, ICD.D, 2006
University of Ottawa, LLB, 1977
University of Ottawa, BA, 1974

Professional Affiliations

Institute of Corporate Directors

Board Memberships

Canadian Chamber of Commerce, director, and Executive Committee member

Teaching Engagements

George has lectured at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law in the French Common Law Program.