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George N. Addy

George is the senior partner heading the firm's Competition & Foreign Investment Review practice and is also a member of the Investigations & White Collar Defence practice, as well as the Technology and the Communications & Media practices. He was head of the Canadian Competition Bureau (1993-1996) and its merger review branch (1989-1993). He left public service to become Executive Vice President and Chief General Counsel at TELUS, one of Canada's largest telecommunications firms.

George’s practice covers foreign investment, regulatory and competition law, including strategic advice and representation before sector regulators and competition authorities in Canada and abroad in relation to cartels, mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, abuse of dominance and other reviewable trade practices. He also advises on anti-corruption matters. He is consistently listed as one of the most frequently recommended competition law practitioners in legal directories. He has acted as external counsel to Canada’s telecommunications and broadcasting regulator (CRTC) and frequently advises firms in the telecom, broadcasting, cable distribution, and Internet sectors as well as private equity firms on regulatory, competition and investment matters.

George is frequently consulted by Canadian and foreign-based clients and law firms on the foreign investment, regulatory and competition law aspects of corporate behaviour in virtually every sector of the economy, including financial services, energy, communications, transportation, services, retail, food and agricultural. His practice also includes advice and representation in relation to the full range of criminal matters under the Competition Act, Investment Canada Act matters as well as general regulatory and administrative law. He has represented clients in numerous provincial and federal court proceedings as well as in judicial inquiries. George has acted as counsel to private sector clients, the Canadian Competition Bureau and the Attorney General of Canada in proceedings before the Competition Tribunal and in criminal antitrust proceedings. He has testified before various House of Commons and Senate Committees on issues involving legislative reform, telecommunications, banking, transportation and other sectors.

George is a Director and Executive Committee member of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and chairs its Policy Committee.

Representative Work

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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PUBLICATIONS

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Recognition

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  • Named in the GCR 100 Canada (guide to the world's leading competition law and economics practices).
  • Awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Gold (2002) and Diamond (2012) Jubilee Medals for his outstanding service to the community.
  • Recognized in Expert Guides' Best of the Best as one of the world's top 30 competition/antitrust lawyers, and in Expert Guides' Guide to the World's Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyers/Economists as a top practitioner in competition and antitrust - lawyers.
  • Named a Leading Lawyer in the area of Competition & Antitrust by The Legal 500 Canada
  • Named Toronto Competition/Antitrust Law Lawyer of the Year 2012 by The Best Lawyers in Canada.
  • Consistently listed by The Best Lawyers in Canada in the area of Competition/Antitrust Law.
  • Named in Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers Canada in Competition/Antitrust (Band 1).
  • Listed as most frequently recommended in the area of Competition Law by The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada.
  • Recognized in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory; The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada; the Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada; and the ROB/Lexpert special edition Canada's Leading Litigation Lawyers.
  • Recognized as a leading business law practitioner in Who's Who Legal Canada: Competition - Lawyers.
  • Achieved Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating, AV Preeminent.

Professional Affiliations

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Director of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Executive Committee Member

Institute of Corporate Directors

Canadian Bar Association

American Bar Association

International Bar Association

Board Memberships

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Community Involvement

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Teaching Engagements

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George is a past lecturer at the University of Ottawa Law School in the French Common Law Program.

Speaking Engagements

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George is a frequent speaker in the areas of competition law and trade practices.

Articles and Publications

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George has been published extensively in Canada, the United States and abroad on the subjects of competition law and trade practices. He is the co-author of the first Canadian loose-leaf service on competition law, Competition Law Service, published by Canada Law Book Limited (Thomson Reuters).

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George Addy
George N. Addy
Partner
Office:
Toronto
Tel:
416.863.5588
Email:
gaddy@dwpv.com
Bar Admissions:

Alberta, 1999

Ontario, 1979

Education:

Institute of Corporate Directors, ICD.D, 2006

University of Ottawa, LL.B., 1977

University of Ottawa, B.A., 1974