Jim gets results for clients because of his keen business sense and deep knowledge of complex regulatory requirements.
Leading companies in Canada and abroad turn to Jim for their most critical regulatory and investigative matters. He advises on mergers, cartel and abuse of dominance investigations, foreign investment review, broadcasting and telecommunications law, and misleading advertising matters. Clients across a wide range of industries – including pharmaceutical, telecommunications, natural resources, consumer products, financial services and retail – trust Jim to focus on the most important issues in their transactions.
Jim writes widely on competition law matters and is a frequent contributor to industry publications.
AirBoss of America Corp.
Acting for AirBoss of America Corp. to form a new defense business, AirBoss Defense Group, through the merger of its AirBoss Defense business and other operations in Acton Vale, Québec, with privately owned, U.S.-based Critical Solutions International, Inc., in a transaction valued at approximately US$132.7 million.
Barrick Gold Corporation
Acted for Barrick Gold Corporation in its historic joint venture with Newmont Goldcorp Corporation, which combined their respective mining operations, assets, reserves and talent in Nevada to create the world's largest gold complex.
Acting for Pfizer Inc. on competition matters in the combination of its consumer healthcare business with GlaxoSmithKline, one of the world's leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, to create a new Joint Venture with combined sales of approximately US$12.7 billion.
Acted for French biopharmaceutical company Ipsen in the acquisition of Québec-based Clementia Pharmaceuticals for a purchase price of US$25.00 per share in cash upfront, plus a contingent value right (CVR) of US$6.00 per share, for a total transaction value of up to US$1.31 billion.
Birch Hill Equity Partners
Acted for Birch Hill Equity Partners in the $101.6-million acquisition and related financing of non-core midstream and power assets in Canada from AltaGas Ltd. and in the $63.4-million acquisition of a 13.3% interest in Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure Ltd., a public company, from AltaGas.
Barrick Gold Corporation
Acted for Barrick Gold Corporation in its recommended US$18.3-billion share-for-share merger with Randgold Resources Limited. This complex and multijurisdictional transaction created an industry-leading gold company with the greatest concentration of tier one gold assets in the industry and a diversified asset portfolio positioned for growth.
The Sierra-Cedar Group, Inc.
Acted for The Sierra-Cedar Group, Inc., a portfolio company of Golden Gate Capital, in the sale of its Canadian subsidiary, Sierra Systems Group, Inc., to NTT DATA Services, a Texas-based recognized leader in global technology services.
Getty family and Getty Images Inc.
Acting as Canadian counsel to the Getty family and to Getty Images Inc. on competition and regulatory matters in the Getty family's acquisition from The Carlyle Group of a majority stake in Getty Images, a global leader in visual communications.
Arizona Mining Inc.
Acted for Arizona Mining Inc. in its sale to South32 Limited in an all-cash transaction valuing Arizona Mining at approximately $2.1 billion, by plan of arrangement.
Blue Wolf Capital Partners LLC
Acted as Canadian counsel to Blue Wolf Capital Partners LLC on the acquisition and related financing of a majority stake in The State Group Inc., a leading North American multi-trade industrial and specialty services contractor.
Investment Canada Act: Guide for Foreign Investors in Canada, 2019 Edition
Feb. 02, 2019 - The regulatory landscape for foreign investments in Canada is constantly evolving. As a regular adviser on matters relating to the Investment Canada Act (ICA), Davies has updated this informative guide for foreign investors and their advisers, which provides an overview of the ICA and how...
Canadian Competition Act Amended to Harmonize Treatment of Corporations and Non-Corporate Entities
May 03, 2018 - Years after first being proposed, amendments to the Canadian Competition Act (Act) harmonizing the application of the “affiliate” rules to corporate and non-corporate entities, including partnerships and trusts, were proclaimed in force on May 1, 2018. Although technical in nature, these...
Top Competition and Foreign Investment Review Trends and Issues for 2018
Jan. 31, 2018 - In our annual forecast of the year ahead for Canadian competition and foreign investment review law, we evaluate how developments in 2017 will influence these areas of the law in 2018. We discuss below the top issues and trends to watch for this year. New Leadership at the Bureau and a Year of...
In the News
Jim Dinning Comments on Influencer Sponsorships
July 13, 2017 - Davies partner Jim Dinning was quoted in a CBC article about a growing trend among Canadian athletes and other influencers who are tagging paid social media posts with #sponsored or #ad on their feeds. The rise of influencers making sponsored posts has highlighted the lack of clarity regarding how...
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 these areas of the law in 2017. We discuss below the top issues and trends to watch for this year. Liberalization of Canada’s Foreign Investment...
Top Competition and Foreign Investment Review Trends and Issues for 2016
Jan. 18, 2016 - In our annual forecast of the year ahead for Canadian competition and foreign investment review law, we evaluate how developments in 2015 will influence these areas of the law in 2016. Our top issues and trends to watch for this year include the following: The impact of the new federal government. ...
Competition Tribunal Dismisses Refusal to Deal Application Against CarProof, AutoTrader and Kijiji
Jan. 06, 2016 - On January 4, 2016, the Canadian Competition Tribunal publicly released its decision dismissing Audatex Canada ULC’s application for leave to bring a refusal to deal application under the Competition Act against CarProof Corporation, Trader Corporation and Marktplaats BV. Audatex wanted...
Canadian Pre-Merger Notification: Overview
June 22, 2015 - The Competition Act R.S.C. 1985, c. C34 (Competition Act) requires that mergers, acquisitions and other business combinations that meet certain prescribed thresholds be notified to the Commissioner of Competition (Commissioner), who is the head of the federal Competition Bureau...
Canadian Government Announces Changes to Foreign Investment Review Regime
Mar. 26, 2015 - On March 25, 2015, the Canadian government announced that it would implement long-awaited changes to Canada’s foreign investment review regime under the Investment Canada Act (ICA). These changes will significantly alter the threshold used in most transactions to determine whether foreign...
Supreme Court of Canada Allows Challenged Merger to Proceed on Efficiency Grounds
Jan. 23, 2015 - On January 22, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) reversed a decision of the Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) that had dismissed an appeal from an order of the Competition Tribunal (Tribunal) requiring Tervita Corporation1 to divest the Babkirk hazardous waste landfill site following its...