John Bodrug

Partner

John Bodrug

John Bodrug

Partner

“One of the most intelligent minds in competition law in Canada.”
Chambers Global 2014

John uses his deep knowledge of competition law and foreign investment review to provide clients with creative solutions in their most business-critical matters.

He advises Canadian, U.S. and international corporations across a wide range of industries on all aspects of competition and foreign investment review, including mergers, price-fixing investigations and other pricing, distribution and advertising matters. John has obtained Competition Act and Investment Canada Act clearances for numerous merger transactions. Clients appreciate John’s “encyclopedic knowledge” and practical, responsive manner. (Market Commentator – Chambers Global 2016)

John has significant expertise in advising companies on the criminal provisions of Canada’s Competition Act. Clients regularly consult him on contested matters, immunity or leniency agreements, and resolutions prior to formal proceedings.

A frequent speaker at industry conferences, John also writes on topics related to competition and foreign investment review.

John Bodrug

Partner

“One of the most intelligent minds in competition law in Canada.”
Chambers Global 2014

John uses his deep knowledge of competition law and foreign investment review to provide clients with creative solutions in their most business-critical matters.

He advises Canadian, U.S. and international corporations across a wide range of industries on all aspects of competition and foreign investment review, including mergers, price-fixing investigations and other pricing, distribution and advertising matters. John has obtained Competition Act and Investment Canada Act clearances for numerous merger transactions. Clients appreciate John’s “encyclopedic knowledge” and practical, responsive manner. (Market Commentator – Chambers Global 2016)

John has significant expertise in advising companies on the criminal provisions of Canada’s Competition Act. Clients regularly consult him on contested matters, immunity or leniency agreements, and resolutions prior to formal proceedings.

A frequent speaker at industry conferences, John also writes on topics related to competition and foreign investment review.

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Shaw Communications Inc.

Acting for Shaw Communications Inc. in its joint C$2.85-billion sale with Rogers Communications Inc. of Freedom Mobile Inc. to Videotron Ltd., a subsidiary of Quebecor Inc.

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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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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.

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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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Major public multinational firm

Acted for a major public multinational firm in an internal investigation involving numerous jurisdictions, coordinating assessments of foreign jurisdictions and leniency applications to Canadian competition authorities.

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Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

Acted as co-counsel for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in respect of trademark claims and antitrust defences against certain provincial Chartered Accountant and Chartered Professional Accountant institutes in Federal Court.

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McKesson Corporation

Acted for McKesson Corporation, a leading international healthcare services and information technology company, in connection with its $3-billion acquisition of Rexall and Rexall Pharma Plus, which operate approximately 470 pharmacies in Canada, from Katz Group, one of Canada's largest privately owned enterprises.

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West Face Capital Inc.

Acted for West Face Capital Inc. in relation to obtaining regulatory approvals under the Investment Canada Act, the Competition Act, and Industry Canada wireless spectrum policy for the acquisition of WIND Mobile by a consortium of investors. This transaction represented the first approval under the Investment Canada Act of a non-Canadian to acquire control of a Canadian wireless service provider.

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Maple Group Acquisition Corporation

Acted for Maple Group Acquisition Corporation (renamed TMX Group Limited), an entity whose shareholders consisted of five of Canada's largest pension funds, four Canadian bank-owned investment dealers, a leading independent broker dealer, Canada's largest financial co-operative group and a leading Canadian-based financial services group, in connection with its $3.8-billion acquisition of each of TMX Group Inc., The Canadian Depository for Securities Limited, Alpha Trading Systems Inc. and Alpha Trading Systems Limited Partnership, resulting in the creation of a new integrated clearing and exchange group. This deal was awarded Deal of the Year in 2012 by Lexpert magazine.

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OneSteel Limited

Acted as counsel for OneSteel Limited on Canadian Competition Act matters in connection with its US$932-million acquisition of the Moly-Cop and AltaSteel businesses from Anglo American Plc.

Guide
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Pre-Merger Notification Guide: Canada’s Competition Act

Apr. 01, 2021 - Canada’s Competition Act provides that certain types of transactions exceeding monetary and other thresholds must be notified to the Competition Bureau prior to closing. Parties whose transactions exceed these thresholds and who fail to comply with the rules may face significant...

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A Revival or an Aberration? Prohibition Orders Without a Conviction for Cartel Offences Under the Competition Act, co-author

Dec. 02, 2019 - The Marker (Canadian Bar Association)
Read this article.

Article
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Ontario Court of Appeal Upholds Application of Regulated Conduct Defence to Dismiss Class Action Alleging Conspiracy in Beer Industry, co-author

June 30, 2019 - Competition Policy International
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Bulletin
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OECD Report Highlights Use of Non-Trial Resolutions to Combat Foreign Bribery Cases

Apr. 11, 2019 - The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) recently released a report titled “Resolving Foreign Bribery Cases with Non-Trial Resolutions” at its annual Global Anti-Corruption and Integrity Forum in Paris. According to the report, non-trial resolution mechanisms...

Guide
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Davies Governance Insights 2018

Oct. 03, 2018 - Davies’ annual Governance Insights reports analyze the top governance trends and issues important to Canadian boards, senior management, in-house counsel and governance observers...

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

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

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

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The Legal 500 Canada—Competition and Antitrust (Leading Individual)

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

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Lexpert Guide to US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyers in Canada—Regulatory

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

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The Best Lawyers in Canada—Advertising and Marketing Law; Competition/Antitrust Law (Lawyer of the Year, Toronto 2017)

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Who’s Who Legal: Canada—Competition; Who’s Who Legal: Competition; Who’s Who Legal: M&A and Governance—Foreign Investment Review

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Expert Guides—Competition and Antitrust

Bar Admissions
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Ontario, 1987

Education
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University of Western Ontario, LLB, 1985

Professional Affiliations
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American Bar Association
Canadian Bar Association

Community Involvement
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American Bar Association, Antitrust Section, Antitrust Magazine Online, Editorial Board, co-chair
Canadian Bar Association, Anti-Corruption Team
Canadian Bar Association, National Competition Law Section, former chair

Teaching Engagements
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John has lectured on competition law at Western Law.

“One of the most intelligent minds in competition law in Canada.”
Chambers Global 2014

John uses his deep knowledge of competition law and foreign investment review to provide clients with creative solutions in their most business-critical matters.

He advises Canadian, U.S. and international corporations across a wide range of industries on all aspects of competition and foreign investment review, including mergers, price-fixing investigations and other pricing, distribution and advertising matters. John has obtained Competition Act and Investment Canada Act clearances for numerous merger transactions. Clients appreciate John’s “encyclopedic knowledge” and practical, responsive manner. (Market Commentator – Chambers Global 2016)

John has significant expertise in advising companies on the criminal provisions of Canada’s Competition Act. Clients regularly consult him on contested matters, immunity or leniency agreements, and resolutions prior to formal proceedings.

A frequent speaker at industry conferences, John also writes on topics related to competition and foreign investment review.

Shaw Communications Inc.

Acting for Shaw Communications Inc. in its joint C$2.85-billion sale with Rogers Communications Inc. of Freedom Mobile Inc. to Videotron Ltd., a subsidiary of Quebecor Inc.

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.

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.

Monsanto Company

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

Major public multinational firm

Acted for a major public multinational firm in an internal investigation involving numerous jurisdictions, coordinating assessments of foreign jurisdictions and leniency applications to Canadian competition authorities.

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

Acted as co-counsel for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in respect of trademark claims and antitrust defences against certain provincial Chartered Accountant and Chartered Professional Accountant institutes in Federal Court.

McKesson Corporation

Acted for McKesson Corporation, a leading international healthcare services and information technology company, in connection with its $3-billion acquisition of Rexall and Rexall Pharma Plus, which operate approximately 470 pharmacies in Canada, from Katz Group, one of Canada's largest privately owned enterprises.

West Face Capital Inc.

Acted for West Face Capital Inc. in relation to obtaining regulatory approvals under the Investment Canada Act, the Competition Act, and Industry Canada wireless spectrum policy for the acquisition of WIND Mobile by a consortium of investors. This transaction represented the first approval under the Investment Canada Act of a non-Canadian to acquire control of a Canadian wireless service provider.

Maple Group Acquisition Corporation

Acted for Maple Group Acquisition Corporation (renamed TMX Group Limited), an entity whose shareholders consisted of five of Canada's largest pension funds, four Canadian bank-owned investment dealers, a leading independent broker dealer, Canada's largest financial co-operative group and a leading Canadian-based financial services group, in connection with its $3.8-billion acquisition of each of TMX Group Inc., The Canadian Depository for Securities Limited, Alpha Trading Systems Inc. and Alpha Trading Systems Limited Partnership, resulting in the creation of a new integrated clearing and exchange group. This deal was awarded Deal of the Year in 2012 by Lexpert magazine.

OneSteel Limited

Acted as counsel for OneSteel Limited on Canadian Competition Act matters in connection with its US$932-million acquisition of the Moly-Cop and AltaSteel businesses from Anglo American Plc.

Guide

Pre-Merger Notification Guide: Canada’s Competition Act

Apr. 01, 2021 - Canada’s Competition Act provides that certain types of transactions exceeding monetary and other thresholds must be notified to the Competition Bureau prior to closing. Parties whose transactions exceed these thresholds and who fail to comply with the rules may face significant...

Article

A Revival or an Aberration? Prohibition Orders Without a Conviction for Cartel Offences Under the Competition Act, co-author

Dec. 02, 2019 - The Marker (Canadian Bar Association)
Read this article.

Article

Ontario Court of Appeal Upholds Application of Regulated Conduct Defence to Dismiss Class Action Alleging Conspiracy in Beer Industry, co-author

June 30, 2019 - Competition Policy International
Read the article.

Guide

Davies Governance Insights 2018

Oct. 03, 2018 - Davies’ annual Governance Insights reports analyze the top governance trends and issues important to Canadian boards, senior management, in-house counsel and governance observers...

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

The Legal 500 Canada—Competition and Antitrust (Leading Individual)

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

Lexpert Guide to US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyers in Canada—Regulatory

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

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Advertising and Marketing Law; Competition/Antitrust Law (Lawyer of the Year, Toronto 2017)

Who’s Who Legal: Canada—Competition; Who’s Who Legal: Competition; Who’s Who Legal: M&A and Governance—Foreign Investment Review

Expert Guides—Competition and Antitrust

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 1987

Education

University of Western Ontario, LLB, 1985

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association
Canadian Bar Association

Community Involvement

American Bar Association, Antitrust Section, Antitrust Magazine Online, Editorial Board, co-chair
Canadian Bar Association, Anti-Corruption Team
Canadian Bar Association, National Competition Law Section, former chair

Teaching Engagements

John has lectured on competition law at Western Law.