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.

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.

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.

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.

Monsanto Company

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

Toromont Industries Ltd.

Acted for Toromont Industries Ltd. in its acquisition of Hewitt Equipment in a $1-billion transaction that expands Toromont's Caterpillar dealership into Québec, Western Labrador and the Maritimes, and strengthens its expertise in the mining, construction, power systems and forestry sectors.

Barrick Gold Corporation

Acted for Barrick Gold Corporation in connection with a transaction with Shandong Gold that included the sale of a 50% interest in the Veladero gold mine for US$960 million; the negotiation of a 50/50 joint venture arrangement in respect of the Veladero gold mine; the negotiation of a strategic cooperation agreement to explore the joint development of the Pascua-Lama deposit located along the Chilean-Argentinean border; and the evaluation of additional investment opportunities on the highly prospective El Indio Gold Belt on the border of Argentina and Chile.

Barrick Gold Corporation

Acted for Barrick Gold Corporation in connection with its sale of a 25% stake in the Cerro Casale Project to Goldcorp, and the negotiation of a 50/50 regional joint venture over the Cerro Casale, Quebrada Seca and Caspiche projects in Chile's Maricunga district. This highly complex and multi-faceted transaction involved the acquisition by Goldcorp of Kinross' entire 25% interest in the Cerro Casale Project and a 25% interest in the project from Barrick, whose holding in the project will fall from 75% to 50%. Upon closing of the transaction, the joint venture was established.

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.

Fortis Inc.

Acted for Fortis Inc. and Fortis Properties Corporation (FPC) in connection with the sale by FPC of its hotel portfolio to a private investor group for $365 million. The hotel portfolio is comprised of 22 hotels located in seven Canadian provinces.

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.

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.

Tata Chemicals Limited

Acted as Canadian counsel to India-based Tata Chemicals Limited in its acquisition of General Chemical Industrial Products Inc. in a transaction valued at US$1 billion, making Tata Chemicals one of the largest soda ash producers in the world.

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.

Reuters Group PLC

Acted as Canadian counsel for Reuters Group PLC in its dual-listed company merger with The Thomson Corporation to create Thomson-Reuters in a transaction valued at US$17.6 billion, creating the first Canadian dual-listed company structure.

BCE Inc.

Acted for BCE Inc. on the recapitalization and ownership restructuring of Bell Globemedia Inc. valued at $1.3 billion.

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...

In the News

John Bodrug Authors Globe and Mail Op-Ed on Lengthening Global Merger Reviews

Sept. 05, 2018 - Eyewear industry leaders Essilor and Luxottica recently completed regulatory clearances of their planned merger, more than 18 months after the deal was announced. In an article published in The Globe and Mail, Davies partner John Bodrug writes that this transaction reflects a trend toward...

Bulletin

Increased Filing Fees for Merger Reviews Under the Canadian Competition Act

Apr. 25, 2018 - The Canadian Competition Bureau has announced that the filing fee for merger reviews under the Competition Act (Act) will increase to $72,000, from $50,000, effective May 1, 2018. The fee will be adjusted for inflation annually thereafter. This 44% increase represents the first change...

Bulletin

Canada Proposes Regime for Deferred Prosecution Agreements

Apr. 11, 2018 - The Canadian government recently tabled legislation to implement a regime for deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs) for corporations accused of certain types of federal offences for which conviction would disqualify the corporation from federal government contracts. This proposal follows...

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 Lawyer)

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—Competition/Antitrust Law Lawyer of the Year—Toronto 2017

Who’s Who Legal: Canada—Competition; Who’s Who Legal: Competition; Who’s Who Legal: Corporate—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, The Antitrust Source, 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.

“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.

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.

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.

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.

Monsanto Company

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

Toromont Industries Ltd.

Acted for Toromont Industries Ltd. in its acquisition of Hewitt Equipment in a $1-billion transaction that expands Toromont's Caterpillar dealership into Québec, Western Labrador and the Maritimes, and strengthens its expertise in the mining, construction, power systems and forestry sectors.

Barrick Gold Corporation

Acted for Barrick Gold Corporation in connection with a transaction with Shandong Gold that included the sale of a 50% interest in the Veladero gold mine for US$960 million; the negotiation of a 50/50 joint venture arrangement in respect of the Veladero gold mine; the negotiation of a strategic cooperation agreement to explore the joint development of the Pascua-Lama deposit located along the Chilean-Argentinean border; and the evaluation of additional investment opportunities on the highly prospective El Indio Gold Belt on the border of Argentina and Chile.

Barrick Gold Corporation

Acted for Barrick Gold Corporation in connection with its sale of a 25% stake in the Cerro Casale Project to Goldcorp, and the negotiation of a 50/50 regional joint venture over the Cerro Casale, Quebrada Seca and Caspiche projects in Chile's Maricunga district. This highly complex and multi-faceted transaction involved the acquisition by Goldcorp of Kinross' entire 25% interest in the Cerro Casale Project and a 25% interest in the project from Barrick, whose holding in the project will fall from 75% to 50%. Upon closing of the transaction, the joint venture was established.

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.

Fortis Inc.

Acted for Fortis Inc. and Fortis Properties Corporation (FPC) in connection with the sale by FPC of its hotel portfolio to a private investor group for $365 million. The hotel portfolio is comprised of 22 hotels located in seven Canadian provinces.

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.

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.

Tata Chemicals Limited

Acted as Canadian counsel to India-based Tata Chemicals Limited in its acquisition of General Chemical Industrial Products Inc. in a transaction valued at US$1 billion, making Tata Chemicals one of the largest soda ash producers in the world.

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.

Reuters Group PLC

Acted as Canadian counsel for Reuters Group PLC in its dual-listed company merger with The Thomson Corporation to create Thomson-Reuters in a transaction valued at US$17.6 billion, creating the first Canadian dual-listed company structure.

BCE Inc.

Acted for BCE Inc. on the recapitalization and ownership restructuring of Bell Globemedia Inc. valued at $1.3 billion.

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...

In the News

John Bodrug Authors Globe and Mail Op-Ed on Lengthening Global Merger Reviews

Sept. 05, 2018 - Eyewear industry leaders Essilor and Luxottica recently completed regulatory clearances of their planned merger, more than 18 months after the deal was announced. In an article published in The Globe and Mail, Davies partner John Bodrug writes that this transaction reflects a trend toward...

Bulletin

Increased Filing Fees for Merger Reviews Under the Canadian Competition Act

Apr. 25, 2018 - The Canadian Competition Bureau has announced that the filing fee for merger reviews under the Competition Act (Act) will increase to $72,000, from $50,000, effective May 1, 2018. The fee will be adjusted for inflation annually thereafter. This 44% increase represents the first change...

Bulletin

Canada Proposes Regime for Deferred Prosecution Agreements

Apr. 11, 2018 - The Canadian government recently tabled legislation to implement a regime for deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs) for corporations accused of certain types of federal offences for which conviction would disqualify the corporation from federal government contracts. This proposal follows...

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 Lawyer)

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—Competition/Antitrust Law Lawyer of the Year—Toronto 2017

Who’s Who Legal: Canada—Competition; Who’s Who Legal: Competition; Who’s Who Legal: Corporate—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, The Antitrust Source, 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.