John Bodrug

John Bodrug is a partner in the Competition & Foreign Investment Review and Investigations & White Collar Defence practices. He has extensive experience in all aspects of competition law and foreign investment review, including mergers, price-fixing investigations and other pricing, distribution and advertising matters.

John has represented and advised Canadian, U.S.-based and international corporations across a range of industries, including the energy and resources, transportation, agricultural, manufacturing, financial services, retailing and consumer products sectors. He has obtained Competition Act and Investment Canada Act clearances for numerous merger transactions.

John also represents companies in relation to the criminal provisions of the Competition Act, including in the context of contested matters, resolutions short of proceedings, and immunity or leniency agreements. He has represented companies with respect to alleged price-fixing, bid-rigging and other offences under the Canadian Competition Act in relation to carbonless paper, thermal fax paper, copper tube, concrete structures, and compressors.

John has also acted as a special counsel for the Competition Bureau in Competition Tribunal proceedings relating to the Interac shared electronic financial services network under the Competition Act. He appeared before the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce in 2009 as the Canadian Bar Association's Chair, National Competition Law Section, providing witness testimony as part of the Committee's Examination of the Competition Act (Part 12) contained in Bill C-10, the Budget Implementation Act, 2009.

Representative Work

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Acted for Fronteer Gold Inc. in connection with its $2.3-billion acquisition by Newmont Mining Corporation. The transaction was structured as a plan of arrangement providing for cash consideration and the spin off of shares of Pilot Gold Inc., a new TSX-listed company holding exploration assets, to the former shareholders of Fronteer Gold.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 as co-counsel for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in respect of trade-mark claims and anti-trust allegations against provincial Chartered Accountants Institutes in the Federal Court.

  • Acted for Minmetals Resources Limited in connection with its $6.3-billion all-cash unsolicited takeover bid for Equinox Minerals Limited.

  • Acted for Ventana Gold Corp. in connection with the unsolicited $1.5-billion takeover bid by an affiliate of Eike Batista for all of the outstanding Ventana shares, which ultimately resulted in a supported transaction at a higher price.

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

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  • Named Competition/Antitrust Law Lawyer of the Year 2017 in Toronto in The Best Lawyers in Canada.
  • Named in Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers Canada in Competition/Antitrust (Band 1).
  • Named in the GCR 100 Canada (guide to the world's leading competition law and economics practices).
  • Recognized as a top practitioner in Expert Guides' Guide to the World's Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyers/Economists.
  • Named in The Legal 500 Canada as a leading lawyer in Competition & Antitrust.
  • Named in The Best Lawyers in Canada as Toronto Competition/Antitrust Lawyer of the Year 2011.
  • Consistently listed in The Best Lawyers in Canada in Competition/Antitrust Law.
  • Most frequently recommended as a leading Competition Law practitioner in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory; The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada; Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada; Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada; and the ROB/Lexpert special edition Canada's Leading Litigation Lawyers.
  • Recognized in Who's Who Legal Canada: Competition as a leading business law practitioner.
  • Recognized in IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms as a leading lawyer.

Professional Affiliations

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Member, Canadian Bar Association's Anti-Corruption Team

Past chair, National Competition Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association

Member, Editorial Board, The Antitrust Source, an online publication of the Antitrust Section, American Bar Association

Board Memberships

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Community Involvement

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Teaching Engagements

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John has lectured on competition law at the University of Western Ontario Law School.

Speaking Engagements

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John has been a speaker at American Bar Association, Canadian Bar Association and numerous other conferences.

Articles and Publications

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John is a co-editor of Competition Law of Canada (Juris Publishing), a leading text on Canadian antitrust law. He has written numerous articles in the field of competition and trade practice law, including articles on the Canadian merger enforcement process in the American Bar Association's Antitrust Law Journal and Antitrust magazine.

John Bodrug
John Bodrug
Bar Admissions:

Ontario, 1987


University of Western Ontario, LL.B., 1985