“An excellent lawyer at the top of the game. Very highly regarded…He’s very much in the spotlight.”
Chambers Global 2019
Mark counsels clients – in Canada and internationally – on mergers and acquisitions, criminal cartel investigations, joint ventures, abuse of dominance, distribution and pricing practices, misleading advertising and compliance. He also advises clients on the regulation of foreign investments and ownership in Canada, including under the Investment Canada Act.
Clients appreciate Mark’s calm demeanour, his straightforward and personable approach and his common-sense advice on competition and foreign investment matters.
Mark is actively involved in the Canadian and American Bar Associations and writes and speaks frequently on Canadian competition and foreign investment review laws.
Total System Services Inc. (TSYS)
Acted for Total System Services Inc. (TSYS), a leading global payments provider, on competition matters related to its US$26-billion merger of equals with Global Payments Inc., to create a global technology-enabled payments company.
Return Path, Inc.
Acted for Return Path, an email deliverability firm, in the sale of its business to Validity, a specialist in customer data management.
Minto Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust
Acted for Minto Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) in the $268-million acquisition from Rockhill Apartments Inc. of a multi-residential rental property comprising 1,004 suites in Montréal, Québec. The REIT, which co-acquired the property with Investors Real Property Fund, is the asset and property manager for the co-tenancy and is earning fees for these services.
Acting for Celgene Corporation, an integrated global biopharmaceutical company, on competition matters related to its proposed US$74-billion sale to Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.
TransDigm Group Incorporated
Acted for TransDigm Group Incorporated, a global aerospace components manufacturer, on competition matters related to its US$4-billion acquisition of Esterline Technologies Corporation.
Cooper-Standard Automotive Inc.
Acted for Cooper-Standard Automotive Inc. on competition matters in the US$265.5-million sale of its anti-vibration unit to Continental AG, a German automotive manufacturing company.
Acted for BASF SE on competition matters in the merger of its paper and water chemicals business with Solenis LLC to create a global specialty chemical company.
RELX Group plc
Acted for an affiliate of Elsevier, part of the RELX Group, a global provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries, in its acquisition of Science-Metrix Inc., which specializes in research evaluation and bibliometric analysis.
Bentley Systems, Incorporated
Acted for Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive infrastructure software solutions, in its acquisition of AIworx Inc., a Québec City based provider of machine learning and Internet of Things technologies and services.
PelicanCorp Pty Ltd.
Acted as counsel to Australia-based PelicanCorp in its acquisition of TelDig Inc., a Québec-based provider of damage-prevention software solutions doing business across Canada and the United States.
Recent Developments in Canada: Will the Competition Bureau Intrude on Privacy?, co-author
Sept. 24, 2019 - Kluwer Competition Law Blog (Wolters Kluwer)
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In the News
Mark Katz and Anita Banicevic Speak to Global Competition Review About the Call for Reporting in the Digital Sector
Sept. 11, 2019 - A recent article in Global Competition Review (available to subscribers) featured Mark Katz and Anita Banicevic’s reactions to the Competition Bureau’s call for businesses and consumers to report potentially anticompetitive conduct in the digital economy. Mark commented that there is “no question...
In the News
Mark Katz Weighs In on Private Competition Claims in Global Competition Review
Aug. 12, 2019 - Global Competition Review recently featured Mark Katz’s insights into the private actions regime in Canada following the Competition Tribunal’s refusal to allow an abuse of dominance claim against a Québec Crown corporation. In the article (available to subscribers), Mark explains that the...
Canada’s Competition Bureau Releases Draft Model Timing Agreement for Merger Efficiencies Claims
July 22, 2019 - Canada’s Competition Bureau has released a draft model timing agreement for mergers where the parties wish to raise efficiencies claims. For context, Canada’s efficiencies defence provides that no remedy may be imposed in respect of a merger that substantially lessens competition when the...
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Mark Katz Speaks to GCR About Monopoly Claims Against Canadian Crown Corporations
May 23, 2019 - In a recent article (available to subscribers) published by Global Competition Review, Mark Katz spoke about the application of Canada’s Competition Act to Crown corporations. Last month, the former owner of a private security company in Québec applied for permission to sue the statutory...
Moderator, Canadian Bar Association, Competition Law Spring Conference, “The Uncertain State of Immunity & Leniency”; Toronto, ON
May 07, 2019
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...
The Cartels and Leniency Review: Canada
Jan. 31, 2017 - The Competition Act (Act) is Canada’s key antitrust legislation. The stated purpose of the Act is to maintain and encourage competition in Canada to promote the efficiency and adaptability of the Canadian economy. Within this federal legislation are provisions dealing with reviewable...
Compliance Alert: Competition Law Issues for HR Professionals in Canada
Dec. 21, 2016 - IntroductionOn October 20, 2016, the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (Antitrust Division) jointly issued special compliance guidelines (HR Guidelines)1 for human resource (HR) professionals and others involved in hiring and...
What Does CETA Mean for EU and Canadian Competition Policy?
Dec. 13, 2016 - With the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) having finally been signed by the EU and Canada on October 30, 2016, it’s worth exploring what it says about competition law and policy and how it may impact these issues on both sides of the Atlantic. Read more on What Does CETA Mean for EU...
Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Competition/Antitrust
Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Competition/Antitrust
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 (Recommended)
The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Competition Law
The Best Lawyers in Canada—Competition/Antitrust Law
Who’s Who Legal: Canada—Competition; Who’s Who Legal: Competition; Who’s Who Legal Thought Leaders—Competition
Expert Guides—Competition and Antitrust