“An extremely good competition lawyer.” (Chambers Global 2015)
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.
TIO Networks Corp.
Acting for the Special Committee of the board of directors of TIO Networks Corp., in connection with its $304-million acquisition by PayPal Holdings, Inc. TIO is a North American cloud-based multi-channel bill payment processing and receivables management company.
Joy Global Inc.
Acting for Joy Global Inc. in connection with its proposed acquisition by Komatsu Ltd. in a transaction valued at approximately $3.7 billion.
Vista Equity Partners III, LLC
Acted for Vista Equity Partners portfolio companies in connection with (i) an acquisition by Aptean, a leading provider of enterprise software solutions and a Vista Equity portfolio company, of the Government & Enterprise Management Solutions Division from StarDyne Technologies Inc.; and (ii) an acquisition by PowerSchool Group LLC, the leading education technology platform for K-12 and another Vista Equity portfolio company, of the SRB Education Solutions Division of StarDyne Technologies Inc.
PPG Canada Inc.
Acted for PPG Industries in connection with its agreement to sell the assets of its flat glass manufacturing and glass coating operations to Vitro S.A.B. de C.V., a leading producer of flat glass and specialty products, for approximately US$750 million in gross cash proceeds.
DAK Americas LLC
Acted for DAK Americas LLC, a producer of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) resins, in connection with its acquisition of a controlling interest in Selenis Canada from IMG Group. Selenis Canada operates a PET plant in Montréal.
Amcor Rigid Plastics USA, Inc.
Acted for Amcor Rigid Plastics USA, Inc. in connection with its US$280-million acquisition of the North American rigid plastics blow molding operations of Sonoco Products Company, a global packaging company based in the United States.
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
Acted for the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) in connection with its $1.175-billion acquisition of a 50% interest in Canadian office portfolio from Oxford Properties Group (Oxford). Oxford will continue to manage the properties on behalf of the partnership. The transaction brings the total size of the jointly owned Oxford-CPPIB office portfolio to over 12 million square feet.
Acted for Communauto Inc., one of the largest car-sharing services in the world, in connection with an investment by Automobiles Peugeot and MKB Partners Fund.
Peds Legwear Inc.
Acted for Peds Legwear Inc. in connection with its acquisition by Gildan Activewear Inc., for an acquisition cost of US$55 million.
Export-Import Bank of China
Acting for the Export-Import Bank of China in connection with the financing of the acquisition of Alter NRG Corp. by Harvest International New Energy, Co., Ltd.
Fintech TIO Networks to Be Acquired by PayPal for C$304 Million
Mar. 09, 2017 - Davies is advising the Special Committee of the board of directors of TIO Networks Corp., a leading North American cloud-based multi-channel bill payment processor, in its acquisition by PayPal Holdings, Inc. TIO accelerates PayPal’s entry into bill payments with 14 million consumer bill pay...
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 practices,...
Compliance Alert: Competition Law Issues for HR Professionals in Canada
Dec. 21, 2016 - On October 20, 2016, the United States Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice jointly issued special compliance guidelines (HR Guidelines) 1 for human resource (HR) professionals and others involved in hiring and compensation decisions. The HR...
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...
Canada Removes Another Brick in the Wall: Government Consents to Revisit Negative National Security Ruling
Dec. 01, 2016 - In our recent e-communication Canada Lowers the Wall to Foreign Investment, we described steps taken by the Canadian government to create a more attractive and welcoming climate for foreign investment in Canada: lowering a key review threshold under the Investment Canada Act (ICA); committing to...
Canada Lowers the Wall to Foreign Investment
Nov. 11, 2016 - At a time when trade globalization is attracting new controversy, the Canadian government has taken steps to encourage increased foreign investment in Canada. These measures promise a more attractive and welcoming foreign investment climate. First, the Canadian government has announced that one of...
Competition Law Considerations for the Franchise Industry in Canada
Oct. 22, 2016 - The Canadian franchise industry constitutes an important sector of the Canadian economy. The industry employs one in every 35 Canadian, generates approximately C$68 billion in revenues, and covers a wide variety of businesses (60% of franchisees are in non-food sectors and industries. )Franchising...
Chemical Reaction: Canada and United States Differ on Industrial Review
Aug. 03, 2016 - Over the years, Canada’s Competition Bureau (Bureau) has developed a close working relationship with its counterpart agencies in the United States, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) as agency coordination can lead to consistent...
International Cartel Enforcement
July 12, 2016 - Panelist: International Cartel Enforcement, Pages 209-224. Download this article.
Canada’s Integrity Regime
July 05, 2016 - The integrity regime (then known as the integrity framework) was first adopted in November 2012, in response to the July 2012 conviction of a supplier of real estate advisory services for bid-rigging on a federal government contract. The regime has gone through several iterations since then with...
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 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—Lawyers
Expert Guides—Competition and Antitrust