Mark Katz

Partner

Mark C. Katz

Mark Katz

Partner

“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. Mark is also the co-author of The Competition Law Guide for Trade Associations in Canada.

Mark Katz

Partner

“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. Mark is also the co-author of The Competition Law Guide for Trade Associations in Canada.

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Vance Street Capital

Acted for Vance Street Capital, a U.S. private equity firm, and its portfolio company Terra Insights, in its acquisition of NavStar, a Vancouver-based global leader in monitoring technology for automated detection of movement on slopes and structures.

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Vance Street Capital

Acted for Vance Street Capital, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm, and its portfolio company Polara Enterprises, in their acquisition of Carmanah Technologies, a Vancouver-based leading provider of solar LED pedestrian and traffic safety technology.

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Cominar REIT

Acted for Cominar REIT, one of Canada's largest diversified real estate investment trusts and the largest commercial property owner in Québec, in its C$5.7-billion sale to Iris Acquisition II LP, which is an entity created by a consortium led by Canderel Real Estate Property Inc., one of Canada's largest privately held real estate companies.

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Viking Global Investors LP

Acted for funds affiliated with Viking Global Investors LP in their acquisition of a minority stake in Valsoft Corporation Inc., whose business involves the acquisition and growth of vertical software businesses that provide mission-critical solutions to their clients.

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The Sherwin-Williams Company

Acted for The Sherwin-Williams Company, a global leader in the coatings industry, in its acquisition of AquaSurTech, which primarily manufactures and distributes industrial coatings and related products.

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Interfor Corporation

Acting for Interfor Corporation in its acquisition for over $325-million of 100% of the equity interests of Kilmer Group-backed Chaleur Forest Products entities.

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Apotex Pharmaceutical Holdings Inc.

Acting as lead transaction and tax counsel to Apotex Pharmaceutical Holdings Inc., a global pharmaceutical company that produces high-quality affordable medicine, in its sale to SK Capital Partners.

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ENGIE

Acting as Canadian regulatory counsel to ENGIE in the EUR7.1-billion sale of its global multi-technical services division, EQUANS, to Bouygues.

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Thales Group

Acting as Canadian regulatory counsel to Thales Group in the EUR1.66-billion sale of its Ground Transportation Systems Global Business Unit to Hitachi Rail.

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Ali Holding S.r.l.

Acted as Canadian regulatory counsel to Ali Holding S.r.l. in its US$3.5-billion merger with Welbilt, Inc.

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Government Report Indicates Robust Foreign Investment Review in Canada

Dec. 01, 2022 - The Canadian government recently released the 2021-2022 Annual Report covering non-cultural1 foreign investment reviews under the Investment Canada Act (ICA) from April 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022. Given the government’s reluctance to publicize details of its ICA reviews,...

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Significant changes to Canadian competition law, co-author

Dec. 01, 2022 - Financier Worldwide Magazine
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Canadian Government Consults on Far-Reaching Changes to Canada’s Competition Law

Nov. 24, 2022 - Canada’s federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry formally announced on November 17, 2022 that the federal government is launching a comprehensive review of the Competition Act (Act) and Canadian competition policy. This announcement follows through on the Minister’s previous...

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Canada Clamps Down on Foreign SOE Investments in Critical Minerals

Nov. 15, 2022 - The Canadian government announced a new policy on October 28, 2022 (the Policy) under the Investment Canada Act (ICA) governing investments by state-owned enterprises (SOEs) in Canada’s critical minerals sector. The government followed the issuance of the Policy with an announcement on...

In the News
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Interview, Global Competition Review, “Canadian tribunal rejects grain elevator merger challenge”

Nov. 01, 2022 - Read the full article (for subscribers).

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Seeing Green: Sustainability Remains of Interest to the Competition Bureau

Oct. 03, 2022 - Canada’s Competition Bureau (Bureau) hosted a summit in late September, its first in-person event in more than two years. The summit explored the intersection between competition law and environmental and sustainability objectives, indicating that this area remains a high enforcement priority for...

In the News
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Interview, Global Competition Review, “Canadian court upholds dismissal of hockey class action claim”

Aug. 19, 2022 - Read the full article (for subscribers).

Article
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Cartel Leniency In Canada: Overview, co-author

July 01, 2022 - Practical Law Country Q&A 2022 (Thomson Reuters)
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Article
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New amendments to the Competition Act: What they mean for HR, co-author

June 30, 2022 - Human Resources Director Canada (Key Media)
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Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Competition/Antitrust

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Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Competition/Antitrust

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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 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Competition Law

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The Best Lawyers in Canada—Advertising and Marketing Law; Competition and Antitrust Law

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Who’s Who Legal: Canada—Competition; Who’s Who Legal: Competition

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Expert Guides—Competition and Antitrust

Bar Admissions
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Ontario, 1989

Education
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Osgoode Hall Law School, LLB, 1987
McGill University, BA, 1984

Professional Affiliations
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American Bar Association
Canadian Bar Association

Community Involvement
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American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, Trade, Sports and Professional Associations Committee, former vice-chair
American Bar Association, Section of International Law, International Antitrust law Committee, former co-chair
Avenue Road Hockey Association
Camp Massad of Québec
Israel Guide Dog Centre for the Blind

Teaching Engagements
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Mark was a co-lecturer for Federated Press’s 5th Negotiating and Drafting International Business Agreements course and the Conducting Regulatory Investigations course.

“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. Mark is also the co-author of The Competition Law Guide for Trade Associations in Canada.

Vance Street Capital

Acted for Vance Street Capital, a U.S. private equity firm, and its portfolio company Terra Insights, in its acquisition of NavStar, a Vancouver-based global leader in monitoring technology for automated detection of movement on slopes and structures.

Vance Street Capital

Acted for Vance Street Capital, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm, and its portfolio company Polara Enterprises, in their acquisition of Carmanah Technologies, a Vancouver-based leading provider of solar LED pedestrian and traffic safety technology.

Cominar REIT

Acted for Cominar REIT, one of Canada's largest diversified real estate investment trusts and the largest commercial property owner in Québec, in its C$5.7-billion sale to Iris Acquisition II LP, which is an entity created by a consortium led by Canderel Real Estate Property Inc., one of Canada's largest privately held real estate companies.

Viking Global Investors LP

Acted for funds affiliated with Viking Global Investors LP in their acquisition of a minority stake in Valsoft Corporation Inc., whose business involves the acquisition and growth of vertical software businesses that provide mission-critical solutions to their clients.

The Sherwin-Williams Company

Acted for The Sherwin-Williams Company, a global leader in the coatings industry, in its acquisition of AquaSurTech, which primarily manufactures and distributes industrial coatings and related products.

Interfor Corporation

Acting for Interfor Corporation in its acquisition for over $325-million of 100% of the equity interests of Kilmer Group-backed Chaleur Forest Products entities.

Apotex Pharmaceutical Holdings Inc.

Acting as lead transaction and tax counsel to Apotex Pharmaceutical Holdings Inc., a global pharmaceutical company that produces high-quality affordable medicine, in its sale to SK Capital Partners.

ENGIE

Acting as Canadian regulatory counsel to ENGIE in the EUR7.1-billion sale of its global multi-technical services division, EQUANS, to Bouygues.

Thales Group

Acting as Canadian regulatory counsel to Thales Group in the EUR1.66-billion sale of its Ground Transportation Systems Global Business Unit to Hitachi Rail.

Ali Holding S.r.l.

Acted as Canadian regulatory counsel to Ali Holding S.r.l. in its US$3.5-billion merger with Welbilt, Inc.

Bulletin

Government Report Indicates Robust Foreign Investment Review in Canada

Dec. 01, 2022 - The Canadian government recently released the 2021-2022 Annual Report covering non-cultural1 foreign investment reviews under the Investment Canada Act (ICA) from April 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022. Given the government’s reluctance to publicize details of its ICA reviews,...

Article

Significant changes to Canadian competition law, co-author

Dec. 01, 2022 - Financier Worldwide Magazine
Read the article.

Bulletin

Canada Clamps Down on Foreign SOE Investments in Critical Minerals

Nov. 15, 2022 - The Canadian government announced a new policy on October 28, 2022 (the Policy) under the Investment Canada Act (ICA) governing investments by state-owned enterprises (SOEs) in Canada’s critical minerals sector. The government followed the issuance of the Policy with an announcement on...

In the News

Interview, Global Competition Review, “Canadian tribunal rejects grain elevator merger challenge”

Nov. 01, 2022 - Read the full article (for subscribers).

Bulletin

Seeing Green: Sustainability Remains of Interest to the Competition Bureau

Oct. 03, 2022 - Canada’s Competition Bureau (Bureau) hosted a summit in late September, its first in-person event in more than two years. The summit explored the intersection between competition law and environmental and sustainability objectives, indicating that this area remains a high enforcement priority for...

In the News

Interview, Global Competition Review, “Canadian court upholds dismissal of hockey class action claim”

Aug. 19, 2022 - Read the full article (for subscribers).

Article

Cartel Leniency In Canada: Overview, co-author

July 01, 2022 - Practical Law Country Q&A 2022 (Thomson Reuters)
Download the article.

Article

New amendments to the Competition Act: What they mean for HR, co-author

June 30, 2022 - Human Resources Director Canada (Key Media)
Read the article.

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—Advertising and Marketing Law; Competition and Antitrust Law

Who’s Who Legal: Canada—Competition; Who’s Who Legal: Competition

Expert Guides—Competition and Antitrust

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 1989

Education

Osgoode Hall Law School, LLB, 1987
McGill University, BA, 1984

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association
Canadian Bar Association

Community Involvement

American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, Trade, Sports and Professional Associations Committee, former vice-chair
American Bar Association, Section of International Law, International Antitrust law Committee, former co-chair
Avenue Road Hockey Association
Camp Massad of Québec
Israel Guide Dog Centre for the Blind

Teaching Engagements

Mark was a co-lecturer for Federated Press’s 5th Negotiating and Drafting International Business Agreements course and the Conducting Regulatory Investigations course.