Oliver Borgers is a partner in our Competition Law Group and our Foreign Investment Law Group in Toronto. Since joining the firm’s Toronto office in 1988, he has focused on antitrust law, foreign investment review, national security review and mergers and acquisitions. From 1994 to 1997, he managed the firm’s London, UK office.
Oliver is recognized as a leading competition lawyer in the most recent editions of Chambers Global, Chambers Canada, Who’s Who Legal: Canada, the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers and the International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists (Competition Law Review), PLC Which Lawyer, Competition Law Handbook (PLC), Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World's Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyers, The Legal 500 - Canada, The Best Lawyers in Canada – Competition/Antitrust and the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.
Oliver was also listed in the top tier of the Investment Canada (foreign investment review) category in Chambers Global: the World’s Leading Lawyers.
His practice centres on the application of competition laws to mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, alliances, pre-merger notifications and market conduct. Oliver led the team that obtained Competition Act and Investment Canada Act clearance for Canada’s largest transaction to date (Rio Tinto acquisition of Alcan). He also secured antitrust clearance for the largest merger by a Canadian company (Enbridge acquisition of Spectra Energy). Oliver regularly provides strategic advice to major national and international companies and state-owned enterprises on pre-merger clearance matters in a variety of industries and has extensive experience in various marketing and pricing practices, market restrictions, exclusive dealing and a host of other compliance, civil and criminal issues that arise out of antitrust law. He is also a specialist in foreign investment merger review and national security issues arising under such statutes as the Investment Canada Act and has extensive dealings with the Ministry of Industry and Canadian Heritage on investment matters.
Oliver teaches competition and foreign investment law at the Faculty of Law, Western University (London). He is an Executive Member of the National Competition Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), as well as founder and past chair of the section’s Foreign Investment Review Committee, and past chair of the section’s Merger Committee. He is also a member of the American and International Bar Associations and the Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht (German Antitrust Law Association). He is also a founding director of the Canadian-German Lawyers Association.
He regularly speaks on competition law, foreign investment and merger related topics to audiences and media in Canada and abroad. Member of editorial boards of Competition Global Guide: Merger Control and Competition Global Guide: Restraints of Trade and Dominance (publications of Practical Law Company). He is also the contributing editor of the current edition of Foreign Investment Review, Law Business Research.
Oliver speaks English, French, German and some Spanish and is qualified as an English solicitor. He received his BA (Philosophy) in 1983 from the University of Toronto, his LLB in 1986 from the University of Ottawa and his LLM in 1988 from the University of Toronto. He was called to the Ontario bar in 1988 and became a member of the Law Society of England and Wales in 1995.
- acting for Enbridge in acquisition of Spectra Energy
- acting for Calgary Sinoenergy in acquisition of Long Run Exploration oil & gas assets
- acting for Bluesky Hotels in acquisition of InnVest hotels
- acting for Kraft in the merger of Kraft and Heinz foods
- acting for Fairmont in sales to Accor/Sofitel
- acting for Glentel in sale of telephone business to Bell/Rogers
- acting for General Mills in sale of Jolly Green Giant business
- acting for Spectra Energy in sale of natural gas liquids business to Plains Energy
- acting for Slate Office REIT acquisition of Fortis properties
- acting for Sun Life Financial in acquisition of Bentall Kennedy
- acting for Coastal Contacts in acquisition by Essilor
- sale of CIBC Aeroplan Visa portfolio to TD
- acting for Emco in the acquisition of Noble
- acting for Spectra Energy in the acquisition of the Express pipeline
- acting for Agrium in acquisition of Viterra/Glencore Assets;
- acting for Pension members of Maple Group in acquisition of TSX
- acting for Anglo American in acquisition of De Beers
- acting for Rio Tinto in acquisition of Alcan, Ivanhoe Mines and the BHP bid
- acting for General Mills in purchase of Yoplait
- acting for Intrawest in acquiring Monarch Homes
- acting for Anglo American in sale of Moly-Cop
- acting for Unilever in acquisition of Alberto-Culver
- acting for GE on various financial and credit card portfolio transactions
- acted for Avaya in its acquisition of the Nortel telephony enterprise solutions business
- acting for Pepsi in acquisition of Pepsi Bottling Group, Tropicana Juices and Quaker Oats (Gatorade)
- acquisition of hotel/hospitality businesses, including Intrawest, Fairmont, Four Seasons and Delta
- acquisition of Alliance Atlantis
- sale of Stelco to US Steel
- merger of Sony Music and BMG Music
- merger of Maple Leaf Foods and Schneider Meats
Leading Lawyer: Competition/Antitrust
Best Lawyers in Canada
Best Lawyer: Competition/Antitrust
Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
Most Frequently Recommended: Competition Law
Who's Who Legal Canada
Leading Lawyer: Competition
The Legal 500 - Canada
Leading Lawyer: Competition & Antitrust
International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists (Competition Law Review)
Leading Competition Lawyer
PLC Which Lawyer, Competition Law Handbook
Leading Competition Lawyer
Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World's Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyers
Leading Competition Lawyer