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Domestic and international businesses operating in Canada must be vigilant about respecting the civil and criminal provisions of the Competition Act, and on the lookout for opportunities to gain a competitive edge. McCarthy Tétrault has one of the leading competition and antitrust practices in Canada. Our group and its partners are consistently ranked at the top of key Canadian and international ranking services, including Chambers Global, Lexpert, Global Competition Review and Euromoney. We help you cut through the complex maze of issues to avoid problems and minimize risks, and if necessary, defend your interests with vigour.

Incomparable expertise

Our services flow into two main streams — advice and litigation. We advise you on private and public mergers and acquisitions, structuring deals, business practices and day-to-day compliance matters. We help you understand the criminal and non-criminal provisions of the Act and develop comprehensive and effective compliance programs. Our competition litigators are among the most reputed in Canada. We represent you in proceedings before the Competition Tribunal or the courts.

Clients in every sector turn to McCarthy Tétrault to address their competition and antitrust needs. We integrate exceptional expertise across the firm in all areas of law and in Canada’s two legal systems — civil and common law — to address any client issue.


Competition issues have become more prominent in merger transactions. We regularly act for clients on large transactions, both domestic and international, which raise complex competition issues. We have extensive experience working with clients and lawyers in the U.S. and abroad on cross-border and international transactions that raise competition issues in multiple jurisdictions.

Cartels and class actions

We have a wealth of expertise in cartel matters. In the cartel area, we represent clients in criminal proceedings, Competition Bureau investigations, and civil proceedings, including class actions. McCarthy Tétrault’s experience in defending competition class actions, as well as class actions in general, is unsurpassed in Canada. Over the past 20 years, our lawyers have represented clients involved in almost all national and international cartel cases in Canada.

Competition Tribunal proceedings

In Canada, merger cases, abuse of dominance and other significant civil matters are dealt with by the Competition Tribunal. We have an unsurpassed track record of litigating cases before the Tribunal and have been frequently retained by the Commissioner in Tribunal proceedings.

Competition advice and compliance programs

We provide you with valuable assistance to ensure that your business practices are in compliance with competition laws and help you avoid the potentially severe consequences of a Competition Bureau investigation.

Industry leadership

Members of our National Competition/Antitrust Law Group are consistently recognized among the world’s top lawyers by the leading international directories. McCarthy Tétrault’s competition lawyers have advised the Government on legislative amendments and enforcement practices and have acted as counsel on landmark competition cases, both for and against the Government. Our knowledgeable and widely published lawyers have written and lectured extensively on all aspects of competition law and have held executive positions inthe National Competition Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association.

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Rick W. Pawluk
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Dominic Thérien
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Oliver J. Borgers
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