John F. Clifford
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John is an experienced, client-focused and service-orientated advisor to business, with particular expertise on cross-border M&A transactions and antitrust/competition law matters. John has extensive experience advising Canadian and international clients on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, debt financings and re-organizations and regularly advises clients on legal requirements for establishing new businesses in Canada, including complying with Canada's foreign investment review legislation. John chairs a working group of Canadian M&A deal lawyers that studies and develops reports for the ABA's M&A Committee on trends in deal terms used in Canadian private company acquisitions. A recognized expert on antitrust/competition matters, John has advised on the Competition Act implications of hundreds of merger transactions and regularly assists clients to defend investigations and litigation relating to matters such as alleged unlawful conspiracies, abuse of dominance and distribution practices. John advises a diverse range of clients in some of Canada’s leading manufacturing and services industries. In 2007, he founded exeQutive, a forum for LGBT business leaders in Toronto, a group that he continues to lead.