George brings 40 years of foreign investment, regulatory, and competition law expertise advising clients on matters involving domestic and foreign regulators, including cartels, M&A, and various trade practices. He has appeared at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and at judicial inquiries and regulatory hearings on behalf of private and public sector clients. George advises on foreign investment matters involving the Investment Canada Act and related sectoral control legislation and anti-corruption matters, as well as the full range of civil and criminal practices governed by the Competition Act. He was head of Canada’s Competition Bureau (1993–95) and its merger review branch (1989–1993) and was a senior executive in the telecom sector. He held leadership roles at the OECD and BIAC. Directorships: past director and Executive Committee member of (and current special advisor to) the Canadian Chamber of Commerce; director, Audit Committee Chair, and HR & Governance Committee member at Invest In Canada (Federal Crown Corporation); member of the Accounting Standards Oversight Council. Select Recognition: Chambers Global; Chambers Canada; GCR 100; The Legal 500 Canada; the Lexpert®/ALM 500 Directory; The Best Lawyers in Canada; Who’s Who Legal: Competition.
On December 8, 2017, Belgium-based Kinepolis Group NV (Kinepolis) completed its acquisition of Landmark Cinemas Canada Limited Partnership (Landmark Cinemas) from TriWest Capital Partners (TriWest) and management shareholders for approximately $123 million.
On May 20, 2015, Vicwest Inc. (Vicwest), Kingspan Group Limited (Kingspan) and AG Growth International Inc. (AG Growth) completed a plan of arrangement whereby Kingspan (through its subsidiary) acquired all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Vicwest and AG Growth (through subsidiary) acquired substantially all of the assets of Vicwest’s Westeel division. Pursuant to the terms of the plan of arrangement, each holder of common shares received $12.70 for each common share held. The transaction was valued approximately $360 million.
In Canada’s largest M&A transaction of 2014, US-based Burger King Worldwide Inc. acquired Tim Hortons Inc. in a $12.5-billion deal that created a global powerhouse quick service restaurant company based in Canada. Combined, the company now has more than 18,000 restaurants in 100 countries.