John’s practice is focused on all aspects of competition law and foreign investment review, including mergers, price-fixing investigations, and other pricing, distribution, and advertising matters. He has acted for Canadian, US, and international corporations across a wide range of industries, including energy & resources, transportation, agriculture, manufacturing, financial services, and consumer products. John has obtained Competition Act and Investment Canada Act clearances for numerous transactions. He also has extensive expertise in advising companies on the criminal provisions of Canada’s Competition Act and is regularly consulted on contested matters, immunity or leniency agreements, and resolutions prior to formal proceedings. He is a member of the CBA’s Anti-Corruption Team and a past Chair of the CBA National Competition Law Section. John is currently a co-Chair of the editorial board of The Antitrust Source (a bi-monthly publication of the ABA’s Antitrust Law Section). Select Recognition: Chambers Global; Chambers Canada; GCR 100 Canada; The Legal 500 Canada; The Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada; Who’s Who Legal: Canada and Competition; The Best Lawyers in Canada’s Toronto Competition/Antitrust Law Lawyer of the Year 2017.
On October 27, 2017, Toromont Industries Ltd. (Toromont) completed the largest acquisition in its history — a $1.07-billion purchase of the businesses and net operating assets of the Hewitt Group of companies (Hewitt) in exchange for cash and shares of Toromont. This was a transformative transaction for Toromont, significantly expanding its Caterpillar dealership network and market opportunities.
On June 30, 2017, Barrick Gold Corp. (Barrick) completed the sale of a 50-per-cent interest in the Veladero mine in San Juan province, Argentina, to Shandong Gold Mining Co., Ltd. (SDG) for US$960 million. Following the sale, each of Barrick and SDG holds an indirect 50-per-cent interest in Minera Argentina Gold S.R.L., the joint venture company that owns the Veladero mine.
On April 1, 2016, Corus Entertainment Inc. acquired the business of Shaw Media Inc. from Shaw Communications Inc. This acquisition more than doubled Corus’ size, creating a combined portfolio of brands that encompass 45 specialty television services, including leading women and lifestyle, kids, family and general entertainment brands; 15 conventional television channels; 39 radio stations; a global content business; book publishing; and a growing portfolio of digital assets.
On December 1, 2015, Antofagasta plc (Antofagasta) acquired from Barrick Gold Corporation (Barrick) a 50 per cent interest (the Acquisition) in Compañia Minera Zaldívar Limitada (Zaldívar) that holds the Zaldívar copper mine located in northern Chile (the Zaldívar Mine). The resulting joint venture combines the resources and expertise of two global mining leaders to maximize the value of the Zaldívar Mine.
On August 31, 2015, Zijin Mining Group Co., Ltd., one of China’s largest gold producers, completed the acquisition from Barrick Gold Corporation of a 50 per cent stake in Barrick (Niugini) Limited (the holder of a 95 per cent interest in the Porgera gold project in Papua New Guinea) for US$298 million in cash, through Gold Mountains (H.K.) International Mining Company Limited, its wholly owned subsidiary. The parties also entered into a shareholders agreement with respect to the newly formed joint venture and a separate strategic cooperation arrangement relating to future potential joint initiatives.
VimpelCom Ltd. and its affiliates completed the sale of all of their debt and equity interests in the Globalive group of companies, including Globalive Wireless Management Corp., the operator of WIND Mobile, to a consortium of investors. The investor group included West Face Capital, Tennenbaum Capital Partners, LG Capital Investors, Serruya Private Equity, Novus Wireless Communications and Globalive Capital, the investment company of WIND Mobile co-founder Anthony Lacavera.
Shaw Communications Inc. acquired the entire share capital of ViaWest Inc., a Colorado-based provider of information technology services, from Oak Hill Capital Partners, and other shareholders including GI Partners and Cox Communications, for an enterprise value of US$1.2 billion. The consideration consisted of US$830 million in cash and the assumption of US$370 million in liabilities.