199 Bay St, Suite 4000, Commerce Court West, Toronto, ON
Year called to bar: 1995
Julie is co-chair of the Blakes Competition, Antitrust and Foreign Investment Group. Julie is at the forefront of the most complex and high-profile Canadian and cross-border merger transactions. Julie also has special expertise in the Investment Canada Act and the State-Owned Enterprise Guidelines, and has been successful in securing approvals for foreign investors in Canada’s key industries. She is ranked in all leading directories as one of Canada’s top competition lawyers. In 2020, Canadian Lawyer Magazine named Julie as one of Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers. She is also ranked by Global Competition Review as one of the world’s top 100 Women in Antitrust. Who’s Who Legal: Canada has praised her for her “truly international practice” and “fantastic legal mind”. Clients are quoted as saying that Julie is “extremely bright, extremely capable and extremely responsive”. She is co-founder of Canadian Women in Competition Law, a group devoted to exchanging views on competition law and mentoring young lawyers and co-author of the book: Leading the Way: Canadian Women in the Law (LexisNexis). Julie has served on the American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law (SAL) leadership for more than 15 years and she is currently co-chair of SAL’s International Committee.
On December 14, 2018, International Petroleum Corporation (IPC) completed its acquisition of BlackPearl Resources Inc. (BlackPearl) by way of a share exchange pursuant to a plan of arrangement under the Canada Business Corporations Act with a value of approximately C$675 million.
On August 31, 2018, the Government of Canada indirectly acquired the Trans Mountain Pipeline system and the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP), through Trans Mountain Corp. (a subsidiary of the Canada Development Investment Corp. (CDEV)) from a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. (KML) for cash consideration of $4.5 billion.
On June 5, 2018, Transurban (ASX: TCL) acquired 100% of the equity interests in the A25 toll road asset and concession in Montréal, from Macquarie Infrastructure Partners. Transurban has assumed responsibility for the management and operations of the A25.
On August 29, 2017, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, announced that it had completed its acquisition of Patheon N.V., a leading contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) serving the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors, for a price of approximately US$7.2 billion (approximately C$8.9 billion).
On June 8, 2015, Aspenleaf Energy Limited (Aspenleaf) completed its acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Arcan Resources Ltd. (Arcan). The acquisition was carried out pursuant to the terms of a plan of arrangement that was approved by Arcan’s shareholders on June 2, 2015. The total value of the acquisition was approximately $300 million, including assumed debt.