Dany H. Assaf

Dany H. Assaf

Partner
Toronto: 416.865.7303
Fax 416.865.7380

Education

LLB, 1994
University of Toronto
BComm (With Distinction), 1991
University of Alberta

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 1996

Overview

Dany Assaf is co-chair of the firm's Competition and Foreign Investment Review Practice. Dany's practice focuses on advising international and domestic clients on all aspects of competition law and foreign investment matters including in the area of national security reviews.

He acts for Canadian and international clients, advising on all aspects of competition law and foreign investment matters under the Investment Canada Act and has been involved in many of Canada’s highest profile transactions, investigations and reviews over his career including the Superior Propane case, GE/Honeywell, Rio Tinto/Alcan and the Tervita eficiencies case recently before the Supreme Court. Dany has been recognized as a leading expert in the areas of competition law and foreign investment law, including being named as one of the world’s "Top 40 Competition Lawyers Under 40" by Global Competition Review in 2008 as well as one of Canada’s "Top 40 Lawyers Under 40" by Lexpert magazine in 2006. Dany was also nominated as Dealmaker of the Year by Global Competition Review in 2015.

In addition to his practice, Dany has been an adjunct professor of law at the University of Western Ontario and has written and presented extensively on competition and foreign investment topics, including in leading newspapers, publications and co-authoring Competition and Antitrust Law: Canada and The United States (4th edition) for LexisNexis Butterworths (2014), which was recently cited by the Supreme Court of Canada in a leading competition case (a case he also advised on). Dany has also recently authored a leading foreign investment study - Foreign Direct Investment and the National Interest: A Way Forward, Institute for Research on Public Policy, no. 40, April 2013. Dany also served as an associate editor of the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Magazine. Dany has also provided testimony on proposed amendments to the Competition Act before the Standing Committee of the Canadian Senate on Banking, Trade and Commerce and on the Investment Canada Act to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology.

Dany also has a Middle East advisory practice, advising clients in both the private and the public sectors on Middle East investment and capital market matters. He is also a co-founder and instructor of the inaugural Islamic Finance course as part of the Executive Programs at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management and published on a variety of related topics.

Dany is past President and a member of the Board of the Canadian Club of Toronto. He has recently been elected to the College of Fellows of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is also involved in a variety of social, cultural and charitable initiatives. Dany speaks both English and Arabic fluently.

Representative Work

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Recognition

Chambers & Partners’ Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in Canada, competition/antitrust (2016)

Law Business Research's Who's Who Legal Canada—Leading lawyers in competition (2014-2015)

Law Business Research's Who's Who Legal—Leading lawyers in competition (2009, 2015)

Chambers and Partners’ Chambers Global The World's Leading Lawyers for Business—Leading lawyer in competition/antitrust (2003-2016); banking and finance (UAE) (foreign experts) (2014); capital markets: debt (UAE) (foreign experts) (2012-2014); banking and finance (2012-2013); competition/antitrust: investment Canada (2008-2011); and competition/antitrust: litigators (2008)

PLC Which Lawyer? 2008-2012— Leading lawyer in the area of competition/antitrust

Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Competition & Antitrust Lawyers, 2012—Leading lawyer in Canada

Global Competition Review—Top 40 Competition Lawyers Under 40

Lexpert Magazine—Top 40 Lawyers Under 40

Lexpert Guide 2009—List of the World’s Leading Competition & Antitrust Lawyers

International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists 2009—Leading competition lawyer

Lexpert Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada 2008— Leading lawyer in the area of mergers and acquisitions and leading corporate mid-market lawyer

Lexpert/American Lawyer Media’s Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada 2008— Leading corporate commercial lawyer

Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading International Trade Lawyers 2008— Leading lawyer in Competition and Antitrust

Insights

Media

Danny Assaf authors National Post op-ed

Professional Involvement

Before joining Torys, Dany was a competition law partner at another firm and managing partner of their Middle East offices. He was also a former Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Ontario. He is a co-founder and instructor of the inaugural Islamic Finance course offered with the Executive Programs at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. He served as an associate editor of the ABA's Antitrust Magazine and was the chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s Economics and Law Committee - Competition section.

Directorships

President, Canadian Club of Toronto

Canadian-Arab Business Counsel—Board member

Memberships and Affiliations

CBA, ABA, IBA
Fellow of the American Bar Foundation

Other Media Highlights

Frequent contributor to media, including Business News Network, The Globe & Mail, Canada AM and others.