Omar Wakil advises domestic and international clients on all aspects of competition law. In particular, he provides strategic advice to firms involved in mergers, cartel and abuse of dominance investigations under the Competition Act.
In his foreign investment review practice, Omar advises clients on net benefit and national security reviews under the Investment Canada Act. He has represented numerous foreign investors, including State Owned Enterprises, as well as domestic targets in acquisition transactions.
Omar works with clients active in a wide range of business sectors, including automotive parts, agricultural products, chemicals, consumer products, energy, financial services, grocery retailing, manufacturing, media, metals and mining, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and transportation.
Omar is the author of two of the leading texts in these areas, The Annotated Competition Act and The Annotated Investment Canada Act, both published annually by Thomson Carswell.
Omar has been recognized as one of Canada’s leading competition lawyers in a variety of legal publications, including
- Best Lawyers' Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in competition/antitrust law (2010-2017)
- Chambers & Partners’ Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in Canada, competition/antitrust: investment Canada (2016-2017)
- Lexpert/American Lawyer Media’s Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in competition law (2016)
- Chambers Global: World's Leading Lawyers for Business
- Global Competition Review 2008 (40 under 40)
- Guide to the World’s Leading Competition & Antitrust Lawyers
- Guide to Leading Practitioners: China (Competition)
- Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
- The Legal 500 Canada
- PLC’s Which Lawyer? Yearbook
- Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers
- Law Business Research's Who's Who Legal Canada—Leading lawyer in competition (2014-2015)
Omar is an active member of the Canadian Bar Association’s National Competition Law Section. He regularly speaks on CBA conference panels and is frequent contributor to the organisation’s policy statements. He is past-chair of the Section’s Mergers and Foreign Investment Review committees.
Omar is a member of the CD Howe Institute's Competition Policy Council and the Practical Law Canada Advisory Board. He is also a private sector adviser to the International Competition Network, a multijurisdictional organisation that seeks to facilitate effective international cooperation in competition law enforcement.
He is a non-practising member of the Law Society of England and Wales.