Omar Wakil, Jay Holsten, John Laskin and Philip Mohtadi are among Canada's top competition and antitrust lawyers in Chambers & Partners' Chambers Global: World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Client’s Guide 2009.
With a growing team and an enviable flow of quality merger work from the corporate group, this 'nimble and practical group' is on the rise:
- The arrival of Omar Wakil is most certainly a feather in the firm’s cap, as sources say he is “a lawyer you’ll see more of in the future” and that he will broaden the remit of the practice. Wakil’s skillset centres on merger work, and he also has experience in cartels and abuse-of-dominance matters. He recently acted for Sherritt International on its C$730 million acquisition of Royal Utilities Income fund.
- Jay Holsten is a "a straight-shooting, experienced mergers lawyer who knows our business extremely well.” He led the representation of Thomson in its US$35 billion purchase of Reuters.
- The "solid and experienced” John Laskin has particular strength in cartel class actions. Clients like his ability to “turn a potentially large-scale matter into a very positive short-term resolution.” John is currently defending Mitsubishi Electronics in class proceedings involving an alleged cartel in the SRAM and flash memory markets.
- On the Investment Canada front, corporate lawyer Philip Mohtadi earns much praise. Clients appreciate the team’s lean staffing of deals, which no doubt aids the team’s efficacy: “They are very good at cutting to the chase.”