March 04, 2014
Torys LLP is pleased to announce that Dany Assaf and Omar Wakil have been named co-heads of the firm's Competition and Foreign Investment Review Practice Group. Dany and Omar have been involved in some of Canada's highest-profile transactions and investigations and are recognized as leaders in competition law and foreign investment law, including being named as two of the world’s "Top 40 Competition Lawyers Under 40" by Global Competition Review.
"We're pleased and honoured by the appointment" said Wakil. "Practice Group leader Jay Holsten has done an outstanding job during his tenure in building the size and capacity of the Group and we look forward to continuing his efforts."
Assaf added that "I'm looking forward to working with Omar to expand our practice in conjunction with the firm's outstanding corporate and litigation practices."
Dany has been an adjunct professor of law at the University of Western Ontario and has written extensively on competition and foreign investment topics, including co-authoring Competition and Antitrust Law: Canada and The United States (LexisNexis Butterworths, 2014) and released a paper on Foreign Direct Investment and the National Interest: A Way Forward for the Institute for Research on Public Policy. He has recently represented major clients in the auto parts investigation, the CCS merger case before the Supreme Court and a leading foreign investment national security review.
Omar is the author of the Annotated Competition Act (Carswell, 2013) and vice-chair of the Foreign Investment Review Committee of the Canadian Bar Association's National Competition Law section. He has recently represented BlackBerry, Grupo Bimbo, Loblaw, National Bank of Canada, TMX Group, and Viterra on competition and foreign investment review matters.
Both Omar and Dany have also been active in the development of law and policy in Canada; in addition to their extensive academic writing they have both testified before parliamentary committees on competition and foreign investment review topics.