Omar 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.
Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in competition/antitrust (2016-2020)
Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in competition/antitrust (2010-2020)
The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Most Frequently Recommended in competition law (2016-2020)
Lexpert’s Guide to US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyers in Canada—Most Frequently Recommended in business issues (2019)
The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in competition law (2016-2019)
Who’s Who Legal—Thought leader in competition (2019)
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)
The Legal 500 Canada
Which Lawyer? Yearbook
Omar is a member of the Executive Committee of Canadian Bar Association’s National Competition Law Section. 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.
Memberships and Affiliations
Omar is a member of the Foreign Investment Review Committee and the Mergers Committee of the Competition Law Section for the Canadian Bar Association. He is also a member of the Antitrust Law Section and International Law Section for the American Bar Association, as well as for the International Bar Association.