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Stikeman Elliott welcomes back Paul Collins to head its Competition and Foreign Investment Group

 Paul Collins

Stikeman Elliott LLP announces the return of Paul Collins to his competition and foreign investment law practice following a two-year term as Senior Deputy Commissioner with the Competition Bureau. Based in the firm's Toronto office, Mr. Collins will resume his previous position as head of the Competition and Foreign Investment Group as of May 28, 2012. His practice involves transactional and general compliance advice, including Investment Canada Act advice, as well as marketing and advertising law.

"We are very excited about Paul's return to Stikeman Elliott," said firm Chair Pierre Raymond. "His work at the Competition Bureau, where he advanced substantial regulatory and public policy developments and played a key role in major transactions under review, was exceptional. He was already well-established as a Canadian leader in competition law and his experience at the Bureau over the last two years will only add to that." Stikeman Elliott regulatory counsel Lawson Hunter Q.C., who served in Mr. Collins' absence as interim head of the Competition and Foreign Investment Group, added: "We couldn't be more pleased to welcome Paul back. He's one of the real stars in this field and has a tremendous reputation in Canada and abroad. His practice will be enhanced by direct experience with the day-to-day workings of the Bureau." Mr. Hunter, who is himself a former head of the federal competition regulator, will continue to advise on many of the Group's transactions.

As head of the Competition Bureau's Mergers Branch and a member of its Senior Management Committee, Mr. Collins was instrumental in the review of high-profile corporate transactions. Additionally, he contributed his expertise to the development of key Bureau policies arising from the significant amendments to the Competition Act introduced in 2009 -- including the revised Merger Enforcement Guidelines, the Merger Review Process Guidelines, the Fee and Service Standards Handbook for Mergers and Merger-Related Matters and a number of Interpretation Guidelines. Mr. Collins commented: "As much as I have enjoyed working with my Bureau colleagues in Gatineau and Toronto, I am genuinely excited to be returning to Stikeman Elliott. The perspectives and experience I've gained from seeing the process from a new angle will be invaluable to me in my work and significantly benefit clients that we advise."

For more information, contact

Michelle Di Rocco
Communications Manager
416.869.7062
mdirocco@stikeman.com