Lawson Hunter

Lawson A.W. Hunter, QC Senior Counsel

Lawson Hunter

Education

  • University of New Brunswick, Honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree (L.L.D.)
  • University of Toronto, Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, Institute of Corporate Directors, Directors’ Education Program, 2008
  • Harvard (LL.M., 1971)
  • University of New Brunswick (LL.B., 1970; B.Sc., 1967)

Bar Admission

  • New Brunswick, 1971
  • Ontario, 1986
Representative Work
  • Empire Co. Ltd., the parent company of grocery chain Sobeys Inc., as Competition counsel, in Empire’s C$800M acquisition of Farm Boy Inc.
  • Allergan plc., as Canadian competition counsel, in connection with its US$160B merger with Pfizer Inc.
  • Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. in its US$36B merger of equals by way of a plan of arrangement with Agrium Inc.
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Accolades
  • Chambers Canada 2019 as a Senior Statesman in Competition/Antitrust.
  • Chambers Global 2018 as a Senior Statesman in Competition/Antitrust, with clients noting he is "a dean of the Canadian competition Bar" and the “pre-eminent competition lawyer in Canada” and “one of the best in Canada - he gives tremendous advice". Also deemed the “first choice for competition law in Canada”, noting his “important political connections”.
  • Global Competition Review’s GCR 100 2018 as a recognized lawyer in Stikeman Elliott’s “elite” Competition Group.
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Speaking Engagements
  • Senior Capstone Lecture, Ryerson University RTA School of Media, Toronto, October 31, 2016.
  • “Competition Enforcement and Policy: The Next 30 YEARS”, Canadian Bar Association, 2016 Annual Competition Law Fall Conference, Ottawa, October 6-7, 2016, (panellist).
  • “Canadian Content in a Digital World”, Public Policy Forum Roundtable Discussion, June 21, 2016.
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