Lawson Hunter

Lawson A.W. Hunter, QC Senior Counsel

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.
  • Allergan plc, as Canadian competition counsel, in its sale of Allergan Generics to Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. for US$40.5B.
  • Danone S.A. and WhiteWave Foods Company, as Canadian competition counsel, in connection with Danone's US$12.5B offer to acquire all the shares of WhiteWave.
  • FGL Sports Limited, as Competition counsel, in its acquisition of Pro Hockey Life Sporting Goods Inc. for C$85M.
  • PTTEP Canada Limited in its acquisition of the remaining 60% ownership interest in the Thornbury, Hangingstone and South Leismer oil sands areas from Statoil Canada Ltd., in exchange for its 40% stake in the Leismer and Corner projects and C$200M in cash.
  • Nordion Inc. in its US$727M acquisition by Sterigenics, a global leader in sterilization services and a portfolio company of GTCR LLC, a leading private equity firm based in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
  • China National Offshore Oil Company in its US$19.5B cash acquisition of Calgary-based Nexen Inc., including the assumption of debt.
  • Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan in its C$1.3B sale of a majority stake in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment to Rogers Communications and BCE Inc.
  • Johnson & Johnson, as Canadian counsel, in its US$21.3B acquisition of Synthes Inc.
  • Canadian Tire Corporation Limited, Competition counsel, in its C$771M acquisition of Forzani Group Ltd.
  • Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. in its defence of BHP Billiton's US$38.6B unsolicited take-over bid, with the bid being subsequently withdrawn after the key decision of Investment Canada to reject the proposal. Experience in Investment Canada review matters and government relations was integral in securing the decision.