Kevin Ackhurst advises Canadian and international clients on all aspects of Canada’s competition and foreign investment laws. His practice involves analyzing the competitive implications of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, providing advice concerning civil and criminal competition law matters, developing competition law compliance programs, and advising on the review of foreign investments under the net benefit and national security provisions of the Investment Canada Act.
Mr. Ackhurst has advised clients in a wide range of industries, including the aerospace, agri-business, automotive, consumer products, energy, film, video, publishing and recorded music, financial services, mining, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, specialty chemicals, telecommunications and transportation sectors.
In 2002-2003, Mr. Ackhurst was seconded to the International Affairs Division of the Canadian Competition Bureau. One of his primary responsibilities was to provide support to the chair of the steering group of the International Competition Network (ICN). His other responsibilities included preparing ministerial briefing notes, undertaking international benchmarking studies, and participating in interdepartmental meetings on the interplay between trade and competition law.
Mr. Ackhurst contributes competition- and regulatory-related items to the firm’s M&A blog, DealLawWire, and comments frequently on competition and foreign investment matters on Twitter @CanadaAntitrust.
Year of call
LL.M., University of Toronto, 1997
LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, 1996
B.A., Western University, 1993
Selected client work
Mr. Ackhurst has recently acted for the following clients:
- PPG Industries in the $2.1 billion spinoff of its commodity chemicals business to Georgia Gulf
- ING Groep NV in the $3.1 billion sale of its ING Direct Canada subsidiary to the Bank of Nova Scotia
- Barrick Gold Corporation in its $7.6 billion purchase of Equinox Minerals Limited
- Royal DSM NV in its $540 million acquisition of Ocean Nutrition Canada Limited
- Nortel Networks Limited in the sale of its CDMA Business and LTE Access Assets to Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, its Enterprise Solutions Unit to Avaya Inc., its Optical Networking and Carrier Ethernet business to Ciena Corporation, its global Carrier VoIP and Application Solutions (CVAS) business to GENBAND, and the proposed sale of its intellectual property portfolio
- Warner Chilcott plc in its acquisition of the global pharmaceuticals business of The Procter & Gamble Company
- Non-Canadian-controlled media companies in acquisitions of Canadian-owned periodicals
- Porter Airlines in successfully resisting Air Canada’s application for judicial review of the method of allocating take-off and landing slots at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport
- Nexen Inc. in its sale of certain heavy oil assets to Northern Blizzard Resources Inc.
- Tecumseh Products in class actions related to alleged price fixing of hermetically sealed compressors (British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec actions) and lawn mowers and lawn mower engines (Ontario and Quebec actions)
- “Foreign Investment Review in Canada: The Uncertain Road” (moderator), Canadian Bar Association National Competition Law Section 2010 Annual Fall Conference, Gatineau, Quebec, September 2010.
- “Merger Notification and Procedures Working Group” (moderator), International Competition Network Annual Conference, Italy, September 2002 and Mexico, June 2003.
- “Details Fuzzy on Investment Canada Act Amendments,” Law Times, September 28, 2009.
Rankings and recognitions
- Best Lawyers in Canada, 2013 - Competition/Antitrust Law
Memberships and activities
- Canadian Bar Association National Competition Law Section
- Chair, Mergers Committee
- Foreign Investment Review Committee
- American Bar Association
- Adjunct Professor, Competition Law, Western University Law School (2010 session)
- Canadian correspondent, Competition Newsletter, International Law Office