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"Goodmans boosts M&A team", Globe and Mail

April-7-2004

Lawyer Richard Annan
Area Competition, Antitrust and Foreign Investment

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Excerpt from "Goodmans boosts M&A team", by Andy Willis for the Globe and Mail:

In a mature market such as Canada, it's one thing to propose a deal, and quite another to get it over all the regulatory hurtles and across the finish line. Just ask four of the big banks, or GE's European arm, how complicated government relations can be.

So a law firm with a hot mergers and acquisitions group such as Goodmans needs to help corporate clients navigate the regulatory shoals. With that in mind, Goodmans hired lawyer Richard Annan this week as head of its competition law group in Toronto.

Mr. Annan is what's known as the "major case director" in the mergers branch of the federal Competition Bureau, where he's worked for 22 years. In 1998, he led the team that looked at the proposed bank mergers, along with many other major Canadian takeover reviews. Not only does he have a law degree from Queen's University and an MBA from University of Western Ontario, but he's also given up the three years of spare time needed to earn the CFA designation.