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Calvin S. Goldman, Q.C.

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Bay Adelaide Centre - West Tower
333 Bay Street, Suite 3400
Toronto, ON M5H 2S7

Tel:   416.597.5914
Fax:   416.979.1234

Cal Goldman is Chair of the firm’s Competition, Antitrust and Foreign Investment Group.  His practice covers all aspects of Canadian competition law, with a particular emphasis on Canadian and international mergers, abuse of dominance, cartels and civil reviewable matters and related litigation as well as foreign investment matters under the Investment Canada Act.  Over the years and in recent years Cal has acted as counsel in a number of leading competition law and foreign investment review cases in Canada.

Cal is a former Director (since renamed “Commissioner”) of the Competition Bureau in the Canadian government and a former Vice Chair of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (“OECD”) Competition Committee.  Prior to the appointment as head of the Competition Bureau, he was the assistant special counsel for the Attorney General of Canada in the uranium cartel proceedings.  In the 1990s, Cal successfully represented the Attorney General of Canada as special counsel in the appellate proceedings (which included the Supreme Court of Canada) on the constitutional validity of Section 45 (the cartel provision) of the Competition Act.  He was appointed Queen’s Counsel by the Canadian Government while he was head of the Competition Bureau. Cal was the first appointee to the Soloway Chair of Business and Trade Law, University of Ottawa.

Cal is co-chair of the International Chamber of Commerce Task Force on the International Competition Network.  He is also on the Executive of the Competition Committee of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD. Cal is co-chair of the National Interest and Competition Law Task Force of the American Bar Association's (“ABA”) Section of Antitrust Law.  In 2013-2015, he was co-chair of the Foreign Investment and Antitrust Interface Task Force of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law. Prior to that, he was co-chair of the Section’s International Task Force and has held a number of other leadership positions in the ABA Section of Antitrust Law.  He also is a former chair of the National Competition Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association.

Cal is on the NAFTA Roster from which binational panels are appointed to settle trade disputes in relation to Chapter 19 (Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Matters and Extraordinary Challenge Procedure).

Cal is very highly recognized globally in numerous directories and guides. Who’s Who Legal Canada November 2015 (published by Law Business Research Ltd.) stated in respect of its competition chapter that Cal “is the most highly regarded practitioner” and “is recommended as Canada’s most highly distinguished competition lawyer”. The Legal 500 Canada 2017 quotes a client that says group head Cal Goldman is ‘without qualification the finest competition lawyer in Canada’. He is ranked in the top tier by Chambers Global and Chambers Canada for competition/antitrust law. Chambers Canada 2018 stated that Cal is regarded by his peers as an “undisputed leader of the field". Cal is also recognized in the top tier by Euromoney’s The Best of the Best 2018 (one of the top 30 competition lawyers worldwide), The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada, The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada, The Best Lawyers in Canada, The Legal 500 Canada and Law Business Research’s The International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists.

In recent years, Cal has represented:

  • Vancouver Airport Authority in the defense of the Commissioner of Competition’s abuse of dominance application before the Competition Tribunal.
  • Spectra Energy Corp in its merger with Enbridge Inc. for $37 billion in stock, creating the largest energy infrastructure company in North America. 
  • Cintas Corporation in its acquisition of G&K Services, Inc. for total consideration of approximately US$2.2 billion.
  • 7-Eleven Canada Inc. in its acquisition of 144 retail gasoline sites from Imperial Oil.
  • Vista Equity Partners in its agreement to acquire DH Corporation and combine D+H with its portfolio company, Misys for $4.8 billion.
  • Simon & Schuster Canada in connection with an investigation of alleged anti-competitive conduct involving e-books pricing in Canada.
  • NHL in relation to the review by the Canadian Competition Bureau of the 12-year, $5.2 billion agreement between Rogers and the NHL with respect to broadcasting  rights for NHL hockey games in Canada
  • The Mark Anthony Group in the sale of its ready-to-drink and other assets, including the Mike’s Hard Lemonade brand, in Canada, to Ambev
  • The Match Group, a subsidiary of IAC/InterActiveCorp in connection with its US$575 million acquisition of PlentyOfFish Media Inc.
  • Postmedia Network Canada Corp. in its acquisition of Sun Media’s English language newspapers and digital properties across Canada
  • Park’N Fly as regulatory counsel in connection with the sale of its national car park business assets and operations in Canada to a joint venture led by Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings Limited and Cheung Kong (Holdings) Limited
  • Microsoft Corporation in connection with its US$7.2 billion purchase of Nokia Corporation's mobile phones and devices business and license of certain related patents and services
  • Maple Group Acquisition Corporation (consisting of 13 financial institutions), as co-counsel in connection with its acquisition of TMX Group Inc. in a transaction valued at C$3.7-billion
  • The Brick Ltd. on its $700 million acquisition by Leon's Furniture Limited
  • BHP Billiton PLC on its US$40-billion offer to acquire Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan
  • CTVglobemedia Inc. in connection with its acquisition by Bell Canada for C$3-billion
  • Nestlé S.A. in connection with the sale of a 52 per cent interest in Alcon, Inc. to Novartis A.G. for US$28.1-billion
  • Sinopec International Petroleum Exploration and Production Company in its acquisition of a 9.03 per cent stake in Syncrude Canada Ltd. from ConocoPhillips for US$4.65-billion

Cal also has been involved as defence counsel in major Canadian and international cartel matters, from earlier cases pertaining to fax paper, lysine and vitamins through to more recent cases pertaining to auto parts and other product markets.  In addition, he has continued to be involved as defence counsel in Canadian and international abuse of dominance matters. 

Cal has published extensively and spoken widely in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia on the subjects of competition law, foreign investment review and trade practices.  He recently has spoken extensively on various panels on the interface of foreign investment/national interest reviews with competition reviews. He is the editor-in-chief of The Canadian Institute’s Competition Law Journal, editor of the Foreign Investment Regulation Review (Law Business Research, 2013 and 2017) and is co-editor of Competition Law of Canada (Juris Publishing).

Education Harvard Law School (LL.M.)
Osgoode Hall Law School (LL.B. (Gold Medallist))
Professional Affiliations

Canadian Bar Association 
American Bar Association
International Chamber of Commerce
Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development