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Best Lawyers in Canada, Michael Koch - Recognized, Administrative and Public Law, 2022

Best Lawyers in Canada, Michael Koch - Recognized, Communications Law, 2022

Best Lawyers in Canada, Michael Koch - Recognized, Competition / Antitrust Law, 2022

Chambers Canada, Michael Koch - Ranked, Tier 2, Telecommunications and Broadcasting: Nationwide - Canada, 2022

The Legal 500 Canada, Michael Koch - Leading Individual, Telecommunications, 2022

The Legal 500 Canada, Michael Koch - Recommended, Competition and Antitrust, 2022

Chambers Canada, Michael Koch - Ranked, Telecommunications and Broadcasting - Nationwide, 2021

The Legal 500 Canada, Michael Koch - Leading Individual, Telecoms, 2021

Chambers Global, Michael Koch - Band 2, Telecoms, Media & Broadcasting - Canada, 2021

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Michael Koch - Consistently Recommended, Telecommunications, 2021

Best Lawyers in Canada, Michael Koch - Recognized, Communications Law, 2020

Chambers Canada, Michael Koch - Ranked, Telecommunications and Broadcasting - Nationwide, 2020

The Legal 500 Canada, Michael Koch - Recommended, Telecoms, 2020

Chambers Global, Michael Koch - Band 2, Telecoms, Media and Broadcasting, 2020

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Michael Koch - Most Frequently Recommended, Telecommunications, 2020

Chambers Canada, Michael Koch - Ranked, Telecoms, Media and Broadcasting, 2019

Chambers Global, Michael Koch - Ranked, Telecoms, Media and Broadcasting, 2019

Best Lawyers in Canada, Michael Koch - Recognized, Communications Law, 2019

The Legal 500 Canada, Michael Koch - Leading Individual, Telecommunications, 2019

The Legal 500 Canada, Michael Koch - Recommended, Competition and Antitrust, 2019

The Legal 500 Canada, Michael Koch - Recommended, Telecommunications, 2019

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Michael Koch - Most Frequently Recommended, Telecommunications, 2019

Best Lawyers in Canada, Michael Koch - Recognized, Communications Law, 2018

Chambers Canada, Michael Koch - Ranked, Telecoms, Media & Broadcasting - Nationwide, 2018

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Michael Koch - Most Frequently Recommended, Telecommunications, 2018

Best Lawyers’ Lawyer of the Year, Michael Koch - Recognized, Communications Law, 2017

Who's Who Legal, Michael Koch - Recognized, TMT (Telecoms), 2017

Chambers Canada, Michael Koch - Ranked, Telecoms, Media & Broadcasting, 2017

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Michael Koch - Most Frequently Recommended, Telecommunications, 2017

Best Lawyers in Canada, Michael Koch - Recognized, Communications Law, 2017

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Michael Koch - Most Frequently Recommended, Telecommunications, 2016

Chambers Canada, Michael Koch - Ranked, Telecoms, Media & Broadcasting, 2016

Best Lawyers in Canada, Michael Koch - Recognized, Communications Law, 2016

Lexpert/American Lawyer Media Guide, Michael Koch - Recognized, Telecommunications, 2016

Chambers Global, Michael Koch - Ranked, Telecoms, Media & Broadcasting, 2016

The Legal 500 Canada, Michael Koch - Leading Individual, Technology, Media and Telecoms (Telecoms), 2016

Best Lawyers in Canada, Michael Koch - Recognized, Communications Law, 2015

The Legal 500 Canada, Michael Koch - Leading Individual, Technology, Media and Telecoms (Telecoms), 2015

Lexpert/American Lawyer Media Guide, Michael Koch - Recognized, Telecommunications, 2015

Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers, Michael Koch - Recognized, Telecommunications, 2015

Euromoney's Guide to the Best of the Best , Michael Koch - Recognized, Telecoms, 2015

Chambers Global, Michael Koch - Ranked, Telecoms, Media & Broadcasting, 2015

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Michael Koch - Most Frequently Recommended, Telecommunications, 2015

Law Business Research's "Who's Who International", Michael Koch - Recognized, Telecoms & Media, 2014

Chambers Global, Michael Koch - Ranked - Tier 1, Telecommunications, 2014

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Michael Koch - Most Frequently Recommended, Telecommunications, 2014

Who's Who Legal, Michael Koch - Recognized, Information Technology, 2014

Who's Who Legal, Michael Koch - Recognized, Telecoms, 2014

Best Lawyers in Canada, Michael Koch - Recognized, Communications Law, 2014

Lexpert/American Lawyer Media Guide, Michael Koch - Recognized, Telecommunications, 2014

The Legal 500 Canada, Michael Koch - Leading Individual, Technology, Media and Telecoms (Telecoms), 2014

Who's Who Legal, Michael Koch - Recognized, Telecoms & Media, 2013

Law Business Research's "Who's Who International", Michael Koch - Recognized, Regulatory Communications, 2013

Lexpert/American Lawyer Media Guide, Michael Koch - Recognized, Telecommunications, 2013

Chambers Global, Michael Koch - Ranked - Tier 1, Telecommunications & Broadcasting, 2013

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Michael Koch - Most Frequently Recommended, Telecommunications, 2013

Euromoney's Guide to the Best of the Best , Michael Koch - Recognized, Telecommunications, 2013

Best Lawyers in Canada, Michael Koch - Recognized, Communications Law, 2013

Who's Who Legal, Michael Koch - Recognized, Regulatory Communications, 2012

Lexpert/American Lawyer Media Guide, Michael Koch - Recognized, Telecommunications, 2012

Law Business Research's "Who's Who International", Michael Koch - Recognized, Regulatory Communications, 2012

Best Lawyers in Canada, Michael Koch - Recognized, Communications Law, 2012

Chambers Global, Michael Koch - Ranked - Tier 1, Telecommunications & Broadcasting, 2012

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Michael Koch - Most Frequently Recommended, Telecommunications, 2012

Best Lawyers’ Lawyer of the Year, Michael Koch - Recognized, Communications Law, Toronto, 2012

Who's Who Legal, Michael Koch - Recognized, Regulatory Communications, 2011

Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers, Michael Koch - Recognized, Telecommunications, 2011

PLC Which Lawyer?, Michael Koch - Recognized, Telecommunications, 2011

PLC Which Lawyer?, Michael Koch - Recognized, Media, 2011

Best Lawyers in Canada, Michael Koch - Recognized, Communications Law, 2011

Best Lawyers in Canada, Michael Koch - Recognized, Communications Law, 2011

Lexpert/American Lawyer Media Guide, Michael Koch - Recognized, Telecommunications, 2011

Chambers Global, Michael Koch - Ranked - Tier 1, Telecommunications & Broadcasting, 2011

Law Business Research's "Who's Who International", Michael Koch - Recognized, Regulatory Communications, 2011

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Michael Koch - Most Frequently Recommended, Telecommunications, 2011

Who's Who Legal, Michael Koch - Recognized, Regulatory Communications, 2010

Best Lawyers in Canada, Michael Koch - Recognized, Communications Law, 2010

Lexpert/American Lawyer Media Guide, Michael Koch - Recognized, Telecommunications, 2010

Law Business Research's "Who's Who International", Michael Koch - Recognized, Regulatory Communications, 2010

Chambers Global, Michael Koch - Ranked - Tier 1, Telecommunications & Broadcasting, 2010

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Michael Koch - Most Frequently Recommended, Telecommunications, 2010

Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers, Michael Koch - Recognized, Telecommunications, 2010

Best Lawyers in Canada, Michael Koch - Recognized, Communications Law, 2009

Lexpert/American Lawyer Media Guide, Michael Koch - Recognized, Telecommunications, 2009

Chambers Global, Michael Koch - Ranked - Tier 1, Telecommuncations & Broadcasting, 2009

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Michael Koch - Most Frequently Recommended, Telecommunications, 2009

PLC Which lawyer? Yearbook, Michael Koch - Leading, Telecommunications, 2009

Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers, Michael Koch - Recognized, Telecommunications, 2008

Best Lawyers in Canada, Michael Koch - Recognized, Communications Law, 2008

Chambers Global, Michael Koch - Ranked - Tier 1, Telecommunications and Broadcasting, 2008

Lexpert/American Lawyer Media Guide, Michael Koch - Recognized, Telecommunications, 2008

PLC Which lawyer? Yearbook, Michael Koch - Leading, Telecommunications, 2008

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Michael Koch - Most Frequently Recommended, Telecommunications, 2008

Chambers Global, Michael Koch - Ranked - Tier 1, TMT, 2007

PLC Which lawyer? Yearbook, Michael Koch - Leading, Telecommunications, 2007

PLC Which lawyer? Yearbook, Michael Koch - Highly Recommended, Media, 2007

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Michael Koch - Consistently Recommended, Telecommunications, 2007

PLC Which lawyer? Yearbook, Michael Koch - Highly Recommended, Media, 2006

PLC Which lawyer? Yearbook, Michael Koch - Leading, Telecommunications, 2006

Best Lawyers in Canada, Michael Koch - Recognized, Communications, 2006

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Michael Koch - Repeatedly Recommended, Telecommunications, 2006

Chambers Global, Michael Koch - Ranked - Tier 1, Technology, Media and Telecommunications, 2006

PLC Which lawyer? Yearbook, Michael Koch - Highly Recommended, Media, 2005

PLC Which lawyer? Yearbook, Michael Koch - Leading, Communications, 2005

Chambers Global, Michael Koch - Ranked - Tier 1, Communications, 2005

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Michael Koch - Repeatedly Recommended, Telecommunications, 2005

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Michael Koch - Repeatedly Recommended, Communications, 2004

PLC Which lawyer? Yearbook, Michael Koch - Leading, Communications, 2004

Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers, Michael Koch - Recognized, Communications, 2004

Michael Koch

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

Tel:   416.597.5156
Fax:   416.979.1234

Michael Koch is a partner in a business law group and the Competition, Antitrust and Foreign Investment Group at Goodmans.

His practice focuses on federal regulatory matters, including  competition, communications, foreign investment and copyright law, in both transactions and litigation.

Michael assists financial and strategic investors - both domestic and foreign - in completing mergers and acquisitions, advises and represents telecommunications and media companies in navigating Canada’s regulatory framework and before tribunals (e.g., the CRTC, Copyright Board of Canada and Competition Tribunal), and advocates on behalf of targets of government-initiated investigations and proceedings brought by the Competition Bureau. Michael also appears before the courts on reviews of, and appeals from, decisions of these bodies.

REPRESENTATIVE WORK

Michael’s representative work includes acting for:

Competition Litigation

  • Vancouver Airport Authority in the defense of a landmark abuse of dominance application before the Competition Tribunal
  • Trader Corp. in private litigation before the Competition Tribunal
  • Comwave Networks Inc. in the defence of a deceptive marketing inquiry concerning advertising claims of their Internet and home phone services

Investment Canada Act Approvals

  • Vista Equity Partners in its agreement to acquire DH Corporation and combine D+H with its portfolio company, Misys for $4.8 billion
  • Leadon Investment Inc. in its acquisition of British Columbia Investment Management Corp.’s Canadian hotel portfolio, SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts, for over $1 billion
  • OMERS Private Equity, the private equity arm of OMERS, in the sale of its portfolio company, Give & Go Prepared Foods Corp. to an affiliate of US private equity firm Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P.
  • Match.com Canada Ltd., a subsidiary of The Match Group, in its US$575 million cash acquisition of PlentyOfFish Media Inc.

Competition Act Clearances

  • Postmedia Network Inc. in connection with its acquisition of the Sun Media English language newspapers and digital properties from Quebecor Media Inc. for $305 million
  • 7-Eleven Canada Inc. in its acquisition of 144 retail gasoline sites from Imperial Oil

RECOGNITION

Michael is recognized as a leading lawyer in Canada in the areas of telecommunications by Chambers Global, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, the Lexpert American Lawyer Guide to the 500 Leading Lawyers in Canada, Who’s Who (also for competition law), and Euromoney.

PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT

Michael writes and speaks frequently for the Law Society of Ontario, the Ontario Bar Association and University of Toronto on competition law, administrative law, communications regulation and copyright law, and is a past Chair of the Canada Bar Association’s Competition Section’s Unilateral Practices Committee.

Community Involvement

Michael is a proud kidney donor and serves as an ambassador for Renewal to promote live kidney donation.

Education University of Toronto (LL.B., 1986)
Professional Affiliations

Law Society of Ontario
Canada Bar Association
American Bar Association