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The Foreign Investment Regulatory Review, 8th Edition - Canada Chapter
November-04-2020

The Public Competition Enforcement Review,12th Edition - Canada Chapter
June-10-2020

“Failing Firm” Claims in Merger Review – New Canadian Developments
April-30-2020

Canada Tightens Scrutiny Over Foreign Investment in Response to COVID-19
April-20-2020

Competitor Collaborations in Canada in Response to COVID-19
April-09-2020

Canadian Foreign Investment Review – What to Expect in 2020
April-02-2020

Win for Canadian Investors in U.S. Tech: Canada Exempt From new U.S. Regulations on Foreign Investment
January-27-2020

New Bureau Merger Challenge Evidences Effective M&A Strategies and Alleges Monopsony
January-13-2020

Goodmans LLP Successful in Vindicating Vancouver Airport Authority Before Competition Tribunal
November-05-2019

The Foreign Investment Regulation Review 7th Edition - Canada Chapter
October-21-2019

Supreme Court Allows Price-fixing Class Action On Behalf Of “Umbrella Purchasers” To Proceed
October-03-2019

SCC Clarifies Scope of Crown Copyright
September-27-2019

The Public Competition Enforcement Review - Eleventh Edition
May-01-2019

Top Five Recent Developments in Canadian Competition Law
April-09-2018

Competition Bureau Issues Guidance on Efficiencies Claims in Merger Transactions
April-03-2018

Federal Court of Appeal Levels the Playing Field for Respondents Before the Competition Tribunal
February-05-2018

The FCC repeals net neutrality – What it means for Canadian companies
December-19-2017

Government of Canada Raises Monetary Threshold for Investment Canada Act Reviews of Investments from Trading Partners to $1.5 Billion
September-25-2017

Reversal of National Security Order Signals a Shift in Attitude Towards Investment from China
April-04-2017

Government of Canada Provides Greater Clarity Around National Security Reviews and Reaffirms Higher Threshold for Net Benefit Reviews under Investment Canada Act
December-20-2016

The Public Competition Enforcement Review
August-16-2016

Recent Developments of Importance: Competition
June-15-2016

Competition Act and Investment Canada Act Review Thresholds Announced for 2016
February-11-2016

TPP to Increase Thresholds for Investment Canada Reviews to $1.5 Billion in Enterprise Value
November-12-2015

Thresholds for Investment Canada Reviews to be Increased to $600 Million in Enterprise Value
March-25-2015

Supreme Court Decision Underscores Importance of Quantifying Efficiency Gains in Merger Reviews
January-26-2015

New Reporting Requirements for Foreign Investments in the U.S.
December-15-2014

The Technology, Media and Telecommunications Review, 5th Edition
October-01-2014

Government Rejects Accelero Deal, Adding to ICA Uncertainty
October-10-2013

New ICA Developments - Tougher Measures for SOE Investments
May-03-2013

Canada Approves 2 Significant SOE Bids but Signals Tougher Measures for Reviewing Future Investments by Foreign SOEs
December-08-2012

PQ Announces Plans to Change Foreign Take-Over Bid Rules
November-26-2012

Government Announces Liberalisation of Foreign Investment Restrictions for Smaller Telecoms
March-15-2012

CRTC Extends Exemption of New Media Broadcasters
June-05-2009

Amendments to the Competition Act and the Investment Canada Act Granted Swift Passage
March-16-2009

Significant Changes Proposed to the Competition Act and the Investment Canada Act
February-11-2009

Merger Review by the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
November-05-2008

CRTC Releases New Regulatory Frameworks
November-03-2008

Tariff 22.B-G: Copyright Board Applies Existing Royalty Rates to Internet Broadcasting Activities; Majority Refuses to Set Rates for Sites Such as Facebook, MySpace and YouTube
October-27-2008

Comments on Public Policy Forum Discussion Paper: “Options for Amending the Competition Act: Fostering a Competitive Marketplace”
June-20-2003

Who's On First? Media Mergers: Interplay between the Broadcasting Act and the Competition Act
June-01-2002

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