Beth Riley is a renowned lawyer with a broad range of experience in competition / antitrust and foreign investment. With extensive capital markets experience, she has great insight into addressing complex business issues and the needs of clients, including in particular clients in Alberta’s energy sector, which is a distinctive aspect of her competition practice.  Beth brings a unique perspective on the workings of the Competition Bureau having served as an officer assessing mergers under the Competition Act prior to practicing law.

Beth advises Canadian and international clients involved in mergers, joint ventures and other alliances on the notification and clearance provisions of the Competition Act and the Investment Canada Act. She also advises on anticompetitive business practices and the development of corporate compliance policies.

Beth also has extensive experience in capital markets matters and securities offerings, public and private mergers and acquisitions, in addition to advising clients regarding corporate governance, shareholder activism and general regulatory compliance.

Beth has been recognized amongst the World’s Leading Lawyers for Business by Chambers Global in Competition and Antitrust, as well as by Lexpert as one of the most frequently recommended lawyers in Competition Law.

Teaching Engagements

  • University of Calgary, Sessional instructor at the Faculty of Law, University of Calgary: Business Law 656 – Mergers & Acquisitions (2016 – present)


Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2023 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Most Frequently Recommended Lawyer in the area of Competition
  • Recognized by Chambers Global (2023) as a leading lawyer in the area of Competition / Antitrust
  • Recognized in the 2022 Lexpert Special Edition on Canada’s Leading Litigation Lawyers as a Leading Litigation Lawyer
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business – Ranked, Competition/Antitrust (2021/2022);
  • Chambers Canada – Ranked, Competition/Antitrust (2021/2022);
  • Lexpert: Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Most Frequently Recommended – Competition Law), (2021/2022);
  • Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, Lexpert Special Edition – Energy and Litigation (2021/2022);
  • Best Lawyers in Canada and Who’s Who Legal (2021/2022)

Education & Admissions

Called to the Alberta Bar
Bachelor of Laws University of Toronto
Master of Arts, Economics Queen’s University
Bachelor of Arts, Economics, Honours (First Class) St. Francis Xavier University

Insights (4 Posts)

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Modernization of the Investment Canada Act is Underway

The Canadian federal government introduced Bill C-34, An Act to Amend the Investment Canada Act, to modernize Canada’s national security regime.

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Dec 12, 2022
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Squeaky “Clean”: Competition Bureau Combats Greenwashing

Competition law developments aimed at addressing "greenwashing" (misleading environmental claims), including increased scrutiny by the Bureau.

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Nov 10, 2022
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Foreign Investment in Canada: Minerals are Critical and Annual Report Released

The government’s approach to reviewing foreign investment is evolving, with an increased focus on national security concerns.

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Nov 7, 2022
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Green or Grey: Regulators Target Greenwashing, Misleading Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Claims

An overview of risks and best practices for companies in relation to environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) claims and disclosure.

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Oct 19, 2022