Joshua Krane is a recognized leader in competition / antitrust and foreign investment matters. He advises companies in the agricultural, aviation, consumer products, energy, entertainment, technology and telecommunications industries, collaborating with clients’ legal and executive teams to address complex business issues.

Joshua has extensive experience completing strategic transactions, working with government officials on regulatory matters, and resolving commercial disputes. He also offers guidance on pricing and contracting practices, social media and influencer marketing, and relationships with customers, suppliers and competitors.

Considered a leader in advertising law, Joshua has also been at the forefront of new developments as advertising has become increasingly digital. In addition to providing advice on major ad campaigns, he represents clients in disputes before the courts, the Competition Bureau, the Ad Standards Canada and the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). Joshua successfully resolved a high-profile dispute with the Competition Bureau in a digital marketing case, including, as a first, obtaining the Bureau’s agreement not to extend the remedy to websites outside of Canada.

As the co-author of Investment Canada Act: Commentary and Annotation, Joshua is frequently called upon to advise on foreign investment matters, including national security reviews. He has testified twice before the House of Commons standing committee on industry, science and technology regarding the Investment Canada Act.

Earlier in his career, Joshua worked for several government agencies, including the legal services branch of the Competition Bureau, the constitutional law branch of the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario, and the Federal Prosecution Service.


Representative Matters

Recent representative transactional matters include:

  • Paper Excellence on its US$3-billion acquisition of Domtar
  • West Fraser Timber on its C$4-billion acquisition of Norbord
  • The Jim Pattison Group in the sale of Sun-Rype Products Ltd. to Lassonde Industries Inc.
  • Harris Corporation on its US$34-billion merger with L3 Technologies
  • The Washington Companies on its US$1.2-billion acquisition of Dominion Diamond
  • Summit Park on its US$50-million acquisition of certain assets from Iron Mountain Incorporated under a consent agreement with the Commissioner of Competition
  • Westlake Chemical Corporation on its US$3.8-billion acquisition of Axiall Corporation
  • Imperial Oil on its C$2.8-billion sale of 497 company-owned Esso retail stations
  • Holcim Ltd on its C$50-billion merger with Lafarge S.A. and on its divestment of certain North American cement, ready-mix, aggregates and construction businesses to CRH plc
  • Schneider Electric SA on its acquisition of Invensys plc in a transaction valued at US$5.2-billion
  • Daylight Energy Ltd. on its C$2.2-billion acquisition by China Petrochemical Corporation, known as Sinopec Group

Recent representative disputed matters include:

  • StubHub in connection with a Competition Bureau investigation into advertising practices
  • The Toronto Real Estate Board in its appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada in connection with a Competition Bureau challenge under the Competition Act
  • Alcon Canada in relation to a Competition Bureau investigation under the abuse of dominance provisions of the Competition Act
  • Canadian Civil Liberties Association in relation to its intervention before the Supreme Court of Canada in an asset forfeiture case
  • An auto parts company in response to a production order issued under the Competition Act
  • United airlines in relation to the Competition Bureau’s challenge of alliance agreements with Air Canada under the civil merger and competitor collaboration provisions of the Competition Act before the Competition Tribunal

Speaking Engagements

Speaker: “Making a successful transition to graduate studies/law school”, University of Ottawa

March 24, 2021

Presenter: “Government Control of Business”, McGill University Faculty of Law

February 12, 2021

Speaker: Abuse of Dominance Comes in for a Landing: The State of s. 79 Following VAA and TREB The Reviewable Matters/Unilateral Conduct Committee and Competition Litigation Committee of the CBA Competition Law Section, the Canadian Bar Association, Toronto, Ontario

January 17, 2020

Speaker: Economist Roundtable with the Competition Bureau The Economics and Law Committee of the CBA Competition Law Section, the Canadian Bar Association, Toronto, Ontario

May 16, 2018

Speaker: Paper, Rock, and Privilege - Document Production in an Age of the Million Document Case The Competition Litigation Committee of the CBA Competition Law Section and the Canadian Bar Association, Toronto, Ontario

March 13, 2018


Media Mentions

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada (2022) as a leading lawyer in the areas of Advertising and Marketing Law and Competition / Antitrust Law
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2021 (Competition/Antitrust)
  • Who’s Who Legal: M&A and Governance 2019 & 2021 (Foreign Investment Review Chapter)
  • Who’s Who Legal: Competition – 2018-2021 (Future Leaders – Partners), which profiles the foremost practitioners in the competition community aged 45 and under
  • Who’s Who Legal: Foreign Investment Review 2020
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2020 (Competition Law)
  • Who’s Who Legal: M&A and Governance 2019 (Foreign Investment Review Chapter)
  • Canadian Lexpert Directory 2019 (Repeatedly Recommended – Competition Law)
  • The Legal 500 Canada 2018 (Recommended – Competition & Antitrust)

Community Involvement

  • Trustee for the Ontario Science Centre

Education & Admissions

Admitted to the Ontario bar
LLMUniversity of Toronto
BCL / LLB (Magna Cum Laude)McGill University
B.Soc.Sc. (Summa Cum Laude; Gold Medalist)Univerity of Ottawa


Insights by Joshua Krane (9 Posts)

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Strike Two…
The Commissioner Loses Second Injunction To Block Merger

Unlike in some jurisdictions, Canadian merger review has not given rise to significant excitement of late. The recent Secure/Tervita case may have changed that

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Aug 27, 2021
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Advertising in the Virtual World

Join members of the Marketing and Advertising Group on Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 12 pm ET as we discuss current trends in marketing and advertising in an increasingly virtual world, and during the ongoing global pandemic.

June 17, 2021 - 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm ET
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Canadian Government Expands National Security Guidance

On March 24, 2021, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry announced that the government updated its National Security Guidelines.

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Mar 25, 2021
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Competition Bureau Grounds FlightHub’s Misleading Advertising

On February 24, 2021, the Competition Bureau concluded its investigation into alleged misleading advertising by FlightHub by way of a consent agreement.

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Mar 3, 2021
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Canada Updates Official Terrorist Entities List – What It Means for Your Business

The Canadian government has placed the Proud boys on the list of terrorist entities. This announcement has certain key implications for Canadian companies.

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Feb 23, 2021
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Canada’s Transport Minister Approves Air Transat’s Take-Over by Air Canada

In a long-awaited decision, Canada’s newly appointed Transport Minister approved Air Canada’s acquisition of rival Transat on public interest grounds

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Feb 22, 2021
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Emerging Competition & Data Privacy Issues for Real Estate Organizations

Changes to Canada’s privacy laws, developments with low-commission brokerages and changes to short-term rental regulations will impact real estate associations.

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Feb 2, 2021
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Canada Freezes Shandong out of the Arctic

Canada blocked Shandong Gold's acquisition of TMAC Resources following a national security review under the Investment Canada Act.

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Dec 22, 2020
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Oil and Gas Sector Consolidation Invites Competition Bureau Reviews

With the recent surge in M&A activity in the oil and gas sector, the Competition Bureau may call on industry participants to investigate some of these deals.

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Nov 17, 2020