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Joshua Krane is a nationally and internationally 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 former 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 several times before the House of Commons standing committee on Industry 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:

  • Calian Group on its acquisition of Ottawa-based Decisive Group
  • Sunwing Vacations on its combination with WestJet
  • Domtar on its proposed US$2.7-billion acquisition of Resolute Forest Products
  • SYNNEX on its US$7.2-billion merger with Tech Data to create TD Synnex
  • Domtar on the US$300-million sale of the Kamloops pulp mill to Kruger
  • Quickie Convenience Stores on the sale of 22 retail gas stations and 51 convenience stores to MacEwen Petroleum
  • 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:

  • A complaint to the Competition Bureau in connection with a merger that resulted in a significant divestiture remedy
  • A real estate board in connection with an abuse of dominance investigation by the Competition Bureau
  • 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 Chambers Global (2024) as a leading lawyer in the area of Competition / Antitrust
  • Recognized in the 2023 Lexpert Special Edition on Canada’s Leading Litigation Lawyers as a Leading Litigation Lawyer
  • Listed in Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2023 as a leader in Competition
  • Recognized by Chambers Canada (2024) as a leading lawyer in the area of Competition / Antitrust
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada (2024) as a leading lawyer in the area of Advertising and Marketing Law and Competition / Antitrust Law
  • Listed in the 2023 Who’s Who Legal: Competition Guide as a Future Leader – Partner in the area of Competition Law
  • Recognized in the 2023 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Consistently Recommended Lawyer in the area of Competition Law
  • Listed in Who’s Who Legal: Global 2022 as a future leader in Competition and Foreign Investment Review
  • Listed in Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2022 as a leader in Competition
  • Winner of the Lexpert 2022 Rising Star Awards: Leading Lawyer Under 40
  • Thompson Reuters Stand-out Lawyer based on client service excellence
  • Recognized by Chambers Canada as a leading lawyer in the area of Competition / Antitrust Law
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada as a leading lawyer in the areas of Competition / Antitrust Law and Advertising & Marketing Law
  • Recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert directory as a Repeatedly Recommended Lawyer in the areas of Competition Law and Advertising & Marketing Law
  • Recognized by Who’s Who Legal: M&A and Governance (Foreign Investment Review) and as a future leader in Competition / Antitrust Law

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)University of Ottawa


Insights (26 Posts)View More

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Getting the Deal Through – Merger Control 2024

The 2024 Canadian Chapter of Lexology Getting the Deal Through - Merger Control provides the most current and comprehensive information available on mergers and acquisitions under antitrust and competition law in Canada.

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Jan 18, 2024
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Competition Act Amendments Proceed at Pace

Bill C-56, the Affordable Housing and Groceries Act, part of the federal government’s efforts to overhaul the Competition Act, has received Royal Assent.

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Dec 28, 2023
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Transformative Change: Your Guide to Canada’s Breathtaking Competition Act Changes

We provide a summary of far-reaching Competition Act amendments proposed in 2023.

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Dec 5, 2023
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Industry Committee Expands Scope of National Security Powers and Other ICA Updates

New proposed changes to Investment Canada Act include significant new rules for state-owned enterprises, asset acquisitions, and net-benefit test.

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Oct 3, 2023
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Key Developments in Competition & Foreign Investment Law: A Cross-Canada Update from McMillan’s National Team

Join us to explore key developments in Canadian competition and foreign investment law. Topics will include new no-poach / wage-fixing offence, Investment Canada Developments, technology markets, greenwashing, class action developments, upcoming Competition Act amendments and more!

Thursday, October 5, 2023
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Change is in the Air: Government of Canada proposing changes to Air Passenger Protection Regulations

The Canadian federal government announced its intention to make significant reforms to strengthen the Air Passenger Protection Regulations (“APPR”).

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Mar 29, 2023
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Sunny Days Ahead – The WestJet-Sunwing Merger is Cleared for Takeoff

On March 10, 2023, the Government of Canada approved WestJet's merger with Sunwing pursuant to the Canada Transportation Act.

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Mar 10, 2023
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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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Getting the Deal Through – Merger Control 2023

The 2023 Canadian Chapter of Lexology Getting the Deal Through - Merger Control provides the most current and comprehensive information available on mergers and acquisitions under antitrust and competition law in Canada.

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Nov 1, 2022
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Round One of Competition Act Amendments Passed; National Security Review Regime Amended

New amendments to the Competition Act were passed today as part of the budget implementation bill.

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Jun 27, 2022
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Flair’s Canadian Status Confirmed in Important Ruling

The article analyses the Canadian Transportation Agency decision in Flair and its implications for the airline industry and the regulatory regimes in Canada.

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Jun 16, 2022
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Significant Changes Coming to Canada’s Competition Act

The Canadian federal government has introduced a series of significant changes to Canada's Competition Act.

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May 3, 2022
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Canada Issues Policy Statement on Investments Linked to Russia under the Investment Canada Act

Investments by Russian investors will be subject to enhanced scrutiny and prolonged timelines.

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Mar 9, 2022
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Wind-up and Hang-up: China Mobile’s Motion to stay an ICA Order Pending Judicial Review Dismissed

Analyzing updates from an Investment Canada Act national security review case to provide key insights to investors into Canada.

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Jan 10, 2022
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Getting the Deal Through – Merger Control 2022

Regulatory scrutiny of mergers and acquisitions looks set to continue to intensify around the globe, with all signs pointing towards an even more complex and dynamic regulatory landscape for businesses to navigate in 2021 and beyond.

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Nov 2, 2021
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Northern Exposure: Canadian Competition Law/Investment Canada Update

We discuss, and answer questions, respecting developments in Canadian Competition and Foreign Investment Law.

Wednesday, November 24, 2021
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China Mobile Case Raises National Security Hang-up

China Mobile is challenging the Canadian government's order to divest its Canadian operations. The case raises important cross-border investment issues.

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Oct 25, 2021
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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.

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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

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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

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Dec 22, 2020
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Nov 17, 2020

Deals & Cases (5 Posts)

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West Fraser to Sell Two Pulp Mills in Western Canada to Atlas Holdings

On September 22, 2023, West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. (TSX and NYSE: WFG) (“West Fraser”) announced its agreement to sell it’s Quesnel River Pulp mill in Quesnel, British Columbia and its Slave Lake Pulp mill in Slave Lake, Alberta to Atlas Holdings (“Atlas”) for US$120 Million.

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Sep 22, 2023
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West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. to Sell Hinton Pulp Mill to Mondi

On July 10, 2023, West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. (TSX and NYSE: WFG) (“West Fraser”) announced an agreement to sell its unbleached softwood kraft pulp mill in Hinton, Alberta to Mondi Group plc (“Mondi”), a global leader in sustainable packaging and paper.

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Jul 10, 2023
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McMillan Advises Sunwing Airlines on its Successful Merger with the WestJet Group

On May 1, 2023, Sunwing Airlines completed its merger with The WestJet Group. This marks the third successful airline merger in Canada within the last two decades.

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May 1, 2023
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Domtar Corporation Acquires Resolute Forest Products

On July 5, 2022, Domtar Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Paper Excellence Group, entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger with Resolute Forest Products Inc.

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Mar 1, 2023
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McMillan LLP Acts for West Fraser in $4 billion Acquisition of Norbord

McMillan LLP Acts for West Fraser in $4 billion Acquisition of Norbord

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Nov 26, 2020