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Mark Opashinov is a prominent competition, antitrust and foreign investment lawyer advising domestic and foreign businesses on all aspects of Canadian corporate and competition law. His clients include many S&P/TSX 60, Fortune 500, and European and Asian multinational corporations across a wide range of industries.

Providing expert guidance on strategic legal decisions, Mark also assists clients with the legal issues they face day-to-day. With a significant transactional experience, he advises on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and reorganizations. He also counsel clients on the regulatory aspects of their transactions, as well as the civil and criminal provisions of Canada’s Competition Act.

Mark is recognized by Chambers Canada and Best Lawyers in Canada as a leading lawyer in competition / antitrust law. Clients appreciate his efficiency in managing complex legal projects and his use of technology in the practice of law.

Mark speaks and writes extensively on corporate and competition law matters. He is the president and director of the University of Toronto Schools Alumni Association and director of Opera Atelier.



Representative Matters

  • Ticketmaster in its defense of alleged deceptive marketing practices
  • Luxottica in connection with its US$54 billion merger with Essilor
  • SABMiller plc in its Canadian Competition Bureau clearance of its US $107 billion take-over by Anheuser Busch InBev SA/NV
  • MeadWestvaco Corp. in its US$16 billion merger with Rock-Tenn Company to create a leading global provider of consumer and corrugated packaging
  • Rogers Communications Inc. in its joint acquisition with BCE Inc. of GLENTEL Inc., a Canadian-based multi-carrier mobile products distributor operating close to 500 retail locations in Canada under banners that include WirelessWave, TBooth Wireless, and Wireless Etc.
  • Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA in its global book publishing joint venture with Pearson plc
  • PPG Industries, Inc. in its acquisition of North American architectural coatings business of Akzo Nobel N.V. (coatings)
  • Motorola Systems, Inc. in its acquisition of Psion plc (ruggedized computing technologies)
  • Patheon Inc. on the divestiture of its clinical packaging business to Bellwyck Packaging Solutions Inc. (packaging)
  • Royal & Sun Alliance in its acquisition of L’Union Canadienne, Compagnie d’Assurance from The Co-Operators Group (insurance)
  • The Coca-Cola Company in its acquisition of Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. (beverages)
  • Novartis AG in its acquisition of a majority interest in Alcon Inc. (ophthalmic pharmaceutical and eye-care products)
  • Royal & Sun Alliance in its acquisition of Glenstone Capital Incorporated, GCAN Insurance Company and Aldis Underwriting Managers Inc. (insurance)
  • Live Nation, Inc. in its merger with Ticketmaster, Inc. (concert promotion and ticketing)
  • Agrium Advanced Technologies on the acquisition of the business of Evergro Canada Inc. (manufacturing)

Speaking Engagements

Competition Enforcement in the Digital Age CBA's Annual Competition Law Spring Conference

May 7, 2019

First Mover Advantage: The Legalization of Adult Use Cannabis in Canada

October 30, 2018

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

October 22, 2018

The Use of Technology and e-Discovery Principles Beyond Traditional Civil Litigation, The Advocates' Society

October 16, 2017

Megabytes and Market Power: Advising the Multinational Tech Company on Antitrust Issues

January 22, 2015

The Year in Review: What's New in Competition Law

October 23, 2014

Maintaining Your Competitive Advantage: What's New in Competition Law

October 16, 2014

Managing Regulatory Risk in the M&A Process: The Competition Act, the Investment Canada Act and Your Deal

April 2012

Legal Project Management for the Business Lawyer Presentation to Canadian Bar Association with Ann Gomez

December 2011

Legal Project Management for the Business Lawyer Presentation to Canadian Bar Association with Ann Gomez

May 2011

Managing Regulatory Risk in the M&A Process: The Competition Act, the Investment Canada Act and Your Deal

April 2011

Teaching Engagements

Mark speaks frequently on corporate and competition law matters.

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Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized by Chambers Global (2021) as a leading lawyer in the area of Competition / Antitrust
  • Recognized by the Best Lawyers in Canada (2021) as a leading lawyer in the area of Competition / Antitrust Law
  • Recognized by Chambers Canada (2021) as a leading lawyer in the area of Competition / Antitrust Law
  • Recognized in the 2020 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Repeatedly Recommended lawyer in the area of Competition Law
  • Recognized by Chambers Global (2020) as a leading lawyer in the area of Competition / Antitrust
  • Recognized by Chambers Canada (2020) as a leading lawyer in the area of Competition / Antitrust Law
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada (2020) as a leading lawyer in the area of Competition / Antitrust Law
  • Recognized by the 2019 Lexpert Guide to the US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyers in Canada as a leading Canadian lawyer in cross-border practices
  • Recognized in the 2019 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Repeatedly Recommended lawyer in the area of Competition Law
  • Recognized by Chambers Global (2019) as a leading lawyer in the area of Competition / Antitrust
  • Recognized by Chambers Canada (2019) as a leader in Competition/Antitrust
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada (2019) as a leading lawyer in the area of Competition / Antitrust Law
  • Recognized in the 2018 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Repeatedly Recommended lawyer in the area of Competition Law
  • Ranked by Lexpert Guide (2018) as a leading US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyer in Canada
  • Recognized in Chambers Canada 2018 as a leading practitioner in the area of Competition and Antitrust law
  • Recognized in Chambers Global 2018 as a leading practitioner in the area of Competition and Antitrust law
  • Recognized in Chambers Canada 2017 as a leading practitioner in the area of Competition and Antitrust law
  • Recognized in Chambers Global 2017 as a leading practitioner in the area of Competition and Antitrust law

Community Involvement

  • Opera Atelier, Director
  • University of Toronto Schools Alumni Association, President and Director
  • Toronto Arts Council, Director and Secretary (2005-2011)

Directorships & Affiliations

  • Canadian Bar Association (Competition Law Section and Economics Committee Past-Chair)
  • American Bar Association (Antitrust Law and International Law)
  • Association Internationale des Jeunes Advocats (Mergers & Acquisitions and Antitrust Commissions)

Education & Admissions

1998
Called to the Ontario bar
2010
LLM Osgoode Hall Law School
1996
LLB Queen's University
1993
MA Queen's University
1992
BA University of Toronto, Victoria College
1988
University of Toronto Schools

Publications

Insights by Mark Opashinov (18 Posts)

Emerging Competition & Data Privacy Issues for Real Estate Organizations

Feb 2, 2021

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

Competition Law Recap: Key Takeaways from 2020 (January 27, 2021)

Jan 20, 2021

2020 has been an interesting and challenging year as economies grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Oil and Gas Sector Consolidation Invites Competition Bureau Reviews

Nov 17, 2020

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.

Getting the Deal Through – Merger Control 2021

Nov 9, 2020

Getting the Deal Through - Merger Control 2021

Canadian Competition Act and Investment Canada Act

Feb 3, 2020

Canadian Competition Act and Investment Canada Act

Competition Law Recap: Key Takeaways from 2019

Dec 17, 2019

Join Competition lawyers Janine MacNeil and Mark Opashinov for everything you need to know about the year's developments in mergers, refusals to deal, price maintenance, abuse of dominant market position, cartel enforcement, misleading and deceptive advertising.

Getting the Deal Through – Merger Control 2020

Sep 1, 2019

2020 Canadian Chapter of Lexology GTDT - Merger Control provides the most current and comprehensive information available on mergers and acquisitions under antitrust and competition law in Canada.

Competition Law Recap: Key Takeaways from 2018

Dec 6, 2018

Competition Law Recap: Key Takeaways from 2018

Getting the Deal Through (Canada Chapter) – Merger Control 2019

Nov 29, 2018

The 2019 Canadian Chapter of Getting the Deal Through - Merger Control provides current and comprehensive information on mergers and acquisitions in Canada.

First Mover Advantage: The Legalization of Adult Use Cannabis in Canada

Oct 30, 2018

Whether you are new to the cannabis industry, interested in starting a cannabis business, or have been seizing opportunities for a while — join us for an interactive day on the strategic and legal implications of the legalization of cannabis in Canada.

Proposed Changes to the Competition Bureau’s Immunity Program Will Undermine Effective Cartel Enforcement in Canada – Comments of McMillan LLP on the Consultation Draft dated October 26, 2017

Jan 1, 2018

Several proposed revisions to Immunity Program under the Competition Act will have unintended but serious consequence of decreasing applications for immunity

Getting the Deal Through (Canada Chapter) – Merger Control 2018

Jan 1, 2018

The pathway to successfully navigating the merger and antitrust challenges for Canadian and international transactions has changed considerably within the past decade

Government of Canada Provides Valuable Guidance on National Security Review of Foreign Investment in Canada

Jan 3, 2017

Government of Canada Provides Valuable Guidance on National Security Review of Foreign Investment in Canada

Getting the Deal Through – Merger Control 2018 (Canada Chapter)

Jan 1, 2017

Getting the Deal Through – Merger Control 2018 (Canada Chapter)

Competition Bureau Issues Consent Agreement Template

Sep 29, 2016

Competition Bureau Issues Consent Agreement Template

Video Games as Canadian Culture: Navigating the Investment Canada Act in Interactive Entertainment Acquisitions

May 31, 2016

Video Games as Canadian Culture: Navigating the Investment Canada Act in Interactive Entertainment Acquisitions

Getting the Deal Through – Merger Control 2016, Canada Chapter

Jan 1, 2016

Getting the Deal Through - Merger Control 2016, Canada Chapter

Competition Bureau’s Draft Intellectual Property Enforcement Guidelines Provide Welcome Clarity on Bureau Treatment of Intellectual Property

Jul 2, 2015

Competition Bureau's Draft Intellectual Property Enforcement Guidelines Provide Welcome Clarity on Bureau Treatment of Intellectual Property