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William (Bill) Wu is developing a dynamic practice that covers all areas of competition and antitrust law, including merger reviews, supplementary information requests, competition litigation, internal investigations, cartel defence and class actions.

Bill also advises clients in the manufacturing and retail sectors on compliance with federal and provincial marketing, advertising and consumer protection matters.

An active member of the leadership of the Canadian Bar Association’s National Competition Law Section, Bill has also assisted on a variety of competition and policy matters in the American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law.



Representative Matters

  • Acting as Canadian counsel for Raytheon Company in its all-stock merger of equals with United Technologies Corporation
  • Acted for Thoma Bravo in its acquisition of Aucerna and the negotiated divestiture of the oil and gas reserve software product, which is the first merger challenge since the appointment of the new Commissioner of Competition earlier in 2019
  • Acted as Canadian counsel for ABB Ltd. in its US$2.6 billion acquisition of General Electric Industrial Solutions
  • Acted for Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan in its US$36 billion merger of equals with Agrium Inc.
  • Acted for Canexus Corporation in its C$900 million acquisition by Chemtrade Logistics Income Fund
  • Acted for Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. in its C$3.9 billion acquisition by BCE Inc.
  • Acted for Lowe’s Companies in its C$3.2 billion acquisition of Rona Inc.
  • Acted for Hertz and Dollar Thrifty in the Competition Bureau investigation of alleged advertising practices
  • Acted for Hudson’s Bay Company in the Competition Bureau investigation of alleged misleading advertising practices relating to mattresses

Speaking Engagements

Antitrust in the Labour Market Canadian Bar Association – Teleseminar

December 2018

Anticompetitive Effects of Horizontal Shareholding Canadian Bar Association – Teleseminar

December 2017

News


Media Mentions

Directorships & Affiliations

  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Canadian Bar Association (Chair Economics and Law Committee, Competition Law Section, 2017-present)
  • American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law
  • Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers

Education & Admissions

2015
Called to the Ontario bar
2014
Joint JD / MA EconomicsUniversity of Toronto Faculty of Law
2010
BA (Honours), EconomicsUniversity of British Columbia

Insights by William Wu (10 Posts)

Getting the Deal Through – Cartel Regulations 2021

Feb 22, 2021

As the world grapples with the unprecedented health and economic challenges arising from the corona virus pandemic, competition law enforcement agencies will have further challenges in deploying scarce resources. 

Do Not Go Directly to Jail – Just Yet Anyway: Competition Bureau Confirms its View that Buy-Side Agreements between Competitors are not Criminally Unlawful

Nov 30, 2020

On November 27, 2020, the Competition Bureau clarified its view that the criminal cartel provisions of the Competition Act do not apply to buy-side agreements.

Canada Enters into Cooperation Framework with the Competition Enforcement Agencies of the “Five Eyes” Countries

Sep 28, 2020

The new cooperation framework will enhance the Canadian Competition Bureau's ability to cooperate with foreign competition agencies.

Competition Bureau Invites Comments to Revisions to the Competitor Collaboration Guidelines

Aug 5, 2020

The Competition Bureau recently released a draft revision of the Competition Collaboration Guidelines and is
inviting comments in a public consultation.

ATPDR: Limited Exemptions for Foreign Air Carriers

Jun 23, 2020

On June 1, 2020, the CTA issued the Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations Application Exemption Order.

CN Rail Acquires H&R Transport – Competition Analysis

May 1, 2020

The Competition Bureau's review of the CN/H&R highlights its attention to non-notifiable deals, its use of oral examinations and the efficiencies defence.

Need to Collaborate with Competitors to Respond to the COVID Crisis? Competition Bureau is Ready to Provide Guidance

Apr 13, 2020

Recognizing the need to provide certainty to the business community during the COVID crisis, the Competition Bureau is ready to provide guidance.

Cartels in a Time of COVID

Apr 6, 2020

The current COVID-19 crisis is having a significant impact on businesses all across Canada.

YVR Makes Safe Landing: Competition Bureau Abuse of Dominance Case against the Vancouver Airport Authority is Dismissed

Nov 12, 2019

On October 11, 2019, the Competition Tribunal dismissed the Competition Bureau's abuse of dominance allegations
against Vancouver Airport Authority.

Canadian National Security Reviews: 10 Takeaways

Oct 7, 2019

Foreign Investment in Canada is subject to review for National Security concerns. Our Brief outlines common issues which investors may wish to consider in planning transactions