Julie A Soloway is a partner in Blakes’ competition, antitrust and foreign investment group. She advises both domestic and foreign clients on all aspects of competition law, with a particular emphasis on multinational mergers and acquisitions. She also provides advice on strategic alliances, unilateral conduct matters, as well as criminal and civil investigations and compliance matters. She has advised many foreign investors, including state-owned investors, on the Investment Canada Act (including the State-Owned Enterprise Guidelines), which regulate the acquisition of foreign control of Canadian businesses. She has secured approvals for foreign investors in many of Canada’s key industries, including technology, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, and financial services.
Ms Soloway has worked in a leading capacity on some of Canada’s most complex and high-profile transactions, including Sagard/Fairfax Financial/Sports Group Ltd, Thermo Fisher/Patheon, Office Depot/Staples, HNA/Ingram, Koch/Infor, CPP/Glencore, BCE/Glentel, ExxonMobil/Celtic, Marubeni/Gavilon, Outokumpu Oyj/Inoxum, and Intact/AXA.
She is recognised as a leading competition lawyer in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2018, Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2018, Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders 2018, The Legal 500 Canada 2018, Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Competition & Antitrust Experts 2018, and Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2018. Ms Soloway has served on the American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law (SAL) leadership for over 11 years. She is currently co-chair of SAL’s International Committee. She is co-founder of the group Canadian Women in Competition Law and co-author of Leading the Way: Canadian Women in the Law. Ms Soloway is on the editorial board of Corporate Lawyer’s Competition Law Quarterly Legal Reviews. She is published in a wide range of journals and has spoken at legal conferences around the world on competition and foreign investment issues.
Ms Soloway has a strong international background, including a diploma in European competition law from King’s College London, a doctorate in international trade law (Toronto) and a degree in international, european and comparative law (Brussels).