As part of her competition/antitrust practice, Sarah regularly advises clients in a variety of industries on Canadian and international merger control, foreign investment and national security in corporate and commercial transactions. As part of her competition practice, Sarah routinely secures merger control clearances, and advises on pricing policies, competitor collaborations, abuse of dominance, and compliance programs. Her extensive experience in foreign investment matters under the Investment Canada Act includes assisting clients with the preparation of review applications and notifications (including under new COVID-19 policies), drafting and negotiating undertakings, and securing national security clearance for her clients.
As part of Sarah’s complimentary practice, she assists international businesses with the commercial and regulatory aspects of expanding to Canada, and from Canada to other markets. In doing so, she advises extensively on advertising and marketing law through all media types, focusing on a wide array of areas, including deceptive marketing, contests, sweepstakes and promotions, consumer protection, privacy and anti-spam laws, technology, communications and online sales regulation, and product regulatory compliance involving food, cosmetics, drugs, medical devices, and other consumer and industrial products.
Representative Legal Matters
Advised a multinational pharmaceutical company in obtaining national security clearance under the Investment Canada Act.
Advised Hitachi on Canadian competition and foreign investment law in its USD 8.1 billion acquisition of ABB's power grids business (the largest ever acquisition by a Japanese industrial company).
Represented Impala Platinum Holdings Limited, one of the world’s foremost producers of platinum, on Canadian merger control filings and foreign investment law in its acquisition of North American Palladium.
Represented a leading US-based hospitality group in its merger clearance of its non-notifiable acquisition of a Canadian target.
Advised DIF Capital Partners on the Canadian foreign investment and merger control filings in connection with its acquisition, through DIF Infrastructure V, of BluEarth Renewables LP from Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan.
Represented Platinum Equity in its USD 3.8 billion acquisition of Husky IMS International Ltd., the Canada-headquartered global leader in the manufacture and supply of injection molding equipment to the plastics industry. The acquisition involved obtaining both merger clearance under the Competition Act and foreign investment approval under the Investment Canada Act.
Advised a leading US-based data communications and telecommunications equipment provider on its USD 1.2 billion cross-border acquisition of a Canadian manufacturer of advanced video surveillance solutions listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Represented a major private equity fund on Canadian competition and foreign investment law in its acquisition of a leading supplier of injection molding equipment and services.
Advised a leading luxury wine and spirit company of its Canadian alcohol marketing practices.
Advised a leading video game platform in connection with its Canadian expansion, focusing on Canadian youth protection laws, and related privacy and marketing laws.
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Law Society of Upper Canada
- Canadian Bar Association
- Ontario Bar Association
- Ontario~Canada (2016)
- Ottawa University (J.D.) (2015)
- Ottawa University (BSc. Chemistry) (2012)
Co-author, "Proposed Changes to Quebec’s French Language Laws Could Impact Longstanding Exemption for English Trademarks", Baker McKenzie InsightPlus, May 2021
Co-author, "Updated National Security Guidelines - Canada signals focus on sensitive technology, personal information, and critical minerals", Baker McKenzie InsightPlus, March 2021
Co-author, "Watch out, GDPR - Canada Proposes Strict new Privacy law Framework Backed by Significant Fines,"Baker McKenzie InsightPlus, 2 December 2020
Co-author, "COVID-19 - Foreign Investments in Canada - Still Open for Business, but Caveat Emptor," Baker McKenzie InsightPlus, 30 June 2020
Co-author, "Pricing Goods and Services in the Time of COVID-19: Canadian Government Measures Against Price-Gouging,"Baker McKenzie InsightPlus, 3 April 2020