Kevin Ackhurst leads the competition and foreign investment review practice in the Toronto office of Norton Rose Fulbright. Kevin advises Canadian and international clients on all aspects of Canada's competition and foreign investment laws, including analyzing the competitive implications of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, advising on civil and criminal competition law matters, and developing competition law compliance programs. Kevin has extensive experience on the review of foreign investments under the net benefit and national security provisions of the Investment Canada Act. As counsel to Nortel Networks during the sale of its wireless business to Ericsson, he was among the first counsel to deal with the post-2009 national security provisions of the Investment Canada Act.
Kevin has advised clients in a wide range of industries, including the aerospace, agri-business, automotive, consumer products, energy, film, video, publishing and recorded music, financial services, life sciences, mining, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, specialty chemicals, technology, telecommunications and transportation sectors.
Early in his career, Kevin was seconded to the International Affairs Division of the Canadian Competition Bureau. One of his primary responsibilities was to provide support to the chair of the steering group of the International Competition Network (ICN). His other responsibilities included preparing ministerial briefing notes, undertaking international benchmarking studies, and participating in interdepartmental meetings on the interplay between trade and competition law.
An active member of the National Competition Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), Kevin most recently served as the Chair of the Mergers Committee in 2012-2013. He has chaired panels at several CBA conferences, and moderated sessions at ICN annual conferences.
Kevin contributes competition- and regulatory-related items to the firm's M&A blog, DealLawWire.com, and comments frequently on competition and foreign investment matters on Twitter @CanadaAntitrust. He is often quoted in the press on competition and foreign investment matters, including by The Deal, BNN, Reuters, Financial Post, Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal, the Globe and Mail, and dealReporter. Kevin was recognized by Best Lawyers as among the top competition lawyers in Canada in 2012 and 2013, and the Norton Rose Fulbright competition and antitrust team was ranked in the top 20 Global Elite by Global Competition Review in its GCR 100 2014 edition.