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Blakes partner returns after two-year stint at Competition Bureau

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 @ 4:06 PM | By John Chunn

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes) announced the return of partner Randall Hofley, following his two-year secondment with the Competition Bureau legal services, where he served as general counsel and senior enforcement adviser. 

“We’re thrilled to have him back,” said Brian Facey, chair, Blakes competition, antitrust and foreign investment group in the firm’s press release. “It was a win-win situation: we were happy to lend one of Canada’s leading competition lawyers to the bureau, and happy to have him back, fortified with an even greater depth of experience, which will no doubt benefit our clients and firm.”

While at the bureau over 2018-19, Hofley played an active role in the development of the bureau’s strategic plans and priorities, and a leading role in the bureau’s external enforcement guidelines related to merger efficiencies, immunity and leniency, intellectual property, dominance and competitor collaborations and its internal policies on public interest privilege, expert witnesses, discovery and subpoenas. He also played senior counsel roles in high-profile enforcement matters related to mergers, abuse of dominance and deceptive marketing, and in the negotiation of the bureau’s domestic and international enforcement co-operation agreements.