Chris Margison has over 20 years of private and public sector legal experience, including as Special Advisor to both the Commissioner of Competition and the Senior Deputy Commissioner, Cartels Directorate at the Competition Bureau.
With his background, Chris brings a number of attributes, such as the ability to provide critical advice, guidance and recommendations in a timely fashion on all aspects of Canadian competition law. He has advised the Commissioner, Senior Deputy Commissioners and high-profile Canadian and international companies on mergers, strategic alliances, cartels, bid-rigging, abuse of dominance, distribution and pricing practices, and misleading advertising matters. He has been involved in several litigated matters before the Competition Tribunal, including as an integral part of the Competition Bureau’s case team in Commissioner of Competition v. Visa Canada Corporation. Chris has developed expertise in a wide variety of industries, including the agricultural, consumer products, entertainment, financial services, information technology, manufacturing, mining, pharmaceutical, plastics and telecommunications sectors.
Honours and Awards
- Commissioner’s Merit Award Finalist, Competition Bureau, 2014
- Commissioner’s Merit Award Winner, Competition Bureau, 2012
- Deputy Commissioner’s Merit Award Winner, Competition Bureau, 2012 and 2014
- Leading Lawyer in Advertising and Marketing, Lawday, 2009
Award Winning Transactions
• Acted for Air Canada in connection with its acquisition of Aimia Inc.’s Aeroplan loyalty program , which was ranked by Lexpert as one of the top 10 deals of 2019
• Acted for Knowlton Development Corporation Inc. in connection with its sale to a group of investors led by Cornell Capital LLC, a private investment firm based in New York and Hong Kong, which was awarded the 2019 Gold Deal of the Year by the 21st annual Canadian Private Equity Summit Awards