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Douglas New Toronto Lawyer

Douglas C. New

Partner Fasken
While Canada continues to welcome foreign investment, it remains important, during the transaction planning process, to give early focus on what Canadian regulatory clearances might be required in order to avoid unnecessary delays or transaction complications.
Jurisdiction Ontario, 1976
Language(s) English
Office(s) Toronto

Former Chair of the firm’s Antitrust/Competition & Marketing Group, Douglas New carries on an active general business law practice which includes providing specialized advice to domestic and foreign clients on pre-merger regulatory clearances under legislation such as the Competition Act, Investment Canada Act and Canada Transportation Act. He is also regularly consulted on a full range of Canadian competition, distribution, marketing and other business law issues.

In his advertising, marketing and general business law practice, Douglas provides guidance to major manufacturers, distributors and other businesses on pricing and distribution practices, advertising and marketing practices, discount programs, packaging and labelling, promotions and promotional contests and telemarketing issues.  Douglas also provides commercial and corporate law counsel to a broad range of public and private companies, including a number of Fortune 500 companies.

Douglas previously served with Canada’s Foreign Investment Review Agency (now the Investment Review Division of the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada) as a Special Advisor (Legal) to the Deputy Commissioner.

Regularly commenting on Canada’s competition, marketing and foreign investment laws, Douglas has contributed articles to publications including Business Lawyer (ABA), CA Magazine and International Financial Law Review, has served as a contributing editor to the Matthew Bender & Co publication Doing Business In Canada and as editor-in-chief for Review of International Business Law, and was a contributing author to Foreign Investment Review Law in Canada. Currently, Douglas sits on the editorial board of the Competition Chronicle.

Douglas obtained his Juris Doctorate at Western University, following which he was called to the degree of Barrister-at-Law by the Law Society of Upper Canada and enrolled as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Ontario.

Doug has served on numerous firm committees including as Chair of the Business Development Committee. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and received the Traditional Law Practice Award from the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers in 2013.

Named a leading lawyer by Chambers Global, Douglas is also an Adjunct Professor at Ryerson University lecturing on the subject of marketplace and business laws at the Ted Rogers School of Business Management.


  • Canadian Association of Black Lawyers' Traditional Law Practice Award, 2013
2013 Canadian Association of Black Lawyers' Traditional Law Practice Award
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  • JD Western University

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association - Competition Law Section
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association and Ontario Bar Association - Foreign Investment Review Committee
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association - Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Section
  • Member, American Bar Association - International Antitrust Committee, Antitrust Law Section
  • Member, International Bar Association - Antitrust and Trade Law Section
  • Lifetime Member, Canadian Association of Black Lawyers
  • Past Member, Ontario Investment Promotion Co-ordination Committee, a joint committee of the Ontario and Canadian Governments dealing with trade and investment issues 
  • Member, The Granite Club
  • Directorships (current and past): Rohm and Haas Canada Inc., Rio Algom Ltd., Munters Inc., Synergistics Industries Ltd., Handleman Company of Canada Ltd., Datastream International (Canada) Ltd., WEFA Canada, Inc., Cognizant Technologies Inc.
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