"Like many lawyers GCR talked to, antitrust partners at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin note a distinct and welcome uptick in merger filings, especially in the energy and mining sectors where the international corporate and litigation firm boasts several clients. Partners Anthony Baldanza and Huy Do lead a team of nice competition law partners benefiting from these good times. Faskens was counsel to world’s biggest lens caster Essilor in the acquisition of Coastal Contacts for C$430 million, a vertical deal that the Competition Bureau approved without conditions. The team also advised Canada’s largest maker of natural-health products, Jamieson Laboratories, on two deals in 2014. Litigation work has also been healthy : the firm represents Microsoft against antitrust lawsuits that have sprung into life again since a Supreme Court of Canada decision last winter. Class action practice head Paul Martin represents Royal Bank of Canada in the interchange fee litigation and Ottawa-based Peter Mantas is defending TPG Technology Consulting and its officers in one of the largest bid-rigging proceedings in Canadian history. A six-month criminal trial has just kicked off in Ontario. Young partner Antonio Di Domenico was seconded in October 2014 to server as counsel to Commissioner John Pecman for two years."