Davit Akman is a Partner in our Toronto office and a member of the firm’s GCR100-ranked Competition and Foreign Investment Review Group. He is consistently recognized for his expertise in competition/antitrust law, including by Who's Who Legal and Global Competition Review as one of the world's leading competition experts aged 45 and under. Clients and peers have described Davit as “an excellent lawyer — very thoughtful, responsive, and strategic” and as “diligent, efficient and creative".
He advises domestic and international clients, including leading pharmaceutical, software, manufacturing, retail and technology sector companies, on all aspects of Canadian competition and foreign investment review law, including mergers and acquisitions, cartel investigations, private actions, advertising and marketing practices, abuse of dominance and other reviewable trade practices.
Davit has secured regulatory clearance in cross-border and international transactions in a wide array of industry sectors, and advises non-Canadian investors (including state-owned enterprises) on Canadian foreign investment issues under
the Investment Canada Act and other federal policies/legislation.
Davit has served as counsel in a number of Canada's most important competition litigation cases, including matters before the Supreme Court of Canada and the Competition Tribunal. He represented the Commissioner of Competition in
Commissioner of Competition v Visa Canada Corporation and MasterCard International Incorporated, the first price maintenance case heard by the Canadian Competition Tribunal. Davit was also counsel in
Commissioner of Competition v Canada Pipe Company Ltd, the seminal abuse of dominance case in Canada. He has represented parties in inquiries under the civil and criminal provisions of the
Competition Act, including immunity and leniency applicants with respect to alleged price fixing and other cartels.
A significant portion of Davit's practice has involved defending national and cross-border class actions alleging anti-competitive conduct. He appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada in
Sun-Rype Products Ltd v Archer Daniels Midland, one of Canada's leading antitrust class action cases. Davit has defended numerous class actions alleging anti-competitive conduct, including those involving cathode ray tubes, compressors, chocolate confectionary products and capacitors.
He clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada for
Justice Louise Arbour.