Toronto (January 4, 2016) — Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) is pleased to announce that Davit Akman has joined the firm's Toronto office as a partner in the Competition and Foreign Investment Review Group and Class Action practices. Davit brings a wide breadth of experience in complex competition law/antitrust, class action and commercial litigation matters. He advises domestic and international clients, including leading pharmaceutical, software, manufacturing and technology sector companies, on all aspects of Canadian competition law, including cartel investigations and private actions, intellectual property/antitrust matters, advertising and marketing practices, abuse of dominance and other reviewable trade practices. Davit has also served as counsel in a number of Canada's most important competition litigation cases, including matters before the Supreme Court of Canada and the Canadian Competition Tribunal. A significant portion of his practice involves defending national and cross-border antitrust class actions.

"We are delighted to have Davit join our firm," said Sean Weir, national managing partner and CEO of BLG. "He is highly regarded as a competition lawyer and leading litigator in Canada. Davit brings a deep understanding of the unique challenges involved in multijurisdictional competition matters, including as the vice-chair of the Antitrust Law Committee of the ABA Business Law Section and as a vice-chair of the Legislation & Competition Policy Committee of the National Competition Law Section of the CBA. His thought leadership and cutting-edge knowledge will provide effective and comprehensive advice to our clients on some of their most critical matters."

"We are pleased to have Davit join our leading competition law practice", said Frank Callaghan, partner and national group head of Corporate and Capital Markets. "His familiarity with the challenges unique to multijurisdictional investigations and litigation will enhance the value we deliver to our clients and his expertise defending international class actions alleging anti-competitive conduct will further strengthen our practice."

"I am excited to join one of Canada's leading competition groups at Canada's largest law firm," said Davit Akman. "BLG has an excellent track record of innovation in client service and the competition team has been involved in many of the most significant cartel investigations, monopolization matters and antitrust class action cases."

Davit is frequently recognized for his expertise, including in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys. He was also honoured by Lexpert as one of Canada's leading lawyers under 40. Davit has published extensively on competition law/antitrust, class action and commercial litigation topics and accepts speaking engagements across North America. He has also taught trial advocacy at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and Osgoode Hall Law School. Davit clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada for Justice Louise Arbour.

About Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) is a leading, national, full-service Canadian law firm focusing on business law, commercial litigation and arbitration, and intellectual property solutions for our clients. BLG is one of the country's largest law firms with more than 725 lawyers, intellectual property agents and other professionals in five cities across Canada. We assist clients with their legal needs, from major litigation to financing to trademark and patent registration.

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