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Merger Notification Threshold Raised to $88m

Competition Bureau reviews mergers above certain thresholds to detect anti-competitive mergers

The pre‑merger notification threshold relating to transaction‑size will be $88 million in 2017, up from $87 million last year, the Competition Bureau announced recently.

Mergers are only notifiable if three threshold tests are met:

  1. Transaction type: the transaction must involve an “operating business in Canada“. Transactions can take various forms, for example, acquisitions of assets or shares, amalgamations, combinations, etc.
  2. Party size: the Canadian assets or sales of all parties and their affiliates must be $400 million or more.
  3. Transaction size: the target must have Canadian assets or sales of $88 million or more.

W. Michael G. Osborne
Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP

W. Michael G. Osborne

Michael is a respected and practised litigator who acts for and advises parties in a wide range of competition matters, a variety of commercial disputes, including contractual disputes, shareholders' disputes, commercial fraud, and employment matters, and also in administrative law and constitutional issues.

Michael has been admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK).
Michael is a frequent contributor to newsletters published by the ABA's Anti-trust Section, The Litigator and often quoted by The Financial Post, The Lawyer's Weekly, Lexpert Magazine and other publications of interest to the legal community.

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