Davit Akman

Borden Ladner Gervais (Toronto)

Davit Akman is a partner in Gowlings’ Toronto office. He specializes in competition/antitrust, commercial and class action litigation. Davit has acted as counsel in numerous significant and complex litigation matters, including leading and precedent setting cases, and advises clients on all aspects of Canadian competition law, including cartel investigations, advertising and marketing practices, abuse of dominance and other reviewable matters. He recently appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada on the leading antitrust class action cases in Canada. He was also counsel on the seminal abuse of dominance case in Canada, and represented the Commissioner of Competition in the first price maintenance case heard by the Canadian Competition Tribunal. A significant portion of Davit’s practice involves defending national and cross-border class actions alleging anti-competitive conduct. He has also represented parties in inquiries under the civil and criminal provisions of the Competition Act, including immunity and leniency applicants. Davit is the vice-chair of the Antitrust Committee of the ABA Business Law Section and a vice-chair of the Legislation & Competition Policy Committee of the National Competition Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association. He is also a member of several committees of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law, the Competition Law and Policy Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Competition Law Committee of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, and the Criminal Matters and Private Actions Committees of the CBA National Competition Law Section. Davit has published numerous articles, reports and papers, and regularly presents at conferences in the United States and Canada, on antitrust, class action and commercial litigation issues. He also contributes to the work of the International Competition Network as a non-governmental adviser. Davit clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada for The Honourable Madam Justice Louise Arbour. He has taught trial advocacy at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law as well as at Osgoode Hall Law School.


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Davit Akman, Kelley McKinnon, Mark Nicholson, Zoë Paliare The Canadian Supreme Court considers for the first time the analytical framework for prevention of competition cases and the statutory efficiency defence in a very small merger case (Tervita)


Tiny Merger Will Have Major Implications for Merger Review in Canada* On Jan. 22, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada released the long anticipated decision in Tervita Corp. v. Canada (Commissioner of Competition) in which it considered, for the first time, the analytical framework for (...)

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