Subrata Bhattacharjee is Co-Chair of the firm’s National Trade and Competition group and a partner in the Toronto Litigation group.
Subrata has consistently been recognized as one of Canada’s leading competition/foreign investment lawyers in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Practical Law Company’s Cross-Border Competition and Cross-Border Cartel Leniency Handbooks, Who’s Who Legal’s International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers and Economists, Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyers, Lexpert and other major peer-rated surveys. In peer review surveys, clients have described him as “vastly experienced”, “high profile” and “one of the best” (Who’s Who Legal 2012).
Subrata focuses his practice on all aspects of competition/antitrust law, foreign investment law and regulatory litigation, including quasi-criminal and constitutional matters. He routinely provides counsel on cartel investigations, merger clearance, and other contentious and compliance matters under the Canadian Competition Act. Subrata carries on an extensive foreign investment practice, and advises non-Canadian investors on Canadian foreign investment issues under the Investment Canada Act and other federal legislation. He has appeared as counsel in all levels of court in the Province of Ontario, the Federal Court and the Supreme Court of Canada.
Subrata is actively involved in the firm’s International Business practice, and leads the firm’s South and East Asia initiatives, with particular focus on Korea, Japan and India.
He also provides high level advice on government relations, regulatory strategy and policy issues.
Selected mandates include:
Cartel Defence/Competition Class Actions: LIBOR, air cargo, automotive components, retail gas, LED traffic lights, lithium batteries, optical disk drives, automobile importation, and air passenger cases.
Mergers: Google/Arris, Danaher/Beckman Coulter, AGF Financial/B2B, Lionsgate/Icahn Group, Philip Morris International/Rothmans, Teck/Aur Resources, Abu Dhabi National EnergyCompany (“TAQA”)/Primewest, Phelps Dodge/Inco/Falconbridge.
Subrata held a part-time faculty appointment in competition law for 10 years at the Dalhousie Law School, Halifax, Nova Scotia, (2001–2011). He also held an appointment as a Special Lecturer in trial advocacy at the Faculty of Law, Queen’s University (1999-2001).
In 2008, Subrata was named by the Global Competition Review as one of the world’s top 40 competition lawyers under 40. He was also named as one of Canada’s Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 in 2006 by Lexpert Magazine, and as one of the “Litigation Lawyers to Watch” (Competition Law) in the 2007 Lexpert Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada.
Subrata was appointed as a non-governmental advisor (NGA) to the International Competition Network in 2009, and currently serves as an NGA on the ICN Cartel Working Group (SG1 and SG2).
He has held numerous leadership positions in the American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law, including terms as Co-Chair of Committee Operations (current), Member of the Section's Long Range Planning Committee (2011-2012), and Chair of the Distribution & Franchising Committee (2009-2011). He is also past-Chair of the Criminal Matters Committee of the Canadian Bar Association Competition Law Section (2008-2009). Subrata is currently Chair of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Competition Law & Policy Committee.
Subrata publishes and speaks widely on competition/antitrust law issues, foreign investment regulation and related topics, both domestically and internationally. Past speaking engagements have included the Annual Antitrust Spring Meeting of the American Bar Association, the Annual Fall Conference on Competition Law organized by the Canadian Bar Association and numerous other programs. He has been frequently quoted as an expert on Canadian competition and foreign investment law in the Financial Times, Business Week, Globe and Mail, National Post and other major business publications.
As a 1995 recipient of a Harold G. Fox Scholarship, Subrata spent a year in London, UK at the Inns of Court (Brick Court Chambers and 4 Pump Court).
- Post Graduate Diploma in EU Law, King's College London, 1996
- LL.B., Dalhousie University, 1993
- B.A., Dalhousie University, 1990
- B.Sc., Dalhousie University, 1989
- American Bar Association
- Canadian Bar Association
- International Bar Association
- South Asian Bar Association of Toronto
- The Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario)