Dany Assaf > Torys > Toronto, Canada > Lawyer Profile

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Competition & Foreign Investment Review




Ontario, 1996


Before joining Torys, Dany was a competition law partner at another firm and managing partner of their Middle East offices. He has been an adjunct professor of law at the University of Western Ontario, and has provided testimony on proposed amendments to the Competition Act before the Standing Committee of the Canadian Senate on Banking, Trade and Commerce and on the Investment Canada Act to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology.

Dany has written and presented extensively on competition and foreign investment topics, including in mainstream media and publications such as the Antitrust Law Journal and Antitrust Magazine. He has served as an associate editor of the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Magazine, and is the co-author of Competition and Antitrust Law: Canada and The United States (4th edition) for LexisNexis Butterworths (2014). Dany is also the author of a leading foreign investment study – Foreign Direct Investment and the National Interest: A Way Forward, Institute for Research on Public Policy, no. 40, April 2013. He is also a frequent contributor and commentator to print and television media, including the Business News Network, The Globe & MailToronto StarNational Post, CBC, CTV, Canada AM and others.

Dany serves on the boards of Unity Health and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and was appointed by the Government of Canada to serve on the board of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation. He also currently sits on the Toronto Club Committee of Management and is a past president of the Canadian Club of Toronto. A former chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s Economics and Law Committee – Competition section, Dany is currently a member of the Canadian Bar Association, American Bar Association, International Bar Association. In addition, he is a fellow of the College of Fellows of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Dany is also involved in a variety of social, cultural and charitable initiatives, including co-founding Toronto’s Fast in the 6 event and is the author of the book: “Say Please and Thank You & Stand In Line: One Man’s Story of What Makes Canada Special, and How to Keep It that Way” (published by Sutherland House Books).

Lawyer Rankings

Canada > Competition and antitrust

In addition to advising clients on behavioural antitrust matters, the practice at Torys is also well-regarded for its non-contentious expertise and routinely handles complex transactions. Dany Assaf recently acted for George Weston Limited alongside Adrienne DiPaolo whereby they oversaw all competition aspects of its $1.1bn sale of its Weston Foods fresh and frozen bakery business. Assaf also co-leads the practice with Omar Wakil and Linda Plumpton, all are based in Toronto. Plumpton’s practice focus lies within litigation, and she boasts a track record in the handling of class action cases, foreign investment reviews and investigations.